Magic Cookie Bars

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Magic Cookie Bars – These bars come together in one pan and are so easy to make.  Layers of graham crackers, chocolate, butterscotch, coconut, nuts and sweetened condensed milk.

When I was growing up these bars were a staple at my grandma’s house.  They go by a few different names; in my family they were called One Pan Bars, but Magic Bars or Seven Layer Bars are all common names for them.  If you grew up in the Mid-West there is a good chance you have had these many times before! 

Seven layer bars stacked

 
  • Butter
  • Graham Crackers
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Butterscotch Chips
  • Walnuts
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk

This Magic Bar recipe is so simple to make, you literally need 7 ingredients (hence the name seven layer bars) that you just layer into a pan and bake.  My grandma mixed the butter and graham cracker crumbs together in the bottom of the pan and then topped with the rest.

I have seen other people who literally just pour in the melted butter and sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs over the top, not actually mixing them together.  I am sure that works just fine, but I like to stick with how I grew up with them.  

7 layer magic cookie bars with chocolate and butterscotch
  1. In the base of a 13×9 inch baking dish mix together the melted butter and graham cracker crumbs.  Press into the base of the pan. It will be a very thin layer, that is perfectly fine.
  2. Then just start layering.  Sprinkle over the coconut, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and chopped walnuts.
  3. To finish evenly pour the can of sweetened condensed milk over the bars. 
  4. Bake for about 30 minutes until they are set and then let them cool completely before serving.  
Delicious magic bars just like grandma used to make

Can I Use Other Nuts

Absolutely! In my family 7 layer magic cookie bars was made with chopped walnuts. It may have been because that is what my grandma liked the most, or how her mom taught her to make them.  I don’t know why walnuts was the only nut used.

I have seen plenty of recipes that use pecans instead.  So really, you can use whatever nuts you have and enjoy the flavor of.  The important part is to have the salty nuts with everything else that is sweet to balance the flavor in the bars.  

Magic Cookie Bars - These bars come together in one pan and are so easy to make.  Layers of graham crackers, chocolate, butterscotch, coconut, nuts and sweetened condensed milk.

I love a simple dessert that doesn’t take any time to make.  These magic cookie bars really are that. Five minutes of work and you can have them in the oven, with just a couple of measuring cups to wash, no extra bowls or anything. 

If you didn’t grow up having these, you are going to want to make sure you have all the ingredients to try them soon!  And if you did have them as a kid, you remember just how good they are.  These definitely bring me back to grandma’s house as a kid playing with my cousins and sneaking treats!

magic bars stacked

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Magic Cookie Bars - These bars come together in one pan and are so easy to make.  Layers of graham crackers, chocolate, butterscotch, coconut, nuts and sweetened condensed milk.
4.70 from 10 votes
By Erin
Magic Cookie Bars – These bars come together in one pan and are so easy to make.  Layers of graham crackers, chocolate, butterscotch, coconut, nuts and sweetened condensed milk.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 24

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a 13×9 inch baking dish mix together butter and graham cracker crumbs. Press into the base of the pan, it will be a thin layer.
  • Sprinkle coconut evenly over the graham crackers.
  • Sprinkle over chocolate chips, then butterscotch chips, then chopped walnuts.
  • Evenly drizzle the sweetened condensed milk over the bars.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and set.
  • Remove and let cool completely before slicing.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 96mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Dessert Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Calories: 246
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10 Comments

  1. Drool alert! I am putting the ingredients on the shopping list today. I can’t wait to make them!

  2. Has anyone ever tried adding the Milk Chocolate Covered Toffee Bar Bits like the Heath Bars to the Magic Cookie Bars recipe?