baking day

Yesterday was baking day in the uglythreads household. My husband had a cookie carry-in at work, and I had a wicked craving for some homemade sugar deliciousness. To wit:
chocchipChocolate chip cookies. Classic and delicious, I used mini and jumbo chips to increase the chocolaty goodness. I adapted from the New York Times recipe here. I used regular AP flour, and mini & jumbo semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of “bittersweet chocolate disks or fèves” which I assume is foodie for “chocolate chips that are much more expensive than the ones currently on special at the local foodmart” (2 for $4!)

I also made a treat to keep at home. We’ve always called these “Seven Layer Bars” though that’s a misnomer, because it only contains six ingredients. Some internet research tells me these are also sometimes called “Magic Bars” and may have originally included butterscotch chips. The recipe is super easy, and yields this gooey wonder:


Seven Layer Bars:
melt a stick of butter in a 9×13 baking dish
crush a package (about 8) of graham crackers, and pour in the dish with the butter. Mush it down into an even layer with your fingers.

Next open up a can of sweetened condensed milk and pour evenly over the graham cracker layer. Next comes a layer of chocolate chips, followed by one of shredded coconut, followed by nuts (I use walnuts, you can also use pecans, cashews, macadamia nuts, whatever) then pop it in an oven at 350°F for about 20 minutes, it until the coconut gets toasty.

Let it cool a bit to set up, and then cut into bars and eat with a big ol’ glass of milk. Holiday baking: accomplished.