Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tasty Tuesday!

I have a huge sweet tooth and when I say huge I mean it!  When I was little my mom could guarantee if we had cookies or icing in the freezer it would not be there long.  My mom has told me stories of opening the freezer and finding a spoon in the icing container or opening up the holiday baking and finding only one left (if any).
I would like say as an adult I am better when reality is....nope!  I just make sure I try not to bake to often so that we do not have the sweets in the house as home made baking is a weakness for me.

With that being said over the holidays baking is something that I love to do with my girls.  My grandma made me a cook book and there are recipes in it that I made with her when I was small. I love being able to pass on the things I loved to do with her with my own girls.  The following recipe is so easy to make with your children and easy for them to do it all up to putting it into the oven.  Plus it does not take long to make so it works with their shortened attention span.  This is also a huge hit at any get together I attend or cookie exchange.  As with everything I make there is always options to make it a bit healthier though most importantly have fun!

Magic Cookie Bar

1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1  can  Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut (unsweetened)
1 cup chopped nuts 
-Heat oven to 350 degrees F (325 degrees for glass dish). Coat 13x9-inch baking pan with no-stick cooking spray.
-Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter. Press into bottom of prepared pan. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumb mixture. Layer evenly with chocolate chips, coconut and nuts. Press down firmly with a fork.
-Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Cut into bars or diamonds. Store covered at room temperature.


Eva | Little Cool Toys said...

Sounds very rich and yummi!! and magical :) Think this will be a hit with my son as well. He loves to bake (and of course the best part: eat the goodies)

Multi-Testing Mommy said...

I'm right there with ya - HUGE sweet tooth here too! The icing and cookies thing in the freezer - same here ;) Being in a freezer doesn't stop me (well now it does, but it didn't up until oh----3 weeks ago!)

Those bars sound yummy!

Visiting from ~SASS (host)

mamawee said...

my mom makes these bars every year - I always try them, but I am not a cocunut fan so I don't like them...but next year, I will try them again....


PositivelyPamperedPatty said...

Hi visiting from SASS. My husband and kids also like to bake and this sounds like a great recipe to try. Yes the darn sweet tooth eh?

Full Price? NEVER! said...

I love anything simple to make and sweet! I haven't had these in years... I need to add them back into my baking list! Thanks for posting! SASS

Katie said...

mmmm that sounds good. Now I am going to have to make some cookies

Little Miss Kate said...

I had Magic cookie bars at christmas and they were awesome. Simple yet yummy recipe!

Laura O in AK said...

Great recipe! I have a sweet tooth, but nothing like my 8 year old's. Maybe it's an age thing, but a little sweet goes a long way now.


~*Cee*~ said...

I make something with similar ingredients for Santa :) But I skip the chopped nuts and butter - it's also no bake. I mix everything together, roll it into balls and freeze it. My daughter has dubbed them "Reindeer Turds" :$

I like yours better :)

Nicole said...

This is a recipe I've been meaning to get around to making. It always slips my mind. Must. Try.

~ Nicole


Deanna T. said...

Too sweet for my tastes, BUT I do love that it's a super kid friendly recipe. Might try these next time I need a "for company" treat. Thanks! -SASS