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The Best Magic Bars recipe. This 7 layer cookie bar is so simple to make.

Merry Christmas! I have heard of the infamous Ice Storm in 1998 where so many lost their power for three weeks. So when we were welcomed by this ice storm this week, we were all in shock to lose power. No heat, no electricity, not so much a welcome for Christmas.


This has been the first time that I have been on the internet in 5 days, so I am excited to share a recipe with you, I started to bake these right when the power came back on, or else they would have gone on the BBQ Grill!

That is a whole other blog!

These really are named appropriately, they are magic. Everyone kept going back for second and third helpings. A layer of graham cracker crumbs, a layer of coconut, a layer of chocolate chips, a layer of nuts, so easy! This bar freezes well too!





Also known as Seven Layer Cookies, or Hello Dolly cookies, these gooey treats combine coconut, chocolate chips, nuts, and a graham cracker base.

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Magic Bars and Video
Yield: 16-2 inch bars

Magic Bars and Video

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Also known as Seven Layer Cookies, or Hello Dolly cookies bars, these gooey treats combine coconut, chocolate chips, nuts, and a graham cracker base.


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup sweetened or unsweetened flaked or shredded coconut
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 - 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place the rack in the center of the oven. Lightly butter or spray with a non stick cooking spray a 9 x 9 inch square baking pan.
  2. Melt the butter and pour it evenly over the bottom of your pan.
  3. Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs evenly over the butter.
  4. Sprinkle the coconut over the crumbs. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the coconut. Sprinkle the nuts over the chocolate chips.
  5. Finally, drizzle the sweetened condensed milk over all the ingredients. Do not mix the ingredients together, just layer them.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle of the squares comes out clean.
  7. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Cut into squares. Store in the refrigerator. These bars can be frozen.
  8. Makes about 16 - 2 inch squares.
  9. recipe adapted from Joy of Baking


A few tips: First, you can basically mix and match any kind of nut and chip that you like. Such as Butterscotch chips or White chocolate chips. Add them right in. If you like walnuts better than pecans, then go right ahead and add them in. The softer, fattier nuts (like pecans, walnuts, cashews) work better than harder ones like almonds or peanuts. Refrigerate the bars.

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size

2 inch

Amount Per Serving Calories 318Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 27mgSodium 96mgCarbohydrates 35gFiber 2gSugar 28gProtein 5g

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Suanne Murray

Sunday 19th of April 2020

Can I use something besides graham cracker crumbs?


Sunday 19th of April 2020

Hi Suanne,

You can replace the graham cracker crumbs with Nilla Wafers.



Saturday 7th of December 2019

I have seen the magic bars but never tried them or made this. This year they are on the list. So many wonderful recipes; all pinned.

Phyllis Arzola

Wednesday 4th of September 2019

How do I get the gram cracker to stay on the bottom? Mine will loose some


Thursday 5th of September 2019

Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter. Press into bottom of prepared pan.


Courtney Wambeke

Wednesday 19th of June 2019

HI! what would you recommend to replace the walnuts and pecans? I have allergies in the family. Thank you!


Wednesday 19th of June 2019

Hi Courtney,

If you have allergies, I would replace with cashews or brazil nuts, or if those are still an issue, just omit them altogether, it's not worth it having an allergic reaction.



Thursday 18th of April 2019

I use m&m’s in place of the choc. chips. Magic rainbow bars.


Thursday 18th of April 2019

I love it! Magic Rainbow Bars! I will try that next time I make these yummy bars, thank you for the tip!


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