Seven Layer Bars

Let’s take a poll:

Do you call these:

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


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.


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.


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?


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.


Seven Layer Bars

Makes: 18-24 servings


  • 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


  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.


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

  2. I call these AMAZING! :)

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

  4. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  12. Seriously one of my favorite indulgences!!

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

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

  15. how do you make the condensed milk?

  16. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  27. 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!

  28. 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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