Delicious bar cookies loaded with chocolate flavor and everything but the kitchen sink!
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Hello Dolly Bars (aka Magic Cookie Bars)

The old Magic Cookie Bars didn’t call for lining the pan with parchment nor chilling before cutting. But here, please don’t skip lining the pan with parchment because not only will you have an easier cleanup, but you may not be able to remove the bars from the pan because of the cooked condensed milk.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: magic cookie bars
Servings: 32
Calories: 234kcal
Author: Judith Hannemann

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 16 tbs unsalted butter 8 oz
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 9 oz chocolate wafers like Nabisco Famous
  • 9 sheets graham crackers about 4.5 oz

For the Bars (Layer in this order):

  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut unsweetened preferred but sweetened is OK
  • 1 cup sliced almonds

Topping:

  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13-inch pan with non-stick spray. Also line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper and spray that too (don’t skip this step!)
  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add sugar and salt and stir to dissolve; remove from heat.
  • In a food processor, pulse the chocolate wafers and the graham crackers until you get fine crumbs. Add the cookie crumbs to the butter mixture in the saucepan and mix well to combine. Press into prepared pan.
  • Layer the fillings in the order given, spreading evenly. Pour the condensed milk on top trying to keep that even across the top too.
  • Bake bars for 35-40 minutes, until the nuts and coconut are nicely toasted. Remove from oven and cool on a rack for about 45 minutes. Then refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Invert pan over a large cutting board and tap bottom of the pan to release. Peel off parchment and cut into 32 bars.

Notes

The old Magic Cookie Bars recipe didn’t call for lining the pan with parchment nor chilling before cutting. But for this recipe, please don’t skip lining the pan with parchment. Not only will you have an easier cleanup, but you may not be able to remove the bars from the pan because of the cooked condensed milk.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 230IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 0.8mg