This recipe goes by many names – Seven Layer Bars, Magic Cookie Bars and Hello Dollies. You’ve got Seven Layer bars if you actually use all seven layers, which include butter, graham cracker crumbs, condensed milk, butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, coconut and nuts which you make by layering directly in the pan. If you leave off one of the chips and/or the coconut, you’ve got Magic Cookie Bars. If you like being old fashioned or singing old Broadway tunes, you can make either and call them Hello Dollies, which I read was the original name.
Because (like a dummy) I put my food processor in storage, I made a batch yesterday using packaged graham cracker crumbs. They weren’t quite as good as when made with actual fresh graham crackers ground into crumbs, but they were still tasty.
Do you have any great variations on this recipe? If so, I’d like to know. I’ve made these with an animal cracker base and even a base of Strawberry Newton cookies, which worked surprisingly well. I’ve even heard of people pouring the toppings over a base of plain white bread pressed into a pan.
Seven Layer Magic Hello Dolly Bars
1 stick (4 oz) butter
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk (Eagle Brand)
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup chopped, toasted walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup coconut
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the butter and graham cracker crumbs and press into bottom of a 13×9 inch pan which you’ve lined with parchment.
Pour condensed milk over graham cracker base. Sprinkle evenly with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, nuts and coconut
Bake for 30 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack, then lift parchment from pan and cut into bars.
Makes 48 bars