The rest of the world calls these Seven Layer Bars, Magic Bars or some other normal title In my family, we’ve always called them Hello Dollies:) You know how a certain food or smell can bring back a memory? The smell and taste of Hello Dollies wash a wave of nostalgia over me. My mom made these every single Christmas as far back as I can remember.
My sweet late Grandma- a spunky little lady who passed away at 91 years young- absolutely loved these. She had diabetes and controlled her sugar very well. But each year she “saved a little room” for one small Hello Dolly. I can see the look of excitement on her face as she was about to partake in her only full sugar dessert all year.
from my mom; there are different versions everywhere
- 6 T. salted butter (3/4 of a stick)
- 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 12 square crackers)
- 1 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- 1 1/3 cup peanut butter chips
- 1 1/3 cup coconut
- 1 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 14oz can of Eagle Brand Condensed milk
- Get a 9×13 pan. Preheat oven to 325 degrees for a glass pan or 350 degrees for a metal one.Place butter in pan and stick it in the oven for the butter to melt while the oven is preheating.
- Meanwhile, crush graham crackers. You want these in fine crumbs. You can either put them in them in a food processor or a mini food chopper. If you don’t have either of those, put them in a ziploc bag. Use a heavy bottomed pan to smash them or turn it on the side and roll it on the graham crackers. Set aside.
- When butter is melted, take pan out of the oven. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs on the bottom of the pan. Use a spoon to press the melted butter and graham crackers together to make a nice crust.
- Sprinkle chocolate chips over top.
- Sprinkle peanut butter chips on top.
- Sprinkle coconut on top.
- Coarsely chop walnuts, pecans or whatever nut you’re using and sprinkle them on top.
- Drizzle delicious sweetened condensed milk all over the Hello Dollies. You want this yummy gooeyness all over the top. Use a spoon to spread it around if necessary.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the sides are light brown and the bars are slightly set. Don’t over bake or the edges will get chewy.
- Cool and serve!