Nanny’s Luscious Square Recipe- Christmas Family Recipe

Squares also known as Hello Dolly Bars, 7 Layer Cookies, Magic Cookie Bars

22 December 2017

Nanny’s Luscious Square Recipe- Christmas Family Recipe

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.

Nanny's Luscious Square Recipe

Nanny’s Luscious Square Original Handwritten Recipe

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.

Nanny's Luscious Square Recipe- Ingredients

Nanny’s Luscious Square Recipe- Ingredients

Measure out the graham cracker crumbs in a large bowl and pour in melted butter. Mix well.

Nanny's Luscious Square Recipe- pour melted butter into graham cracker crumbs

Nanny’s Luscious Square Recipe- pour melted butter into graham cracker crumbs

Place graham cracker crumbs in baking tray

Nanny's Luscious Square Recipe- place graham cracker crumb mixture in baking tray and spread evenly

Nanny’s Luscious Square Recipe- place graham cracker crumb mixture in baking tray and spread evenly

Take your time to make sure the graham cracker crumb mixture is evenly spread and firmly patted down.

Nanny's Luscious Square Recipe- pat down graham cracker mixture firmly

Nanny’s Luscious Square Recipe- pat down graham cracker mixture firmly

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.

Nanny's Luscious Square Recipe - second layer - chocolate chips

Nanny’s Luscious Square Recipe – second layer – chocolate chips

Third Layer- chopped pecans – spread evenly on top of the chocolate layer.

Nanny's Luscious Square Recipe - Third Layer - chopped Pecans

Nanny’s Luscious Square Recipe – Third Layer – chopped Pecans

Fourth Layer – sweetened shredded coconut.  I use but again you can pretty much use the type of shredded coconut you like.

Nanny's Luscious Square Recipe- 4th Layer- shredded coconut

Nanny’s Luscious Square Recipe- 4th Layer- shredded coconut

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)

Nanny's Luscious Square Recipe - Fifth Layer - Sweetened Condensed Milk

Nanny’s Luscious Square Recipe – Fifth Layer – Sweetened Condensed Milk

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.

Nanny's Luscious Square Recipe - lightly browned

Nanny’s Luscious Square Recipe – lightly browned

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.

Nanny's Luscious Square Recipe- cooled and ready to cut

Nanny’s Luscious Square Recipe- cooled and ready to cut

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.

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Yields 8 x 8 or 9 x9

Nanny’s Luscious Square Recipe- Christmas Family Recipe

15 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine melted
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 ( 14 ounce) can condensed milk
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/3 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F ( (325 degrees for glass dish) Coat 9 x 9 in baking pan with a no stick cooking spray.
  • Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter. Press into bottom of prepared pan.
  • Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over the crumb mixture.
  • Layer evenly with chocolate chips, coconut, and then nuts.
  • Press firmly down with a fork.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Cut into bars. Store covered at room temperature.
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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

ENJOY!!!

 

 

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