Thursday, December 16, 2010


I love to bake, but who says it has to be a big production? One bowl, one pan, and you don't need to drag out the mixer! No wonder that these are the go-to cookie for family gatherings.

Grandma was widowed young and earned a living for her four kids as a caterer. She often created her own recipes. This one is named after the aunt it was created for.

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1 Can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
2 Cups graham cracker crumbs
Dash of salt
1 Tablespoon vanilla
6 ounces chocolate chips (milk or semi-sweet, depending on your taste)
1 Cup of chopped nuts (Pecans or walnuts, your choice) OR another 6 ounces of chocolate chips (or butterscotch chips, or white chocolate, or whatever flavor you like. I like Trader Joe's cappuccino chips for a grown-up taste. The only flavor I'd stay away from is mint. Nuts will make the cookies a bit drier. I've never added coconut, but it might be worth a shot. So might candied (not maraschino) cherries. I honestly don't think it's possible to ruin this recipe.)

Grease an 8X8X2 inch pan. Mix together all ingredients. Pour batter (it's thick, so maybe pour isn't the right word, but dump sounds bad when you're talking about food.) into pan, smooth down. Cook at 350 degrees for one hour. Recipe doubles well. Cut into one inch by two inch squares while still warm.


Susan said...

sounds yummy! I'm not cooking much these days, but this sounds pretty easy and foolproof, so maybe over the winter break.

Jason said...

those sound so good!

Jay Lygon said...

They aren't super pretty, but they're good!

Syd McGinley said...


Rain said...

I love recipes like this where you can get away with the least amount of dirty dishes.