Tuesday, November 27, 2007

It's been a while...and Hello Dolly

It's been 2 weeks since I've last updated. I have made a few dishes, but they were repeats. Actually, last night I planned on updating with a potato soup recipe. But I was too irritated. At my husband. I had all my garnishings set aside for a photo (bacon, green onions, cheese) and when it was time for the potato soup "photo shoot" the bacon was missing. He says he didn't know it was for my soup. *sigh* So instead of posting an ungarnished soup, I just ate it.
As I began to update tonight I made the comment out loud that it has been a while since I have done so. Chad then asked if it was because of the "Bacon-Gate" scandal. Lol.

So.... Hello Dolly! The name "Dolly" has a special place in my heart. My Grandpa used to call most of the women in his life "Dolly". Especially me and mom. he even named one of his Yorkies Dolly. So when I hear that name, I get a vision of his jovial face calling to me "Hello Dolly!" I sure do miss him.
So the reason for making these was simply for the fact that I had all ingredients on hand, and they are one of the easiest baked goods I have ever made. You basically pat down a graham cracker crust, then load whatever ingredients you are craving on top. Cover with sweetened condensed milk, bake and voila! Hello Dolly! There are many variations, and a few other names for this dessert. A couple I know of are 7 Layer bars and Magic Cookie Bars. But they'll always be Hello Dollies to me.

Helly Dolly Bars
1 1/2 cup Graham cracker crumbs (or about 3-4 crackers crushed fine)
1 stick unsalted butter melted
1/2 cup coconut
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup sliced unsalted almonds, toasted
1/4 cup toffee bits
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 can sweetened condensed milk

Heat oven to 350 degrees
Combine butter and graham cracker crumbs in a bowl. Mix well and transfer to a 9x9 square pan. Pat down to make a crust. Top with the rest of the ingredients in order. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
***You can add/delete your favorite ingredients. This is an easy recipe to get those creative juices flowing!****


Caroline said...

Great post! I was wondering where you went--have been missing my nightly food porn :) lol

Jaime said...

LOL at your DH... sounds like something mine would do ;) he hates all the photos I take of the food we eat now that I have a food blog!

these bars look and sound so good! :) sweetened condensed milk tastes good on everything!

Cara said...

What a fabulous combination of goodies - these sound so yummy:)