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Seven Layer Bars Made with Animal Crackers

by on June 11, 2009 · 28 comments

As promised, here’s the recipe from this morning. I’d intended to make regular Seven Layer Bars, but I felt kind of low in calcium so I replaced the usual graham crackers with Barnum’s animal crackers.


Okay, so I’m still probably going to need Boniva in a few years, but the animal cracker crust was pretty darn good. Seven layer bars are the best, aren’t they? Perfect for when you want something homemade but don’t feel like *really* baking.

To cut them neatly, I like to chill them or freeze them then cut with a chef’s knife.

Animal Cracker Seven Layer Bars

1 3/4 cups animal cracker crumbs (or just use graham crackers)
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup white chips
1 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1 (14 oz) can condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. If using a glass pan, use 325 degrees F. I like to use a 13×9 inch metal pan lined with foil or parchment. If using foil, it’s a good idea to grease the sides.

Mix together crumbs and melted butter; press into bottom of pan.

Mix all the chips, coconut and nuts together in another bowl and sprinkle all but about ½ cup of the mixture over the crust. Drizzle the condensed milk over top. Sprinkle remaining chip mixture over top and press down firmly with back of a greased spatula or a sheet of parchment.

Bake on center rack for about 25 minutes. Let cool completely. Lift from pan, trim edges, and cut into bars. Makes about 32 bars

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Published on June 11, 2009

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Claire June 11, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Wow…these are 7-layer bars “kicked up a notch!” I’m going to have to try them…with all the different flavors of chips they sound amazing!

Louise June 11, 2009 at 1:39 pm

Your 7 Layer Bars look good. The ones I usually see here have a goopy layer of condensed milk that puts me off.

Patti June 11, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Hey it says right on the package “good source of calcium” so no worries, right?

VeggieGirl June 11, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Love the use of the animal crackers!!

Katrina June 11, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Fun yumminess!

Mrs. L June 11, 2009 at 2:22 pm

I love that these were made with Animal Crackers. I’d of course have to buy double the amount because I couldn’t use the ones that weren’t “full” animals…those broken ones would have to get eaten so they didn’t go to waste.

dawn June 11, 2009 at 2:29 pm

I love 7-layer bars and 7-layer dip.
I must try this recipe using the animal crackers

snooky doodle June 11, 2009 at 2:31 pm

oh I m drooling!

Kay June 11, 2009 at 2:34 pm

I oughta try that sometime! Usually around my house, it’s more like I’d get in the mood for these bars, be out of graham crackers, stare in the cupboards for a substitute, and find the animal crackers, instead of deciding to do it on purpose. ;) Anyway, I love 7-layer bars! Gotta make them again soon!

Kerstin June 11, 2009 at 2:36 pm

7 layer bars are the best! I like your animal cracker crust too :)

janet June 11, 2009 at 3:12 pm

How cool to use animal crackers in lieu of grahams! Thank you, they look delicious…I could eat them right off the screen;-)

Denise June 11, 2009 at 4:26 pm

What a great way to use animal crackers up. They look yummy

Emily L. June 11, 2009 at 3:38 pm

wouldn’t it be cool if you cut them into animal shapes! Next time.

Shoshana June 11, 2009 at 4:08 pm

I love the addition of peanut butter chips! It makes them even more decadent with very little work!

HeartofGlass June 11, 2009 at 5:13 pm

ATK did a lemon cheesecake with an animal cracker crust, but this looks even better–I loved animal crackers as a kid. I probably couldn’t bear to break them all up if I made these and would have to leave some of them whole.

Lifting lions will keep your bones strong!

JohnGL June 11, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Anna, these are worth the animal (cookie) sacrifice! I,too, am drooling.

Steph June 11, 2009 at 6:44 pm

OMG!! Those look very yummy and addicting!

Emily June 11, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Gah! I saw huge bags of animal crackers at the dollar store today and didn’t buy any! I’m so mad at myself. These look great.

C L June 11, 2009 at 7:31 pm

Love this idea! Animal crackers would probably make the bars a teeny bit less sweet but oh so delicious. :) Must put these on my “must make” list (which is getting longer every day). LOL ;)

KAnn June 11, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Oh, 7 Layer Bars are so good, aren’t they?! I have mixed a little cinnamon in the crust which is good, too.

Jessica June 11, 2009 at 11:32 pm

What a fun idea! I wonder what other cookies/ pies one could incorporate animal crackers into…

Jen June 12, 2009 at 10:48 am

Jessica – Cooks Illustrated had a recipe a few years back for key lime bars that used animal crackers in the crust. They were great! These look good, too, but I can never keep animal crackers around long enough to use them in baked goods. I think they are my favorite cookie!

hulagirl247 June 12, 2009 at 10:54 am

hi anna!

you must have received a psychic message from me last night – i made my version of these (mine are slightly different than yours) and wondered if they would ever make the cookie madness post of the day!

i’m at work so i can’t give you the differences measurement-wise between your recipe & mine – but my end result looks twice as thick as yours.

glad to see this old stand-by made the hit parade!

have a terriffic weekend!


Anna June 12, 2009 at 10:56 am

That’s so funny that CI used animal crackers in the crust. Had I known that, I wouldn’t have crossed my fingers when I put the bars in the oven! In the end, the crust was almost better than graham crackers.

janet June 14, 2009 at 4:56 pm

I’m sold….I bought animal crackers to make these this next week! They look soooo good. Thanks, Anna!

Jasmine June 15, 2009 at 11:37 am

I made these yesterday with my extra box of animal crackers! i was a bit short so i added corn flakes too..turned out GREAT. i didn’t have the nuts either but they were amazing! the 2nd day especially..unfortunitly very few make it to the 2nd day : )

Jenney Marie August 6, 2009 at 9:08 am

I am sooooo excited to try this out! I was eating some Barnum Animal Crackers today and desided to look up recipes using them. I was thinking of how good they would be as a cust or something. (Side note: I use Nilla Wafer crust for pumpkin pie- it is AMAZING!!!!) I found your site and this recipe, I will be making these soon!!!! lol. Thanks so much. I love the site and look forward to finding more recipes.

Lily September 7, 2009 at 3:36 pm

I’m going to try these! And uh, it will have many substiutes!

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