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Holiday Hello Dolly Bars

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. More

American Classics: Holiday Peppermint 'Crack'

This year, instead of buying tschotskes that my friends and family will have to dust until they end up in a yard sale or on eBay, I'm trying to make as made homemade gifts as I can. One of the first recipes that came to mind for holiday gift giving was my beloved Chocolate 'Crack'—it's easy, it's inexpensive, and it's absolutely impossible to pass up. But it's even better with a winter-appropriate peppermint spin. More

American Classics: Scotcheroos

Just before I started kindergarten, I accompanied my dad to a new student reception in the cafeteria of what would soon be my elementary school. What I remember most vividly about this introduction to primary education was the giant platter of Rice Krispies Treats. It wasn't until years later that I discovered that in addition to those gloriously buttery and marshmallowy bars, Kelloggs had gifted the world with another bar-like treat: the Scotcheroo. More

American Classics: Kitchen Sink Bars

With the oven-to-mouth time on this recipe clocking in at around 30 minutes, these quick and easy cookie bars enjoyed the height of their popularity in the 60s and 70s when convenience cooking first began to take hold. Variations abound, but the standard recipe typically includes a butter and graham cracker crumb crust, topped with sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, shredded coconut, and nuts. The sweetened condensed milk binds the bar together, bubbling up in the oven and lending a caramelized quality to the shredded coconut. More

Kitchen Sink Bars

Most traditional 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. If desired you can substitute your favorite nut instead of the peanuts. Any plain potato chips will do, but chips with ridges lend a nice textural element. More

Chocolate 'Crack'

This salty and sweet bark is super easy to make and more than mildly addictive. Most traditional recipes use semi-sweet chocolate chips, but if you have access to really good dark chocolate, it will take the recipe to the next level. More

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