a special feature by Arlene Bronstein, Author & Grandmother Extraordinaire*

It doesn’t matter whether it’s Easter, or any holiday, these “bars” are fabulous and will be a highlight on your festive table…

Twenty-five years ago, BEAUTIFUL BUFFETS was published. It featured quick and easy recipes that family and friends loved. The book quickly became a favorite, and today those original books are beginning to yellow from use! The good news is that the book is going to have a new life before the end of 2014.  It is being issued in its original form, with 30 new recipes. The recipe below is one of the easiest to prepare…and one of the quickest to disappear from the plate!  Kids and adults love them!  Enjoy!

YIELD 36 bars                           PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 degrees

1/2 Cup Butter
1 1/2 cups Graham Cracker crumbs

1 cup chocolate chips – (I use dark chocolate / but original is for semi-sweet)
3/4 cup butterscotch chips
3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 cup shredded coconut
1 14-ounce can Eagle Brand Condensed Milk

CRUST:  Melt butter in a 9X13 pan in the oven.  Add graham cracker crumbs and mix well with a fork.  Press the moistened crumbs evenly down in the pan to form a crust.

TOPPING:  Sprinkle both chips over the crust.  Sprinkle nuts.  Sprinkle coconut over nut layer.  Slowly drizzle the condensed milk evenly over all the ingredients.

Bake in a preheated 350 oven for 25 minutes (coconut and milk should just be turning a light brown).

Cool 30 minutes, then put in the refrigerator to harden.  Then cut into squares. (approximately 2X2 inches.)

These are delicious cold right out of the refrigerator or served at room temperature.  They freeze well.


*Arlene Michlin Bronstein is the author of a number of cookbooks, including Carlos: Contemporary French Cuisine. She wrote the book My Word is My Bond, using interviews of 21 traders from the Chicago Board of Trade. Using that material, she was the Executive Producer of a documentary by that same name for PBS. In Spring 2013, Arlene’s first children’s book, How Did Nonnie Get to Heaven was published. She has been married for 43 years.  Arlene and her husband Keith have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.