It is Tablescape Thursday once again, hosted by Susan at Between Naps On The Porch. I am never going to be fancy in my table settings. There is Robert in the window working on my deck.
I found the dessert plate, or maybe they’re salad plates, I don’t really know, at my favorite consignment shop down the street. Rega Of Paris. When I turned them over, I saw that they were from William-Sonoma. I don’t think they carry this line any longer. But I bought the six piece set for $15. Another half-price bargain at Kate’s shop.
For napkins I have various vintage white handkerchiefs tied with ribbon. The centerpiece is a bowl I found at an estate sale about a year ago. The crocheted piece in the middle was made for me long ago by a talented neighbor.
Here are four of the six plates:
Today I am serving one of my favorite desserts, one I’ve been making ever since my children were young and still at home. They are called “Hello Dolly Cookies.” I think of them more as bars, but then it isn’t my recipe.
The secret to this dessert is that you never stir the ingredients. You’ll see what I mean.
Hello Dolly Cookies:
1 stick butter or margarine; 1 cup vanilla wafer crumbs (I take the wafers and pound them into crumbs with something like a meat mallet.) 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips; 1 cup flaked coconut; 1 cup chopped nuts (I use pecans). And last but not least, 1 can sweetened condensed milk. I use Eagle Brand.
In shallow 13 x 9 inch cake pan, melt butter. Sprinkle evenly over it the vanilla wafer crumbs. Then drop evenly across the surface your chocolate chips, then your coconut, then your nuts. Over all this pour sweetened condensed milk. DO NOT STIR. Bake 30 minutes in 350 degree preheated oven. Cool slightly, then mark into small squares. About 1 to 2 inches, for these are quite rich. Leave cookies in pan. When cold, cover with foil, film or waxed paper. Refrigerate over night.
Just for reference, this is what it looks like just before you add the can of Eagle Brand.
Then this is what it looks like after you add it. Not trying to be redundant here. But to emphasize that you do not stir anything!
This is what it looks like fresh from the oven, and before it is cut into squares. Yummy! And yes, Robert the very talented carpenter was taken a hot dessert square for an afternoon snack.
Thanks again to Susan for hosting this delightful weekly event, Tablescape Thursday. Click on over there and you will have the pleasure of viewing many unique tablescapes from very talented bloggers.