Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas Baking. Day 1. Cookie #2. Magic Cookie Bars.

Rosie's right back.
 Well, actually, she never left the kitchen.
It's still Tuesday, Day 1 of my Baking.
#2 Deliciosity:
Magic Cookie Bars
Ingredients for Magic Cookie Bars:
 1 stick butter
1 1/2 cups graham crackers, crushed
1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
 1 cup chocolate chips
 4 oz coconut
Melt 1 stick butter in a 9 x 13 baking pan in a 350 degree oven.
Here's a Rosie Cooking Tip # 639:
When a recipe calls for ghee, or clarified butter,
 this is what they're talking about.
To make clarified butter,
 all you do is slowly melt butter over a low heat.
 The milk solids will coagulate on top.
 You remove that part - the solids - and you have clarified butter.
Pour in 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs.
 FYI, when you buy a box of graham crackers,
 1 package inside is 1 1/2 cups crumbs.
 I put the crackers in a gallon bag and used a rolling pin to crush.
 Probably should've put them in the processor,
but I didn't want something else to wash.
My crumbs above should be fine.
 Not chunky.
So I spread and crushed and evened out the graham crust with my Lil' Brycer Rolling Pin.
Poured in sweetened condensed milk.
Sprinkle over the cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips.
 And People! Attention here.
 Never, EVER, buy the Food Lion brand of chocolate chips
. Apparently, this is one area of generea
where the rule doesn't apply.
 I always buy Nestles.
 Or Ghirardelli.
Next, add a layer of coconut.
Lastly, the pecans.
Ready for the oven.
350 degrees. 25-30 minutes.
 Cool and slice.

Magic Cookie Bars.
Cookie #2 Of The Annual Christmas Rosiethon.


Anonymous said...

So Rosie, I'm curious. Do you enjoy baking as much as your regular cooking? You're what I would consider an artistic cook, coloring outside the lines, adding what looks/tastes right, but baking seems more like an exact science. For me, baking is just being able to follow directions, and doesn't offer as much satisfaction as creating something new.
Or is this an apples & oranges question?

Rosie Hawthorne said...

Good question, Alex. I prefer my regular cooking. With baking, it's more of a "get 'er done" kind of thing. I know where I'm going with baking and there's only one road to get there. With my regular cooking, I can enjoy the scenery.