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!
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.
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.