There’s seriously something magical about seven-layer magic bars. My recipe below shows you how to make the classic seven layers but also offers options to customize them to your taste!
And as you might know, one of the seven layers of these bars is the thing that holds them together and gives them their gooeyness: sweetened condensed milk! I am a big advocate of adding this layer last, so that when the bars bake, the condensed milk soaks into the bars, binding them together and creating the gooey, soft bars we know and love!
Makes: 15 medium bars (9×13 pan of bars)
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
1 ¾ cups graham cracker crumbs*
½ cup (1 stick) salted butter, melted (or sub unsalted + a pinch of salt)
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips (or sub semisweet or milk chocolate chips)
1 cup butterscotch chips (or sub peanut butter chips)
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes (or leave out this layer if you don’t like coconut!)
¾ cup chopped pecans (or sub chopped walnuts)
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
*if you can’t find graham cracker crumbs in the grocery store, buy regular graham crackers and crush them up into a fine crumb in a plastic bag.
Grease a 9×13 pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine melted butter and graham cracker crumbs in a bowl. Use your hands or the back of a spoon to press mixture into the bottom of the pan, creating an even, packed crumb layer.
Sprinkle chocolate chips in pan on top of the crumb layer. Then add butterscotch chips, then coconut flakes, and then nuts in even layers.
Drizzle condensed milk in rows on top of bars as evenly as possible.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, until bars are set and the edges are golden brown.
Cool completely before cutting.
Serve room temp or warm!
Stores well at room temperature for 4-5 days.
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