Merry Christmas Eve! If you’re looking for a last minute dessert for your Christmas party, this is a no-fail, super simple treat that everyone will love. It only has seven, easy to find ingredients and can be quickly put together. Perfect for procrastinators like me!
My grandmother, Meme, has been making Seven Layer Bars for our family each Christmas for as long as I can remember. A couple of years ago, Patrick and I were spending Christmas on our own for the first time. We knew we wanted to include some of our families traditions so that it would feel somewhat like home. I called my sweet Meme, and a couple of days later a small index card arrived in the mail with her famous cookie recipe handwritten for me. They were the perfect dose of comfort for me that year and Patrick couldn’t believe he had gone his whole life without them!
I am a strong believer in the 80/20 rule of eating healthy, whole food 80% of the time. Seven Layer Bars are most definitely in the 20%! But, I also believe that at Christmas time, cookie calories don’t count.. and I’m pretty sure Santa would agree. So whether you’re having Seven Layer Bars tonight or a big ole’ glass of eggnog, I hope you enjoy it to the fullest!
Seven Layer Bars
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 1 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
- 12 oz. chocolate chips
- 12 oz. butterscotch chips
- 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup pecans, chopped
- Preheat oven to 325°
- Pour melted butter into a 9″ x 13″ pan, covering the entire base.
- Make a layer of each of the remaining ingredients in the order listed above. No mixing is necessary. (The butter on the bottom and the condensed milk throughout will hold them together.)
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- Allow pan to cool and then cut into squares. (I find that they’re easier to cut after refrigerating for an hour, but you will want them to be at least room temperature.)
I hope you and your families all have a beautiful Christmas filled with love, peace, and rest.
“I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” – Luke 2:10-11