Yesterday was my first gluten-free Christmas, and my sweet mama made it special for me by adapting my favorite Christmas cookie recipe. Isn’t she the best?? So here’s my Christmas present to y’all: the recipe! Even if you don’t need to be gluten-free, you will ADORE these Hello Dollies. Warning: non-professional iPhone photos ahead.
This recipe has been in the family for multiple generations. Others make similar variations called seven layer bars, but I think “Hello Dollies” is much more festive, don’t you? When I think of Christmas, I taste the buttery, chocolatey, butterscoth-y flavor of these Dollies melting in my mouth. So. Darn. Good.
Gluten-Free Hello Dollies
1/2 stick butter
1 cup gluten-free graham cracker crumbs
1 cup shredded coconut
6 oz chocolate chips (make sure they are gluten-free…some chocolate chips contain barley malt)
6 oz butterscotch chips (make sure they are gluten-free…some chips have “artificial flavoring” that is not GF)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups pecans, finely chopped
Spray an 8×8″ or 9×9″ pan with nonstick cooking spray. Melt the butter in the pan. Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs evenly over the butter, then the coconut over the graham cracker crumbs, then the chocolate chips, then the butterscotch chips. Pour the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the top, then sprinkle on the pecans.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Cover with foil and bake another 5-1o minutes.
Let cool completely, then cut into small squares and enjoy!
Merry Christmas, belles!