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Magic Cookie Bars

Photo: Oxmoor House
Total time 2 hrs
Yield Serves 24 (serving size: 1 bar)
These are also known as seven-layer or Hello Dolly bars. They take 30 minutes of hands-on prep and call for just eight ingredients, making them the perfect dessert for taking, well, just about anywhere!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 9 cookie sheets)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup butterscotch morsels
  • 2/3 cup flaked sweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 (15-ounce) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk

Nutrition Information

  • calories 123
  • fat 4.4 g
  • satfat 2.3 g
  • monofat 1.3 g
  • polyfat 0.6 g
  • protein 2.1 g
  • carbohydrate 19.1 g
  • fiber 0.5 g
  • cholesterol 5 mg
  • iron 0.3 mg
  • sodium 64 mg
  • calcium 50 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottom and sides of an 8-inch square metal baking pan with parchment paper; cut off excess parchment paper around top edge of pan.

  2. Place crumbs in a medium bowl. Drizzle with butter and 1 tablespoon water; toss with a fork until moist. Gently pat mixture into an even layer in prepared pan (do not press firmly). Sprinkle chips and morsels over crumb mixture. Top evenly with coconut and pecans. Drizzle milk evenly over top. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly around edges. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

  3. Baking 101 Tip The bars can create a sticky mess in the pan, so it's crucial to line it with parchment paper. Because the milk needs to seep into the graham cracker crumbs, don't pack the crumbs too tightly in the bottom of the pan.

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