Magic Bars are the perfect combination of chocolate, coconut, nuts and butterscotch to make this the best gooey, sweet treat of the holiday season.
Magic Bars are the one sweet item that brings forth Christmas in my mind no matter what the time of year. I do not remember specific traditional Christmas cookies being made in my childhood but you better believe I remember Magic Bars. Also known as Hello Dolly Bars, these delicious, sweet, crunchy, clean out your chocolate chip drawer, compilation of nutty, chocolately goodness is how I know that Christmas is on its way. Forget the fat guy in the red suit and the decorations in the stores (the decoration show up in the stores in July now, anyways so that will throw the train completely off track)… it’s Magic Bars. There is absolutely nothing wrong with any part of these ‘cookies?’ and there is quite simply nothing easier to make when it comes to holiday treats.
In my house, I could make 14 different kinds of cookies, fudge and baklava and Big Scary Mike would survey his sugar kingdom with happiness that could only come from having 14 different cookies at his disposal and the first thing he would ask would be ‘Where are the Magic Bars’?
Yup, they are THAT good.
Now, this recipe is a traditional seasonal treat so I obviously IN NO WAY made this up myself. The recipe my family has used for years is the Eagle Magic Cookie Bar recipe (click on the link and it will take you right to it). But I do tweak the ingredients, a bit. I prefer specifically walnuts on mine and butterscotch chips and a little more of this and that on my Magic Bars, but that’s just ME. The recipe in this post reflects my changes but definitely checkout the original too.
If you have never had Magic Bars before, please consider giving them a try this holiday. They are sweet and crunchy and absolutely delicious…. and they just might save you from having to make 14 different types of cookies this year.
Happiness and blessings!
- 1 stick butter , melted
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 1 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- 1 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup butterscotch chips
- 1 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 15 oz can of condensed milk
- Start lining a 13 x 9 pan with parchment paper and preheating your oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small bowl, combine the melted butter and graham cracker crumbs until well mixed and then press into the bottom of your pan.
- Pour the condensed milk on top of the crust and lightly smooth to create an even layer.
- Sprinkle the coconut flakes, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and nuts (yes, in that order) evenly in layers over the crust and press down the ingredients lightly with the back of a fork or a spoon or your hand.
- Bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and let cool completely before pulling up on the parchment paper and removing the Magic Bars from the pan.
- Cut into squares and store in an airtight container.