Guest post from Brigette Shevy
These bars are one of my all-time favorite holiday treats! If you want to meet new people and make new friends, just take a plate of these decadent candy-bar-like cookies to a Christmas party — you will have people begging you for the recipe! They are very rich (which means one pan goes a long way!), indulgent, and an amazing addition to a plate of assorted homemade Christmas goodies.
Even though I generally stick with recipes that use more “pure” ingredients (i.e. less packages and cans), I like these bars so much that I feel they more than justify a once-a-year splurge.
This is a simple, easy-to-throw-together recipe that will keep in the freezer for weeks – which means you can have treats ready at a moment’s notice the entire holiday season.
I will forever be indebted to my husband’s grandma for introducing me to this recipe! She simply called them “Mounds Bars,” but seriously, there is just no comparison between these and the packaged candy bars in the checkout lanes.
Makes one 9″ x 13″ pan.
- 1 ½ – 1 ¾ cups graham cracker crumbs
- ½ cup melted butter
- ½ cup sugar (I use less than this)
- 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 package (7 ounces) shredded coconut
- 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (use less if you’re not a chocolate lover!)
- 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
For the Crust: Mix graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar together and press into a 9×13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
For the Filling: Mix the condensed milk and coconut together and carefully spread over hot crust. Bake for another 15 minutes. Cool.
For the Topping: In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and peanut butter. Microwave until melted, stirring every 20-30 seconds. Spread on top of cooled bars. Chill until set.
The only bad thing about taking these bars to holiday parties it that you’ll rarely ever have leftovers!
Brigette is a full-time wife and mother who is blessed with three amazing bundles of energy (ages 5, 3 and 1). She enjoys music, experimenting in the kitchen, homeschooling her children, finding great deals, long-distance running, and anything chocolate.