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Hello Dollies – Gluten Free

October 30th, 2012 at Tue, 30th, 2012 at 8:55 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
Well Hello Dolly!

It's so nice to see and enjoy you again! 
My, you look new and improved - 

Gluten Free Hello Dollies

I have no idea as to why these are called "Hello Dollies" but growing up in Texas, it was something I just made all the time.  My family strongly requested that I make them regularly.  My brother's friends would walk into the house and straight into the kitchen looking for the Hello Dollies.  One particular friend, that I call "Brother Ted" used to grab the 
milk carton and the tin of Hello Dollies and polish them off in a flash! 

When my brother and sister went to college I used to send them care packages of "Hello Dollies" in a tightly sealed tin.  When they would get them, they would immediately ask for more because they mysteriously disappeared!  It seems as though "new friends" and roommates were discovering the 
"Hello Dollies" - 
Texas-sized sweet, chocolate, coconut, 
buttery graham cracker crust treats made with pecans, almonds and walnuts - 
the ultimate sticky deliciousness!

Let me just say that this recipe is in my DNA. 
 I just know how to make it and just know that it is the cure-all for everything and anything.  

Well, a Gluten Free friend of mine needed some cheering up, 
so of course I immediately thought of 
"Hello Dollies" to the rescue! 

I went into auto pilot and preheated the oven to 
350 degrees

Just so you know, I always have these ingredients on hand for emergencies like this!

1 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cup coconut flakes
1 1/2 cup - chopped nuts of choice - I use almonds and walnuts because my friend can't have pecans
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 stick plus 2 Tbs. melted butter 
1 1/2 cup Gluten Free Graham Cracker Crumbs - I made and froze my own but you can buy Kinnikinnick Graham Cracker Crumbs or S'morable Crackers and grind them.

9 inch square baking pan
and a little butter to coat the sides and bottom of the pan
I highly recommend if you have a 
"pre-slice starter" 
to use it because this can get sticky to pull out the first slice.

Spread the GF graham crumbs on the bottom of the pan.

Mix in melted butter and evenly flatten out on the bottom of the pan.
Bake for 12-15 minutes.
Let cool for 5 minutes.

Add the coconut ...

nuts, chocolate and gently mix together.

Add the sweetened condensed milk on top and spread out evenly.

Bake for 25 - 30 minutes until it gets a light golden brown.

 Cut along the edges and cool on a baking rack for at least 30 minutes. 

Store in a tight container, if you have leftovers ....

Serving suggestions - 

Pre-chilled glass with iced cold milk or coconut milk

Hot strong coffee


Learning to live Gluten Free is a challenge. Gathering with like minded people while exchanging ideas, life experiences and gluten free food is more interesting! So I created, Gluten Free Foodies, to support people with Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerant and other Food Sensitive people by gathering at events and celebrating the foods that we can eat! Do you have a Gluten Free question you want the answer to? Feel free to send me an email at Original blog - After all, didn't Erma Bombeck once say ... "I am not a glutton, I am an explorer of food."

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