Nanny’s Luscious Square Recipe- Christmas Family Recipe
Squares also known as Hello Dolly Bars, 7 Layer Cookies, Magic Cookie Bars
22 December 2017
22 December 2017
Nanny’s Luscious Square Recipe has been shared so many times. Apparently it is also known as another name by others. You may have heard of Hello Dolly Bars, 7 layer Cookies and/or Magic Cookie Bars. Seems like these bars have quite a history.
When pulling out my Christmas Baking Recipes, this is a recipe that generally comes out second. The peanut butter cookie recipe is first. But this year I could not find my recipe so I started searching in a old binder that has my mother’s and mother in- laws recipes in it.
Our household name is Nanny’s Luscious Squares because my husband’s mother made these all the time. We always called them Nanny’s Luscious Squares because she made them so often for all us. I am sharing the piece of paper that my mother in-law wrote so many years ago. I treasure anything that is handwritten by her and my own mother. There hand writing is so beautiful.
Ok, so Nanny’s recipe didn’t include directions so that is when I started to research on line. This is when I found the same recipe/ ingredients under assumed names. I also, found recipes that were for 9 x 9 and 9 x 13 baking dishes. Some had the sequence on the layers differently. So, for today’s post I have decided to go through the steps for 9 x 13 but in memory of my mother in-law I am going to include the recipe for an 8 x 8 tray as well.
Here is a shot of the ingredients.
Measure out the graham cracker crumbs in a large bowl and pour in melted butter. Mix well.
Place graham cracker crumbs in baking tray
Take your time to make sure the graham cracker crumb mixture is evenly spread and firmly patted down.
You will notice in the next shot that I had these little min chocolate chips. I actually picked up the wrong type as I normally use the traditional size chocolate chips. It really won’t matter what size as they melt. You could even add butterscotch chips instead too.
Third Layer- chopped pecans – spread evenly on top of the chocolate layer.
Fourth Layer – sweetened shredded coconut. I use but again you can pretty much use the type of shredded coconut you like.
The fifth and last layer is the Sweetened Condensed Milk. When you are doing a 9 x9 there is plenty of condensed milk to cover the coconut but for a 9 x 13 you have to take your time and start from one side to the other and then fill in the holes. DO NOT try to spread it with a knife , a spoon or anything. It will be disastrous. ( spoken like one that has tried in the past)
Now time to bake in a 325 degree oven for approximately 25- 30 minutes. You really need to watch that it does not get over browned as the edges will get over cooked very quickly.
Once the tray is out of oven I take a knife and go around the edge of the dish. The condensed milk can aggressively stick to the side. I then place it into the fridge to cool before cutting into squares. After it is well chilled I go around the sides again and carefully cut a corner out. I cut straight across and then use a spatula to lift the whole row out of the baking dish.
I lay the row on a cutting board and then cut into squares. Much easier than leaving in the tray!!!
Below is the recipe 8 x 8.
Yields 8 x 8 or 9 x9
15 minPrep Time
30 minCook Time
45 minTotal Time
The recipe software does not allow me to list two recipes on one post. So below you will see just the ingredients for a 9 x 13. Much like my mother in-law gave to me many years ago. Except I would not dare show my handwriting!!
16 tablespoons ( 2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
3 cups graham cracker crumbs ( about a 13 1/2 ounce box)
2 cups dark or semisweet chocolate chips ( about 12 ounces)
2 cups pecans, roughly chopped ( about 8 ounces)
3 cups sweetened shredded coconut flake
1 can sweet condensed milk