Sunday, November 28, 2010

Does a triple-layer cookie count as THREE recipes?

In the house in which I grew up, there was almost always something baking in the oven. If my mom was in the kitchen, it would be bread or pies, and if my oldest sister was wearing an apron, we knew a cake or cookies were on the way.

Graham crackers are a good starting point for building up a circuit-- use them like circuit boards or perfboard.

Part of the <a href="">circuitry snacks</a> project: E...In my bookshelf is a recipe book that was used a lot in that kitchen--a 1959 compilation entitled "Pillbury's Best 1000 Recipes--Best of the Bake-Off Collection." One of my favorites from that book was an oddly named "By Cracky Bar", by Junior 2nd Place winner Yvonne M. Whyte of New Bedford, Massachusetts.

These are three-layer cookies--the bottom is a cakey brownie, the middle layer is graham crackers, and the top layer is reminiscent of a chocolate chip cookie. Who could ask for anything more?

By Cracky Bars
3/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 square (1 oz.) unsweetened chocolate, melted
3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
9 double graham crackers
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate pieces

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Cream together butter and sugar; stir in egg until blended. Sift together flour, salt, and baking soda. Add milk and vanilla alternately with the dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Blend thoroughly after each addition.

Place one-third of batter in a second bowl. Add melted unsweetened chocolate and 3/4 cup walnuts to this batter. Spread in well-greased 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

Arrange graham crackers over batter in pan.

Add 3/4 cup chocolate chips to remaining batter. Drop by spoonfuls over graham crackers and spread to cover.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

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