Thursday, February 21, 2013

Semi-solar cooking

It was sunny this morning, so I decided to bring out the solar oven and make some homemade cookie bars for my oldest son, who will be passing through town tomorrow.  I wanted something that will travel well, so I chose a chocolate/graham cracker/coconut cookie bar recipe.

It was all going well, until..

A pop-up thunderstorm, um, popped up.

So back into the house I came, and into the conventional oven went the cookie bars, to finish cooking.

After the change in cooking venue, I knew I'd better sample one or two pieces once it came out of the oven and was cut up, you know, just to make sure they came out.  I'm devoted to my kids that way, don't you know.

They came out perfect.

Here's the recipe:

Chocolate/Graham Cracker/Coconut Cookie bars

9 graham crackers
Two Tbs. Butter
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup sweetened coconut
One standard-sized can of sweetened condensed milk

Grind up graham crackers in the food processor, then add the two Tbs. of butter, melted.  Mix with a fork until graham crackers are moistened slightly.

Press mixture gently into a small 9 inch casserole dish -- do not tamp down.

Sprinkle onto cracker mixture the chocolate chips and the coconut.  Pour condensed milk over the top, coating the entire surface.

Place in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes until slightly browned and bubbly.

Cool slightly then cut into squares.  Do not let them get cold before cutting, or they will be very difficult to remove and the pan will be quite hard to clean.


  1. Think I'm going to have to try this one! Sounds delicious.

    1. It really is, and it's very easy to make! You can do variations too, like adding butterscotch morsels or HeathBar chips...whatever takes your fancy.

  2. I like the idea of a solar oven. How hot does it get? I would probably only be able to use one in the summer here, but that would be worth it to keep the heat out of the house! Ah just thinking about the warm days has me craving sun tea :)

  3. Stephen, I can get it up to about 350 in summer, and 300 in winter. At 350, I can cook just about anything in a couple of hours (usually less). At 300, it still cooks, but just takes a little longer. I really like the oven, for exactly the reason you stated...who wants to heat up the oven when it's 90 or 100 degrees outside? And sometimes, if I'm baking fish or something else that has a strong odor, it keeps the smell out of the house...also a nice thing. : )