I remember being a little girl and visiting my Aunt Betty in Eliot. She had the most wonderful gardens and would let me walk around and pick sprigs to put in a bouquet on the table. We would press the leaves between our fingers and release the scent into the air. The aromas were heady in her kitchen. She, like my mom, always encouraged me to cook.
One of my favorite recipes- everyone has their own version- was for a bar cookie called Hello Dollies. So good, so chewy and buttery and delicious. They are quick, easy and there are seldom leftovers. These are great for a bake sale- They're a sell out every time.
In a 9"x13" pan mix together: 1 stick melted butter and 1 1/2 cups crushed vanilla wafers, Nabisco chocolate wafers, or graham crackers. Press mixture into the bottom of the pan to create a crust.
Sprinkle over the crust: 1 cup chocolate bits (I like Ghirardelli extra dark), 1 cup flaked coconut, and an optional 1/2 cup white, butterscotch or peanut butter bits.
Pour evenly over all the ingredients- 1 can sweetened condensed milk.
Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 30 minutes. Cool and cut into squares.
For another decadent layer, melt another half cup of chocolate bits and drizzle over the top. Mmm. Sticky, oooey-gooey, sweetness. This recipe should come with a warning- Not for those with their sweet tooth removed...