Hello, Dolly! Bars

It’s that time again!

Honestly, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Looking back, all of the signs were there.Last week, I made it all the way to the grocery store without the assistance of my GPS.

My morning routine is now fine-tuned to the point that I even manage to have a cup of coffee in my hand as I run out the door.

Just this week, my darling husband hung up the final painting in our bedroom. And, of course, it looks awesome.

I had, at long last, convinced my mom to come visit us in Florida. And she hates flying. So that’s kind of a big deal.

Yesterday, I gave driving directions to someone else…and she successfully made it to her destination. If you know anything about me at all, you know that’s huge.

I finally found a favorite lunch place.

I was getting a little too attached to the beach.

Any military wife will tell you that those are all telltale signs that it’s time to move (with the possible exception of the driving directions one. Most people are far better than I with directions in general…)

I’m convinced that there has to be someone in the Marine Corps who monitors these things. How else do they know that you’re settled in enough to be moved again?

Okay, maybe not.

Anyway, if you haven’t figured it out yet, we’re moving!

And not to just anywhere.

This move is big.

Huge.

Monumental.

This is Texas-big. Because everything is bigger in Texas.

That’s right! We’re off to Texas!

The Lone Star State. Home of the Alamo. Birthplace of George W. Bush and Joan Crawford. Home to the world’s best Tex-Mex and barbeque. Cowboy boots. Chaps. Spurs. Stetsons. Longhorn cattle. Cacti.

Get excited, people! It’s time to start shopping for cowgirl boots! (Any excuse for new shoes, right?)

In honor of our big news, I decided to make these Hello, Dolly! Bars.

I realize that Dolly Parton is from Tennessee.

I also realize that the musical “Hello, Dolly!” is set in New York.

However, I found this recipe on Homesick Texan’s blog. So, that makes them Texan by default. And they’re downright amazing.

Once you taste them, you’ll realize that they’re the perfect treat to celebrate a move to Texas. See? I told you so.

Hello Dolly Bars
Adapted from Homesick Texan

Active time: 10 minutes
Start to finish: 40 minutes
Makes 24 bars

Ingredients
1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, cut into large pieces
1 1/2 cups graham crackers crumbs (about 8 graham crackers, pulsed in a food processor)
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt butter in microwave in heatproof bowl until just melted when stirred.

Add graham cracker crumbs. Mix and then press evenly into the bottom of 8×8 baking pan.

Layer coconut, pecans, butterscotch and chocolate chips on top of graham cracker base. Pour sweetened condensed milk over whole mixture.

Bake in oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top is light brown.

Cool thoroughly in fridge, then cut into bars. Because they’re so sweet, I would recommend cutting them into really tiny squares. Use your own judgment!

1 Comment on Hello, Dolly! Bars

  1. Amanda
    May 5, 2011 at 2:40 pm (4 years ago)

    FINALLY!!!

    A recipie for these bars in an 8×8! Since thats all I have, I am super excited about these! Will have to make in my one and only baking companion!

    Reply

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