Something for the sweet tooth this week

Squares and cake in the kitchen this week

Hello Dolly Squares

1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs

1/2 cup butter , melted

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

2 cups pecans , chopped

3 cups sweetened shredded coconut , divided

1 300 ml can sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350°F. Mist bottom of 9-inch square cake pan with cooking spray; line with parchment paper.

In large bowl, stir together graham crumbs, butter, sugar, cinnamon, salt until moistened; press into bottom of prepared pan. Bake until firm, about 10 minutes. Let cool slightly.

Sprinkle base with chocolate chips, pecans and all but 1/2 cup of the coconut. Drizzle with condensed milk, using tip of knife to spread milk into cracks of toppings; sprinkle with remaining coconut. Bake until coconut is golden, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely. (Make-ahead: Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 7 days. Or overwrap with foil and freeze for up to one month.)

Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Cut into 36 squares.

Banana Split “Cake”

1-1/2 cups graham crumbs

1/3 cup non-hydrogenated margarine, melted

2 pkg. (250 g each) Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese, softened

1 cup sugar

1 can (14 fl oz/398 ml) crushed pineapple in juice, drained

6 bananas, divided

2 pkg. (4-serving size each) Jell-O Vanilla Instant Pudding

2 cups cold milk

Mix graham crumbs and margarine; press onto bottom of 13×9-inch pan. Freeze 10 min.

Beat cream cheese and sugar with mixer until blended; spread

Carefully over crust. Top with pineapple.

Slice 4 bananas; arrange over pineapple.

Beat pudding mixes and milk in medium bowl with whisk 2 min.

Stir in 1 cup Cool Whip; spread over banana layer in pan.

Top with remaining Cool Whip. Refrigerate 5 hours.

Slice remaining bananas just before serving; arrange over dessert. Sprinkle with nuts.

Dora Miner is a local cook and baker who writes a regular column for The Wetaskiwin Pipestone Flyer.

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