This recipe goes by many names – Seven Layer Bars, Magic Cookie Bars and Hello Dolly Bars aka 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 layered directly in the pan. If you leave off one of the toppings, 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 I put my food processor in storage, I made a batch yesterday using pre-ground graham cracker crumbs. They weren’t quite as good as when made with 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.
- 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, sweetened flaked
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the butter and graham cracker crumbs and press into bottom of a 13x9 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 25-30 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack, then lift parchment from pan and cut into bars.