I was thinking I need a little magic in my life. Something over the top sweet and easy to make. Magic bars are magical!
Maybe you know these as Seven Layer Bars. Whatever you call them, they are crazy GOOD!
The first time I made them for my family was a day full of trepidation and curiosity. “What exactly is in these bars mommy?” my daughter asked with her brow furrowed in slight concern. “Are you sure they’re good mommy?” still not convinced, the questions continued as she carefully took the first bite.
“Mommy, these are sooo good!! I love Magic Bars!! Why didn’t you make them before??”And that was it. I didn’t mention there were chopped walnuts in the bars. I conveniently left out that her least favorite baking ingredient coconut was one of the stars in her new favorite treat.
Magic Bars – Seven Layer Bars
1 stick butter, melted
1 1/2 cups graham crumbs (I used one pack from a graham cracker box)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup caramel bits (or you could use white chocolate or peanut butter chips)
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts (or other nuts)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (325 degrees for glass dish). Coat 13×9-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Add parchment paper to the bottom and also add another layer going across horizontally. Spray the parchment paper with non-stick spray (I use Pam Baking Spray).
On a baking sheet, spread out the coconut and bake until golden brown. Don’t walk away to make a coffee while the coconut is in the oven. It will look not ready one second, and the second could be about to burn! Burnt coconut is not that tasty. The coconut should be a golden brown in about 5-7 minutes. Mine was ready in 6 minutes.
In a medium sized bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Press the graham crumb mixture into the bottom pan.
Layer evenly with walnuts.
Next, layer the chocolate chips.
Next, layer the butterscotch chips and caramel bits.
Now toss on the yummy toasted coconut.
Pour the sweetened condensed milk evenly on top of all the ingredients.
Isn’t this pretty?
Bake approximately 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely. I don’t ever cool completely, but it does help when it is cooled in cutting. Remove the Magic Bars with the sides of the parchment paper. Lift carefully onto your counter or a cutting board. I cut into bars about 2 x 2 inch in size because they are so sweet! Store covered at room temperature.
My view at the beach from my chair the other day.
Difficult to believe that many of my friends are still dealing with buckets of snow when I see these images of me and my cutie pie from this week.
Thank you for all your sweet wishes. I’m feeling ok today. I’m just taking it easy and eating enjoying the quiet while the kids are at school. I’m looking forward to reading a book outside in the fresh air with a cup of hot tea.
I hope you have a splendid weekend! Thank you for stopping by to say hi!