Magic Cookie Bars, Seven Layer Bars, Hello Dollys – whatever you want to call them, they are simple and delicious. I’ve made these bars countless times over the past decade and though I constantly tweak them, this is my favourite flavour combination to date. My version will give you a 9×13 pan of thick, decadent cookie bars.
I made these for the holiday cookie exchange I was in this year and then made more to give as gifts to neighbours and family. Not just for Christmas though, I make them all year round, and if you use some seasonal ingredient substitutions, it is the recipe that keeps on giving and are always the first nibble to disappear.
Magic Cookie Bars
- 400g of chocolate cookie crumbs, graham cracker crumbs, lemon biscuit crumbs… be creative, my fave is chocolate though.
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1 package (about 2 cups) chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips or whatever combination of chips you want (my favourite is half chocolate, half butterscotch).
- 1 cup chopped nuts – pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, whatevs (my favourite are pecans).
- 1 cup flaked or shredded coconut
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
Spray a 9×13 baking pan lightly with non-stick spray. In a bowl, combine cookie crumbs with butter. Press the buttered crumbs firmly into the bottom of the pan (using the bottom of a measuring cup works magically). Then start scattering. Scatter the chips, the nuts and the coconut evenly over the base. Slowly drizzle the whole can of sweetened condensed milk over the bars, trying to get everything covered, or as close as you can. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. Allow the bars to cool completely (like overnight if possible), then run a knife around the outside of the pan and they should just pop out… this will make for easier cutting as well.
The Life Made Delicious website is full of other ideas for homemade gifts for any occasion. Happy Holidays!
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