While I choose to live in denial that some local stores already have their Christmas decorations out ... I kid you not ... three weeks ago I saw one store putting them out! ... Yvonne's Christmas in July party inspired me to share one of our family's favorite Christmas-time cookies in honor of the occasion.
Now, I say Christmas-time cookies, not simply Christmas cookies, because the beauty of these sweet layer cookies is ... well ... they're not Christmas cookies! Which means we can all enjoy their layered deliciousness any time of the year!!It just so happens that 7 Layer Cookies are a staple of my Mother-in-Law's Christmas day cookie tray.
I did not have the pleasure of meeting Mark's Dad. But the story goes that these were one of his favorite cookies. It's been told that, several years, Mark's Mom had to make more of these right before Christmas day because Mark's dad had eaten them all! Ummm-hmmmm ... they're that good.
And they're only 7 ingredients.
Layered in a pan.
That's how they got the name 7 Layer Cookies.
You probably hadn't figured that out, had you??
Now, all snug in the baking pan, these cookies look all innocent, don't they? But ...
... once you cut into them, their layered awesomeness is revealed! And layered awesomeness it is. Truly. Mark's Dad wouldn't steer us wrong!
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7 Layer Cookies
Source: My Mother-in-Law
1/2 c. butter
1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
1 c. flaked coconut
1 c. (6 oz.) chocolate chips
1 c. (6 oz.) butterscotch chips
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk (fat free works just fine)
1 c. chopped pecans
1. Lightly spray a 9x13" baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Melt butter in the bottom of the baking dish. Add remaining ingredients in layers, in the order listed, sprinkling each ingredient evenly over the previous layer.
2. Bake at 325 degrees for about 30 minutes. Let cool completely in the baking dish. Cut into small squares.