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Magic Cookie Bars

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Posting a recipe for Magic Cookie Bars is probably silly because everybody makes these, right?  But they are a favorite around here and they are great for a quick, easy dessert.  It’s easy to keep the ingredients on hand and when you need to bring something to a party you can throw these together in no time.  And they mix up in one pan so you don’t wind up with a sink full of dirty dishes, either.  I used to make them and bring them to other places so much that when Hannah was little she once asked me if I could make them “just for us” to eat.  Of course I obliged.  And now you can make them, too.   You don’t have to send them to Hannah, though.  You can keep them for your own self.


Magic Cookie Bars

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

  1. Heat oven to 350°
  2. Put a 9 X 13 pan in the oven with the stick of butter while the oven preheats.  This melts the butter without using another pan.
  3. When the butter is melted take the pan out of the oven and stir in the graham cracker crumbs.  Press evenly throughout the pan.  Sprinkle nuts over graham cracker crumbs, then chocolate chips, then coconut.  Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over the top.
  4. Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned.   Cool and then cut into squares.
  5. Eat.

This Post Has 38 Comments

  1. They look delicious! I’ve never made magic bars, don’t think I’ve ever even tried one that someone else made. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Those are so yummy. I haven’t made them in ages. Maybe it’s time to whip up a batch. I have all the ingredients on hand too.

  3. Mmmmmm, these are a favorite in my house too…now that you’ve posted luscious pictures I think I’m going to have to make some myself!

  4. At our house these were called Hello Dolly bars…but whatever you call them, they are AWESOME. I can’t stop eating them when they’re in the house.

  5. those are so good. I don’t make them very often though cause I end up eating all of them! One day I will have some sort of control over food! Ha

  6. I’m impressed that you can keep the ingredients on hand. If I have a chocolate attack and there’s a bag of chocolate chips anywhere near – they’re history!

  7. LOVE these cookies! But at our house, they have 7 layers not just 6. We add a layer of butterscotch bits as well.


  8. Although I LOVE Magic Cookie Bars, and eat them whenever I get the opportunity, I have never made them. Thanks for the recipe; I’m definitely going to be saving this one 🙂

  9. Oh, dear! These are new to me, but they look devilishly easy to make. There goes the diet! (must make only for others, must make only for others!)

  10. my recipe for these babies (once daughter claire’s most favorite) calls them “hello elsie squares” i don’t think i’ve made them since she went off to college. in 2000. since she will be visiting this weekend, (how coincidental!) i should make her some.

  11. I have never made these, but I am sure I have eaten them. In the Midwest they, or a slight variation thereof, are called 7-layer bars. Mmmm.

  12. For all the muffin baking I do at Thanksgiving, I’m also *required* by several family members to bring along at least one pan of these. Though I, too, use 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 cup butterscotch chips. Mmmm….

  13. I’ve never made that recipe before, but I have always believed that anything involving sweetened condensed milk is wonderful. I might just have to make these this weekend. . .

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