Magic Cookie Bars

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Magic cookie bars are a favorite for any occasion.

Sweetened condensed milk is drizzled over a buttery graham cracker crust, chocolate chips for an easy anytime treat.

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This magic cookie bars recipe (AKA 7-Layer Bars or Hello Dolly Bars) is a retro recipe created around 1968. They’re sweet and a little chewy!

  • Crust – Butter and graham cracker crumbs are pressed into the bottom of the pan. So easy!
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk – Condensed milk is the ‘glue’ that holds everything together.
  • Coconut – Use either sweetened or unsweetened flaked coconut.
  • Nuts – I most often use pecans but walnuts, peanuts, or almonds work as well.
  • Chips – I use either all chocolate chips or a combination of butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, or white chocolate chips.
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These magic bars couldn’t be easier to make.

  1. Press the graham cracker mixture into a 9×13-inch baking pan.
  2. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over the top of the crust.
  3. Sprinkle coconut, pecans, butterscotch, and chocolate chips over the top and bake.

Store the magic cookie bars in an airtight container at room temperature for a few days or in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Keep them tightly wrapped in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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Magic Cookie Bars

These magic cookie dessert bars are rich and decadent, loaded with chocolate chips & coconut!

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 30 minutes

Total Time 40 minutes

Servings 24 bars

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13-inch baking dish or pan with parchment paper (optional but recommended).

  • Combine graham crumbs and melted butter in a small bowl. Press into the bottom of the baking dish.

  • Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the graham crumb crust.

  • Sprinkle with coconut, pecans, butterscotch chips, and chocolate chips. Press gently.

  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned.

  • Cool completely. Cut into 24 bars.

  • Melt the butter in the pan you’ll be baking in by placing it in the oven while it preheats. Stir the crumbs and butter right in the pan. This makes fewer dishes to wash.
  • Option: line the pan with parchment or foil. This makes the bars extra easy to lift out and cut after baking (plus quick cleanup).
  • To save time, purchase chopped pecans.
  • This can be made with any combination of chocolate chips. Semi-sweet balances out the sweetness.
  • Ensure the bars are chilled before cutting.

5 from 24 votes

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 274 | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 166mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Cookies, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
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