Here’s a great recipe, for when you need something quick and chocolaty, warm and sweet. Great for when it’s -10 degrees out, with over 2 feet of snow on the ground outside. Like today.
The kids and I made Magic Cookie Bars last week, and were less than thrilled with the results – they were too crumbly (not enough of a base) and too chocolaty (really, it can happen).
So we switched things up a bit, and came up with a new, improved Magic Cookie Bar recipe – “Chocolate Chip Graham Cracker Cookie Bars”. I think you’ll like them – I know we do.
Chocolate Chip Graham Cracker Cookie Bars
½ cup butter, melted
2 packs of honey graham cracker crumbs
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup walnuts, chopped
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9 pan with cooking spray.
- Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter. Spread over bottom of pan evenly.
- Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over entire pan. (Get the edges, too!)
- Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top.
- Sprinkle nuts over everything.
- Press down – you could use a fork, but I grab a sheet of wax paper, spray with cooking spray, and then use that to press down. (Easy and fast!)
- Bake 25 minutes until lightly browned.
This recipe is great to make with kids! It makes hardly any dishes, and even little ones can help out:
- They can put the butter in a bowl, and melt it in the microwave. (Careful! Will be hot!)
- They can crush the crackers: Put the 2 graham crackers packs in a gallon Ziplok bag, press the air out, then have them gently jump on it to turn them into crumbs. They can pour the crumbs in the bowl, and stir.
- They can pour the sweetened condensed milk, and sprinkle the chocolate chips. They can use the chopper to grind the nuts. (Not too fine, please!)
- They can press down firmly, using the sprayed wax paper.
- They can set the timer.
- While the cookies are baking, they can wash the dishes in warm, sudsy water.
- And, then, after a grownup takes the cookies out of the oven, after the pan cools a bit, they can help eat these fantastically delicious, gooey, warm and chocolaty sweet cookie bars.
So, give it a try! Spend some time cooking together with your kids – it’s fun, and it’ll make your house smell great!
What’s your favorite thing to cook together? Share with us in the comments below!
P.S. The original Magic Cookie Bar recipe calls for 1 1/3 cup flaked coconut, so if you have that, feel free to throw it on, too. But, really, who ever has flaked coconut on hand?
Sunflower apron by: NowDesigns.
Original Magic Cookie Bar recipe by: Eagle Brand.