Prep 5 mins
Cook 25 mins
These are a CHOCOLATE Lover's Fantasy :) Two layers of chocolate delight with graham crackers in between. I have no idea why they are named "By-Cracky" (except for the crackers) since it is one of those recipes I had written down at one time or another over the years, but make often because they are incredibly yummy :)
- 3⁄4 cup shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 3⁄4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄3 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted
- 3⁄4 cup chopped walnuts
- 9 whole graham crackers
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375*.
- Cream shortening and sugar.
- Add eggs and beat well on low speed.
- Combine flour, salt and soda and add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, mixing well after each addition.
- Add vanilla, stirring well.
- Place one third of batter in another bowl and stir melted chocolate and walnuts into this.
- Spread chocolate mixture in a greased 9 x 13 inch pan.
- Arrange graham crackers over batter (you may not need all 9).
- Add chocolate morsels to remaining batter and drop by spoonfuls over crackers, carefully spreading to cover.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- Cool and cut into bars.
I was hoping for more of a cookie-like texture, but I found them to be very dry and crunchy. I followed the instructions exactly so perhaps it's the way they're supposed to be. Sorry I couldn't give a better review.
This is a very old Pillsbury Bake-off recipe winner. The by-cracky name comes from the crackers in the middle bisecting the two cookies, and according to the originator of the recipe, a clever name for the bars. I too find them to get a bit dried out because the cracker absorbs the moisture from the cookies. A new version I was given recently used Oreo cookies instead of graham crackers.
This recipe was originally a winner in the Pillsbury Bake Off in the early 1950s. It was favorite of my mother's and we grew up eating them. When one of my brothers was dying he asked our mother to make them for him one last time. He got a huge smile on his face when he ate one. A great memory for all of us. I am going to bring them to a potluck, again. They always get rave reviews! Thank you Pillsbury for those great cook-offs!