Hello Dolly Squares Christmas Cookie Recipe
Well, by now you already know that my Dad loves Christmas Cookies and that is really all he asks for at Christmas time. So, Mom has a gazillion (well, really about 10 super favorites) Christmas Cookie Recipes that she has been teaching me to make since I was really young. This recipe is called “Hello Dolly Squares” and it is super easy and super delish!
What is in the Hello Dolly Squares Christmas Cookie Recipe?
This is another Christmas cookie recipe with just a few ingredients and you can vary the ingredients to what you like. I am allergic to nuts so we simply leave them out. Sometimes we put in white chocolate chips together with the chocolate “chocolate” chips. But don’t leave out the Sweetened Condensed Milk because that is the key ingredient in these delish bars.
Graham Crackers | Butter | Coconut | Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chips | Walnuts | Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
These bars are as easy to make as they are to eat!
First, crush Graham Crackers (1 cup crushed). An easy tip is to put them in a large gallon size plastic baggie, seal the edge and use a rolling pin to crush them.
Melt 1 cube of Butter (1/2 cup) and mix into the graham crackers. Next, spread the Graham Crackers into a 9×9 pan and press it down to form the crust. After that, form layers with the following three ingredients. We start with the Chocolate Chips, then the Coconut and then the Walnuts (or white chocolate chips or we just use two ingredients). We make three layers. Then, the final ingredient – pour on the Sweetened Condensed Milk! Now, place the pan in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Yummmy! I can’t wait to eat these Hello Dolly Squares in this super easy Christmas Cookie Recipe!
But wait! The top will get browned and bubbly and when you remove from them from the oven you need to let them cool to room temperature because these will be super hot. Even after they cool they are pretty gooey to cut so Mom likes to put them in the fridge overnight and then remove them from the pan and cut on a cutting board. Leave some out at room temperature because they are best eaten that way. Store them in an airtight container (in the refrigerator or freezer) so you have some to give out as Christmas Gifts to your friends and family.
I highly recommend that you make a double batch of this Christmas Cookie Recipe and use a 9×13 pan because these go fast!
Why are they called “Hello Dolly” Squares?
My mom received this Christmas cookie recipe from a friend of hers that invited our playgroup to her house one day but she didn’t know why they were called Hello Dolly Squares. So my Mom did a little research on the name of these delish cookies and she found this information on a website and we credit that website with this following information. After reading this it all makes sense to me! The Broadway musical Hello, Dolly! opened on January 16, 1964, and became one of the longest-running Broadway shows ever. The musical features a restaurant scene. And apparently Clementine Paddleford’s food column in “The Week “ magazine on September 19, 1965 featured a “Hello Dolly Cake” recipe by 11-year-old Alecia Leigh Couch, of Dallas, that she borrowed from her grandmother. The recipe included graham crack crumbs, flaked coconut, chocolate chips, chopped nuts, and condensed milk. However, on July 22, 1965, the Ada (OK) Evening News had published a similar recipe for “Hello Dolly Cookies.”
Pre-1966, the recipe was variously called “Graham Chip Squares,” “Chocolate Graham Squares,” “Washington Cookies,” “Chewy Delights,” “7-Layer Cookies,” and other names. The popularity of “Hello Dolly squares” has lessened since the 1960s, but there are many recipes on the internet.
Wikipedia: Hello, Dolly! (musical)
Hello, Dolly! is a musical with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, based on Thornton Wilder’s 1938 farce The Merchant of Yonkers, which Wilder revised and retitled The Matchmaker in 1955.
Hello, Dolly! was first produced on Broadway by David Merrick in 1964, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical and nine other Tonys. It has become one of the most enduring musical theatre hits, enjoying three Broadway revivals and international success. It was also made into a 1969 film that was nominated for seven Academy Awards.
I suggest you just make this Christmas Cookie Recipe and enjoy!
We would love to receive your favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe; you might just see them here in a blog post! In the meantime, enjoy our Hello Dolly Squares!