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Thursday, May 17, 2012

7-Layer Dessert Bars

I bake a lot.  I'll admit it.  But, I will also admit, that I give most of it away.  I take these delicious bites to work, daycare, my husband's work and in little care packages to friends.  I like to give.

I normally would never, ever make two pans of bars in one night, but this week was an exception.  I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before, but my husband is a cop.  He works odd and crazy hours, but loves his job and does a mighty fine good job of it.

This week happens to be Police Officer Memorial Week.  If you haven't taken the time to thank those that serve us day in and day out, please do.  They do so much more for us that you'll ever know.  With that being said, we honored the men (and women) yesterday with tons of food to feed all three shifts.  I was in charge of dessert for two of the shifts and this is what I baked up.

Two easy bar desserts that took me less than 15 minutes to whip up.  I'm featuring the 7-Layer Dessert Bar today, but I'll also fill you in on the other one below (even easier).  I've been eating these bars for YEARS, and frankly, you can change up the layers in anyway you like, it all bakes up the same.

7-Layer Dessert Bars
(layer in this order)
1 pkg. pre-made or homemade cookie dough (sugar, pb or chocolate chip)
1 c. Nutella
1 c. shredded coconut
1/2 c. chocolate chips
1/2 c. butterscotch chips
1 c. chopped walnuts
1 small can sweetened condensed milk

Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.  Layer in ingredients in above order, starting with pressing down the cookie dough, spreading on Nutella, sprinkling on coconut, chips and walnuts, ending with drizzling on sweetened condensed milk.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden and bubbly.  Allow to cool before cutting into bars.

These cookie bars are simply: 1 boxed yellow cake mix, 2 eggs, 1/2 c. canola
oil or applesauce, 1 c. chocolate chips.  Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.
Both of these pans can be baked at the same time, saving you precious time and your oven less heating time.  A done deal!

Who else bakes for others?

Am I the only one?

Would you like to comment?

  1. I will take something when I visit a friend. If someone comes to visit me, I pack them a bag of goodies. My grandmother's rule...never go empty handed.

  2. Sounds absolutely sensational!
    Mary x

  3. Oh I bake for others all the time!!! More than half of what I bake gets given away. In fact, when I met J's coworkers they said "of course you'd be skinny- you give US all the desserts!" haha
    I recently had 7 layer bars for the first time! yum, yum!

  4. One of my co-workers always tells people I cook for the world...lol

  5. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)May 17, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Most of the baking I do is for others ... I am not a huge fan of sweets.

  6. I used to for my husband's coworkers when he was in the military. He's medically retired now because he was injured in Iraq. Most everybody has pcs'd. I made the 7-layer dip and choc chip cookies.