Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Surprise Cookies

A surprise!

I'm not really a fan of surprises but this is one I love.  I make these every year around Christmas.  This year I made them 3 times!

These are really called Dream Bars or Seven Layer Bars but there's a reason why they're called Surprise Cookies in my family.

When I was in elementary school in the 70's my family lived in a little town in the middle of Michigan.  The park in St. Louis, Michigan even had a mark put on the spot that is supposedly the very middle of the state of Michigan.  My dad was the director of the Baptist Children's Home and when he wasn't preaching somewhere else we attended the First Baptist Church of St. Louis.  One Sunday as we were leaving church my mom realized that she forgot her Bible in the pew and she went back to get it.  Someone had taken the opportunity to slip a recipe in my mom's Bible called Surprise Cookies.  We had never heard of Surprise Cookies.  I'm sure these Seven Layer Bars were a new thing back then.  My mom made them and we loved them so much that we've been making them ever since.  We never did find out who put that recipe in my mom's Bible.  And that's why they will always be Surprise Cookies to us.



  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs

  • 6 oz. chocolate chips

  • 6 oz. butterscotch chips

  • 1 cup chopped nuts

  • 1/2 cup coconut

  • Eagle brand milk (sweetened condensed milk)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.DSCN4536a

  2. Melt butter in pan.  I always put the stick of butter right in a 13 x 9 pan and stick it in the oven while it's preheating to melt the butter.DSCN4531a

  3. While the butter is melting make the graham cracker crumbs.  I usually put the crackers in a storage bag and use the rolling pin to make them crumbs.  A proper chef would probably put them in a food processor.DSCN4537a

  4. When the butter is melted make sure it's evenly distributed in the pan and then cover it with the cracker crumbs.  Spread out the crumbs so they cover the whole bottom of the pan.DSCN4538a

  5. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, nuts, and coconut. DSCN4541a

  6. Pour Eagle brand milk over everything.DSCN4577a

  7. Bake until it looks done, about 20 - 30 minutes. The coconut should be turning a golden brown when it's done.

  8. Let them cool and then cut them into squares. (I meant to get a picture of one square but they were gone before I knew it.  I'll have to update with a picture the next time I make them.)

Then eat them!!  So good!!