Saturday, April 1, 2017

magic bars aka 7-Layer Bars

Inspired by a favorite grocery store "7-layer bars" with only 4 large bars in 1 box for $4.99! The hubby and I are addicted to this, I have to refrain from visiting the bakery department. Too bad they also display it just right when you enter the store!@#$%^&*

Adapted from this recipe but I used walnuts instead of pecans and substituted half of butterscotch morsels with white baking chips since they were the ones available in the pantry.

Crazy good!



2 packets of honey sweetened (or original flavor) graham crackers (1 box has 3 packets)
1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
1-14 oz can of sweetened, condensed milk
1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 c butterscotch chips
1/2 c white baking morsels
1 c chopped walnuts
1 c sweetened shredded coconut


  • Prepare your ingredients. If you are in a warm area of the world, chill the baking chips, walnuts and sweetened shredded coconut first. Chill a large bowl too. 45 minutes to 1 hour. Disregard if you're in the North Pole.

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly brush or rub cooking oil or butter on a quarter size baking pan (9 x 13). Then line with parchment paper making sure to give extra more to jut out of the pan for you to lift and grab easily later on.
  • Crust: break graham crackers into bite size pieces and place in a food processor. Blitz until all crackers turn to granulated crumbs (near to powder consistence). 
  •  Transfer into a big bowl and add the melted butter to it. Combine well with hands until you can form a ball without breaking apart.
  • Dump the mixture in the center of the prepared pan and spread evenly. Press using a rubber spatula or your fingers. Set aside. 
  • Take out the chilled bowl, baking chips, walnuts and shredded coconut from the fridge and dump the baking chips and walnuts ONLY in the chilled bowl. Mix well using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Set aside.
  •  Pour the condensed milk on the prepared crust. Spread the liquid evenly by tilting the pan side to side. 
  •  Evenly sprinkle the chilled sweetened shredded coconut on the condensed milk followed by the mixed baking chips and walnuts. Lightly press with your fingers or rubber spatula to stick to the condensed milk.
  • Bake for 30-35 or until bubbly and edges are light brown. 
  • Cool completely to room temperature before lifting the final product out of the pan. Cut evenly to 24 bars or 12 bigger bars. Store in an airtight container each separated with a piece parchment paper.