2/28/11

A cookie bar by any other name would taste as sweet...Magic Cookie Bars/Seven Layer Bars/Hello Dolly Bars

These bars are another blast for the past. Back in the day, one rarely attended any finger food function where a platter of Magic Cookie Bars wasn’t amongst the offerings!
These treats have a couple of other aliases.  One is Seven Layer Bars, as they contain seven layers, if you use all the ingredients on the list - butter, graham cracker crumbs, coconut, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, nuts, and condensed milk. Because we all tend to tweak recipes to fit our family’s taste, many variations of these bars immerged.  Omitting an ingredient, such as the coconut or using only one flavor of chips, reduces the number of layers, making Seven Layer Bars no longer the best choice of names for these treats!  Thus, the bars also became known as Hello Dolly Bars and Magic Cookie Bars.
Whatever you choose to call them,  these bars are yummy and easy to make! Larry said his mom made these often when he was growing up! They're one of his favorites! These bars keep really, really well, when stored in an air tight container!
Here is the “vintage” recipe along with a newer version, which uses a brownie mix for the crust. Enjoy!

 Magic Cookie Bars

Magic Cookie Bars (a.k.a. Hello Dolly Bars and Seven Layer Bars)

For a twist, try different flavors of graham cracker crumbs. Vanilla wafer crumbs can be substituted for the graham cracker crumbs!

1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
½ cup butter, melted
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Melt butter in a 9x13-inch inch pan.
Sprinkle cracker crumbs over melted butter.
Press crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
Layer evenly the coconut, chocolate chips, and nuts.
Pour condensed milk over top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes.
Cool slightly and run a knife around edges of pan while bars still warm.
Let cool completely in pan.
Cut into bars.

Magic Brownie Bars

Magic Brownie Bars

½ cup butter, melted
1 (approximately 20-ounce) box brownie mix
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven 350.
Melt butter in a 9x13-inch inch pan.
Sprinkle brownie mix over melted butter.
Top with coconut, butterscotch chips, chocolate chips and pecans.
Drizzle with sweetened condensed milk.
Bake about 30 minutes or until edges are bubbly.
Remove from oven and cool slightly.
Run a knife around edges of pan while bars still warm.
Cool thoroughly before cutting into bars.

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