Thursday, November 17, 2011

Triple Layer Cookie Bars--Week #8 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies

I wanted to make 7-layer bars for this week's cookie, because I have a bit of a weakness for them and suspect it will be a loooooooong time before I can go to a coffeehouse and have one as one of my rare ultimate indulgences.  When I started to look over the ingredients to make them to see if I had everything I needed, I discovered some oversized varmints, ie the kids and hubby, had eaten all the graham crackers!  I decided this recipe with its three delicious layers would be close enough to satisfy my craving and just used ingredients that no one had gotten into (probably because I tend to hide certain valuables, like chocolate chips!).

My cell phone camera does NOT do this thing justice!
Triple Layer Cookie Bars
1 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup cocoa powder (the baking stuff, not the hot cocoa stuff)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, cold
2 eggs, beaten
1 7oz pkg flaked cocnut
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9x13 baking pan.  In a medium mixing bowl, mix together flour, sugars, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.  Use a pastry blender to cut in butter, until mixture resembles fine crumbs.  Mix in eggs; you may need to use your hands to get the last bit of powderiness mixed in.  Press dough into the bottom of the baking pan to form a crust.  Bake for 8 minutes.  Spread coconut in an even layer over crust.  Drizzle sweetened condensed milk over the coconut.  Bake an additional 20-25 minutes, until lightly browned.  Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter in a double boiler (or in a saucepan over really, really low heat!), stirring constantly until smooth.  Spread over bars.  Let cool completely before cutting.



  1. I love to indulge in these treats whenever they are on somone's cookie tray. I'm afraid if I made them myself I would eat the whole pan!

  2. those look and sounds great, I also know the pain of the cell phone camera, but we know it is the taste that matters.

  3. I love any recipe that uses sweetened condensed milk! I have no doubt these are fabulous!

  4. These sound really tasty! I love making bars :)

  5. That is one impressive list of ingredients, I'll bet these cookie bars tasted great!

  6. Mmm, each bite would be heaven.