Hello Dolly Bars
This past week a fresh blanket of powdery snow draped over New England. As I watched the soft flakes fall past my window, all I wanted to do was go outside and play! I recalled memories of my childhood winters in Philadelphia – crafting igloos out of hardened snow banks, and building snowmen in my front yard. But it was coming indoors after a long day of playing that remains the most vivid memory. My mother would run steamy hot water from the laundry room sink and fill buckets for my brother and I. We would sit, toes thawing out one-by-one in the water, blankets around our shoulders, chests huddling over mugs of hot cocoa and let the steam curl up and warm our frozen noses and melt the ice off our eyelashes.
This week, I approached snow-play much differently by officially learning how to snowboard! My roommates and I took the drive up to a Wachuset Mountain and took two whole lessons. I fell more times than I could count, but the bruises were absolutely worth it. Snowboarding was a blast and although I’m nowhere near mastering it, I’m proud to have learned a new skill! While on the mountain I saw the smallest children that were already amazing at skiing and snowboarding. I wonder what snow memories they’ll have. What winter memories are most vivid to you?
With a condensed milk base, a Hello Dolly is extremely rich. Similar to a Magic Bar or Seven Layer Bar, Hello Dollys have all the same components except instead of walnuts, they have pecans. The other layers consist of graham cracker crumbs, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and sweetened coconut. The result is a chewy fantastic flavor explosion that I could dangerously eat a whole plate of.
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup pecans, pieces
14oz sweetened condensed milk
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees, grease an 8×8″ pan for thick bars, 9×13″ for thin bars
2. Melt the butter, mix in with graham cracker crumbs and press evenly into baking pan
3. Sprinkle chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coconut, and pecans over the crust layer
4. Pour the condensed milk over all, do NOT stir
5. Bake for 25 minutes. Let cool. They are best totally cooled and solid.
6. Cut into squares
Photos by: Zac Wolf Photography