It was 10 long years before I found them again, and color me shocked that it was my Mom’s best friend who was making them. I all but cried! She told me they are called Maid of Honors and every few years a small tin shows up at Christmas and I am delighted all over again. Sadly, every few years is a long time for my memory so I would ask her if she was going to bake any Maid Marians and there would be much laughter. My mother decided a few years ago that she was jealous of this tin that would show up every once in a while and insisted she get a taste of these special bars. To this day, she says she never made them but she was also overly delighted by these scrumptious squares, and now I’m pretty sure that any tin that has been making its way to me has been waylaid by my mother.
Now, you should know if you search Maid of Honor bars, the recipe will not be the one I’m about to share with you. I haven’t searched Maid Marians but I’m pretty sure you would get bogged down with Robin Hood screenplays and such. So what name could they possibly have? Let’s just say I was shocked and extremely happy when my best friend brought out these exact squares during a visit Christmas visit just a few years ago. I waxed poetic about them and she told me they are called Millennium Squares and once again, I have met a person who delights in not sharing the recipe. The thing about not having the recipe is that my best friend now enjoys making them at different times of the year and putting a heaping plate in front of me.
As for the name, I still couldn’t track down the recipe by the name Millennium squares but thanks to the wonders of the internet, I just had to put in a few ingredients and bam, I finally found the recipe. Luckily, I’m not like those around me who hide their recipes from prying eyes, so now I share it with you and call them whatever you want, just make ‘em!
This year, I plan to try and make them – the few times I have tried I have over cooked them and when they are over cooked you can play hockey with them. Hopefully I can figure this recipe out but since I’m sure there are many excellent bakers out there here is the recipe.
1/2 Cup Butter or Margarine
1 1/2 Cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
1 Can (14oz) of Sweetened Condensed Milk (Carnation makes one as does Eagle)
2 Cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (or any variation of chip you would prefer)
1 Cup Flaked Coconut
1 Cup chopped Walnuts (or another nut you would like – I’m thinking pecans)
Preheat Oven to 350 *F
Melt butter in a 13 x 9″ baking pan in oven, remove from oven (or melt with microwave). Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over the butter, stir well and then press into the bottom of the pan. In a small bowl stir condensed milk, coconut, chocolate chips and nuts together and then pour over the graham cracker crumbs.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes (remember don’t over do them) and then remove from oven, let cool and then cut into squares. In all honesty, keep the squares to a smaller size than normal – these bars are very rich!
My mom’s best friend does not put the nuts in and puts very little chocolate on them so I think you can move ingredients in and out as you like and if you find time to bake them, you might just discover a new favourite bite-size treat for Christmas!
– Cindy AAR