Hey, Cookie Lovers! Here’s another recipe from our Great Statewide Cookie Exchange, which we’ve been running all month. It’s contributed by a baker who makes at least 20 different cookies in just three days every year to give as gifts.

Photo by Jessalynn Cairer

Graham Cracker Brownies was contributed by Candi Lordo, from Branson West, Mo., (in Stone County). We figure someone named Candi knows cookies! She says, “All the Christmas
presents I give are cookies. In a typical year, I will make at least 20 different kinds in three days. There is one I make every year and that’s Mrs. Schermes’s Chocolate Chip Graham Cracker Brownies. Mrs. Schermes was my mom’s best friend and she made them for Girl Scout treats and many other occasions. They are yummy and bring the memories of those days back to me again.”


1 sleeve of graham crackers, crushed
1 can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
1 package (8 ounces) of chocolate chips
Sugar for rolling
Optional: pecans, either chopped and mixed into the batter
or whole and placed on top of the batter.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients. The batter will be stiff. Spread in a well-greased 8-inch by 8-inch pan. Bake for 30 minutes. When cooled somewhat but still warm, cut into 1 by 1 ½-inch piece and roll in granulated sugar.

You can download our entire Great State Cookie Exchange Recipes booklet here.