Monday, January 4, 2010

Cousins Cookie Exchange: Lucious Layer Bars...mmmmm....

A few weeks ago me, a few cousins, my mom and one of my aunts, had a Christmas cookie exchange. It was so much fun to get together, eat good food, and exchange wonderful cookies. We had such a beautiful and impressive spread of cookies. It never ceases to amaze me the wonderful cooking talent that is on my moms side. It seems that most of us girls on that side share a love for cooking and I love how good food has become a very important family tradition.

For the cookie exchange I made Lucious Layer Bars. My cousin Leilani made these for my brothers mission farewell and I could not stop eating them! They are so absolutely delicious, right up my ally, lots of coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and butterscotch chips. I should probably start off the new year by posting a light and healthy recipe...but....o well:) Light and healthy will be coming up soon, I just couldn't hold off any longer not posting this wonderful recipe. Here are some pics of the other cookies that were at the exchange, I will be emailing everyone and try to get all of the recipes for the cookies that were made so I can share them with you:)

Here are the luscious layer bars (recipe bellow), they may not look as fancy
as some of the other cookies, but they sure are delicious!

Not sure what the name of these beautiful cookies are, but they are
meringue dipped in chocolate, so pretty and yummy, I will track down the recipe:)
Again, not sure exact name, but they are a shortbread cookie topped with
chocolate and peppermint, so yummy, will get the recipe! if I HAD to pick a favorite, which would be hard because honestly
everyone of those cookies were amazing, but again if I HAD to pick one that I could
sit down and eat about ten...well these lovely melt away cookies might have to be it.
My mom made these, they literally melt in your mouth and are topped with a cream cheese
almond frosting, this recipe I will be posting next:)
And the ever popular peanut butter blossoms, sometimes there's just nothing better
than some peanut butter and chocolate:)Ok once again my luscious layer bars, finally the recipe is bellow!

Luscious Layer Bars

I pouch betty crocker chocolate chip cookie mix
1/2 cup better or margarine, softened
1 egg
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup milk chocolate chips or semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray bottom of 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray.

In large bowl, stir cookie mix, butter and egg until soft dough forms. Press dough in bottom of pan using floured fingers.

Bake 15 minutes. Sprinkle with butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, coconut and walnuts. Drizzle evenly with condensed milk.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until light gold brown. Cool completely, about 2 hours.

Tip: You can double this recipe and make it in a cookie sheet, that's what I did and it worked out just fine:)


  1. Yum! I want all of those recipes ASAP! And you seriously look so beautiful. It's exciting to see your little bump starting to grow. I'm so happy for you and Micah.

    Happy New Year!

  2. I didn't get around to doing a cookie exchange with my friends this year like I was planning, but it must have been soooo much fun with your family. Too cute!

  3. Carly! They all look so delicious! The layer bars are probably the best. Leilani needs to make them less often. haha.
    ps. you are so pretty. I hope I can look that good pregnant :)

  4. Wow! Those all look amazing. What a great selection of treats ... and the serving platters are gorgeous!

  5. Carly, too bad mine ended up on the asphalt in the John Paras Furniture parking lot! Thanks Lisa. It was such a fun day that I really didn't care. Can't wait until the next one.

  6. Hi, Carly, please post the recipe for meringue dipped in chocolate. They are so beautiful!