Take Back the Kitchen: Alma’s Magic Cookie Bars

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Hi everyone! Let’s face it, we all want the teens to hang out at our house so we can keep an eye on them. Yes, it’s noisy, yes, they drink all my organic milk, yes, I pray they won’t put their muddy shoes on my daughter’s white carpeted floor, yes, I smile politely when they leave a thousand chocolatey napkins on my table for the dog to attack but at least I can make sure they are not in the middle of town drinking and smoking.
Initially, I attempted to lure them with edamame dip and pita chips and my leftover egg strata but, although they said they liked it, I found it untouched IN THE GARBAGE!!! Oh, the horror.
When my daughter begged me to make the classic age old recipe for Magic Cookie Bars (you can find this classic on every website and cookbook), what could I say? Everything in moderation. It’s a sacrifice I must make.
How do you lure the teens to your house? If your homemade hummus and sprouts just ain’t doing the trick, try these and get back to me on your success.
Magic Cookie Bars:

2 packages graham crackers crushed in a food processor
1 stick of butter , melted
one 14 oz can condensed milk
2 cups chocolate chips (feel more virtuous by using fair trade ones from Costco)
1 1/2 cups sweetened coconut
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
In a 9″X13″pan with sides like a pyrex, spray some cooking spray or rub some butter on the bottom
mix the melted butter and graham cracker crumbs together and press into the bottom of the prepared pan
pour the condensed milk all over the crumbs
sprinkle on the chocolate chips
sprinkle next layer with coconut
Place in the oven for 25 minutes and let cool
Serve room temperature or chill in the fridge-enjoy!
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