December 29, 2008

When it comes to recipes for bar, drop and cutout cookies, year after year the same favorites seem to turn up ... and with good reason.  I make Magic Seven Layer Bars once or twice a year and no matter where I bring them, they're always a crowd favorite and immediately conjure up fond childhood memories.  It seems nearly everyone has grown up with memories of their moms making these, and with the recipe as simple as it is, it's no wonder.  Pour a few simple ingredients in a pan, bake, cut and enjoy.  Whether it's the crazy holiday season or any old time, we all need good simple standbys.  Happy eating!

Magic Seven Layer Bars

1/2 cup butter
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups butterscotch chips
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup salted peanuts
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

Melt the butter or margarine in a saucepan. Mix with the graham cracker crumbs. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch pan.

Layer the chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coconut, and peanuts over the graham cracker crust. Pour the condensed milk over the layers.

Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool. Cut into bars.

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