Holiday Hello Dolly Bars

American Classics

Lost classic desserts from our wide and varied past.

[Photograph: Pam Parrella]

This recipe is based on the classic Hello Dolly/7-Layer Bar/Magic Square recipe which traditionally includes a butter and graham cracker crumb crust topped with sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, shredded coconut, and nuts. But play around—the form is perfect for customization.

Most recipes use semi-sweet chocolate chips and sweetened flake or shredded coconut, but if you have access to really good dark chocolate chips and unsweetened shredded coconut, it will cut the sweetness factor substantially. Add 1/4 cup chopped nuts if you'd like, or make them your own by subbing your favorite holiday cookie for the base.

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