My Grandma Shirley gave me a recipe years ago for “Hello Dolly” cookie bars, also known as “Magic Bars”.
I decided to tweak it and make it a bit upscale for a delightful treat.
Toasting the nuts and the coconut brings out a wonderful flavor that changes these bars from good to fabulous! (I’m sure Grandma would love this version too! lol)
Upscale MAGIC BARS aka HELLO DOLLY BARS
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened NOT melted
1 ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 – 1 cup chocolate chips
11 oz. package caramel bits, optional but really makes the recipe
7 oz. package coconut
1 cup chopped nuts, your preference
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Toast the nuts in a dry nonstick skillet until browned lightly.
Toast the coconut (separate from the nuts) in a dry nonstick skillet until lightly browned.
Combine the graham cracker crumbs and softened butter.
Press firmly into an 8×8” or 9×9” pan.
On top of graham cracker mixture sprinkle the chocolate chips, nuts, caramel bits and coconut.
Pour sweetened condensed milk over all layers and bake for 20 – 25 minutes.
Cool and cut into bars.
Copyright, Recipe by Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014
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