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Slay Bells Ring 7-Layer Cookies Recipe from Tess Harrison’s Briar Patch Bakery!

Delicious recipes straight from the kitchens of your favorite Tule authors.

Tess Harrison is a secondary character in my Wedding Bell Mysteries cozy mystery series. She owns the Briar Patch Bakery, which is across the street from (main character) Maddie Bell’s Blissful Beginnings Bridal Boutique. Every morning before Maddie opens the shop, she goes to the Briar Patch Bakery and writes two pages in her Aubrey Christiansen cozy mystery series and then has a cup of coffee with Hemlock, North Carolina’s hunky police chief Jackson Bradley. Maddie claims the chief is helping her with police procedures for her books, but people are starting to suspect that Tess’s Famous Seven Layer Cookies aren’t the only sweet the chief craves.

In real life, my grandma made Seven Layer Cookies every Christmas. I would always look forward to that wax-paper-lined holiday tin that was filled to the brim with these delicious treats. Now, I carry on this tradition and make them for my family during the holidays.


– Nancy Robards Thompson


The Briar Patch’s Famous Seven-Layer Cookies


1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs 

1/2 cup butter melted 

1 (14-ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk  (NOT evaporated milk)

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 

1 cup butterscotch-flavored chips 

1 1/3 cups flaked coconut 

1 cup chopped nuts or for a festive look add holiday-colored sprinkles.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (325 degrees F for glass baking pan). In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and butter; mix well. Press the crumb mixture firmly in the bottom of a 13×9-inch baking pan. 

Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over the crumb/crust mixture. Layer evenly with remaining ingredients; press down firmly with a fork. 

Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Chill if desired. Cut into bars or diamonds. Store covered at room temperature or in the refrigerator.