Tomorrow the members of my son's Robotics team will be gathering at my house to kick off the activities of the new school year. I asked my son what he'd like for me to do for the group. His answer? "Bake cookies."
19 high school students coming here, and what they want is cookies? You bet I'll bake cookies.
Several years ago, when my kids were just pre-teens, an older woman gave me a piece of advice. She told me that, when her kids were teenagers, she and her husband sought to make their house the place where the kids would congregate. She said to me, "We spent a lot of money on Cokes and pizzas, but that was a small price to pay for knowing that our kids were safe at home."
Her words have resonated with me over the years. I'm happy to buy food or bake cookies or rent movies or whatever else might be needed if that means that my boys and their friends will be here, hanging out and goofing off and having fun. They can be as noisy and rambunctious as they want. They might make a mess, but even the biggest messes can be cleaned up.
I loved getting that piece of advice, and I've found it to be good, so I'm passing it along to you. But I have a question for you. Do you like getting advice? Or do you find it annoying? I'd love to know.
Meanwhile, I'll share a recipe for some of the yummiest but easiest cookies ever, guaranteed to be gobbled up by hungry teenagers.
Wonder Bars, aka "Hello Dollies"
1 stick butter
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 to 2 cups chocolate chips
1 1/3 cups coconut
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place butter in 13"x9" pan; place pan in oven to melt butter. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs evenly over melted butter. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumbs. Sprinkle chocolate chips over sweetened condensed milk, then coconut over all. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool and cut into bars.
**Add 1 cup chopped nuts if you like.
I'm off to bake cookies. Have a great weekend!