Raising the Dessert Bar: Triple Layer Bars


IMG_0825 Tradition runs strong in my family. For as long as I can remember, my favorite day of the year was the day AFTER Thanksgiving. We didn’t get up at 2:00 a.m. and wait in any lines. We didn’t go shopping at any stores. No, the day after Thanksgiving was our very own family holiday, Cookie Day.

On Cookie Day, my dad’s side of the family got together at one house and baked Christmas cookies. All. Day. Long. We are talking about hundreds of cookies here. The recipes we baked were family ones that had been used for years and years.  At the end of the day, we watched a Christmas movie, ate pizza, and divided up the cookies into tins for everyone to take home. Many a Cookie Day evening, I found myself with a tummy ache from too much cookie dough and pizza.IMG_1108

I’ve loved sharing this tradition with my kids. It’s become one of their favorite days too. Sugar cookie sprinkling and licking the bowl are pretty hard to beat.

Triple Layer Bars have long been a Cookie Day favorite. They’ve been my go-to recipe for an interesting dessert to bring for many years, and I have yet to meet anyone who didn’t love them immediately. So, if you’re looking for something different and delicious for dessert, here’s my family’s favorite.

Triple Layer Bars

 First Layer: 

1/2 Cup butter
1 Tsp vanilla
1/4 Cup sugar
1/3 Cup cocoa
2 Cups Graham Cracker crumbs

Melt together the first four ingredients, stirring well. Add in the crumbs. Press into a 9×9 pan. Let stand for 15 minutes.

Second Layer:

1/2 Cup butter
3 Tbs dry vanilla instant pudding
3 Tbs milk
2 Cups powdered sugar

Cream together butter, pudding, and milk. Add powdered sugar while mixing. Spread over fist layer and let stand in refrigerator for 15 minutes.

Third Layer:

1 Cup chocolate chips
3 Tbsp butter

Melt together and spread over second layer, then refrigerate until set.

I hope your family enjoys these as much as we do!

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Emily H
Although born in Austin, Emily grew up on the Eastside of Fort Worth. After marrying her high school sweetheart, and following the military's whims for a few years, the lovebirds wound up back in the Fort, with their three children in tow. Currently, Emily shares her love of books and writing with both her children and her middle school students. On the weekends, you'll find her outside running local streets and trails, as well as being her kids' biggest fan at whatever sport may be in season.


    • I should have included that info! You can keep them in the fridge or at room temperature. They keep easily from Thanksgiving to Christmas, and longer if you freeze or refrigerate. I prefer them cold!


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