Baking for Santa

Sunday, December 26, 2010

I finally have a working oven, as of 5:00 pm on the 23rd.  And that means I got to bake cookies for Santa in time for Christmas!

So where are the photos?  Well, in the chaos inspired by our kitchen reno, the cable for my camera has gone missing.  And as much as I love my readers, I’m not willing to brave Boxing Day madness to buy a new one.  You’ll see a photo of these squares on our cute Santa plate as soon as the crowds dissipate, or the old cable turns up.  (Note:  I found my cable, so now you can see the squares, and the new oven!)

In the meantime, let me tell you about Hello Dollies.  Probably every one of you has this recipe in some form. These squares are so easy that even people who never bake can master them.  I remember making Hello Dollies in university for a bunch of grateful friends – and those were the days when spaghetti and tomato sauce from a tin were haute cuisine.  I’m sure my friends were surprised as well as grateful.

It was the ease of these squares that made them a perfect choice for Christmas Eve baking.  I’m still getting used to my new oven, so I needed a recipe that wasn’t going to fail if I didn’t get the oven temperature or timing quite right.  And on a busy day before Christmas, it had to be as quick as possible.

New oven, decoratively offset by (temporary) plywood counters
It seems like this recipe has been around forever, but my mom said she first got it about forty years ago from my Grandma Bustin.  In this variation, I used chocolate crumbs rather than graham wafer crumbs.  I left out the pecans because my kids aren’t big on nuts, and they tell me Santa isn’t either.   So I upped the amount of the other add-ons and they were terrific.

Why are they called Hello Dollies?  Maybe there’s a clue in the song lyrics.  They’re lookin’ swell, and when you take your first bite you’ll feel the room swayin’.   Thanks to Grandma Bustin for passing along a recipe that still tastes great, forty years later!

Hello Dollies
(adapted from Grandma Bustin’s recipe)

½ cup butter, melted
1 ¾ cups oreo cookie crumbs
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
1-15 oz tin sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line the bottom of a 9” x 13” pan with parchment paper.  Mix melted butter and crumbs, and pat in the bottom of the pan.  Pour the other ingredients on top in order, finishing with the condensed milk.  Bake for 25 – 30 minutes.

35 comments:

Victoria said...

You had me at oreo cookie crumbs :) Good luck finding your camera cord!! And Merry Christmas, Beth! My best wishes to your family!

katerina said...

Yes, I can understand that chaos. It happens in days like these. I am glad it didn't affect the baking though. These cookies sound delicious.

Valerie said...

A classic, comfort recipe! I love your idea of using oreo cookie crumbs.

Your writing is more than enough to keep your readers coming back for for, but I hope that you find the missing cable. Things have a way of getting misplaced during the holidays. :)

jillbert said...

Your Oreo version sounds wonderful! I hope your camera cable reappears soon.

Emma said...

Oh wow those ingredients sound good (although I have eaten so much sugar over the past few days it's criminal - it's pouring rain here which makes eating naughty things even easier!).

Hope you find your computer cable soon and hope your holidays are going well!

Claudia said...

I don't know these at all but they do sound like good old fashioned,comforting wonderful cookies. And I wouldn't have gone out (and didn't) on Boxing Day either.

Dishesdone said...

They sounds fantastic! I hope you find your cable soon! Perfect timing with the stove though!

comfortablydomestic.com said...

Hooray for your new oven! I can imagine the relief you must feel to be able to cook, again. I like your use of Oreo crumbs.

Cakelaw said...

I love the sound of these (what couldn't be when it contains condensed milk?), but until I saw something similar at Duckie's site the other day, I'd never heard of them before. Well, Hello Dolly - I'd like to make your acquaintance!! Hope you had a great Xmas, and good news about the oven.

Amie Kaufman said...

Nomnomnom! I don't have a recipe like this--perhaps it's not an Australian thing? I do now!

Barbara said...

Thank heaven you've got your oven back! And trust you will find your camera cable buried somewhere.

We love Hello Dollies around here...

highlandsranchfoodie said...

I'm with you...no shopping right before or right after Christmas, what a mess. Glad you got your oven back, man that was close! Will look forward to the cookie photo.

My Little Space said...

Beth, it has been a hectic season! Wish I have more time for this. However, wishing you & your family a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year. May all the good things coming to you in year 2011! Enjoy & have lots of fun. God Bless!
Best wishes, Kristy ((hugs))

Faith said...

I have no idea why they are calle Hello Dollies
but I know the taste and it's great! I've had them long time ago when I was visitng a friend. Good thing that your oven was working right before Christmas eve. I hate nothing more than shopping right before Christmas. Good luck finding your camera cord.

Jeanne said...

I've never had Hello Dollies before but they are definitely on my "to bake" list now! I'm glad to hear that your kitchen is in working order again. Happy Holidays!

Pacheco Patty said...

Sorry the cord for the camera went missing, now that's annoying! I think it's great that you carried on with your post without a photo because you're right a photo can be added later. I remember my grandmother making a similar cookie but without the Oreo cookie crumbs. I think there was a joke about them being low calorie! Enjoy the holidays;-)

ezsrecipes.com said...

Yum, they sound delicious, even without the pictures! I hope you find your cord!

allieksmith said...

Hello Dollie! Those sound QUITE delicious :) I can totally imagine them, even without pictures. I don't blame ya for not wanting to go out on Boxing Day ;)

Carolyn said...

Hello Dollies! Boxing Day! Ah, the language of my homeland ;) My dad always called the graham cracker/condensed milk bars hello dollies, but down here in the US, they call them magic cookie bars. Bet they're great with oreo cookie crumbs too!

julie said...

Oh how I love hello dollies! It's all my favorite ingredients combined into one deliciously amazing bar. Yum!

I'm glad you were able to get your oven fixed in time for Christmas and I hope you enjoyed the day. Have a very happy New Year!

Jackee said...

My mom used to make something similiar for us too! And I love them--they're great for a chocolate fix. :o)

Thanks for sharing, Beth, and congrats on the new kitchen!!!!

Kristen said...

I hope that you are able to find that cable after all of the dust settles. In the meantime, you have posted one of our favorite "cookies." I haven't seen them with the butterscotch chips and the oreo crumb crust. I like the variation. I hope your Christmas was lovely and that you have a rousing 2011.

Joanne said...

yay about your new oven! I'm so excited for you!

These bars are filled with everything that is good in this world. They are magical. I can tell. Maybe they will help your old cable to turn up!

Sweet and Savory said...

Santa is sure lucky, your oven was fixed. Lucky guy, getting these.

Catherine said...

Cookies sound wonderful Beth! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and beautiful new year to come!
Hugs & Blessings~

Barbara Bakes said...

I've never heard of Hello Dollies before, but judging from the ingredients, it is a cookie I could fall in love with! Happy baking in the new year!

Jacque said...

OOh, I love those! Your version sounds extra yummy. Merry Christmas to you :)

Sweet And Crumby said...

I have never made these but I KNOW my kids would love them. Thanks for sharing the recipe! :)

Heavenly Housewife said...

I've always wanted to try these. They're chocked full of such yummy stuff, that you know they are going to be amazing. Thanks for sharing the recipe daaaaahling.
Wishing you a wonderful 2011.
*kisses* HH

5 Star Foodie said...

Those sound delicious for sure, love the butterscotch chips here!

shaz said...

Yay! Glad to hear you have a working oven now :) I just got back from visiting family for Christmas and after being out of the kitchen for about a week, I'm itching to bake something, so I can totally understand where you're coming from :) Never ever heard of these before actually but I'm inspired. Might do some NYE baking tomorrow. Have a great start to the 2011 Beth!

Rita said...

Love to read your informative posts.Your hello dollies look wonderful. Wishing you and your family all the best in 2011.
Rita

Lynne said...

My girls loved these when they were small and they still love them as adults. Thanks for the memories. Your new oven looks fab!

rita said...

At last! Your oven looks amazing and I'm so glad you had it working in time for Christmas (if at the eleventh hour)! Santa is so lucky...

Grapefruit said...

I like the idea of the Oreos & love that very cute santa plate. Congrats on getting your oven back on time!

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