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Seven Layer Bars – Magic Bars to Tempt Your Sweet Tooth

Seven Layer Bars are also referred to as Magic Bars. And believe me, the taste IS magic!  These easy to make bars have seven delicious layers that combine graham crackers, nuts, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, coconut and sweetened condensed milk into one amazing bar recipe.These seven layer bars could not be easier to put together. They are perfect to take to summer parties.

What I love most about these 7 layer bars is that they require no elaborate mixing. Other than combining the graham crackers and butter first, everything is made right in the baking pan. Just layer away, add the sweetened condensed milk and bake the whole concoction to give you a dessert that is as easy as a boxed mix but way more flavorful.Plate of 7 layer magic bars

Making these Seven layer bars

There are lots of ways to make these bars.  Your imagination and pretty much any sweet ingredients in your pantry will work. I used the combination that I like and had on hand. 

Ingredients for magic bars

You won’t believe how easy these bars are!  Just mix the melted butter with the graham cracker crumbs until it is well combined.Mix graham crackers with melted butter

Press this mixture into a prepared 9 x 13 inch pan until the base is firm.Graham cracker crust

Now it’s all about the layers!  You have one for the crust and it’s time to add the other six layers.  I used pecans, chocolate chips, white chocolate morsels, peanut butter chips, flaked coconut and sweetened condensed milk.Layering for magic bars

Pop the bars into the oven to cook until the bars are set and the coconut is just starting to brown.  Remove the whole pan and cool for at least 2 hours so that they set well, then slice into 16 bars. Oh my! My family will LOVE these. I need to figure out how to make a gluten free version for me!Sliced 7 layer bars

The seven layer bars are so rich and decadent.  They are one of the most often brought along desserts for pot luck and summer parties and it’s easy to see why.  I took them to a fourth of July party and they were just gobbled up in no time at all.Slices of yummy bars

Look at the yummy layers!This 7 layer bar tastes amazing

Sweet, gooey and super tasty. I guarantee that your family will want a repeat of this amazing dessert.  Isn’t it great that you won’t mind because they are so darned easy to make?7 layer Magic bars are very easy to make. It's all about the layering!

Yield: 16

7 Layer Bars - Magic Bars to Tempt Your Sweet Tooth

7 Layer Bars - Magic Bars to Tempt Your Sweet Tooth
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes


  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup white chocolate morsels
  • ½ cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 1/3 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 (14-ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk


  • Preheat to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with parchment paper leaving some extra paper to use as "handles" to remove the bars easily when they are cooked.
  • Combine the melted butter and graham cracker crumbs in a small bowl. Press the crumbs evenly over the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Layer the ingredients in this order: First pecans, then chocolate chips, white chocolate morsels, peanut butter chips and finally coconut. Pour the condensed milk evenly over the entire dish.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until the top is golden brown, about 22-25 minutes. Cool the pan with the bars in it on a wire rack for about 2 hours.
  • Remove the bars from the pan by pulling out the parchment paper and transfer to a cutting board.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut into 2 by 3-inch bars.
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    Kristy Thelen

    Wednesday 16th of August 2017

    I just made these and unfortunately they did not turn out. Should there be more than 3/4 cups of graham cracker crumbs? Looking at other recipes, they use 1.5 cups. The crumbs did not fill the bottom of a 9x13 pan and after pouring the sweetened condensed milk over the top, it was a mess, especially after baking.


    Wednesday 16th of August 2017

    Hi Kristy. I have another recipe on the site where I used more graham crackers. One uses two and one uses 3 cups. I made these for a party and it's been a while. They turned out fine but I do think I did make a mistake in the recipe when I look at my photo shots. I think I used 1 3/4 cups, not 3/4 cups. I'll make them again soon and double check the recipe. So sorry that I caused you a bad recipe. Carol

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