Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Takin' 7-Layer Cookies to the next level: a la Mode

Yep.  I went there.

See, the original plan was to make 7-layer cookie ice cream sandwiches.
It was a good plan.

...a good plan for a giant.  They were a *little* tall to actually eat.
{Not that the height stopped Mr. E from disassembling and scarfing it.}

Plan B.  A la mode.

Oh, I like Plan B even better than Plan A.  You know why?

Chocolate sauce.

Yes, it's straight from the can.  I always give my husband a hard time about having chocolate syrup from the can.  The truth is, I like it, too.  {Shhh...don't tell him.}

I've never put 7-layer cookies on the blog before because, since my mom made them so often when we were growing up, I just assumed everyone already had a recipe for them.  Then kiddo took some to school, and some of his friends had never eaten one before.
{Kiddo is a very healthy influence on his peers.}
"Psst. Hey buddy, over here.  You want some cookies?"

Here are some 7-layer cookie rules:
  1. They are called "7-layer cookies," despite a rumor that they are called "Hello Dollies." 
  2. They are really yummy, and easier to cut, when served cold.  I keep mine in the fridge.
  3. Be sure to use sweetened condensed milk, NOT evaporated milk.
  4. Served a la mode using this (7-layer cookie) ice cream, topped with chocolate sauce will cause extreme happiness.

7-Layer Cookies

1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter, melted
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup sweetened coconut
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup finely chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350.  Lightly grease an 11 x 7" pan.  Combine the melted butter and graham cracker crumbs and press into the bottom of the pan.

Layer the coconut, chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips on top of the graham cracker crust.

Pour sweetened condensed milk over the top.

Sprinkle on the pecans.

Bake for 25 minutes.  Remove to a wire rack to cool completely, then refrigerate.
{It's not necessary to line the pan with foil like in these pictures, but if you do, you can easily lift the bars from the pan for cutting.}

Take it over the top with 7-Layer Cookie Ice Cream and a good glug of chocolate sauce.
{Pour straight from the can; I'll never tell.}


77 comments:

  1. You went there and then you sprinted past! Holy moly that looks amazing, those are my favorite bars and I've never thought of going ala mode, that's a whole nother level, I think I love you!

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  2. Hi, wow... this is extremely good. I love the cookie with ice cream, so yummy delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Have a nice day.

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  3. I love Seven Layer Bars (I call them bars, not cookies - and NOT Hello Dollies - lol) and they look divine, Bridget!

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  4. Oh woooow!! That looks just incredible :)

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  6. Hi Bridget,

    Your 7 layer cookies look awesome! The recipe seems pretty simple too, which is an added bonus. Will the outcome be affected if I substituted unsweetened coconut for the sweetened version, other than the cookies turning out less sweet? I've only seen unsweetened coconut in the shops where I live.

    Thanks for all your pretty, drool-inducing pictures!

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  7. oh they are so good! We have always called them hello dolly's here, but 7 layer makes them sound gourmet;p

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  8. Bridget! I could dive right into my screen for one of these this morning! Really, I need to go run another mile or two so I can make these babies!

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  9. Thanks so much for the recipe! Just started following your blog a few weeks ago and love it! I didn't grow up eating these (my mom has a thing against coconut) so I never think to make them. I'm definitely adding these to my "to bake" list. Love the image of your son being a "cookie dealer." Hilarious!

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  10. Oh my goodness gracious does this look good!! I think I might go into a sugar coma afterward, but it looks amazing!

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  11. Oh! My! Word! No you didn't!! :-D This is NOT good considering I haven't been able to work out lately due to a leg injury. Maybe just one?

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  12. HAHAHA! I love the responses from people... but I'm about to do the same... MY GOODNESS!!!!!! LOOK AT THIS! IT LOOKS SO FREAKIN' GOOD!

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  13. I had never heard of a seven-layer bar till I got to college. And they're MAGICAL. And with ice cream?!?! Oh sweet heavens.

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  14. You just took this to a Hole...Nother...Level (please tell me you've seen the mad tv HNL skit).

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  15. My mouth is watering! They sound sinfully delicious!

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  16. If lovin' you is wrong, I don't want to be right!
    Love how you tied it up with a bow. Perfect!

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  17. A double dose of 7 layered goodness AND chocolate sauce from the can?!?! YUM!!!

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  18. I have been waiting for this post! Thank you so much for sharing. My fat pants are on standby! Ha! XOOX

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  19. You're KILLIN ME SMALLS!!

    Way to set off the pregnancy cravings for the day. Now I'm off to frantically scrounge my cupboards for the ingredients because nothing else will do. NOTHING!!

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  20. Oh my... these look delicious! I love plan A and your plan B --- can't wait to try it out.

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  21. I always called them Seven Layer Bars and I use sliced almonds in place of pecans. Not that pecans wouldn't be good! These bars are so easy to make and oh so good!

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  22. I grew up knowing these as "Hello Dollies" and thinking they were good. Then I had your mom's version with the addition of butterscotch chips....and keeping them in the fridge. I quickly said "Goodbye Dollies" to that old recipe and adopted your mom's. Seven is a better number, anyway:)

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  23. I make these every year for Christmas and between my guy and I and our collective lack of self discipline, it's so tough to get them out of the kitchen and onto cookie plates! So. Freaking. Good. This ice cream is genius. Evil genius. ;)

    I've heard them called Angel Bars, too. Maybe the more names a dish is known by, the better it is?!

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  24. I totally agree! Plan B takes the cake . . . or cookie!!!

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  25. I had never heard of these bars until I met my husband. I can't believe my mom wasn't into this recipe because she loves making cookies and bars and these are so easy.

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  26. Holy Moly Bridget! I am salivating something fierce. I have never heard of these cookies before! YUM! Do you think you could sub peanuts for pecans? Love this and can't wait to make them!!

    xo
    Heather

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    1. Hmmm....I bet you could. Let me know how they turn out!

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  27. Bridget. I wish you'd come and make those for Abby's 16th birthday coming up! :) You are so talented and I want to come spend a day eating sweets with YOU! xoxox

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  28. I grew up calling these magic squares. Though my mom usually used walnuts instead of pecans (and half without, just for me), and no butterscotch chips.

    If you call this a 7 layer cookie to an Italian person (me), they're gonna look at you funny. That's the alternate name for a tri-color cookie.

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  29. I've never heard of 7 layered cookies before! This is great!

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  30. These cookies look delicious--I'm totally adding PB chips and cookie butter, and then calling them sinful cookies from the Nine Circles of Hell for my next Dante party. (Yes, we actually have classics-themed parties where I'm from.) Thanks so much for sharing!

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  31. I seem to recall that when I was in college, back in the Dinosaur age, that the recipe was called " Magic Bars" and was on the back of the Eagel brand sweetened condensed milk can....it kept us going in college .

    > to Wallflourgirl..." What is cookie butter ?"

    If you don't mind, I'm going to link this on my blog as I am headed back to my alma mater ( WSU - go Cougs ) this weekend for a vacay with my best friend. I will of course give proper credits to you , a pony, and cupcakes with sprinkles.

    Waving from Houston .

    Jane

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  32. This is beautiful. I am going to make the crust as you've mentioned.

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  33. OMG those pics are exactly what I imagine heaven to look like! LOL Christmas in our house always means making 2 pans of Hello Dollies, one for guests and the other for me! Add icecream.....what does Oprah say, an AHA moment!

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  34. Like these couldn't get any better and you added ice cream! YUM!!!!

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  35. Lord have FREAKIN' mercy!
    Seriously.
    LORD have MERCY!
    I've honestly got goose bumps at the thought of this lusciousness.
    I need help.
    I either need to go and buy all new pants with elastic waist~and size 10 brief panties OR
    I need to check myself into SUGAR REHAB asap!
    LORD have MERCY!
    I"m headed to Target to pick up several packs of SIZE 10 panties!
    xo

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  36. OH yeah I know this cookie well. Though, I also add coconut flakes, and in our family they're known as 'magic cookie bars' - so, perhaps not entirely the same thing. But OH.SO.GOOD!

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  37. Can just imagine the fabulous taste of all this! Thanks so much for the recipe (including the unit of measure called a "glug"!). :-)

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  38. I have always called these Hello Dollies although "a rose by any other name" will still smell as sweet! Anyway, I love these bar cookies- especially during Christmas time and cookie exchanges because you can make a ton in just a few minutes. I have even switched up the "layers." White chocolate chips, craisens, coconut and pistachios is one of my favorites although the combinations are only limited by your imagination. Thanks for posting!

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  39. I love seven layer bars. Never once thought to add ice cream and chocolate sauce to them. Wonderful idea, scrumptious dessert. As for that ice cream sandwich...holy smokes! However, armed with a stool and a spoon, I'm game :)

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  40. These were called "Magic Cookie Bars" when I was a kid. I will definitely be making them a la mode soon!

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  41. Plan A, Plan B - I'll take these whichever way they can come. Wow, do these ever look good!

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  42. I wish I had this right now! It looks so decadent!

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  43. Gorgeous dessert, wow! Love it!!

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  44. Am I allowed to hate to you? Cause I want to! LOL! These. Look. Amazing!

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  45. Yummm. My good friend has an amazing (and similar) recipe for these as well, and our group was in LOVE with them. We were also pretty impressed at how easy they are to make and how quickly they were devoured. But we called them "magic cookie bars" which only got mildly awkward once we got into university and people started questioning what was in them.... hahaha.

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  46. This surpasses all relms of evil and delicious!

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  47. Ohhhhhh. Lord .Have >Mercy! These are my favorite! Sexy photos!

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  48. I am so glad you made this. I can't wait to try it and you the name you call them. To me in NYC, they were known as Magic Bars, so this is a new term for me. Your version has me drooling here at 9 AM.

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  49. What are doing to me woman? This is more than my brain can handle on a Thursday morning.

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  50. GIMME GIMME! These look unbelievably DELICIOUS! *drool*

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  51. Love that your kid is spreading a little sugar culture around the lunch table!!! Personally, I don't think 100 calorie packs belong in munchkin lunchboxes....but that's just me ;)

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  53. The ice cream on top is too much to handle, genius!

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  54. We call them seven layer bars here, and always end with the coconut on top. looks yummy!
    ~Maryanne

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  57. I had to try making these as soon as I got home. They were yummy but just waaaay to sweet for us. They came together really quickly though and sure looked great.

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  58. Holy. Moly. These look beyond decadent. Translation: I'm making them immediately.

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  59. Oh my gosh. I'm in love. Full on love. This looks fantastic! I will eat it all up now please!

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  60. what can i use instead of coconut?

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  61. Very nice recipes! its looks like yummy.Thanks for sharing the recipe.I wish you to post the new updates regularly.

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  62. Wow, plan A was wonderful but plan B is outstanding!

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  63. so much for my diet haha! will definitely try this :)

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  64. I love the pictures showing the progression of the chocolate drizzled over the ice-cream! This looks sinful... how many days after a 5k should I stop "refueling" with carbs? ;)

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  65. growing up, we always called these 7 Layer Bars... but my cousin's in-laws call them Awesome Bars. Which of course, they are!

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  66. Yeah...these are hello dollies. Delicious...but hello dollies.

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  67. I just made these last night! While the cookies are delicious I would have made one adjustment... I lined my pan with foil and sprayed the foil - what I should have done is sprayed the pan AND the foil. The butter and milk ooze out and cause the foil to stick to the pan. Next time I will be more careful. Thanks for a great recipe!

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