Thursday, July 7, 2016

Be an Encourager: Chocolate-Dipped 7-Layer Cookies on a Stick

I’m so happy to be working with Land O’Lakes, Inc. again this year. Yay, butter! Not only do I love butter, but I’m loving Land O’Lakes, Inc.’s focus on their new tagline: Add a Little Good™.

Chocolate-Dipped 7-Layer Cookies on a Stick
This got me thinking about all of the wonderful people in my life and how they do things, big and small, to make others happy. Yes, we can pay for the person behind us in the line at Starbucks...or put change in an expired parking meter, but there are ways to spread cheer and goodness without spending a penny.

Be an encourager. My Aunt Janice is my role model in this. I’m naturally cautious, a worrier, prone to see what could go wrong in any situation. Not Aunt Janice. She’s the best cheerleader. Always with something positive to say, always with interested in your latest endeavor, always in your corner. 

You know what? Words of encouragement can give someone the confidence to pursue dreams…to step outside of a comfort zone…to write a cookie book! It’s true. I need to do more of it.

Chocolate-Dipped 7-Layer Cookies on a Stick
In honor of Aunt Janice, I’m making 7-Layer Cookies…on a stick…dipped in chocolate. 


There’s a funny story that when I was a little girl, my Uncle Mike and Aunt Janice came to visit. We went to the beach and my mom packed 7-layer cookies. On the way home, I asked for another cookie. My mom said no, and I piped up with, “but Aunt Janice has eaten THREE!” Ha! No wonder she’s my favorite.

Chocolate-Dipped 7-Layer Cookies on a Stick

You might know 7-layer cookies as Hello Dollies or Magic Bars. They are a buttery graham cracker layer…

Chocolate-Dipped 7-Layer Cookies on a Stick
...topped with coconut…

Chocolate-Dipped 7-Layer Cookies on a Stick
…chocolate chips…

Chocolate-Dipped 7-Layer Cookies on a Stick
…butterscotch chips…

Chocolate-Dipped 7-Layer Cookies on a Stick
…sweetened condensed milk…

Chocolate-Dipped 7-Layer Cookies on a Stick
...and topped off with pecans.

Chocolate-Dipped 7-Layer Cookies on a Stick
Once they’re baked and cooled, you’ll insert a Popsicle stick that’s been dipped in chocolate and freeze them for a few minutes. Don’t worry if they start to crack when inserting the stick. They can easily be smooshed (technical term) back together.

Chocolate-Dipped 7-Layer Cookies on a Stick
Chocolate-Dipped 7-Layer Cookies on a Stick
Once set, you’ll dip in chocolate. It’s a wonderful thing.

My mom always served 7-layer cookies cold and these are best served cold as well.

Aunt Janice, I encourage you to eat as many of these as you like.
Chocolate-Dipped 7-Layer Cookies on a Stick

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Chocolate-Dipped 7-Layer Cookies on a Stick
{makes 12}

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted
1 1/2 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs
1 cup shredded, sweetened coconut
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup finely chopped pecans
10 ounces dipping chocolate

Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 11 x 7” pan. Line with foil. Grease the foil.

Stir the melted butter and graham cracker crumbs together. Press into the pan. Layer on the coconut, chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips. Pour the sweetened condensed milk on top. Sprinkle on the pecans and lightly press.

Bake for 25 minutes. Remove to a wire cooling rack to cool completely. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Use the foil to remove from the pan onto a cutting board.

Use a bench scraper or a large knife to cut into 12 squares, slicing off the rounded ends if necessary. Place on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper.

Place 1/4 of the dipping chocolate in a bowl and melt as directed on the package. Dip a wooden food-safe Popsicle stick in the chocolate, then into the center of each square. Freeze the squares for 5 minutes.

Melt the remaining dipping chocolate in another bowl. Before dipping, shake off any excess pecans. Dip the cookies into the melted chocolate. Place on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet in the refrigerator. Let set for at least 30 minutes. Serve cold.


17 comments:

  1. What a great idea...cookies on a stick...this is so genius, Bridget! I can't wait to make these!

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  2. What a great idea!
    And you Miss are an inspiration:)I bet you are a cheerleader to others.
    My middle name is What If..you learn to live with it;)

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  3. YUM, and thanks for the be an encourager inspiration!

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  4. Thank you! I've been thinking I need to make those. Only, I don't think I could stop at 3!

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  5. I want these NOW! And such a great story about your Aunt. I totally would've demanded the same amount of cookies as her too, hehe.

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  6. These cookies on a stick are fabulous! I am loving all the different layers of flavors and textures that will definitely make this cookie a firm favorite in my home !

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  7. Love this post. LOVE seven layer cookies.

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  8. Everyone needs an Aunt Janice and one (or three) of these cookie bars on a stick!!!

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  9. Yes, AJ is THE BEST encourager! Cookies look heavenly!

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  10. We LOVE Hello Dollies. Only we make ours with Saltines instead of graham crackers. You might try it sometime. Balances out some of the sweet with the salt.

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  11. These look so incredibly delicious...I'm thinking someone could make a killing at a state fair with this recipe-on-a-stick! I also love your sweet words about your aunt. Those positive encouragers in our lives are EVERYTHING.

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  13. These look amazing and easy enough to make. All of my favorite ingredients in one yummy desert! Giving these a try this week.

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  14. I've been making these for 20 plus years, casserole/bar style, at Christmas. We call it Elf casserole.

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  15. no thank you - they look way too sweet with the butterscotch chips and I just don't honestly understand why you would put them on a stick? to me companies use this as a gimmick- they
    try to use as many products as they can to get us to buy them all :(

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