Magic Bars (also called 7 layer bars) are simple cookie bars made from a graham cracker crust, three different types of chocolate chips, coconut and nuts. This is the EASIEST dessert, and always a party favorite.

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Four Magic Bars stacked on top of each other, on a board.

These magic bars go by many names depending on your location.  You may hear them called, hello dolly bars, magic cookie bars, coconut dream bars, or 7 layer bars.  Each name means basically the same thing; a delicious cookie bar made without eggs or flour, and with layers of cookie, chocolate, coconut bliss.

Ingredients:

The labeled ingredients needed to make Magic Bars.

  • Graham crackers: honey or chocolate flavored, crushed using a food processor or rolling pin.
  • Butter: melted, for the crust.
  • Chocolate chips and butterscotch chips: substitute whichever chips are your favorite, including white chocolate.
  • Heath bars: crushed up or you can use heath toffee bits.
  • Shredded coconut: shredded sweetened or unsweetened coconut if preferred. Avoid large shreds of coconut.
  • Chopped nuts: walnuts or pecans are preferred.
  • Sweetened condensed milk: this is the true “magic” of the bars and it helps bind all the ingredients together.

How to Make Magic Bars (7 Layer Bars):

1. Make the crust: Crush graham crackers in the sleeve, or using a food processor or rolling pin. Mix with melted butter and pout mixture into a greased 8’’ square baking dish.

2. Top with layers: Sprinkle crust with chocolate chips, then butterscotch chips, chopped heath bars, nuts and coconut. Pour sweetened condensed evenly over the top.

Two process photos for making magic bars including a pan with crust and chocolate chips, then coconut added and sweetened condensed milk poured on top.

3. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 30-35 minutes. Allow to cool before serving. (I like to refrigerate mine for a few hours before serving so they are easier to get out of the pan, to cut and hold the “layers” better.)

Variations:

  • Chocolate crust: use chocolate graham crackers instead of honey graham crackers.
  • Oreo crust: crush 24 Oreos and mix with 5 tablespoons melted butter.
  • Different flavored chips: try white chocolate, mint, butterscotch, or any variety of chocolate chips.
  • Vegan Magic Bars: substitute vegan butter and, in place of sweetened condensed milk, mix 1 cup of full fat coconut milk with ⅓ cup sugar.

Make Ahead And Freezing Instructions:

To make ahead: You can make magic bars 1-2 days ahead of time.  Store them covered, in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

To freeze: Flash freeze magic bars first by cutting them into pieces, placing them uncovered on a cookie sheet and freezing for 1 hour. This will help with the stickiness.  Then place them in a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 3 months.  You may want to use parchment or wax paper if you plan to layer them so that they don’t stick together.

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Recipe

Four Magic Bars stacked on top of each other, on a board.
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins
Total 40 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 1 sleeve graham crackers* , honey or chocolate flavored
  • 6 Tablespoons butter , melted
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips
  • 2 heath bars , chopped
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk

Instructions
 

  • Crush graham crackers in the sleeve, or using a food processor or rolling pin. Mix with melted butter and pout mixture into a greased 8’’ square baking dish.
  • Sprinkle crust with chocolate chips, then butterscotch chips, chopped heath bars, nuts and coconut. Pour sweetened condensed evenly over the top.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F. for 30-35 minutes. Allow to cool before serving. (I like to refrigerate mine for a few hours before serving so they are easier to get out of the pan, to cut and hold the “layers” better.)

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Notes

Graham crackers: One sleeve of graham crackers is 9 whole crackers, and will yield 1 heaping cup of graham cracker crumbs. 

Variations:

  • Chocolate crust: use chocolate graham crackers instead of honey graham crackers.
  • Oreo crust: crush 24 Oreos and mix with the melted butter.
  • Different flavored chips: try white chocolate, mint, butterscotch, or any variety of chocolate chips.
  • Vegan Magic Bars: substitute vegan butter and, in place of sweetened condensed milk, mix 1 cup of full fat coconut milk with ⅓ cup sugar.
Make Ahead Instructions: You can make magic bars 1-2 days ahead of time.  Store them covered, in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Freezing Instructions: First, flash freeze the bars by placing cut bars onto a cookie sheet and freeze for 1 hour, uncovered. This will help with the stickiness.  Transfer to a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 3 months.  Place a piece of parchment paper between layers, if stacking them. 

Nutrition

Calories: 367kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 4gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 219mgPotassium: 172mgFiber: 1gSugar: 37gVitamin A: 275IUVitamin C: 0.7mgCalcium: 105mgIron: 2.3mg

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I originally shared this recipe April 2016. Updated September 2020.

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    1. I cut them into 16 bars. You could cut more or less depending on how large you like them. The calorie count is based on cutting into 16 bars.

  1. 5 stars
    I made this and it was Amazing! I used both semi sweet and milk chocolate chips. I also used caramel chips. This was the hit of the party. Thanks for such a great recipe!

  2. Would replacing the coconut with quick oats be a bad idea or could it work? Just wondered since I don’t like coconut and don’t really want to just add more chocolate/nuts…

  3. Can you please tell me what the actual Heath Bar measurement is as I am using Score bits as I could not find Heath bars where I am.

    Thank you, Kelly