I needed to make something for Grumpy to have in his lunch box. I had a bag of butterscotch chips and a bag of chocolate chips that I wanted to use….I realized I had 1 package of graham crackers left and just enough coconut so that if I had sweetened condensed milk, well, then I had what I needed to make these bars!

This happens to be another of my DIL’s favorite treats so I also had her in mind when I made these. I took some bars over to my son and DIL and packed the rest up for Grumpy’s lunch box treats all week.
I remember my mom making these when I lived at home and she always called them 7 Layer bars. I have seen them called magic cookie bars also – and as a matter of fact, Brandi from Bran Appetit guest blogged about these very same bars on Zesty’s blog this week!

There is something about that sweetened condensed milk that makes you want to eat these, drink a tall glass of water, then eat another one. Yummy.


7 Layer Cookie Bars

1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 stick melted unsalted butter
1 -14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 pkg. butterscotch chips
1-1/2 cup coconut
1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (325 degrees for glass dish). In a 13 x 9 inch baking pan melt butter in oven. Sprinkle crumbs over it. Mix together and press into pan. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumbs. Top evenly with remaining ingredients. Press down firmly. Bake 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool before cutting.

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Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Pam June 5, 2009 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    I think it's so sweet that you make treats for Grumpy's lunches…he is so lucky! They look delicious.

  2. Maria June 5, 2009 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    The bars look really sweet and really good!

  3. the ungourmet June 5, 2009 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    That is so nice of you to make your husband such nice lunches. I really should start doing this too!

    I love the taste of graham cracker in bars. This looks really yummy!

  4. Aggie June 5, 2009 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Ok, you are just so good to Grumpy!! That looks UNBELIEVABLE!!!

  5. Mary June 5, 2009 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    How scrumshess !

  6. Reeni♥ June 5, 2009 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Seven layers of heaven!! How scrumptious!

  7. Helene June 5, 2009 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    You can't put a place of those in front of me because I love them so much. Like the pictures.

  8. brandi June 5, 2009 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    your pictures are beautiful! My last batch kind of melted together which has never happened before, but they sure are tasty 🙂

  9. Megan June 5, 2009 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    One of my favorites and always on the Christmas cookie platter!

  10. The Duo Dishes June 5, 2009 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    If coconut's in the mix, we want to be there.

  11. Carrie June 5, 2009 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    Wow Shelby, I think you must be the best wife ever! Grumpy is so lucky!

  12. Mags June 5, 2009 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    They make me want to drink a tall glass of milk! (and then eat another one) I can see I need to add these to my list of treats for hubby to bring to work.

  13. Lynda June 5, 2009 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    These look so delicious; I think I just gained 5 pounds looking at the pictures!

  14. Mrs. L June 5, 2009 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    Ah Magic Cookie Bars. They were my favorite "cookie" growing up. I could even make them myself! Haven't had them in ages. Must make some soon.

  15. Patsyk June 6, 2009 at 2:08 am - Reply

    They look like a wonderful lunchbox treat!

  16. Linda June 6, 2009 at 3:50 am - Reply

    I'm addicted to these–I'm glad you're so far away. 😉
    Fantastic photos, HoneyB!

  17. Ingrid June 6, 2009 at 4:06 am - Reply

    Every time I see this I think I really NEED to try them! What I'm waiting for I have no idea…. a kick in the rear I guess!

    Yours looks really good….you can see the layers better on yours.

  18. recipes2share June 6, 2009 at 7:06 am - Reply

    Lucky Grumpy!!!:) Have a great weekend…

  19. pigpigscorner June 6, 2009 at 10:08 am - Reply

    Look at those layers!! Wonderful.

  20. French Cooking for Dummies June 6, 2009 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    I want a bite of these 😉

  21. Bellini Valli June 6, 2009 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    Do decadent Shelby. Grumpy is a lucky guy:D

  22. Linda June 6, 2009 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    I have made these before, Shelby, and they are so rich and delicious! We call them Hello Dollies. No one knows why, unfortunately!!

  23. shellyfish June 6, 2009 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    How do you make this stuff and not eat it all in one sitting? I don't think I could resist!

  24. Coleen's Recipes June 6, 2009 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    Here is my three letter comment: YUM!

  25. Kevin June 6, 2009 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    Those look so decadently good!

  26. Danielle June 7, 2009 at 12:44 am - Reply

    I make this same recipe but without the butterscotch chips and I call them Magic Squares because whenever I have had a crush on a guy I have made these for him and magically we end up together! Thanks Magic Squares!!

  27. Bobby June 7, 2009 at 3:18 am - Reply

    These cookie bars look amazing!

  28. JyLnC June 7, 2009 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    They look fabulous….and decadent.

  29. Elle June 8, 2009 at 2:11 am - Reply

    I've always loved these cookies…easy to make and great for the lunchbox or with a cup of coffee.

  30. CookiePie June 8, 2009 at 2:37 am - Reply

    I love these — they look fabulous! My mom always called them "hello dollies" 🙂

  31. Creative One June 9, 2009 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Yummy, these look amazing!

  32. AnickH January 15, 2010 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    THose look awesome i love 7 layer bars yours look especially good

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