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Come in and make yourself at home. I'm so happy to be able to share my recipes here with you.

I bake mostly cookies, quick breads, muffins and scones -- sometimes pie, sometimes cake, but nothing too fancy. I prefer simple recipes that call for ingredients that I already have in my kitchen.

These are the recipes I will share with you. They come from family and friends, magazine clippings saved through the years, favorite cookbooks, and other blogs.

I'm so glad you came to visit. Enjoy your stay!

Michael Ann

Saturday, October 15, 2011

By Cracky Bars

No! Not CRACK bars, BY Cracky Bars! You people...

In case some of you youngin's have no idea what that means, well, it's an old saying that was used to express surprise. And this recipe is about as old as that phrase.

My mom has this recipe in her binder. It was clipped from a magazine back in the 60's. It won 2nd prize in the Pillsbury Bake-Off in the junior category. The young woman who created this recipe, Yvonne Whyte, from New Bedford, Mass., won $2,000 for it! Not bad even by today's standards. I get a kick out of looking at this photo every time I bake these.

Well, the prize was well-deserved. This is a 3-layer bar, the 2nd layer being simply graham crackers. You only make one batter, then divide it and add different things to each. It looks impressive when sliced! These bars are not rich and gooey, they have more of a cake-like texture, perfect to go with a cup of tea or coffee.

By Cracky Bars

1-3/4 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup Crisco
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 square (1 oz) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
9 double graham crackers
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips (They must be mini! Regular sized ones won't work.)

Preheat oven to 375-F. Grease a 13x9x2" pan or spray with PAM spray for baking.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda.

In a measuring cup, measure the 1/3 cup milk and add the vanilla.

In a larger bowl, cream the Crisco and sugar. Add the eggs and beat well. Add the dry ingredients alternately with the milk, to the creamed mixture.

Divide the batter in 1/2. Well, sort of. Make one half a little bit larger than the other. To the slightly smaller portion, beat in the melted chocolate. Stir in walnuts. To the larger portion, stir in the mini chocolate chips.

To assemble: Spread the chocolate batter on the bottom of the pan. Arrange the graham crackers over the batter. You may have to cut some of the squares to fit exactly. Take the batter with the chocolate chips and drop by spoonfuls over the graham crackers. Spread with a spatula to cover. (An off-set spatula works great.)

Bake for 20-25 minutes or til slightly golden brown on top. Do not over-bake! Remove from oven to cool. Cut into bars or squares.

Happy Baking!


  1. The name makes me giggle. They look yummy. I tried a recipe like this but this one seems easier!

  2. I know, what a name huh? Oh good, "easier" is better! :-)

  3. These look amazing. Must try me some Cracky Bars!

  4. By Cracky! I really need to return here after my apple fritter stupor dissipates.

  5. I love old recipes, and I think there was probably rich feeling winning $2,000.00 back then....probably could buy a car with that...
    I am going to have to try these.

  6. This looks fantastic! I'd love to try this recipe...

  7. I LOVE stopping by your place Michael A Darling... xoxo

  8. These sound delish. Unfortunately, we have looked high and low and cannot find anything resembling a graham cracker in Perth. My mom is sending a trial care package to us with several things including graham crackers. We can't wait for it to show up!

  9. Thank you so much for visiting my blog so often! I am sorry it took me so long to follow you, but I am now. I have been here a few times, though, and you always have my mouth watering! I love to bake too. I will be trying a plethora of your recipes. I'm looking forward to some excellent holiday recipes too!

  10. I am super excited. Partially to try and make those and partially to start using the phrase "cracky" in every day life.

  11. Hope you all make them just so you can say "By Cracky!" :-)

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