Wednesday, December 22, 2010

From the Kitchen: Magic Cookie Bars

There are lots of subtle varieties of this popular bar cookie out there, but this version is a taste of childhood for me. I think it’s the butterscotch/coconut combo. They may not be the beauty queen of the cookie tray, but they’re the ones you’ll want to take home to meet your family.


Magic Cookie Bars (also called 7 Layer Cookies)


  • 1.5 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1.5 cup chocolate chips
  • 1.5 cups butterscotch chips
  • 1.5 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Pour melted butter evenly into a 9x13 pan (or just melt it in the pan in the oven). Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over the butter. Then layer chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and coconut evenly into pan. Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk over top evenly to coat everything. Sprinkle with walnut pieces, if desired, and press down with a fork (it can get sticky). Then bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top is just beginning to brown. Cool completely, cut into small bars and store at room temp. They also freeze very well in an airtight container (for those of you with the self-control required not to get into them before the appropriate time!).


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