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Thursday, April 28, 2011

chocolate wonderfuls

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i was introduced to these chocolate wonderfuls recently. they've since been made twice, once for a bbq and another time for an office function. they're dw's gma's recipe and we all lurve us some gma stories:

While he was going to college, my father lived at home with Mama (my grandmother) who sent him off to class each day with a bag lunch. These lunches inevitably included an assortment of her delicious cookies, and always more than my father could possibly eat himself. Being a friendly and generous person, he would share the extra cookies with his classmates. When word got back that my father's classmates enjoyed the cookies, Mama naturally stepped up production and began to send him with even more cookies to share. According to my father, he then had to bring a suitcase to school every day in order to carry the extra cookies. Once it was known that my father usually had cookies to share, the other students began to request them, and one student once asked specifically for this cookie, saying "Do you have any of those chocolate wonderfuls?" The story was shared with my family and the name stuck. By the time I was introduced to Mama's cookies, Chocolate Wonderfuls had become what I consider to be her signature cookie.

Years later, I received a care package while I was away at school, and I too was able to share Mama's Chocolate Wonderfuls with my friends and classmates. ~dw

Mama's Chocolate Wonderfuls
Melt - Over boiling water:

1 6 Oz Package (1 Cup) Semi Sweet morsels
½ Cup sweetened condensed milk
1 Tablespoon butter
¼ teaspoon salt
Remove from heat

Add:
½ cup pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla
-set aside

Sift:
1 ¼ cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda

Cream:
1/2 cup butter
Gradually add 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

Add:
1 Unbeaten egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
-Blend Well

Stir in the dry ingredients and:
1 ½ cups quick cooking rolled oats

Press 2/3 of oat mixture in greased 9x9 inch pan
Spread with chocolate filling
Crumble remaining oat mixture over filling
Sprinkle with ¼ cup pecans

Bake:
350 Degrees for 25 to 30 minutes until lightly brown

Cut into bars when cool

7 comments:

  1. I love everything about that story Lan.

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  2. What a darling name for a sweet treat. So fitting for the story, too.

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  3. Oh - I've had these and they ARE wonderful. the story is too. :) Hugs.

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  4. Lan, your blog itself is looking WONDERFUL! The story behind this recipe is so awesome, too! I could imagine it happening in my mind. I want to make these & bring them to work!

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  5. I miss baking. These look, well, wonderful. And I want.

    Blog looks great, too. ;)

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  6. wendi, isn't it just the sweetest? AND, dw mentioned that is one of the reasons why his mom married his dad... a cookie brought lurve together! :)

    nakiya, enjoy! please do let me know how they turn out for you.

    ali, right?!

    skm, yes! so you totally get it!

    Linnea, thank you kindly! and yes, i imagined it too when dw was telling me the story.

    stephanie, thank you and i miss your baking as well! pls come back, soon.

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