Toffee Caramel Magic Cookie Bars are a twist on one of the most addictive layered desserts. Toffee chunks and caramel chips are added to the mix for a decadent treat!
Toffee Caramel Magic Cookie Bars
I have absolutely no willpower around magic cookie bars, also known as Hello Dollies or 7 Layer Bars. I have a soft spot for graham cracker crusts, along with those typical add-ins of coconut, chocolate chips and nuts. These rich bar cookies are irresistible!
There are numerous variations, and this toffee version, sans coconut, is as gooey and delicious as the originals. I shared these gems with my book club and knitting friends and they swooned right along with me. The hubby snubs both the coconut in the originals and the toffee and caramel chips featured in this latest twist, so no opinion from him! More for me!
Why Are These Called Magic Cookie Bars?
All 3 names for these bars have a different origin.
- The “magic” in magic cookie bars comes from the fact that the originals needed no mixing. Melted butter went in the bottom of the pan, and was sprinkled with graham cracker crumbs, followed by sweetened condensed milk, coconut, chocolate chips and nuts. Baked up, the crust forms with a gooey mixture of delicious toppings!
- Seven Layer Bars comes from the 7 different ingredients layered to make these bars. Except I only count 6! What am I missing? Maybe toss in some butterscotch chips for that elusive last ingredient.
- And the Hello Dollies name is a bit more puzzling. Thoughts are that these bars could have been developed when Hello Dolly was first on Broadway in the 1960’s. That may be a bit of a reach, though.
How to Make Magic Cookie Bars
Unlike the original magic cookie bar recipe, I like to mix the melted butter and graham cracker crumbs and press them into the pan for the crust. That’s the most difficult part of making these easy bars!
Next, I layer the various chips and chocolate before drizzling over the can of sweetened condensed milk and finally some chopped nuts before baking and digging in.
You can certainly use a bag of toffee chips to make these toffee caramel magic cookie bars. But I prefer chopping my own “chips” out of Heath bars for more substantial toffee pieces that include a chocolate coating.
Chill before cutting for the best looking bars, but let them sit at room temperature to get a bit gooey before serving. For more tips on slicing check out my post on How to Cut Perfect Cookie Bars.
Do you have another variation of these 7 layer bars? How many layers in your version?? More magic cookie bars that have my attention include these Monster Magic 7-Layer Bars, Seven Layer Magic Coconut Bars and these Christmas Magic Cookie Bars.
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1 cup caramel flavored chips (I used Ghirardelli)
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup chopped Heath bars (I used 3 1/2-4 1.4 ounce Heath bars)
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces)
- 1 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x 13-inch pan with nonstick foil or grease well with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
Mix the melted butter and graham cracker crumbs until well combined. Pat into the bottom of the prepared baking pan.
Sprinkle the crust with the caramel chips, chocolate chips, and Heath bar bits. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the top. Sprinkle with pecans.
Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven to a wire rack to cool. Chill to cut, but serve at room temperature.