Rating: 4.67 stars
256 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 197
  • 4 star values: 40
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2

Chips of chocolate and butterscotch are a doubly delicious addition to these lovely layered cookie bars.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
10 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
2 to 3 dozen bars
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (325 degrees F for glass baking pan). In small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and butter; mix well. Press crumb mixture firmly on bottom of 13x9-inch baking pan.

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  • Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumb mixture. Layer evenly with remaining ingredients; press down firmly with fork.

  • Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Chill if desired. Cut into bars or diamonds. Store covered at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts

257 calories; protein 2.3g; carbohydrates 21.1g; fat 14.6g; cholesterol 16mg; sodium 102.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (174)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2006
These were very tasty! I followed the recipe as stated and the only complication I had was that I didn’t have enough graham cracker crust for the bottom of my 9x13 pan. I added some extra graham crackers to patch the holes and it worked ok, but the bottom was a bit on the crumbly side. I would suggest increasing the graham cracker crumbs to 1 ½ cups and the butter to ¾ cup. The taste made up for the crumbly bar and I will add this one to my recipe collection! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/09/2010
Couldn't find my recipe I've used many times and was disappointed that the bar didn't cut well- ended up very crumbly. Found that the recommendation to mix the butter and crackers together didn't create a firm enough base to hold bars together. Have since found my old recipe which has you sprinkle the graham crackers over the melted butter in the pan, pour half the milk over then add less chips (so over it's not too chocately) add nuts then coconut then pour the balance of condensed milk over the entire mixture. It seems to come out firmer so you can cut bars that stay together. However, it was as tasty as ever... Read More
(190)
256 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 197
  • 4 star values: 40
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2006
These were very tasty! I followed the recipe as stated and the only complication I had was that I didn’t have enough graham cracker crust for the bottom of my 9x13 pan. I added some extra graham crackers to patch the holes and it worked ok, but the bottom was a bit on the crumbly side. I would suggest increasing the graham cracker crumbs to 1 ½ cups and the butter to ¾ cup. The taste made up for the crumbly bar and I will add this one to my recipe collection! Read More
(375)
Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2007
We've tried various techniques for this recipe and found that melting the butter then adding the graham cracker crumbs works great. We've also found that if you drizzle a bit of the sweetened milk over that BEFORE you layer the rest the bars will stick together better. Spray the pan with non-stick spray first. We've never had a problem with crumbling or sticking. Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2008
Yummy! These bars were very good! I did make them a little differently; instead of stirring the graham cracker crumbs and butter together, I poured the melted butter into the bottom of the pan and sprinkled the crumbs on top. I layered the coconut, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and nuts on top and than poured the sweetened condensed milk over everything. I think they are much easier to make this way, and they look and taste great! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/08/2010
Couldn't find my recipe I've used many times and was disappointed that the bar didn't cut well- ended up very crumbly. Found that the recommendation to mix the butter and crackers together didn't create a firm enough base to hold bars together. Have since found my old recipe which has you sprinkle the graham crackers over the melted butter in the pan, pour half the milk over then add less chips (so over it's not too chocately) add nuts then coconut then pour the balance of condensed milk over the entire mixture. It seems to come out firmer so you can cut bars that stay together. However, it was as tasty as ever... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2011
This is a classic! And there's really virtually nothing you can do to screw it up. It's not like there's any complicated directions or measuring here. It's straightforward and all the ingredients come together to compliment each other. I crushed my graham crackers by putting them into a ziploc bag and going over them with a rolling pin. I used a throw away tin to bake these in that I sprayed with a little Pam. I follwed the recipe exactly substituting white chocolate chips for the butterscotch as that's what I had on hand. These were so easy and oh so delectable! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/03/2012
Here are some things that I did to make these magic cookie bars taste amazing and not fall apart: Increase graham cracker crumbs to 2 cups and you may want to increase the butter to probably about a 1 stick and 1/2 stick; Grease 13*9 pan with cooking spray; Next, spread the melted butter on top of the cooking spray; Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs onto butter and press firmly with palm of hand; Then drizzle some sweetened condensed milk on top of graham cracker crumbs; Stir together chips, coconut, and nuts and pour on top of condensed milk and make sure it's evenly distributed; Pour remaining condensed milk on top of mixture. These tips will help the bars not crumble and make them taste wonderful. Hope this helps. After these alterations, I would give them 5 stars. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2008
Very easy and Very good my only change would be to follow other recipes that call for the condensed milk to be poured over everything LAST. The recipe as is doesnt leave much for the coconut to adhere to thus there were a lot of crumbs left in the pan. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2006
These are so good and so very easy! I guess mine were six layer bars as I didn't put the nuts on (but I did add more chips.) I sprayed my glass pan with a bit of Pam spray before putting in the cracker crumbs and after cooling I had no problems removing from the pan. I also had to use about 2 cups of graham cracker crums as it didn't spread over the entire pan. (I just added more dry crumbs to the mixture already pressed down and sprayed a bit of the Pam on it to moisten.) Thanks for sharing - these are excellent! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2008
I've been making these with my mom for years and everyone always loves them. I would've given it 5 stars except I made a few changes: there wasn't enough graham cracker crust for the bottom and I drizzled the condensed milk at the very end over the chips and nuts. Excellent cookies! Read More
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