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Magic Bars

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Magic Bars, also known as Hello Dolly Bars, are made from chocolate, nuts, coconut shreds, and butterscotch. Perfect for sharing, or not!

baked magic bars cut into squares

Magic Bars | What Are They?

A graham cracker crust, topped with pecans, coconut shreds, chocolate, and butterscotch chips then drizzled with sweetened condensed milk and baked! These are Magic Bars, also known as Hello Dolly Bars. Whatever you call this treat, you know it’s going to be killer. I mean how could you go wrong? And one of the many beauties of these bars is that you can change up the toppings and turn them into a completely different dessert! Try white chocolate chips, macadamia nuts, dark chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, peanuts, almonds, walnuts, even chopped up Oreos or mini marshmallows. The possibilities are endless, just like my craving for these bars!

pressing down graham cracker crumbs with the back of a measuring cup

Main Ingredients Needed

You only need 7 common ingredients to make these perfect-for-sharing (or maybe not) Magic Bars! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Butter – melted and mixed with graham cracker crumbs to create a crust. An optional step is to brown your butter for a rich and nutty flavor.
  • Graham Cracker Crumbs – this creates a simple yet yummy base for the rest of the ingredients. Buy store-bought grahama cracker crumbs or blitz a couple graham cracker sheets in a food processor.
  • Butterscotch Chips – if you’re not a huge fan of these use white chocolate chips or even PB chips!
  • Chocolate Chips – who doesn’t love chocolate. Milk, semi-sweet or dark, the choice is yours!
  • Pecans – chopped and optionally toasted. You could also use another type of nut like walnuts or almonds if you prefer. Or leave them out all together (espeically if you have a nut allergey).
  • Coconut Shreds – use these plain or toast them before baking. You could also use coconut flakes here although I like the texture of shreds better.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk – this tops the entire pan and makes everything ooey-gooey and good. Add a bit of vanilla for a more intense flavor.
  • Sea Salt – this is an optional but highly recommended topping!
chocolate and butterscotch chips on top of graham cracker crust all in a baking dish

How to Make Magic Bars

For full details on how to make Magic Bars, see the recipe card down below 🙂

Step 1: Preheat + Prep

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

Step 2: Make the Crust

In a small bowl, stir melted butter together with graham cracker crumbs until moist. Press evenly into the bottom of the 9×13 pan using the bottom of a measuring cup.

Step 3: Layer Goodies

Top crust with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coconut, and pecans. Drizzle the top with sweetened condensed milk as evenly as possible. If it isn’t spread evenly, use the back of a spoon or butter knife to spread.

Step 4: Bake, Cool + Slice

Bake 25 minutes or until bars have set and edges have browned slightly. Cool completely, then cut into 20 even bars. Store and serve at room temperature.

Storing Magic Bars

Magic Bars can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days at room temperature. You could refrigerate these if you live in a hotter climate however they don’t necessarily *need* to be stored in the fridge.

Can I Freeze Magic Bars?

Yes, you can absolutely freeze Magic Bars! Bake as normal then cool completely. Slice into bars then store in an airtight freezer-safe container for up to two months. Thaw at room temperature then, if desired, heat one up in the microwave (be careful not to zap it for too long)!

baked and cut magic bars

More Treats to Try!

The printable recipe card is down below, enjoy friends 🙂

5 from 4 votes

Magic Bars (Hello Dolly Bars)

Magic Bars, also known as Hello Dolly Bars, are made from chocolate, nuts, coconut shreds, and butterscotch. Perfect for sharing, or not!
servings 20 squares
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins

Ingredients

For the Crust:

For the Toppings:

Equipment

  • 9×13 dish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, stir melted butter together with graham cracker crumbs until moist. Press evenly into the bottom of 9×13 pan using the bottom of a measuring cup.
  • Top crust with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coconut and pecans. Drizzle the top with sweetened condensed milk as evenly as possible. If it isn't spread evenly, use the back of a spoon or butter knife to spread.
  • Bake 25 minutes or until bars have set and edges have browned slightly. Cool completely, then cut into 20 even bars. Store and serve at room temperature.

Notes

The beauty of these bars is you can change up the toppings and turn them into a completely different dessert! Try white chocolate chips, macadamia nuts, dark chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, peanuts, almonds, walnuts, even chopped up oreos or mini marshmallows. 

Nutrition

Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 269mg | Potassium: 173mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hello dolly bars, magic bars

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  1. Marilyn Brennan

    5 stars
    My mom used to make something like this at Christmastime and called them Out of This World Bars and later switched it to Mars Bars. They were everyone’s favorite. Glad to have this recipe!

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