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Magic Cookie Bars, No Stirring Required

March 10, 2011

Magic Cookie Bars are so easy to make they don’t even require stirring!  They aren’t called magic for nothing!  Anyone who is timid about baking should feel comfortable with this recipe.  I promise you will be ecstatic with the outcome!

This treat is my most requested recipe ever, although it certainly isn’t my own.  I have been eating Magic Cookie Bars since I was little.  The recipe used to be common on the back of a can of Eagle Brand Condensed Sweetened Milk and now you can still view it on their website.  To be clear, this is a demonstration only.  Although it is against my nature to give props to corporations, Eagle Brand deserves all the credit for this treat.

Magic Cookie Bars are simply superb.  They please a crowd as the bars are not too sweet.  Vary them up with additions such as butterscotch chips or marshmallows.  You can also make them with the condensed milk poured over top of all the layers instead of the graham crumbs for an even chewier version.


2 cups graham cracker crumbs: or crush your own whole graham crackers!

1/2 cup butter

1 can of sweetened condensed milk

1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut

1 1/2 cups chopped nuts: I use sliced almonds.

Very important: line a 9×13 casserole dish with parchment paper.  I have missed this step on occasion and I can tell you from experience, these cookie bars are nearly impossible to remove from your baking dish otherwise.  (Of course, they still tasted great spooned out straight from the pan!)

Spread the graham crumbs in your lined pan.

Melt the butter (about 30 seconds in a microwave) and pour over the graham crumbs.

Smush the butter and graham crumbs around with a fork until fairly even.  Gosh, I know, it’s almost like stirring, but not quite, phew!

Pour the entire can of condensed milk over the graham crumbs.  You don’t have to work too hard to make it even as the condensed milk will smooth itself out.

This is a terrible photo.  How embarrassing.  Evenly toss the chocolate chips over the layer of condensed milk.

Then the coconut.

And finally the nuts.  Or do it in a different order if you want, there are no rules here.  Press layers down firmly.  I use my hand inside of a plastic baggie to press the layers.

Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes until lightly brown.  You’ll know when they are done because your kitchen will smell like heaven.

Now the hardest part  – you must allow them to cool before cutting the Magic Cookie Bars.  Your bars will fall apart if you try to cut them too soon.  Tragedy I know, but well worth the wait.

I dare you to find a batch of these that don’t get eaten up in about five minutes flat!  Jump up.


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