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These homemade candy bars flaunt six luscious layers. But they require only two short microwave baking times, starting with a one-minute graham cracker crust. The rest is just as easy and just as quick, except the part where you have to wait for them to cool before eating.Six-Layer Bars
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 cup finely crushed graham crackers (about 14 squares)
1/2 of a 6-ounce package (1/2 cup) semisweet chocolate pieces
1/2 cup almond brickle pieces
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 of a 14-ounce can (about 2-3rds cup) sweetened condensed milk
In an 8- by 8- by 2-inch microwave-safe baking dish cook butter or margarine, uncovered, on 100 percent power (high) for 45 to 60 seconds or until melted. Stir in crushed graham crackers. Pat into an even layer in the bottom of the dish. Cook, uncovered, on high about 1 minute or until set. Layer chocolate pieces, almond brickle pieces, coconut and nuts atop graham cracker layer. Pour sweetened condensed milk over all.
Cook, uncovered, on 50 percent power (medium) for 6 to 7 minutes (low-wattage ovens: cook on high for 6 to 7 minutes) or until set, giving the dish a half-turn after 4 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Makes 24 bars.
Nutrition information per serving: 121 cal., 8 g fat, 2 g pro., 13 g carbo., 55 mg sodium, 75 mg potassium.