There are 7 layers of gooey gooey treat in this 7 Layers Magic Bar. It starts with a base crust of crushed cookie like graham crackers, digestive biscuit or shortbread cookie as base, followed by shredded coconut, chocolate chips, nuts, toffee crunch, white chocolate chips and condensed milk to make all the layers stick together. With all these 7 layers , you get crunch, a lot of different texture, loads of dark and white chocolate and slight caramel flavor. Isn’t it a real treat?
7 Sinfully Delicious Layers
- Biscuit Crust – the base of the bar is a buttery cookie crust made from crushed Graham biscuits, but you can also use crushed digestive biscuit or shortbread cookie (my personal favorite)
- Coconut – the 2nd layer is coconut, shredded or flakes. This gives a nice texture, plus nice tropical coconut flavor
- Chocolate Chips – the 3rd layer, this bar is not compete without the layer of chocolate chips. I like to use dark chocolate to tame the sweetness of all other ingredients
- Nuts – chopped Pecans or Walnuts adds a nice crunch to this bar, plus I think it also helps lessen the sweetness of the bar. Feel free to use Cashew or Almonds, even Peanuts.
- Toffee Crunch – for a touch of crunch, and caramel flavor. You can remove this or add more of the other ingredients to replace it and totally replace it with something else (the likes of Marshmallow, rice crispy, M&M’s, Easter candy)
- White Chocolate – I like the combination of dark and white chocolate, this adds creaminess to the bar
- Condense Milk – the sticky sweet thick condensed milk is what binds all these ingredients together
How to Make 7 Layers Magic Bar
This is such an easy recipe, it is just a matter of layering. SO let’s do this!
- Make the Base Crust: Start by mixing the melted butter and crushed graham crackers. You can also use digestive biscuit as substitute, I have also tried using crushed shortbread cookie. The amount of butter could slightly vary depending on the quality of the biscuit/cookie that you are using. Older cookie/biscuit will require more butter as they tend to be drier. If you feel that it is still a little bit dry to make it come together, add few more melted butter. Press the crust onto a prepared lined baking pan/dish. Lining the pan is advisable for easy removal.
- Layer: Once the crust is ready, start layering. You can layer it in the order that you prefer, I strongly suggest having the condensed milk as the last layer. This way, the condensed milk will flow down in every layer and will make each layer stick together.
- Bake the bar until the condensed milk starts to brown.
- Cool: You will have to practice patience and control though, this bar needs to cool down before slicing it. This way, you get a nice clean cut and the bar will not fall apart
A Touch of Salt
A sprinkling of salt makes a difference in this recipe. Because a lot of the ingredient are sweet, sprinkling some salt on top helps lessen the sweetness, just some hint of saltiness is really nice.
Do I Have to Make the Layers in Specific Order?
Not really, you can re-order it to your liking. My preference is to not have both sweet ingredients close to each other (if possible). Some recipe add coconut close to the top, the order doesn’t matter. The only thing that is a MUST is to have the biscuit crust as the first layer for the base and the top layer should be the condensed milk as this is what will bind the ingredients together.
Substitutions: Be Creative & Have Fun
Don’t get too stuck with the 5 ingredients that you can substitute with something else. Be creative and have fun. You can substitute some ingredients here, replace something that fits the occasion. Like for the holiday season, M&M’s adds a nice festive look to the bar. Mini marshmallow and rice crispy are two of my favorite substitute. I usually do substitution for toffee. Tips when using marshmallow, add it on top in the last 5 minutes of baking then add few bits of chocolate chips when you add it. For the rice crispy, I like to layer it close to the chocolate chips. You can also add Easter candy for the Easter celebration or some red M&M and some sprinkle for Valentines Day. How about a touch of fruity taste in the bar? Summer is a good chance to add some Raspberry or Cherry to the bar.
This bar is one of my go to bar when I want to make something quick and easy. This is the recipe when I want to bring something to a gathering but do not have the luxury of time to spend baking. This is the recipe for days when I feel like baking something, but do not want the do a lot of cleanup that goes with baking. This is the bar that I had been wanting to share with you because you deserve a simple , quick and easy to make treat that will truly satisfy your sweet cravings. Are these enough reason for you to make it? I hope so! Let’s get started!
Small Batch Ingredients (Makes 4 – 6 Bars):
- 3 tablespoon unsalted Butter, melted
- 1 cup Graham Cracker crumbs (alternative: crushed Digestive Biscuits or crushed shortbread cookie)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened flaked or shredded Coconut
- 1/4 Dark Chocolate Chips
- 1/4 cup chopped Walnuts or Pecans – set aside 1 tablespoon
- 2 tablespoon Butterscotch Chips
- 1/4 cup White Chocolate Chips ( set aside 1 tablespoon)
- 1/3 cup sweetened Condensed Milk
Big Batch Ingredients (Makes 6-9 Bars)
- 1/2 cup unsalted Butter, melted
- 1 1/2 cups Graham Cracker crumbs (alternative: crushed Digestive Biscuits or crushed shortbread cookie)
- 1 1/3 cups unsweetened flaked or shredded Coconut
- 1 cup Dark Chocolate Chips – divided
- 1 cup chopped Walnuts or Pecans – set aside 1/4 cup
- 1 cup Butterscotch Chips
- 1/4 cup White Chocolate Chips
- 1 – 14 ounce can (396 grams) sweetened Condensed Milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place the rack in the center of the oven. Cover a 9 x 9 inch (23 x 23 cm) square baking pan with aluminum foil.
- For small batch: Use 5×5 pan
- Make the 7 Layers: Melt the butter then add the crushed cookie. Mix until it forms into a wet crust. Transfer the cookie crust into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the coconut over the crumbs. Sprinkle the chopped nuts, followed by 2 tablespoon of chocolate chips, butterscotch and white chocolate, and 1 tablespoon chocolate chips. Finally, evenly drizzle the sweetened condensed milk over all the ingredients. Do not mix the ingredients together, just layer them.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 to 35 minutes or until the top is set
- For Small Batch: Bake for 30 minutes, remove at 25 minutes to add remaining chopped nuts
- Remove from oven and sprinkle remaining chopped nuts and chocolate chips (if desired)
- Return to oven for another 5 minutes or just until the chips are slightly melted.
- Let Cool: Remove from oven. Let cool on wire rack then cut into squares.
- Storage: Store in the refrigerator. These bars can be frozen. It is better to cut the bars into squares before putting it in the fridge.
- Re-heating: If you decide to put it in the fridge and cut later, reheat for 20 – 30 seconds in microwave to soften it a bit or in the oven for 10 minutes at 300F until warm enough to slice.
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