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As promised, here is another recipe that I have made over and over again; however, I have never blogged them. You may have guessed by the title that I am talking about Magic Bars. Let me be honest, these are not a personal fave of mine, but many people rave over them; therefore, they are worthy of repeating! They are a super simple bar cookie that consists of a graham cracker crust, topped with chocolate chips, pecans (or walnuts), coconut and sweetened condensed milk.

These are definitely sweet and for some reason really seem to appeal to the male species. The beauty of this recipe is that it is made with very common ingredients and can honestly be whipped together in under ten minutes. It can also be easily adapted to your preferences by changing up the nuts and/or the type of chips you use. I have tinkered with peanut butter chips as well as butterscotch chips with yummy results! These Magic Bars are also a great dessert to take to a potluck and kids gobble them up in no time flat!

Magic Bars


1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups flaked coconut
1 1/3 cups sweetened condensed milk


1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).

2. Line a 9"x13" pan with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

3. In a medium bowl, mix together the butter and graham crackers. Evenly press the mixture into to bottom of the 9"x13" pan.

4. Next place the chopped nuts over the graham cracker crust and spread the chocolate chips over the nuts. Add the coconut over all, and pour the milk evenly over the top.

5. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly brown on top. Cool at least 20 minutes then cut into desired sized bars.

adapted from allrecipes

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  1. Soo says:

    Do you use sweetened coconut or unsweetened coconut?

    1. Jamie says:

      I used sweetened coconut. Thanks for visiting!


  2. hazel veal says:

    Can i just use chips and milk …my allergy kids

    1. Jamie says:

      You can skip the coconut and nuts and use any toppings that you like or that your kids can eat. Thanks for stopping by.


  3. Travis says:

    Question?? I just made these and the crust did not set well. The crust ended up falling apart and had a sand texture. I’ve tried these made by other people. Where did I go wrong. I questioned when making them how butter would hold the gram together but then I thought maybe the condensed milk would seep down to the crust. Not so much unless I had poured condensed milk over crust then added topping.

  4. Patricia says:

    Hi! I’m drooling over here after my eyes saw this bar cookies! I can’t wait to try them!

    I have a question tough.. the flaked coconut is sweet or unsweet? and If I don’t hace the sweet version how can I fix this?

    I hope you can hep me!

  5. DSDan says:

    Interesting, the allrecipes version uses graham->milk->coconut/chips/nuts.
    Your version uses graham->chips->nuts->coconut->milk.
    What are the consequences of switching the position of the condensed milk?

  6. Kevin says:

    Those bars look so good!