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Gooey Holiday 7 Layer Bars

This recipe is based on one from the 2015 Betty Crocker 24 Days of Cookies. The original calls for white chocolate chips, but I wanted something a little richer, but less sweet, so I went with semi-sweet chocolate chips. When I got everything home and started the recipe, I realized I had picked up evaporated milk instead of the condensed called for. Oops! So I replaced it with a substitute I found on Just a Pinch (I’m not going to include a link here because there is a script on that site that isn’t functioning and crashed my browser…).

To my delightful surprise, they turned out amazing! Like ooey-gooey brownies, but gingerbread flavored. Enjoy.

Gooey Holiday 7-Layer Bars
Yields 32
An awesome ooey-gooey mix of gingerbread, brownies, and 7-layer bars.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
33 min
Total Time
2 hr 50 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
33 min
Total Time
2 hr 50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 box (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ gingerbread/cookie mix
  2. 2 Tbsp butter
  3. 1/4 cup water
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 cup brown sugar
  6. 4 Tbsp flour (divided)
  7. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  8. 1/4 tsp salt
  9. 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet or bittersweet chips
  10. 1 cup chopped pecans
  11. 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  12. 1/2 cup flaked (unsweetened) coconut
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom of 13x9-inch pan.
  2. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, butter, water and 2 Tbsp flour until soft dough forms. Press dough in bottom of pan. It will be sticky.
  3. Bake 15 minutes.
  4. While the crust bakes, whisk brown sugar, remaining 2 Tbsp flour, baking powder and salt until smooth. Make sure to get any lumps from brown sugar into the mix.
  5. Pour down sugar mix evenly over surface. Sprinkle chocolate chips, pecans, cranberries and coconut evenly over top. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until bubbling along edges and coconut is lightly toasted. For my tiny gas oven in the RV, it took 18 minutes.
  6. Cool completely on cooling rack, about 2 hours. Cut into 8 rows by 4 rows.
Notes
  1. The original calls for sweetened flaked coconut, but a lot of the commenters talked about it being too sweet, so I tried it with unsweetened, and found it just right for my tastes. If you have trouble finding unsweetened, try the natural or organic food section of your grocery store, it's often there.
  2. The substitute for condensed milk I used here is 1 cup brown sugar whisked with 2 eggs, 2 Tbsp flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, and 1/4 tsp salt. Omit these ingredients if using a 14 oz can of condensed milk.
Adapted from Betty Crocker
Adapted from Betty Crocker
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Fresh homemade polish sausage! (White)

Fresh homemade polish sausage (White)
Yields 10
Our family handed down recipe.
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Ingredients
  1. about 10 lbs of pork shoulder
  2. 12-16 cloves of fresh garlic or more depending on how much garlic you like
  3. 1-1.5 cups of ice water
  4. 4 tsps of kosher salt fresh ground
  5. 1-2 tbsps of fresh ground pepper or more depending on your taste.
Instructions
  1. Cut the meat into 1" strips for grinding. Do not cut off any fat.
  2. Keeping the meat cold at all times (we use a bowl with an ice bath under it)
  3. Grind your meat using the large blade and then mix in all ingredients. Mix well. It should be a bit sloppy.
  4. Fry up a small patty to taste seasonings and you can adjust if needed.
  5. Place it in the fridge overnight.
  6. The next day soak casings in warm water 1-3 hrs.
  7. Rinse the casings.
  8. Some people cut them but I just fill the horn up and then cut the casing.
  9. Stuff the sausage into the casings. We do long links or coils that are prolly about 2-3 lbs a piece.
  10. Place the sausage in the fridge uncovered over night to dry a bit.
  11. Then wrap to freeze or cook up.
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