I have kept the tradition going on in my family today. Some time around a week before Christmas I will begin to bake cookies for Christmas. You could say I have made "tons" of these cookies since 1972. It is not at all unusual for me to bake several batches of Hello Dolly Cookies through out the holidays. In fact, there is one member of the family who considers Hello Dolly Cookies to be his favorite cookie in the whole world, so his wife or I will make sure some are made for him to satisfy his taste for the saltiness of the crust and the sweetness of the condensed milk mixed with richness of the chocolate.
The Original Hello Dolly Cookies
1 stick butter
1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F or 325 degrees F if you're using a glass baking dish. Melt butter in a small bowl in the microwave on high for 30 seconds. Combine graham crackers with the melted butter and place in an 9" x 12" baking dish, patting the crumb mixture down evenly with your hands. Layer the chocolate chips, coconut, and nuts on top of the graham cracker mix. Pour the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the entire mixture. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is light brown. Let cool completely before cutting into bars.
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