Magic Bars

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


29 Responses to “Magic Bars”

  1. savoriesnsweets — September 26, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    I have to try these! I never heard o them before but they look delicious! :)


  2. Trish — September 26, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Strangely I have not heard of this combination either and I think it is simply wonderful. Jamie…you always have the best recipes and if I make this I am going to have to send you a direct thankyou for all the great and never fail recipes you produce. This looks like another great one to pack up for the university son!


  3. Janssen — September 26, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    I gotta say, these are one of my favorite cookies ever. So, I'm glad you shared them!


  4. Leslie — September 26, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    lol…hmmmm…my man loves these as well!


  5. Julie — September 26, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Mmm…sounds like magic to me! AND I've got that song in my head :)


  6. Sara — September 26, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Yum, they seem simple AND they look great.


  7. Annie — September 27, 2009 at 8:21 am

    These are great! My mom made these often growing up. We always called them Hello Dolly bars but I have no idea why. So good!


  8. Linda — September 27, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    OH MY GOSH! These are my favorite cookie EVER!

    They are always on the Holiday Cookie Platters!


  9. Donna-FFW — September 27, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    You make them look so delicious. I never have luck with these. Nicely done as always!!


  10. Michelle — September 28, 2009 at 6:50 am

    I love these. I make these at least once a year at Christmas..goes back to when my mom made them! I like to add butterscotch chips too.!


  11. runescape_crackhead — September 28, 2009 at 7:15 am

    Hi! Just so your readers are aware, I made these and they were delicious but the crust will NOT cover a 9 x 13 pan. I would use an 8 x 8 pan instead. If you go to allrecipes, you will see that others have had the same problem.


  12. Jamie — September 28, 2009 at 3:10 pm


    I do not remember having an issue with the crust, but thanks for posting the info!



  13. Erin — September 28, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    I've been making these for years and my mom made them before that…in fact, I made up a batch on Saturday, too. Glad to know I'm not the only one who loves them. Great post…


  14. M&Co. — September 29, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    On Saturday, I just made two batches of these for my daughter's confirmation class. One with chocolate chips and one with butterscotch and chocolate chips. Personally, I prefer the chocolate chip ones but there weren't any left at the end of class.


  15. A & W — September 29, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    yumyumyum I remember seeing these on your Twitter! Bookmarked these and will be making them this Friday!
    – Whitney


  16. allison — September 30, 2009 at 12:06 am

    I've made so many of your recipes & have enjoyed them all!
    Like the other commenter I had to make more of the crust, I'd say use 2 cups of grahams & a little extra butter. But yummy as always Jamie!


  17. Eliana — September 30, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    The magic of these bars is that they probably quickly disappear as soon as you them out because they look great.


  18. kathy — September 30, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    I grew up on these as "Hello Dollies" too! They are so good that they don't even last a day in our house.


  19. Jill — October 1, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    These are a personal fave – easy to make and a crowd pleaser. Plus, I almost always have the ingredients on hand. I've always added chocolate chips AND butterscotch chips though


  20. Pamela — October 5, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Oh, yeah! Whenever I make these, I do chocolate chips and butterscotch chips, just to add a little more sweetness. I usually can't keep my hands off of these. Fab pictures yet again.


  21. Kevin — October 6, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Those bars look so good!


  22. DSDan — December 21, 2009 at 7:03 am

    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?


  23. Patricia — April 8, 2010 at 12:01 am

    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!


  24. Travis — October 16, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    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.


  25. hazel veal — November 21, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Can i just use chips and milk …my allergy kids


    • Jamie — November 22, 2014 at 9:52 pm

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


  26. Soo — November 29, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Do you use sweetened coconut or unsweetened coconut?


    • Jamie — December 1, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      I used sweetened coconut. Thanks for visiting!



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