Magic Bars

by Kelli H. on February 24, 2014

I think my first experience with magic bars or 7 layer bars or whatever you want to call them was in high school at my friend Kelly’s house. I don’t remember why they were being made but I remember being in the kitchen with Kelly and her mom and they were making these bars (or bars very similar). When I first tried them I fell in love. That had to have been about 10 years ago. Sadly, my second run in with these bars wasn’t until Valentine’s Day. David brought one home from work for me. A lady at his work had brought them to their Valentine’s Day pot luck. I was so happy he brought me one because it reminded me of my love for them!

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I decided to try my hand at magic bars last Saturday when we were having company over for dinner. I’d found some recipes online and was so excited to try them. I did change one thing from normal magic bars and that is that I left out butterscotch flavored chips because David had mentioned he didn’t really like them in his coworkers. Fine by me! I like them with the butterscotch but at the same time they aren’t needed.

These bars might be one of the easiest desserts I’ve ever made. Simply place everything into a casserole dish, press down, bake, and wait till they cool to remove them. The hardest part was waiting for them to cool down and remove them from the baking dish.

I feel like I shouldn’t have to sell you on these. They are purely heaven. I tried making myself feel better about eating one two by saying there’s no added sugar in these. Psh! Like there needs to be! Practically every ingredient in them is sugar…yikes! These are definitely for a special occasion, like Christmas, birthdays, or a get together where you can share them with multiple people. This dish made enough for David & I to try them before our guests came, then give my parents a container, also have them for dessert with our friends, send some home with our friends, and we still have a container left! I’m not really complaining. I can only imagine how delicious this is going to be with my coffee this morning.

Next time I make them I think I’m going to try leaving out the butter and using 1/2 cup of coconut oil. I’ll report back and let you know how that works out.

Magic Bars

1 stick unsalted butter
1.5 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 bag chocolate chips
1 1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts & almonds)

1. Turn oven on to 350 degrees. Place 1 stick butter into a 9″x13″ baking dish and place in the oven while the oven is preheating to melt the butter.

2. Remove baking dish from oven once butter is melted. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs evenly over the butter. Press down lightly. Evenly pour condensed milk over graham crackers. Sprinkle chocolate chips, shredded coconut, and nuts over the condensed milk. Lightly press everything down and bake for 25 minutes.

3. Remove the dish from the oven and let cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into the bars.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Itz Linz February 24, 2014 at 12:25 pm

YUM! these look AMAZING!!

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Made in Sonoma February 25, 2014 at 4:03 am

Thanks!

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From Foothills to Fog February 24, 2014 at 5:01 pm

These look incredible! Pinning this so I have the recipe next time I need to bring dessert somewhere 🙂

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Made in Sonoma February 25, 2014 at 4:03 am

good idea. 😉

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Tiff LoveSweatBeers February 24, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Grahams and chocolate… mmmmm!!!

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afettlefinethyme.com February 24, 2014 at 11:27 pm

These look delicious!!!!!!!

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lifeofdi.com February 24, 2014 at 11:32 pm

They look delicious 🙂 I have never made bars like this before but they are one of my favorites! We used to have them at Girl Scout meetings. Haha.

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Emily February 25, 2014 at 2:30 am

I love magic bars. There is something special about them which reminds me of all good things.

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Jenna Griffin February 25, 2014 at 2:37 am

These are some of my favorite things! I’m excited to try your recipe! Yours look so pretty. Mine usually turn out a hot mess. 😉

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Made in Sonoma February 25, 2014 at 4:04 am

The hardest part was definitely getting them out of the dish! I think I’ll try using tin foil to line the pan next time.

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Janelle February 25, 2014 at 3:22 am

I never had a magic bar before but they are now one of my favorite desserts, I will say. Thanks for sharing, Kel.

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Made in Sonoma February 25, 2014 at 4:04 am

Glad you enjoyed them!

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meghan February 26, 2014 at 1:37 am

I loooooove these! One of my coworkers makes them every weekend during football season and brings a batch to work on Monday. Yum.

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