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Seven Layer Bars, Magic Cookie Bars or Hello Dollies? Whatever you call these decadent layered coconut bars, they are winners!

With a graham cracker crust, white chocolate and dark chocolate chips, coconut and pecans drizzled with sweetened condensed milk, these Magic Cookie Bars are pure bliss.

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The Best Seven Layer Bars

“Magic Cookie Bars” were a childhood favorite. Typically topped with butterscotch and chocolate chips in my neck of the woods, I went the triple chocolate route. Quality butterscotch chips are a rare commodity.

White, semisweet and bittersweet discs covered the extra thick, gooey coconut filling to took these gems to a new, more decadent level! Not all Seven Layer Bars actually have seven layers, but these do; just count them: graham cracker crust, sweetened condensed milk, white chocolate, semisweet chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, coconut, AND pecans!

The Best Seven Layer Bars on a rectangular, white tray

How to Make Magic Cookie Bars

Magic Cookie Bars are one of the easiest, most decadent dessert bars you’ll ever make! After patting in a simple graham cracker crust, the other ingredients are layered before a can of sweetened condensed milk is drizzled across the surface.

Besides shaking up the chips, I made these seven layer bars in a smaller pan to create a thicker magic cookie bar. I also reserved some of the coconut for a final sprinkle which  allowed for a brown, slightly crispy topping.

PRO: Tip: Lining the baking pan with non-stick foil makes for easy clean up. This is key when you have sticky components in your recipe. It also gives you a sling with which to lift the bars out of the pan to a cutting board.

After patting in the graham cracker crust, use the bottom of one of your dry measuring cups to press and smooth out the top of the crust.

If you have time, toast your pecans in a dry saute pan or for 3-5 minutes on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven. Watch carefully and stir a few times so they don’t burn. This will enhance the flavor by bringing out the natural oils.

If you prefer the more classic bars, layer the chocolate, pecans and all the coconut and pour the sweetened condensed milk over the top before baking.

A few easy tweaks made for an out of this world dessert–that’s why these are the BEST Seven Layer Bars!

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How Do You Store Magic Cookie Bars/7 Layer Bars?

Typically, magic cookie bars do not need to be refrigerated. But if it’s very hot or it will take a long time to eat the whole batch, feel free to store them in the refrigerator in a covered container.  Covering the bars, in their baking pan, with foil works well.

Since this recipe is extra gooey, I do recommend to storing this version in the fridge.

Can You Freeze Magic Cookie Bars?

Yes, they store well for up the 3 months in the freezer. Separate the layers of bars with parchment paper and freeze in a sealed container.

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The Best Seven Layer Bars on a rectangular, white tray

The Best Seven Layer Bars

These extra thick and gooey seven layer bars will win your heart!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Bar Cookies
  • Method: Mixing, Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup coconut, divided
  • 1/3 cup each of white chocolate, bittersweet chocolate and semisweet chocolate discs (or chips)
  • 1/2 cup chopped, toasted pecans
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ΒΊ. Line 8 x 8 baking pan with non-stick foil and set aside.
  2. Mix together graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and brown sugar. Pat into bottom of prepared pan.
  3. Layer the chocolate discs, pecans and half the coconut over the crust. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the top followed by the rest of the coconut.
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes or till coconut is lightly browned.

Notes

Keep refrigerated as they are extra gooey at room temperature.

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39 comments on “The Best Seven Layer Bars”

  1. Best Seven Layer Bars I’ve ever seen! Love those big chocolate chips and coconut on top.

  2. These bars look amazing Lizzy!
    Have a nice day!!
    xo

  3. I love these kind of bars!! They are so yummy to make and a baking feat even I can do. πŸ™‚

  4. Ooh love everything about these bars, each layer and the final look!I have to make these for my kids and see them go crazy πŸ™‚

  5. Those look amazing! I’ve yet to try seven layer bars, but they sound scrumptious!

  6. All these flavors and textures sound so good together. It’s great you put your own twist on them too!

  7. I’ve not heard of seven layer bars before but they sound so good!

  8. I completely agree about the quality of available butterscotch chips, Liz. I haven’t found a good one yet, so I love your substitutions. Your seven-layer bars look spectacularly chewy and delicious!

  9. I like the use of the smaller pan for a thicker bar! These look mouthwatering! (As everything you make always does!)

  10. 7 layers of heaven! I so wish I had one with my coffee right now I adore coconut πŸ˜€

  11. Coconut just seems to make everything better! They sound great:@)

  12. These bars are 7 layers of bliss!

  13. I grew up on the original Magic Cookie Bars, and I’ve never seen a variation that I didn’t like! I love your idea of putting them in a smaller pan so the bars are thicker. Brilliant!

  14. I love the 3 chocolates in these bars, they look amazing! Love the photos also.

  15. I’ve never had a magic layer bar before but it looks like heaven to me! ALL my favourite things in one tasty treat!

  16. These look really good!

  17. Hi Liz, this is such an amazing and beautiful looking bars! 7 layers of awesomeness!

  18. Liz, these do sound an extra sweet treat. The condensed milk and the coconut bring back childhood memories of my granny making things like this. Love that you put them in a smaller pan to make them thicker πŸ˜‰

  19. I have not had these in years. Thanks for the memories.

  20. These bars look so decadent and delicious! I would have no self control around these with all those amazing layers! I love the coconuts and pecans together!

  21. Ooh, these remind me of visits to my grandma’s house!

  22. I really love anything and everything that includes chocolate coconut. You wouldn’t be able to keep me away from these! I think you may need to send me a batch πŸ˜‰

  23. I could go for one of these bars right now, the perfect dessert.

  24. These bars have everything my husband loves!

  25. I would be ok with 2 of these layers never mind all 7 of them! WOW!

  26. Great idea with the pecans! Love!

  27. I looove all the different textures! Classic and perfect!

  28. I’m not sure I’ve ever had a seven layer bar, which sounds a bit ridiculous since these are everything I love in one go! I’m so making these.

  29. I marvel Liz at how you manage to make messy (and gooey wonderfulness) into pristine squares of perfection. It’s more than your cool bars and knife trick….I think it’s Liz Berg magic!

  30. Whatever you call them I want a dozen LOL

  31. Your Seven Layer Bars have brought back some very fond memories Liz. When I was a teenager my dear departed Grandmother used to make us a similar treat. Such an amazing treat. Thank for the smile!

  32. Super scrumptious bars!! Definitely my kind of a GOOD treat πŸ™‚

  33. Love those gigantic chips!

  34. These bars look really amazing! And I believe it taste delicious too! I can see that the bars do have extra thickness and a gooey layer. It really is amazing! Great recipe!

  35. I am in love with all of the layers to these bars! So delicious!

  36. This was so good!! Everyone at my house loved it!

  37. I love making these bars, they always turn out so great!

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