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Seven Layer Magic Bars Recipe

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 33 mins
Servings 36 bars

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These 7 Layer Magic Bars are made with a graham cracker base, chocolate chips, nuts, coconut and sweetened condensed milk – they are the perfect mix of gooey, crunchy, sweet and salty and they are so easy! Includes step by step recipe video

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Recipe first shared on RecipeGirl.

Friends. Have you tried these before?!?

I mean, I feel like everyone has a recipe for magic bars from their childhood and it’s that one that is so easy to throw together and it’s always a hit. But maybe some of you have been living without?

overhead image of a plate of seven layer bars with pecans chocolate chips and white chocolate chips all around

I will admit, I don’t make these 7 Layer Magic Bars often. But only because I tend to forget about those recipes that are right in front of my face – you know?!?

I’m always on the hunt for the next coolest thing or some crazy new flavor combination, and I forget about those tried and true recipes for classics like this one.

Luckily for you, here we are.

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These Magic Bars are pretty much the easiest form of baking there is. The most difficult part is stirring together the crust and pressing it into the pan. Then it’s just dump, sprinkle, spread and pour over the sweetened condensed milk and bake.

What comes out of the oven is this magically delicious, gooey, caramel-y, chocolate-y concoction that is completely irresistible. Feel free to mix up the types of nuts, chips (chocolate or otherwise) and baking crumbs (try chocolate for a change!) to suit your own tastes!

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Seven Layer Magic Bars

5 from 2 votes
These 7 Layer Magic Bars are made with a graham cracker base, chocolate chips, nuts, coconut and sweetened condensed milk – they are the perfect mix of gooey, crunchy, sweet and salty and they are so easy!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 23 mins
Total Time 33 mins
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 36 bars
Calories 153kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped nuts I used hazelnuts and pecans
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 300ml/14oz can sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, line a 9×13″ pan with tin foil and grease lightly.
  • In a medium bowl, combine melted butter and graham cracker crumbs. Press evenly into the bottom of the pan.
  • Sprinkle evenly with coconut, nuts, chocolate chips and white chocolate chips, and drizzle with sweetened condensed milk.
  • Bake for 23-25 minutes until light golden brown (not too dark at the edges). Let cool completely before slicing.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 45mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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Recipe adapted from Eagle Brand Condensed Milk.

Meet Ashley

My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Judy says

    One Christmas I substituted M&Ms for the chocolate chips, mainly for the colors. Now it’s what my family expects! LOL

  2. marcie says

    7 layer bars were my favorite sweet treat growing up — you can’t beat the classics! These look incredible Ashley and I need to make some more very soon!

  3. Teri Shaw says

    I have had these before. My aunt used to make them for Christmas. I could never eat them because I am allergic to chocolate(I know…it is terrible)Then one year she made them with only white chocolate. Oh wow! yum! I have used white chocolate with peanut butter chips and also white chocolate with butterscotch. Both came out great. This year we tried them with nilla wafer crumbs, white chocolate. and strawberry{look for flavored melts in specialty stops)

  4. Rachel @ Bakerita says

    We make soooo many batches of these at my house for Christmas – they’re so good! We use butterscotch chips instead of white, and always walnuts. Can’t deviate or everyone gets mad 🙂 these are the best!

  5. Susan L says

    Just a stray thought, these are also called Hello Dolly Bars. But whatever you call them, this is a great recipe, you can adapt in so many ways and I LOVE recipes like that.

    My Mom used to make these (I make them now) and the recipe we both used was from a Centennial Cookbook (1967 for your non-Canadian fans) that came from Elkhorn Women’s Auxiliary.

  6. ColleenB.~Texas says

    OMG. I haven’t made these in years and my husband loves these things. Oh, thanks for the memories. Old time favorite.
    My recipe I got from a small recipe booklet that was put out by Borden Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk back in 1981 which was sold for $1.00 called Delicious Desserts Made Easy. Back then you could either send in $1.00 or send in 2 labels from Eagle Brand Milk along with name, address, etc. I still have that little recipe booklet in my cookbook library.
    Instead of the graham cracker crumbs go for the chocolate crumbs or get a package of Oreo’s , grind up fine; filling and all and use as crumbs layer.
    I think my hubby would be very happy if I made these for him come this weekend.
    Enjoy your day.

  7. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says

    I feel like I’m the only person that has never had a magic bar, though I have seen them all over the place! I’m not a fan of coconut, which is why I stay away, but my husband would go nuts over these! I should try to make them without the coconut, sounds delicious with those layers!

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