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Recipe for Hello Dolly Squares (great name!) from Mystery/Thriller Author BV Lawson @bvlawson #BakeLoveWrite

"bake, love, write", helena fairfaxAuthor, journalist, poet and blogger BV Lawson is one of the authors featured in our dessert recipe book Bake, Love, Write : 105 Authors Share Dessert Recipes and Advice on Love and Writing.

This is my very last recipe post before Christmas…and it’s a cracker! (Sorry, couldn’t resist the Christmas cracker jokes :) )

Thanks for sharing your brilliant recipe for Hello Dolly Squares, BV. I love the name!

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bv lawson, played to death, helena fairfaxOne of my favorite holiday recipes comes from my childhood (don’t most of our favorites date back to those golden years?). I was the chief cookie and dessert baker during Christmas time, and I recall whipping up no less than a dozen different types of goodies in one weekend. Ah, the aromas! The plates of red, green, and golden-brown decadence! The calories!

Through the years, I’ve come to appreciate recipes that are simple and easy timesavers, so there is one particular treat that fills that bill: Hello Dolly Squares. Although no one really knows the origin of the recipe, it became famous during the ‘60s when Hello Dolly was on Broadway, and the recipe was included in a column by the country’s first food journalist, Clementine Paddleford.

HELLO DOLLY SQUARESbv lawson, played to death, helena fairfax

Melt ½ c. butter/margarine in 8×8 pan

Press 1 cup crushed graham crackers into the melted butter to form the “crust” (British: graham crackers are like digestive biscuits)

Sprinkle over it, in the following order (do not stir):

1 c. finely shredded coconut

1 c. chocolate chips (or 1/2 chocolate, 1/2 butterscotch)

½ c nuts (I like pecans or walnuts)

Then pour over all:

1 can sweetened condensed Eagle Brand milk
Bake 350 degrees F/ 180 degrees C / gas mark 4 oven for 30 minutes until lightly browned (check half-way through, and if necessary, cover the edges with foil to keep them from burning). Cool thoroughly.

Note: for a less sweet and gooey treat, use a 9×13 pan and double all of the ingredients except the sweetened condensed milk.

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bv lawson, helena fairfax, played to deathA three-time Derringer Award finalist and 2012 winner for her short fiction, BV was also honored by the American Independent Writers and Maryland Writers Association for her Scott Drayco series. BV currently lives in Virginia with her husband and enjoys flying above the Chesapeake Bay in a little Cessna.

The just-released novel Played to Death is the first in her Scott Drayco Series, a perfect fit for fans of PBS and BBC Mysteries. Still suffering nightmares from his last case, former FBI agent-turned crime consultant Scott Drayco considers retiring from crime solving altogether. Then a former client bequeaths Drayco a rundown Opera House in a Virginia seaside town—complete with a body inside, a mysterious “G” carved into the man’s chest. To solve the murder, Drayco must dodge the seductive wife of a town councilman, a wary sheriff, and hostility over coastal development before the tensions explode into more violence and he becomes the next victim.

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Thanks so much for sharing this delicious recipe, BV. And it really does seem simple to make – ideal for the busy days leading up to Christmas. And your thriller sounds a totally gripping read. Congratulations on release!

If you’ve enjoyed BV’s post, or have any questions or comments at all, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!

5 thoughts on “Recipe for Hello Dolly Squares (great name!) from Mystery/Thriller Author BV Lawson @bvlawson #BakeLoveWrite

  1. I’ve had these bars BV. My Aunt Margaret used to make them and she called them Mounds Bars. Thank you for the recipe.

    Helena, this series of posts about food brought back so many memories for me. Thank you. And I wish you, my friend and your family, a Happy Christmas!



    1. It’s been a real delight to me learning all these recipes, Susan. I thought the UK and the US would have close ties in home baking, but surprisingly at lot of these recipes have been new to me. A very nice surprise! So many to try. Hello Dolly Squares are something I’m going to try with my nephews and nieces, as they’re quick and easy to make.
      Wishing you and family a happy and peaceful Christmas, Susan, and a very happy New Year!


  2. Did your aunt use Mounds candy bars, too, Susan, or was the name because these treats taste kind of like a Mounds bar? I am intrigued (because I am a Mounds candy bar addict). :-)


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