To give credit where credit is due, I started off with this Magic Cookie Bar recipe (LINK) from Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk, but I knew it wasn’t going to happen when the first ingredient was 1 1/2 cup graham crackers. I don’t have any. When we first arrived in Kuwait, I saw graham crackers here, but it’s the holidays, so they’ve obviously been bought up. I need to make a new Netgrocer.com order.
Now, ordering online is all and good for future recipes, but I wanted to make this recipe … NOW. So I just winged it using what I had. As the kids declared the result to be AWESOME!!!, I guess I’ll share what I did.
Magic Cookie Bar (Sorta) Surprise
Preheat oven to 350
3 regular wheatabix cereal bricks (Nope. Not kidding. Plain ol’ whole grain wheat chunks, broken up, about 1 and 1/2 cup. You could probably substitute plain whole wheat flakes of some brand?)
1/2 cup oatmeal, uncooked
2 tsp cinnamon
some nutmeg, anis powder and vanilla (I didn’t measure)
3-4 tsp honey
1/4 cup hazelnut spread
Mix all of the above in a bowl and then spread very flat into a 9x13 rectangular pan.
Pour one 14oz can of Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed milk over the top.
Combine 2 cups (total) of chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and/or raisins. Spread this mix as the next layer.
Spread 1 to 1 1/2 cup flaked coconut as the next layer.
Chop 1 cup nuts very finely (I used pecans) and spread on top.
Press flat with a spoon, and then bake for about 25-30 minutes until lightly browned.
The original recipe suggested allowing it to cool. We didn’t wait and ate the first gooey helping while it was still hot! Amazingly good. We’ll let the rest cool off and try it cut into proper ‘cookie bars’ tomorrow!