I’ve been test-driving recipes, trying to decide what I should make for Will Bake For Food, a bake sale on November 12th to benefit Seattle’s Emergency Feeding Program.
Baking? Not necessarily my super power. But it’s for a good cause, and should be a lot of fun, so my kitchen counter is piled high with sugar and chocolate chips. I plan to force my coworkers to eat up the surplus goodies from my test batches and no doubt they will have some opinions, which is all to the good.
Last weekend I made a batch of seven layer cookies. This recipe is courtesy of my friend Christie. She made them for me years ago, and wrote down the recipe on a little piece of notepaper in her pretty handwriting, and I folded it and tucked it away in my recipe box like a treasure map. I remember her saying how easy they were, but mostly I just gobbled up as many as I could, as quickly as I could.
She was right, they are dead simple. These cookies are easy enough that you could even make them with a young helper, and will be done and in the oven before they (or you!) get bored and wander off. As they bake, the house fills with the rich scent of the sweetened condensed milk, which I imagine is exactly what heaven smells like, on a balmy day when the winds are from the south.
They are chewy and sweet and rich, with each bite full of little nubbly bits of butterscotch or chocolate or nuts. And that elusive taste that hovers just beyond description, the one that you know but can’t quite place? I’ll give you a hint: the secret ingredient is love.
Seven Layer Cookies
- 1 stick butter
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup butterscotch chips
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
Melt butter in 9×13 inch pan. Sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs (to form crust). Sprinkle on chocolate chips. Sprinkle on butterscotch chips. Sprinkle on coconut. Drizzle on sweetened condensed milk. Sprinkle on nuts.
Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes.
Let cool in pan for about 10 minutes before cutting into squares.