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Seven Layer Cookie Cups

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Confession:  I’ve never had or made 7 layer bars.  But ever since I created the salted caramel cookie cup recipe, my friend Dawn (and her husband Rex!) have been asking me to try a cookie cup filled with 7 layer bar ingredients.

Now that I’ve tried them, I am in love with 7 layer bars.  The bars are very easy to make and there are tons of recipes online for them.  There are many variations of ingredients, but I made my cups with Dawn’s favorites.  The cups are a little more time consuming than plain bars– but very, very fun!  The cookie cup holds all the yummy ingredients together and adds a dense sweet layer to the typical bar recipe.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tube of refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1c. of finely crushed graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 c. chopped pecans
  • 1c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4c. butterscotch chips
  • 1c. shredded coconut
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk

(yep, thats 7 ingredients!)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Using clean hands, knead together graham cracker crumbs and cookie dough until all crumbs are incorporated.
  • Divide dough evenly among 12 (standard size) muffin cups.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 14 minutes
  • Press centers of baked cookies in, forming a cup. I use a mini tart shaper for this and it makes it SO easy- you can use the end of a wooden spoon too, if you want.  The inside of the cookies might still be a little undercooked at this point — that is ok!
  • Layer the remaining dry ingredients in each cookie cup, saving some coconut aside.
  • Place sweetened condensed milk in a zip top bag, clip a corner and drizzle the condensed milk into each cup over and around all the ingredients.  I went to each cup twice, as the liquid seeped down into all the layers there was room for more on top.
  • Sprinkle top with shredded coconut and place back in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes.  Watch for your coconut to brown on top– that is your cue to pull them out!
  • Cool completely in pan.  
  • Use a small knife to run around edge of each cup and pop it out of pan when cooled.

My thoughts:  I love them!  You could experiment with ingredient variations to this if you don’t like nuts or coconut for example. I like them as is.  Since I’d never had a 7 layer bar, I was depending on Dawn and Rex to judge the taste- they give them a thumbs up!  If you want gooey chocolate and coconut then this is YOUR dessert!  Enjoy!


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