1.04.2011

The Bestest Cookies Ever~

My mother is not much of a baker. I guess I should re-word that. She doesn't like to bake much. I inherited that from her. But there is one time of year that both my mother and I put on our chef's hats, tie on our aprons, and get baking. And that is during the holidays.
Every year for as long as I remember, my mother has made what she calls "Dolly Madison Cookies" for the holidays. And I proudly carry on that tradition. (Of course, they're great for any time of year...but we only bake at the holidays, remember? LOL!)
Not only are these cookies extraordinarily yummy...they are extraordinarily easy...for the baking-impaired such as myself. My kiddos loooooooove to help make these (although they contain coconut and walnuts which are - as my kids will adamantly tell you - yucky). So, they don't eat them. But I make them as my go-to cookie for holiday parties. And any cookies that happen to be left over get to be enjoyed by me (and occasionally by the hubby if I'm feeling generous.)

Here is the recipe...just as my mom gave it to me...really it's so easy it's almost a sin...


Dolly Madison Cookies


Layer:

Graham Crackers (1 cup crushed) note: I have found that 1 1/2-2 cups works a little better.
1 sq. butter (melted) mix it into the graham crackers and them pat them down to form a "crust."

1 c semi sweet chocolate chips



1 c crushed walnuts

1 c shredded coconut

1 can sweetened condensed milk (pour evenly over top)

Please forgive the blurry photo...it was the Princess' first attempt at photography with my camera.

Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes



Let cookies cool thoroughly before cutting into squares (I have found that a pizza cutter works amazingly well for cutting these.)


ENJOY~

32 comments:

debi said...

I love these cookies! My Mom made them too. I forgot all about them. Thanks for reminding me and sharing the recipe!

Peggy Lee said...

Oh I have this recipe but it's called something else. I can't remember just what right now.....but I know I have it. Thanks for reminding me of it. I need to make these very SOON!!

WobiSobi said...

Yum!!! I am so going to try this!

Connie said...

These are some of my favorites too. We call them Millionaire Bars because they taste THAT good!

Lee Ann said...

I know these as Magic Cookie bars. Also, if we use 1/2 cup chocolate and 1/2 butterscotch, it becomes 7 layer bars. Yummo!

Libby said...

I know this recipe as Hello Dollies! I haven't made them in forever. Thanks for the reminder.

Richella said...

Aren't these wonderful? We call them "Hello Dollies" rather than Dolly Madisons. And I have an "official" recipe from Eagle Brand that calls them "Magic Cookie Bars." Whatever you call them, they are so good! And it's wonderful to have a recipe that you can pull together in a jiffy!

House of Smiths said...

Yummy! These look amazing! :)

Mrs Lemon said...

My grandma does these Magic Cookie Bars too!! she uses butterscotch chips and peanut butter chips too, sometimes all together. So yummy!!

Hannah Rebekah said...

Wow those look amazing! I have to try them sometime!

~Hannah Rebekah

Connie & Marie said...

These look de-lish! I can't wait to make them!

Marie

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La Borda Bleu said...

these ARE delish! i've never made them but, have had a few square in my time....i'll need to try the recipe...yummmy :) xoxo's nancy

Vintage Gal said...

They look delish! A friend of mine bakes these when I visit her. I do not make them as when I visit her they would not be so special. If I could stop by I would beg for one with a cup of tea :-)

Kara said...

I LOVE these! They really are a weakness, so I can't make them very often. So dang yummy!!

Polly said...

I love coconut! Thanks for sharing this recipe....looks so yummy!! Adding it to my recipe box!

Tanya said...

These are the best ever! I've tried the Paula Deen recipe, and it is amazing. Thanks for reminding me of them. I might just have to make some soon =)

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Magic Bars - our favorite! These are some of our favorite and they are so easy to make gluten free!

Sommer said...

I also know these as Magic Bars and I haven't had them in forever! Thanks for reminding me how scrumptious they are!

LuLu said...

Oh my sweet tooth! This is my kind of cookie! I have to surprise my kids this weekend with it!!!
thanks for recipe,
xo,
LuLu

ellie g said...

LOVE THESE! We called them "Hello Dolly's" which must be in some way related to Dolly Madison....right? I am so glad you posted this, because although I make them periodically, I have never actually had the recipe, and I have to call my Mom every time. Now I won't have to bug her! :) Thanks!

Brandi said...

I've made these a lot in the past and never knew the name of them! LOL
Thanks for sharing!!!

Mallory said...

Oh my word, I completely forgot about these cookies! They are insanely good! My grandma calls them "good rich gook" (?) and we call them magic cookie bars. It doesn't matter what you call em, though, just give me the whole pan! :)

janet said...

My neighbor introduced me to these cookies this year..although she had a few more ingredients and called them a Seven Layer Cookie..all I can say is they were a big hit here..Love our blog..

jessica said...

looks yummy! definitely going to try these!! :)

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Chelsea Burrell said...

I think EVERY midwestern woman has this recipe. It's in the old yellow Betty Crocker 3 ring binder style cookbook (and probably in the current ones as well) they're called "Six-Layer Bars" in the BC book!

His girl said...

Yum! My stepmom used to make these cookies when I was a child. I had forgotten all about them. Blessings

Beth@The Stories of A2Z said...

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Diana said...

These are one of my favorites too, although I use pecans instead of walnuts (my grandparents have pecan trees, so I've grown up substituting pecans in most recipes that call for walnuts).

Susan said...

Honestly, Wendy. The cookies sound divine but more than that, your children are GORGEOUS. What little sweet dolls. When I saw their little faces smiling into the camera, it cracked me up and made my morning! Thanks for sharing. Susan

lise said...

Hi Wendy,

We call those " Hello Dolly's from my MIL or Seven Layer Cookies from my momma. We add butterscotch, chocolate,coconut, etc. Thanks for the reminder of hubbies favorite cookie!

SarahAnne said...

We called them Hello Dolly's. Another popular name is Magic Cookie Bars. They are the best!!! I have always wondered where that name came from. I am curious who Dolly Madison is....

Susan said...

I know I'm a little late to the party, but I just had to tell you that my mother and I make these to, but we call them "Sin Bars" because something that tastes that good *must* be a sin ;o)