12 Days of Christmas Cookies: #9 Hello Dollies!

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.

So enjoy a special treat from my family to yours. Grandma, these are for you. We miss you and love you and will think about you with a smile on our face as we enjoy our Hello Dollies this year.

Hello Dollies

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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Sprinkle chocolate chips over top.
  5. Sprinkle peanut butter chips on top.
  6. Sprinkle coconut on top.
  7. Coarsely chop walnuts, pecans or whatever nut you’re using and sprinkle them on top.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Cool and serve!
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About jackielopina

Follower of Jesus, Pastor's Wife, Cookie Baker.
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