Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Magic Bars

I don't really know where this name came from.  My mom as been making these bars for YEARS and has just always called them magic bars.  If I were to guess, I'd say that you can make these so darn quick it feels like magic :-)  Also, you just can't screw them up, you can't ... trust me.  The worst thing you could do here is keep the crust in the oven too long.  If that scares you, heck, just skip baking the crust first, it'll be just fine.

I like these for either an afternoon tea or as a 'secondary dessert', you know the kind of desserts that seem to come out after the main dessert ... wait, is that just my family that does that?!?  hmmm ... there's a reason that I have a sweet tooth.


1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
1 cup toasted pecans (roughly chopped)
1 cup shredded coconut (sweetened)
1 cup chocolate chips

Heat your oven to 350 degrees F.  Take out a 9"x13" pan.

Step 1:
Put your crumbs and butter in your pan and mix them.  Then press them into the pan.  I use the base of a glass or the base of my measuring cups to press the mixture down as much as I can.  Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, then take it out.

Step 2:
Pour the condensed milk on top of the crumbs

Step 3:
Sprinkle the pecans on top

Step 4:
Sprinkle the coconut and the chocolate chips on top

Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

And .... done!  just like magic.  Wait for the bars to cool before you cut them.  Now the real magic will be managing to keep your hands off these babies!  :-D


  1. Two questions :) It should be sweetened condensed milk?
    And can I use walnuts/hazelnuts?

    I can't wait to make these bars! :)

    1. Good clarification! It's sweetened condensed milk, I'll update the recipe :-) And yes, you can use any nut you like. I think hazelnuts would be amazing! Even more so if you drizzled it with a little Nutella.

    2. With hazelnuts and nutella? A lot of calories.... but I don't care ;)
      I'm gonna make it tomorrow!

    3. It's so wrong it's right ..haha. Let me know how it goes!

    4. It's just how you said. Just MAGIC! :)
      I used hazelnuts and chopped dark chocolate.
      Thanks for great recipe! :)


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