Magic Bars (7 Layer Bars)

Magic Bars (7 Layer Bars)

Magic Bars (also called 7 layer bars) are simple cookie bars made from a graham cracker crust, three different types of chocolate chips, coconut and nuts. This is the EASIEST dessert, and always a party favorite.

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These magic bars go by many names depending on your location.  You may hear them called, hello dolly bars, magic cookie bars, coconut dream bars, or 7 layer bars.  Each name means basically the same thing; a delicious cookie bar made without eggs or flour, and with layers of cookie, chocolate, coconut bliss.

Ingredients:

Magic Bars (7 Layer Bars)

  • Graham crackers: honey or chocolate flavored, crushed using a food processor or rolling pin.
  • Butter: melted, for the crust.
  • Chocolate chips and butterscotch chips: substitute whichever chips are your favorite, including white chocolate.
  • Heath bars: crushed up or you can use heath toffee bits.
  • Shredded coconut: shredded sweetened or unsweetened coconut if preferred. Avoid large shreds of coconut.
  • Chopped nuts: walnuts or pecans are preferred.
  • Sweetened condensed milk: this is the true “magic” of the bars and it helps bind all the ingredients together.

How to Make Magic Bars (7 Layer Bars):

1. Make the crust: Crush graham crackers in the sleeve, or using a food processor or rolling pin. Mix with melted butter and pout mixture into a greased 8’’ square baking dish.

2. Top with layers: Sprinkle crust with chocolate chips, then butterscotch chips, chopped heath bars, nuts and coconut. Pour sweetened condensed evenly over the top.

Magic Bars (7 Layer Bars)

3. Bake at 250 degrees F. for 30-35 minutes. Allow to cool before serving. (I like to refrigerate mine for a few hours before serving so they are easier to get out of the pan, to cut and hold the “layers” better.)

Variations:

  • Chocolate crust: use chocolate graham crackers instead of honey graham crackers.
  • Oreo crust: crush 24 Oreos and mix with 5 tablespoons melted butter.
  • Different flavored chips: try white chocolate, mint, butterscotch, or any variety of chocolate chips.
  • Vegan Magic Bars: substitute vegan butter and, in place of sweetened condensed milk, mix 1 cup of full fat coconut milk with 1/3 cup sugar.

Make Ahead And Freezing Instructions:

To make ahead: You can make magic bars 1-2 days ahead of time.  Store them covered, in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

To freeze: Flash freeze magic bars first by cutting them into pieces, placing them uncovered on a cookie sheet and freezing for 1 hour. This will help with the stickiness.  Then place them in a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 3 months.  You may want to use parchment or wax paper if you plan to layer them so that they don’t stick together.

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Magic Bars

Magic Bars (also called 7 layer bars) are simple cookie bars made from a graham cracker crust, three different types of chocolate chips, coconut and nuts. This is the EASIEST dessert, and always a party favorite.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 367kcal
Author Lauren Allen

Ingredients

  • 1 sleeve graham crackers* , honey or chocolate flavored
  • 6 Tablespoons butter , melted
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips
  • 2 heath bars , chopped
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

  • Crush graham crackers in the sleeve, or using a food processor or rolling pin. Mix with melted butter and pout mixture into a greased 8’’ square baking dish.
  • Sprinkle crust with chocolate chips, then butterscotch chips, chopped heath bars, nuts and coconut. Pour sweetened condensed evenly over the top.
  • Bake at 250 degrees F. for 30-35 minutes. Allow to cool before serving. (I like to refrigerate mine for a few hours before serving so they are easier to get out of the pan, to cut and hold the “layers” better.)

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Notes

Graham crackers: One sleeve of graham crackers is 9 whole crackers, and will yield 1 heaping cup of graham cracker crumbs. 

Variations:

  • Chocolate crust: use chocolate graham crackers instead of honey graham crackers.
  • Oreo crust: crush 24 Oreos and mix with the melted butter.
  • Different flavored chips: try white chocolate, mint, butterscotch, or any variety of chocolate chips.
  • Vegan Magic Bars: substitute vegan butter and, in place of sweetened condensed milk, mix 1 cup of full fat coconut milk with 1/3 cup sugar.

Make Ahead Instructions: You can make magic bars 1-2 days ahead of time.  Store them covered, in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Freezing Instructions: First, flash freeze the bars by placing cut bars onto a cookie sheet and freeze for 1 hour, uncovered. This will help with the stickiness.  Transfer to a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 3 months.  Place a piece of parchment paper between layers, if stacking them. 

Nutrition

Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 219mg | Potassium: 172mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 2.3mg
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I originally shared this recipe April 2016. Updated September 2020.

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