Hanukkah Chocolate Graham Cracker Bars with Coconut

Last week, I made these Hanukkah Bars with white chocolate, coconut, milk chocolate squares (or gelt), and a graham cracker crust. In the spirit of Hanukkah, I decorated them with blue and white sprinkles. Everyone who tried them loved them!

The holidays are the only time I make many sweet treats, so when I do I try to make them special. While I used chocolate bars for the squares of chocolate, I recommend using gelt. What’s gelt? Gelt are the milk chocolate candy coins wrapped in foil. Of course, for the recipe you would unwrap them first. Cut the servings so each piece has a chocolate coin in the center.

While I made these Hanukkah bars, you could easily turn them into Christmas bars by changing the color of sprinkles to red and green. If you really wanted to get fancy, you could use milk chocolate Christmas trees on top instead of the gelt.

The next time you are deciding what dessert to make your family or pot-luck, I hope you will try my Hanukkah Bars!

Hanukkah Chocolate Graham Cracker Bars with Coconut

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By Patrick Dulmage Serves: 20

Hanukkah Chocolate Graham Cracker Bars with Coconut


  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 14 graham sheets)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted (plus a little more to grease the baking dish)
  • One 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 40 pieces of gelt, unwrapped (chocolate bar squares or Christmas trees work great too)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/3 cup Hanukkah sprinkles (any blue and white sprinkles will work)



Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees


Combine the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter in a medium sized mixing bowl


Toss the crumbs and butter until evenly all the crumbs are evenly coated with butter


Evenly spread the crumb/butter mixture into a 9x13 inch baking dish, then press the crumbs down to form the crust (a measuring cup works great)


Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the top and spread evenly with a spoon or off-set spatula


Arrange 20 pieces of the gelt in a grid - 5 down the long side of the dish and 4 across the narrow side


Sprinkle the walnuts, then the chocolate chips, the coconut, and finally the sprinkles


Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. It should be golden around the edges and the coconut lightly toasted


Remove from the oven and let it completely cool before trying to cut it. Wait about two hours


Slice into 20 bars, each one should have a piece of chocolate


Happy Hanukkah!

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