Seven Layer Bars

Let’s take a poll:

Do you call these:

  • magic cookie bars?
  • hello dolly bars?
  • seven layer bars?
  • something else?

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In our house, these are seven layer bars. And I still don’t know how this happened, but I had never tried these until we were married and Nick’s mom made them one weekend while we were visiting.

20+ years of living without these? Not a smart thing to do.

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A very smart thing to do? Make these for your husband / boyfriend / current crush and make them often.

These bars speak right to a man’s soul, I think. And I’m pretty sure it’s that smooth butterscotch.

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These bars won’t solve all your problems.

You may still have to sit through episodes of Pawn Stars or River Monsters or, my least favorite, Gold Rush (it’s the same exact episode evvvvvery week, right?!) before Fashion Police comes on and you can change the channel since he’s asleep…but they’ll make him even happier.

If you do make these for someone you love, just take my advice on one thing?

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Grab yourself a bar (or 4) before they get to the dish.

This is what I found, 1.5 days after making these. One bar left. One.

And I saved it for him instead of eating it before he got home.

Do they give out a wife-of-the-year award? ‘Cause I’m pretty sure I just won it.

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Seven Layer Bars

Makes: 18-24 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 10 graham cracker sheets)
  • 1 stick butter (salted), melted
  • 1/2 cup pecan meal or very finely chopped pecans
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (or make your own!)
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Pour the graham cracker crumbs into a bowl and stir together with the melted butter.
  3. Press the mixture into the bottom of a greased 9×13 baking dish until the crumbs are in an even layer.
  4. Sprinkle the pecan meal over the graham cracker layer, then pour on the sweetened condensed milk until the entire crust is covered.
  5. Scatter the coconut over the condensed milk and top with the chocolate and butterscotch chips.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes until the coconut is beginning to brown and the chips look like they’re about to start melting.
  7. Let the bars cool for at least 20-30 minutes to set up before cutting.

34 Responses to “Seven Layer Bars”

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    Kathryn — July 6, 2012 at 9:55 am

    You are far too nice for your own good, I’m not sure I could give away the last of these!

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    Lauren — July 6, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I call these AMAZING! :)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — July 6, 2012 at 10:57 am

    LOVE these! My Nan used to make a similar bar which I would BEG for when I went over :)

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    Amy B @ Second City Randomness — July 6, 2012 at 11:26 am

    They’re magic cookie bars at my house… lol

    But yes- totally addicting. When my mom made them, they rarely made it past the 2-day mark.

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    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — July 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Crazy delicious heavenly cookie bars. :) Either way, these look delicious! I love all of these ingredients!!

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    Devon | the food bitch blog — July 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Yeah… My family calls them 7-Layer Bars. A total staple of my childhood!

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — July 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    That is sad that you went over 20 years without experiencing the goodness of these bars! :) These are a family favorite!

    • admin replied: — July 6th, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      believe me – i’m making up for it :)

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    Madeleine — July 6, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    We make these in my family too…but we call them fattening squares because they’re just so addictive! But they sure are delicious.

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    Cait's Plate — July 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    I know, why DO they have so many names!? Whatever the heck they are, they’re delicious! One of my favorite things to make :)

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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — July 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I love these!!! We call them dream bars, though!

    • admin replied: — July 6th, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      dream bars – fun!

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    Maria — July 6, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    These always are a hit! Love these bars…whatever they are called:)

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    Lauren — July 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Seriously one of my favorite indulgences!!

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    Cassie — July 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I think I just call these GOOD. No other name needed!

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — July 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Magic cookie bars!! YES. (My aunt calls them congo bars?? I just find that weird.)

    • admin replied: — July 6th, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      congo bars? i haven’t heard that one before!

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    Brenda — July 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    how do you make the condensed milk?

    • admin replied: — July 6th, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      i forgot to put the link in the post! just updated. it’s easy!

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    emily — July 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    We called them “seven layer bars” growing up but sometimes I use “hello dolly bars” on the blog so that more of my readers will know what I’m talking about (i.e. http://eatingchalk.com/eats/desserts/hello-dolly-pie/).

    And now I totally need to go make my own sweetened condensed milk.

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    Candy @ Candy Girl — July 6, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I love these things! I made a version recently which I dubbed Abracadabra Bars and added bacon. So good!

    • admin replied: — July 18th, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      bacon?! ooh.

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    Julie @ Table for Two — July 7, 2012 at 12:29 am

    i’d call these “get in my mouth and don’t make my hips ridiculous” bars :) looks amazing and love everything on it!!

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    Erin Motz — July 7, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Oooo, I’m so excited that I have all these ingredients!! Thanks for the recipe! :)

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    Sarah — July 7, 2012 at 4:07 am

    These are Chris’ favorite, so I totally relate to this post. He calls them Magic Bars. I call them “Danger!”

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    shanna — July 7, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Hello Dolly bars! these were my favorite favorite favorite growing up, and even looking at them now reminds me of my childhood.

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    Tracy — July 9, 2012 at 3:33 am

    These look amazing! I have never made my own condensed milk before, I’ll have to try it!

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    Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles — July 9, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Hello Dollies! These are my FAVORITE treat! So, so decadent!

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    Mercedes — July 9, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I make these from time to time, and love how simple they are (and how yummy they are!)

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    katie — July 9, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Yum! I love making seven layer bars and yes butter can totally count as one of the layers!

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    natalie@thesweetslife — July 9, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I’ve called them all of the above–regardless of the name, I LOVE them :)

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    Shannon — July 10, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    haha, you didn’t finish it?! such a good wife :) we always did walnuts in our 7 layers, but i bet pecans would be just as delicious… if not better!

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    Christie — April 27, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    These are in my oven right now! (Minus the butterscotch chips, but I think those make them too rich for me normally anyway).

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