Magic Cookie Bars (7 Layer Bars)

Magic Cookie Bars are gooey layers of chocolate, coconut, and toasted pecans on top of a buttery graham cracker crust, all held together with a layer of sweetened condensed milk. The perfect sweet treat!

magic cookie bars on parchment paper

7 Layer Cookie Bars

These wonderful bars were introduced to me a long time ago by a dear friend of mine. After all these years we are still close so I wanted to share one of her favorite recipes.

Why are they called 7 Layer Bars?

Well there are technically only 6 layers there are 7 flavors in them. The butter and graham crackers are really one layer of crust but each ingredient really shines!

With so many flavors and textures, they are sure to be a hit with everyone! I know they don’t last long in our house!

labeled picture of ingredients for 7 layer bars

Ingredients Needed

Graham Cracker Crumbs – Crush your own graham crackers into crumbs or buy them already done.

Sweetened Condensed Milk – Be sure to get the condensed milk and not evaporated milk.

Chocolate Chips – Use a combination of semi-sweet chocolate and dark chocolate chips.

Coconut – I like to use the shredded coconut but you can also use flaked. Just be sure it’s sweetened.

Nuts – Pecans are my nut of choice but walnuts will work too.

Pantry Staples – Unsalted butter, flaky sea salt.

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How to make Seven Layer Bars

First: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grab a 9×13 baking pan and line with parchment paper or cooking spray.

Second: In a bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Stir to combine. Press into an even layer in the bottom of the prepared pan.

Third: Top with coconut, both kinds of chocolate chips, and chopped nuts. Pour the can of sweetened condensed milk over the layer of chocolate chips and nuts.

Fourth: Bake for 25 minutes or until the edges start to brown. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before slicing. Enjoy!

Some pour the sweetened condensed milk over the crumbs and then add the toppings. I like to pour it over the top of everything so it holds the toppings together and gives the pecans a candied coating.

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

baked magic cookie bars in a white baking dish

They are also known as Hello Dolly, Holly Dolly Bars, or Holly Dollies. That’s how they were first introduced to me by my life long friend!

Do they need to be refrigerated?

These bars will last at room temperature in an air tight container for up to 5 days. They do not need to be refrigerated unless you live in a hot or humid place.

You can also freeze them for up to 2 months in a freezer safe container. If you are stacking them, be sure to place wax or parchment paper in between them to keep them from sticking.

hand holding 7 layer bar with bite taken out of it

Flavor Variations

  • Use chocolate graham crackers instead of plain for the crust. You can even use crushed pretzels.
  • Change up the chocolate by using a combination of semi-sweet, dark, or milk chocolate chips.
  • Substitute half the chocolate for butterscotch chips (this is the traditional recipe)
  • Change out the chopped pecans for almonds or walnuts.
  • Add toffee bits or crushed toffee candy bars to the topping.
  • Add coconut flakes instead of shredded coconut.

How to cut Hello Dolly Bars

Wait until they are completely cool before cutting. All the gooey toppings melted with the sweetened condensed milk can make a mess of your knife.

Once they are cooled, remove from the pan and slice with a sharp knife in one chop. Try not to drag the knife through all the gooey layers for best results. You can also clean the knife in between cuts. And use a small spatula to remove the bars from the pan

squares of magic cookie bars

Tips for No Leftovers

  • Line the pan with parchment paper or nonstick cooking spray. This will make removing the bars so much easier!
  • You can make these a one pan dessert by placing the butter in the oven and melting it. Then add the crumbs, stir around, and then press out. Be careful as the pan is hot and can burn you.
  • Press the cracker crumbs down firmly. Use a spatula if needed.
  • Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the top of the bars. Be sure to hit the edges.
  • Bake until the edges of the bars are a lightly golden brown and the coconut is lightly toasted.
  • Refrigerate the bars to cool them down even faster.
  • Sprinkle with sea salt upon removing from the oven. This will help it stick to the bars.

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stack of bar with text "magic cookie bars"

Whip up a batch of these ooey, gooey magic cookie bars and share with friends and neighbors!

magic cookie bars on parchment paper

Magic Cookie Bars

Magic Cookie Bars are gooey layers of chocolate, coconut, and toasted pecans on top of a buttery graham cracker crust, all held together with a layer of sweetened condensed milk. The perfect sweet treat!
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 24 bars
Calories: 221kcal
Author: Jennifer Stewart

Ingredients

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 can 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup toasted pecans chopped
  • 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Grab a 9×13 baking dish and line with parchment paper or cooking spray.
  • In a bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Stir to combine.
  • Press into an even layer in the bottom of the prepared baking sheet.
  • Top with coconut, both kinds of chocolate chips, and toasted pecans.
  • Top the whole thing with the sweetened condensed milk.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until the edges start to brown.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool completely before slicing.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Line the pan with parchment paper or nonstick cooking spray. This will make removing the bars so much easier!
  • You can make these a one pan dessert by placing the butter in the oven and melting it. Then add the crumbs, stir around, and then press out. Be careful as the pan is hot and can burn you.
  • Press the cracker crumbs down firmly. Use a spatula if needed.
  • Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the top of the bars. Be sure to hit the edges.
  • Bake until the edges of the bars are a lightly golden brown and the coconut is lightly toasted.
  • Refrigerate the bars to cool them down even faster.
  • Sprinkle with sea salt upon removing from the oven. This will help it stick to the bars.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 146mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g

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13 Comments

  1. Ooooh I’ve had these before, and they are SO good! I’ve never had a good recipe for them, so I’m looking forward to whipping this up! <3 Thanks!!

  2. This is one that I can’t stop eating! My weekpoint! Wish I was your neighbor to get a tray full of these! Love these delicious ones!

  3. I haven’t had a magic bars in forever but they are definitely a favorite!

  4. These sound amazing. I’ve heard of them, but I don’t know why I’ve never given them a try! That must change.

  5. Not sure how these have flown under my radar, but definitely must change that!

  6. I love all of these delicious layers! Beautiful photos too 🙂

  7. I’m trying to figure a way to make these and not let anyone know I did so I at least get one or two!!

  8. I like the two kinds of chips in there. And the coconut. And the pecans. Basically the whole bar!

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