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Thursday, July 9, 2015


It's that time again, and DIY Summer School is back in session!  This is a fun summer series that my friend Beth from designPOST Interiors has organized and I'm delighted to have been invited to participate.  

Since today's assignment was Wild Card (our choice), I thought I'd share one of my family's favorite dessert recipes with you.  It's a perfect warm, gooey treat with a quick assembly time.  If you're a fan of Hello Dollies, you'll love this one!  Often I'll get the rest of our dinner prepared and my girl and I will throw this together while dinner is cooking.  Actually, she really makes it by herself now!

Here's what you'll need:
(This is a basic guideline- we just kind-of go by eye on the chips and coconut.  Add more or less if you like.)

1 graham cracker pie crust
1 cup chocolate chips (we use semi-sweet)
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup shredded coconut
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Pecans or walnuts if desired

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine both kinds of chips and layer them in the bottom of the graham cracker crust.  Top with coconut, spreading to cover chips.

Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the top.  I use almost the whole can, it will be very full.  You may need to poke around with a fork or spoon a bit to help the milk settle in the chips/coconut mixture.

Two of us like it with nuts and two of us do not, so I usually just put nuts over half of the top.  I prefer walnuts but pecans are really good too!

Bake for about 25-30 minutes, until mixture is bubbly and slightly browned.  Allow to sit for about 5-10 minutes, then slice.  I like mine warm and gooey, and my husband likes his cold.  You'll have to see which way you prefer!  

This will easily serve 6-8- it's really rich so even a tiny slice does the trick.

That's it!  I love the simplicity of this recipe and the fact that I usually have all of the ingredients on hand.  It's great to take to a party, make if you're having company, or include as an easy dessert if you're taking a meal to a friend.  I hope you love it!

I'd also love for you to check out a few other of my favorite sweet treat recipes:

Triple Chocolate Pound Cake

Butterscotch Icebox Cookies

Turtle Cheesecake

Lemon Squares

Bon Bons

I can't wait to see what everyone has done for their Wild Card project today, head over and check them all out!

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We want you to join our class!  Here's what's up next time... we want you to do a project to share with us, also!  

July 23rd: Craft Store
August 6th: Tool Store
August 20th: Found in Nature

And, today we'd love to see your best work, so link up your project here, or on Instagram using #DIYSummerSchool to tag your photo. 

Alright... pick a project, any project, and link it up.  I'll be back tomorrow with a super-exciting announcement, hope to see you then!

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  1. Oh, this does look delicious. I have to try this one.

  2. Yum yum yum!!! I will definitely be trying this!

  3. I have a recipe that is VERY similar to this (but in bar form) that I've been making for years. Got the recipe from my mom who got it from someone else. We call them "hello dollies" and they are so good. :)

  4. Yes, these are definitely "Hello Dolly" inspired! Just a bit easier though, I think, becasue you don't have to make the crust. ;)

  5. Pam @ Simple DetailsJuly 9, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Yum, that looks dangerous! :)

  6. This looks scrumptious, Jennifer! What I really love is that it looks fail-proof, which is important for me ;)

  7. This looks delicious! Pinned!!

  8. Lisa @ Shine Your LightJuly 10, 2015 at 2:06 AM

    Ooooh this sounds so good Jennifer! I have never heard of anything like it and I know my way around desserts. :) Looking forward to making it!


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