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Divas’ Decadent No-Bakes

Written By Pam Brandon and Anne-Marie Denicole On December 1, 2010

Visions of sugarplums – or at least sugar, dance in our heads, with dieting on hold for a New Year’s resolution. We boxNoBakeCookies these easy cookies with a pretty bow for the perfect gift for a hostess, a teacher, a senior pal, neighbors and kids. (Quick, give them away so you won’t be tempted.)

While baking can be a zen experience, the divas prefer not to turn on the oven during the hectic holidays. This quickie leaves time for family and friends – but wows the lucky recipient. An addictive combo of butter, chocolate and rich, salted nuts on a platform of sweet graham cracker, the cookies are ready to wrap in less than an hour.

Wishing you happy holidays!

Divas’ Decadent No-Bakes

Makes 48 bars

14 double graham crackers
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup butter
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups deluxe salted nuts

Line a 15 X 10 X 1-inch jelly roll pan with graham crackers; set aside.

Combine sugar and butter in a 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture come to a full boil, 3 to 5 minutes. Boil stirring constantly, for 5 minutes.

Immediately pour mixture over graham crackers. Spread to coat; sprinkle with chocolate chips. Let stand 1 minute, then spread chocolate chips.

Immediately sprinkle with salted nuts, lightly pressing into chocolate. Cool (in the fridge works fastest) and break into pieces.

Diva confession: Never let ‘em see you sweat. If you make a mistake in the kitchen, especially with company during the busy holidays, put a smile on your face and go on with the dinner show.  Lumpy gravy? Pour it through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing on the solids.  Cake sticks to the pan? Cut it into cubes and turn it into a trifle with layers of cake, pudding, jam and whipped cream.  Veggies overcooked?  Purée them with some herbs and a bit of butter or olive oil and serve as a side dish.  Or add stock and a bit of cream for an impromptu first-course soup.  Be creative!


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