Thursday, January 12, 2012

Whatever Ya Got Cookie Bars

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These are called "Whatever Ya Got" Bars because that's the ingredient list.

Especially after Christmas baking season, I like to make these with whatever I got in the pantry.  You know those half opened bags of chocolate chips, nuts, brittle... maybe even some leftover Halloween candy.  Just about anything can be used in these.  The basic recipe is a classic that I believe was originally on a can of Condensed Milk (I could be wrong).  At the least, I remember having these at just about every Church Basement Pot Luck Dinner 5 decades ago.  That's how old the recipe (and myself) is.

Keep Scrolling down for this easy to follow recipe.

For this particular bar I used up a partially opened bag of Coconut (Although any kind of candied fruit will work).  I also had some Toffee Bits left over from a different cookie I made.  I had half a bag of Cashews (usually I use peanuts).  A staple is almost always Milk Chocolate Chips, but I also had an open bag of White Chocolate as well as Butterscotch chips.

A great way to use up what's in the pantry!

About the only thing that you have to use is a couple of cans of Condensed Milk.  The rest really is, Whatever Ya Got...

Here's what I did...


12 Graham Crackers, smashed into crumbs
1/4 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Cocoa
4 TBS (1/2 stick) Butter, melted
2 cans unsweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 cup of a variety of "Treats"
For these... Cashews, Milk Chocolate Chips, White Chocolate Chips, Butterscotch Chips, Toffee Bits and Coconut
Feel Free to add more or less of any ingredient and to add something new!

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Combine Graham Cracker crumbs, sugar, cocoa and butter, press firmly into 9X13 greased pan and bake for 10 minutes
  • Pour two cans of sweetened condensed milk over the baked crust, add the toppings
  • Bake for another 40 minutes, allow to cool before cutting the bars
  • Serve and enjoy!

So good... EVERYTHING I like!

Deserves a spot as one of my "Top Five" Cookies!

This is such a wonderful recipe to have around after Christmas baking season...

I make these whenever I need to clean out my pantry... A can of Condensed Milk and literally whatever I got... half empty cans of nuts, 1/4 of a bag of coconut, some chocolate chips, add some butterscotch chips, toffee bits... whatever you got and you have a candy bar and a clean pantry!

Uniquely Delicious!


So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Ways to Cook COOKIE, BARS and TRUFFLES"!!!

Old school like classic criss cross peanut butter to new takes on interesting recipes like a beautiful Red Velvet with the cream cheese mixed inside the cookie, accented with white chocolate chips!  Even a Pineapple Cream Cheese EASY Bar with only 5 ingredients! 
Stop on by, there's always a new cookie in the cookie jar!


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  1. My kind of cookie bars !!!! That photos made me drool ;D

  2. This is an excellent way to use all the little bits you have, thank you for posting this. I always have little bits leftover that time of year.