These irresistible, decadent Magic Cookie Bars are the perfect dessert for any occasion, especially during the holidays! A buttery graham cracker crust serves as the base foundation, then layers of sweet, yummy goodness are sprinkled over the top for an easy, mouth-watering, and super delicious sweet treat!
We grew up calling these addicting little treats hello dolly bars, but they're also called 7 layer bars or simply magic cookie bars. My mom would make these every year for Christmas (and still does) and we literally would devour these in minutes! We didn’t even consider it Christmas unless she made this yummy dessert!
Can you believe you only need 7 ingredients to make these magic cookie bars!
Graham Crackers & Butter: I like to buy the whole graham crackers and crumble them myself, but you can certainly use pre-crumbled graham crackers.
Chocolate chips: I use semi-sweet chocolate with this particular recipe, but you can also use milk chocolate.
Butterscotch chips: Don’t skip these! They give the bars an extra layer of decadence and amazing flavor.
Sweetened shredded coconut: Also a must have in my opinion. Make sure to get the sweetened coconut for this recipe!
Pecans: chopped pecans are added to the top for an extra crunch.
Sweetened condensed milk: Poured on top to help set the cookie bars and add a final layer of goodness!
How To Make Magic Cookie Bars
Full instructions and measurements are included in the recipe below, but here’s a quick overview:
Step One: Melt your butter in a small saucepan or in the microwave and set it aside to cool. Crumble your graham crackers in a food processor or plastic Ziploc bag and add them to a medium bowl. Pour melted butter over the graham cracker crumbs, mix together, then press them into the bottom of a parchment lined baking dish to form a crust.
Step Two: Layer chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, shredded coconut and chopped pecans on top of graham cracker crust.
Step Three: Pour sweetened condensed milk over the entire dish.
Step Four: Bake in the oven until golden brown and enjoy. That's it! Simple and SO GOOD!
Extra Recipe Tips
- Be sure to line your baking dish with parchment paper to prevent the bars from sticking to the bottom of your pan. Trust me they will be much easier to get out this way.
- Be patient! And allow the bars to cool completely after removing them from the oven. The cooling process allows the bars to set and will make cutting a lot easier.
- Cut bars as big or as little as you want. If you are making them for a bigger crowd you may want to cut them on the smaller side.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze in a freezer safe container for 2-3 months.