Recipe: Magical Michigan Cookie Pie

I met the lovely people from Eagle Brand at the Mom2Summit this spring, and they kindly provided me with three cans of Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk. The rest is all me! 

I have been making magic cookie bars for years; it's one of my favorite go-to desserts to make quickly and bring to an event. It's simple, quick, and I almost always have the ingredients on hand for an impromptu treat. 

If there's one thing that I know drives readers generally bonkers, it's having to read 10 paragraphs before getting to the recipe they came to this page to see in the first place. So without further ado, here's the recipe. If you want to read more, keep going past the recipe card. If not, happy baking.  Go on with your Martha Stewart self :-) 

Luckily for me, I had an assistant for this project - the adorable 8-year-old daughter of a good friend of mine. We visited them in Michigan a couple of weeks ago, and I enlisted her to be my food model. She was right in the middle of a session, but she broke free to help me out. As my assistant, she was free to partake of a few extra chips in the process of creating our cookie pie. Meanwhile, her little brother and my son were creating Minecraft worlds instead of helping us bake, and they missed out. 

Once we opened the chips, we were ready to distribute them on the pie crust and pour the Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk on top. Voilà! Time to bake. You could do this whole thing without measuring cups and eyeball the amount of butterscotch and chocolate chips you need; in the recipe above I gave you some guidelines in case you're a math-based kind of person. 

Near my house in Austin, there is a tiny little snowball shack (New Orleans-style snowballs are made of finely-shaved ice, as opposed to the coarse ice chips of the typical sno-cones) called Sweet Caroline's Snow Shack. If you go, order the wedding cake snowball, which is topped with their special cream. I don't know all of the ingredients, but the owner told me that she only uses Eagle Brand condensed milk and not another brand, because it's tastes so much better. I'm right there with you, Miss Caroline. 

We put together an amateur video to show you how simple this is to put together. I am not saying I'm a video expert, so please don't judge. 

Assemble. Bake. Eat. That's it! Enjoy. If you like nuts, coconut, craisins, Oreos, or other additions, go ahead and throw them on before pouring the condensed milk on top. Go crazy. It's your pie. 

WARNING: this is super rich. Trust me when I tell you that a small piece will make you very happy. 

Kristin Shaw