Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Magic Cookie Bars

I remember having my very first 
Magic Cookie Bar at 
my Aunt Sharon's house 
many many...many years ago. 
I had never tasted butterscotch chips before.
Where had they been hiding?
Dakota has always known these bars.
And loved them. 

For years I remember loving
Magic Cookie Bars.
Then when I was away at college,
I found a recipe that included
butterscotch chips.
Where had they been hiding?
Mom had been leaving them
out of her recipe because
my sisters didn't like them.

Welcome back, butterscotch chips.

Magic cookie bars ARE magical.
The graham crackers,
the brown sugar,
the  butter...

Chocolate chips 
butterscotch chips.

Don't forget the coconut 
the Sweetened Condensed Milk!
What can we say about that? 
Pure heaven in a can.
(Mom gets angry if I throw it out
before she licks the lid.) 

Binder clips are great to use to 

hold down your parchment paper. 
They can go right in the oven.
When your magic cookie bars are cool,
just unclip them and 
lift the bars out using the paper.
The clips make it much 
easier to cut the bars.

Add a sprinkling of pecans 
and that makes it perfect.
Or hold the pecans...
some of us only eat them candied
or covered in cinnamon and sugar.  

Magic cookie bars

½ cup butter, melted
½ cup brown sugar
1 ½ cup graham cracker crumbs

1 cup of Nestles semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup of  Nestles butterscotch chips 
7 oz. bag of Baker's coconut
1 can Eagles sweetened condensed milk 
3/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Mix together the butter, brown sugar, 
and graham cracker crumbs. 
Press into the bottom of a 9" x 13" pan 
that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
You can also line the pan with 
parchment paper for easier removal.
Spray that too.

Next sprinkle on 
the chocolate and butterscotch chips.
Then the coconut.
Then pour the sweetened condensed milk 
evenly over the coconut.
Sprinkle with the pecans.

Bake in a 350 degrees preheated oven for 25 minutes.
Until golden brown.

Let cool.
(OK, so let's be real here.  
We don't always let it cool before we eat some.)
And ahhhhh...enjoy.

 I also enjoy drizzling a 
little warm caramel sauce on it too. 
Although Dakota is a purist and 
likes them just the way they are.
Either way they are delicious.  


  1. Here's a really lazy way to make these: Use 2 graham cracker piecrusts instead of making your own crust. The "Magic Pies" don't need to be baked as long, either

  2. These bars ARE full of magic, magic and deliciousness!! Just found your blog through pinterest and I've already pinned at least 5 additional recipes!


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