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Miss Margaret's Magical Graham Bars

Photo: Peter Frank Edwards; Styling: Cynthia Groseclose

Hands-on time 25 mins
Total time 2 hrs, 25 mins
Yield

Makes 24 bars

Margaret Smith is my grandmother's dear friend from Kingstree, South Carolina.

Ingredients

  • 1 (14.4 oz.) package graham crackers, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped toasted pecans
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

How to Make It

  1. Arrange half of graham crackers in a single layer on a 15- x 10 inch baking sheet.

  2. Bring granulated sugar and next 2 ingredients to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

  3. Stir in eggs, next 3 ingredients, and 1 tsp. vanilla; pour mixture over graham crackers. Top with remaining graham crackers.

  4. Beat melted butter, next 2 ingredients, and remaining 1 tsp. vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth; spread over graham crackers. Chill 2 hours or until set. Cut into bars.