Monday, January 7, 2013

Delicious Dish Tuesday: Magic Cookie Bars

Full Time Mama

     This week I am linking up with Delicious Dish Tuesday from Full Time Mama.  I know I don't usually post recipes.  Not because I don't want to, but more because I don't really cook much.  I want to cook and make food for my family, but the fact of the matter is I just don't have the cooking  gene.  Weird because my mom does.  But I will say that I have the baking gene.  I love to bake.  I don't do it all the time, but when I get the chance I do.  During the holidays it was always a tradition that I would help my mom make lots of different types of cookies and treats.  We would give them as gifts.  I want to continue that tradition with my children.

     One of the things I always remember and always have to make each year are Magic Cookie Bars.  I will admit that when I was young I thought it was my moms recipe and that it was special for only our family.  I now know she got the recipe from the Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk can.  I love these and made a couple of batches this Christmas for giving and eating.  I wanted to share with you.  You can make these anytime, they are not just for the holidays.

Magic Cookie Bars

What you need:
1 1/2 C. Graham Cracker Crumbs
1/2 C. Melted Butter
1 (14oz) Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 Cups (12 oz package) Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips (Milk Chocolate Chips work too)
1 1/3 C. Flaked Coconut
1 C. Chopped Nuts (I like Walnuts)

1.  Heat the Oven to 350*F and spray a 13X9 Inch Baking Pan with some non stick spray.  
2.  Chop the nuts and set aside for now.

2.  Crush the Graham Crackers.  I like to put them in a large zip lock bag and crush them.  I will often use a rolling pin to be sure they are well crushed.  
3.  Combine the Crushed Graham Cracker Crumbs with the melted butter in a bowl and mix well.  You want to be sure the crumbs are all coated with the butter.

4.  Pour the crumbs into the prepared baking pan and press them down into the pan.  Make sure it covers the full bottom.  Depending on your pan size you can add more graham cracker/butter mixture.  Just be sure the whole bottom of the pan is coated with a thin layer.  

5.  Pour the can of sweetened condensed milk over the full graham cracker crumbs.  Make sure it is evenly coated.  
6.  Now you want to layer the remaining ingredients.  So add the chocolate chips.

7.  Then evenly spread the flaked coconut.

8.  You want to add chopped nuts.  Like I said I like Walnuts and I try to chop them up pretty good.
9.  Now you want to press everything down evenly.  If you don't press then the ingredients don't cement together well.  You can use a fork, spatula, hands, or whatever works.  Just evenly go around the pan and press everything down gently.  You want the condensed milk to hold it all together.  
10.  Bake 25-30 minute or until lightly brown.  Let cool, cut and enjoy.  You may need a fork or something to help get them out, but once you get a couple out the rest will be easy.  They come out easier when they are cooled.  

     You can also make some variations with this recipe.  Like I said above you can use Milk Chocolate chips.  You can also use peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, candy coated chocolate pieces, different types of nuts, marshmallows, raisins, cranberries, or any combinations of those.  I think a combination of chocolate chips and peanut butter chips is really yummy too.  It is also important to know that exact amounts are not super important as it usually is with baking.  You can add a little more or little less of the ingredients.  I often put just a little extra of most items and a little less of the coconut to make a larger batch.  

     I hope you enjoy these as much as we do.  Now that ours are all gone and I write this I want to make more.. 


  1. I am definitely going to make these! Thank you so much for posting the recipe!

  2. Oh WOW! These look AMAZING!!!!! Totally making these SOON! Thank you for linking up! I'm featuring it as my fav this week! :) xoxo