July 24, 2012

7 Layer Cookies


Merry Christmas in July!  My bloggy friend Yvonne at Stone Gable has a Christmas in July party going on right now, and today she posted the most beautiful white poinsettia stockings.  Impressive.  Truly impressive.

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
Ingredients
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


Directions
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.

Enjoy!


29 comments:

  1. these are my favorite things in the world, so much so that they were made on my birthday(in May!) It just now occurred to me that maybe they became my favorite b/c they were made so often, and they were probably made so often b/c they are so fast and easy for my busy Mom! Whatever the reason, I loved seeing them on your blog! Merry July!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your memory of these cookies! They are indeed delicious, aren't they? And, yes ... super fast and easy to whip up!

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  2. I have never made these...how can that be?
    Mom

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    1. Well, Mom ... you'll just have to fix that. They're in the family cookbook!

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  3. Oh my goodness! These are a true tradition in our family, too! We've always poured the condensed milk over all of the layers. It's so good either way! Thanks for sharing and givng me some delicious(!!) nostagia!
    Blessings,
    Leslie

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  4. These are, hands down, some of my favs! I can see why they'd all mysteriously disappear before Christmas!

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  5. This is utterly delicious. I must make it soon. Thanks for the recipe. keep posting..:)

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  6. 7 layer bars are awesome!!! I am to blame for most our ours disappearing at Christmas too:-)

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  7. Hi Tracey,
    These are just awesome cookies, I am making them for my grandchildren that are coming to visit soon. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Oh, your grandchildren will love them, Miz Helen! Have a wonderful time with them.

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  8. I love bar desserts. This one has it all!! I'd love to have you link this up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. It's a new linky party starting today. Hope to see you there. Thanks, Nichi
    http://mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2012/07/tasty-thursdays-1.html

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  9. Oh my gosh. These look like heaven on a plate. Can't wait to try them! P.S. I am officially your newest follower. Yay for being blog friends! :)

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    1. Heaven on a plate is a great descriptions! Thanks for following ... welcome to The Playground!

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  10. These are divine! My mom makes them with Ritz crackers instead of graham crumbs, that gives them a little salty/sweet edge. I know how you love to try different versions! Hope you can try the Connie-version sometime! Xoxo

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  11. Oh lalala!...man-o-man this is tooo scrumptious,I want some right now,anything with chocolate...I'm new follower!

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  12. CONGRATULATIONS your recipe has been chosen to be on Today's Feature Post from Cast Party Wednesday! Thank You for sharing your recipe with us! ---Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain---
    http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/?p=32286

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  13. Oh I love these layered cookies! This is such an easy recipe! My kind of sweet! Thank you for being such a great blogging buddy and giving me such a nice shout-out!
    Thanks for bringing this sweet treat to ON THE MENU MONDAY!

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  14. oooh I love Christmas in July!!! But I REALLY love these bars! Look at those chocolate chips, oh be still my heart.

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    1. And the butterscotch chips aren't too shabby, either. Hee, hee.

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  15. They're making my mouth water. I love those bars!

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  16. Another great recipe! So excited to let you know that I'm featuring your recipe today! Pop on over! http://iamaddictedtorecipes.blogspot.ca/2012/08/scrumptious-sunday-22-features.html

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  17. I love these-- we call them 'magic cookie bars'. Soooo good! Thanks for linking up at Pin It Thursday!

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  18. Decadent! I'll have to put these on my list for the holidays! thanks for sharing.

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  19. Very nice cake and easy to make.

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  20. These are my FAVORITE Christmas cookies! :)

    http://eventfulexistence.wordpress.com/

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