I had never had Hello Dollies before today (I adapted this recipe from a cookbook loaned to me by my piano teacher, so I don’t know who to source). Anyway, as always, I was really in the mood for baking… and using a recipe that included coconut. :) This recipe is definitely a keeper. I love the gooiness! It’s a wonderful combiniation of a soft and buttery crust with sweetened condensed milk (which you can never go wrong with!), a crunch from the pecans, flavor from that fabulous coconut, and a final melty touch of chocolate. Not to mention that theses bars are super super easy to make. My mom told to hide them from her. I know I’ve done a good job when she gives me that verdict!
Hello Dollies (Magic Cookie Bars) Recipe:
2 cups crushed graham crackers
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups coconut
1 cup pecans (or nuts of your choice)
3/4 cup (6 oz.) milk chocolate chips
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (325 degrees if you are using a glass pan) and set out an ungreased 13×9 inch pan.
2. Put the stick of butter in the pan; place the pan in the oven until the butter has melted completely. Remove the pan from the oven and stir the graham cracker crumbs into it. Press the crust firmly down and pour the sweetened condensed milk over it. Next, sprinkle all of the coconut over the milk… then sprinkle the nuts on. Last but not least, sprinkle the chocolate chips on.
3. Bake the bars for 25-30 minutes or until the edges of the bars start to turn golden brown. Allow the bars to cool in the pan coompletely. Note: They will make a mess if you don’t cool them completely! :)
4. “Mmm, these are good. MMMM! Oh, mmm! Mmmm!“