Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Magic Cookie Bars

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Every year the day before Thanksgiving is when we bake the desserts we'll be having. While this time of year is my favorite for soo many reasons, the magic cookie bars may take the cake (pun intended) for what I get most excited for! I could make these every day and eat an entire tray every. single. day. There is no better dessert and I would make them all year round but they probably wouldn't taste as good (as my mom says)!

I've been making these for years now - my mom has made them during the holidays for as long as I can remember but ever since I started helping her make them one year I loved it so now they're something I make probably 5 or 6 times throughout the next two months. For real, it's an obsession...

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There's a ton of small variations to this recipe depending on toppings you like but the classic chocolate chips, coconut and walnuts are my favorite. Sidenote: did anyone ever realize just how good condensed milk is??? Because I sure didn't!

To Make Magic Cookie Bars:

Scroll down for a full, printable recipe!

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Mix the butter and graham cracker crumbs in a bowl until completely mixed

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Pour the graham cracker mixture into the glass pan and spread it around; flattening it into the pan

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Add a can of Eagle Brand condensed milk on top of the graham cracker crust mix and spread it around

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Now the BEST part, the toppings!! Like I said, you could change this up based on your liking. I've seen this made with different types of nuts, M&M's, etc. but my favorite will always be chocolate chips, coconut and walnuts. Equal parts coconut and walnuts and double the chocolate chips, duh : )

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You can use as much of each topping you'd like and spread it around atop of the condensed milk

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Bake for 25 minutes at 325 degrees (for a glass baking dish, otherwise 350 degrees) and then:

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I could honestly eat this whole tray right now! I highly recommend making these for Thanksgiving and all season long. If you've never tried these, trust me when I tell you they are life changing. They also make the entire house smell absolutely amazing - like my house does right now! These magic cookie bars are super easy and fun to make too!

Magic Cookie Bars

by Adriana Nudo
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Ingredients (2-3 dozen bars)
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 stick butter or margarine (melted)
  • 1 14-oz can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
Instructions
Preheat oven to 325 degrees (or 350 for a non-glass pan).
Mix graham cracker crumbs and butter and pour into glass plan.
Flatten the mixture pressed down in the glass pan.
Pour condensed milk evenly over graham cracker crumbs.
Layer the toppings.
Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown. Chill if desired.
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Do you make magic cookie bars? What toppings do you like on yours?

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54 comments :

  1. Yummy! These cookie bars look really good.

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  2. Those cookies look delicious. The only bad thing is that I would eat the entire batch all by myself LOL :-)

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  3. These look amazing, Pinning for later...YUM!

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  4. Going and making these right now! Yum!

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  5. Holy moly! I guess I'm going to the store tonight. I want to make these for Thanksgiving tomorrow morning.

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  6. I know this might sound ridiculous, but I teared up looking at this post. My dad and I used to make magic bars together, and it is such a great reminder of him now that he has passed away. Thanks for the bittersweet and delish reminder.

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  7. oh those look amazing! Will definitely be trying these during the holidays. Thanks!

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  8. WOW! those look so delicious!! I wonder if I can recreate it in a Gluten free way!!

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  9. I wish my boys would eat coconut I would love to make this. These looks so good!

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  10. these look amazingly good :-)

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  11. These look seriously amazing!! I love these bars, but have never made them myself. I will have to add them to my Christmas cookie list :)

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  12. These looks so good and easy to make. On my list, for sure!

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  13. You can't say "Magic Cookie Bars" without being rushed! These sound amazing!

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  14. I've never had cookie bars like this before! This is something my mom would enjoy. I better talk her into baking some of this! Lol.

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  15. Hmmmmhm. Definitely going to try for the holidays.

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  16. Hmmmmhm. Definitely going to try for the holidays.

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  17. Omg. These are giving me some feels. My best friend's mom used to make these when we were younger, but I think she called them 7 layer bars. They were my favorite thing ever.

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  18. We LOVE Magic Bars! Hubby and I always used to get them at our favourite coffee date place, but then they stopped making them. Now I can make them at home!

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  19. This sounds like a really good recipe and not too difficult to make. I definitely want some tasty dishes that don't require too much prep for the holidays.

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  20. These are my favorite! I add butterscotch chips too!

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  21. These look fabulous! Definitely adding them to my holiday baking list!

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  22. These look absolutely divine and a perfect holiday dessert! I love recipes like this that combine sweet and salty together in one dish!

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  23. I certainly see why you call them magic. They look incredible and I'll bet they don't last long when you make them.

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  24. Great recipe! I can't wait to try these out. They look amazing.

    All the Best,
    Allison | www.LiveLifeWellBlog.com

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  25. I've been making these since the 4th grade. LOVE THEM!

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  26. I'm saving this recipe for later. I have a lot of awesome recipes for desserts lined up for Christmas! Thanks for sharing!

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  27. Absolutely looks tasty! perfect for holiday season. My sister would love this

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  28. Oh boy those do look delicious. I love a good magic cookie bar!

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  29. Oh my, the cookie bars look so yummy! I'm looking for new recipes to try for the holiday season. This one is worth trying.

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  30. My mom used to make bars like this when I was younger. I love them. I am going to have to make these and introduce them to my girls.

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  31. Oh my word!!! Minus the coconut these look PERFECT!!!! <3

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  32. You had me at coconut! Can't get enough of the stuff!

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  33. I haven't thought about Magic Cookie Bars in forever!! I used to love baking these!!

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  34. Yum! These look delicious! My MIL makes something similar for the holidays, and I steal them all!

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  35. This magic cookie bars looks delicious! I must make this recipe at home. Thanks for sharing!

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  36. These Magic cookie bars look so good. I might have to try them.

    My favorite holiday memory is making candy and desserts with my mom and grandmother.

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  37. I love these things! They are so good and rich, that def helps with portion control ;)

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  38. Mmmmm, that looks incredible. We have a food day coming up, I think I will make this. Thank you for sharing.

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  39. Yummy they look so good, I'll have to try to make it for Christmas dinner.

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  40. I have no doubt those are delicious. Anything with chocolate is delicious for me. Can't wait to try 'em.

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  41. This recipe looks so delicious. I love chocolate and never had anything like this before

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  42. Those look amazing. Condensed milk is really good for cooking. I also like to put it in oatmeal sometimes. Thanks for sharing!

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  43. I would definitely give this a try one of these days, haha! I am just on a bit of diet as of now, lol but this seems really yum!

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  44. Betcha the magic is just how fast I can make them all disappear! :-)

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

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  45. I could snack on this the entire day. It looks so yummy! Love condensed milk, I can have it just like that. lol

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  46. These look so good! Now I need them!

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  47. I've never made cookie bars before but they look really good! I will have to give them a try.

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  48. Oh my goodness, these bars look amazing! What a great Thanksgiving treat.

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  49. These bars are so amazing! My friend just made them to bring to a thanksgiving potluck.

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  50. My husband LOVES these! I'm sure we will be making these at some point this month!

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  51. Geez those look so good. I'm adding it to my Christmas menu.

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  52. I had no idea these were so easy to make. The kids and I will be making these this holiday season. Thanks for sharing, I'm pinning to my food board.

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  53. Oh my gosh! This is so easy to do! Bookmarking it and making it this Christmas!

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