Animal Cracker Seven Layer Bars is a recipe I came up with years ago when I needed to use up some condensed milk, but didn't have the graham crackers for the traditional version of Seven Layer Bars. I haven't made them in a while, but the recipe has become pretty popular here on Cookie Madness. It's also a good excuse to treat yourself to a box or two (or a bag) of Barnum's Animal Crackers. Hide them from the kids!
I'm looking at the photo and thinking it needs an update. Or am I just looking for an excuse to buy some Barnum's?
Tip: To cut them neatly, chill them or freeze them then cut with a chef’s knife.
Animal Cracker Seven Layer Bars
1 ¾ cups animal cracker crumbs (or just use graham crackers)
8 tablespoons butter, melted
¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup butterscotch chips
½ cup peanut butter chips
⅔ cup white chips
1 cup pecans, chopped
½ 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 13x9 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