7 Layer Bar Cookies: No Mixing!
7 Layer Bar Cookies are an easy bar cookie recipe that has
been around more than half a century.
I love this recipe!
There’s no mixing. None! Each layer is pressed, sprinkled,
or poured into the pan. That means it goes in the oven quickly and there’s
hardly any mess.
Plus, the bars are not fussy. They always look great and
It’s THE original layer bar cookie recipe that has spawned all
kinds of variations: Magic Bar Cookies (6 layers to be exact – just doubled the
amount of semi-sweet chocolate chips) or Hello Dolly Bars (another 7 layer bar
cookie, but with white chocolate chips replacing the butterscotch chips.)
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 25-30 minutes
Makes 24-36 bars
½ cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs (about 12 large graham
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup (6-ounce bag) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup (6-ounce bag) butterscotch chips
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup sweet flaked coconut
Directions for 7 Layer Bar Cookies
- Preheat oven to 350º F.
- Line a 13 x 9 baking pan with aluminum foil. Spray the sides
of the foil to prevent bars from sticking to the sides of the foil when you
remove bars. Cut the butter into the pan. Set the pan in the heated oven to
- Remove the pan from the oven. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs
evenly over the melted margarine. The crumbs will be absorbed by the butter to
create the crust. Gently shake the pan back and forth sideways to allow excess
crumbs to be absorbed.
- Layer chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and chopped nuts
evenly over the crust. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over bars. Use an
angled spatula to spread milk into spots that are not covered. Sprinkle the
coconut on top.
- Bake bars 25-30 minutes until lightly browned. Remove the
pan from the oven and allow it to cool completely on a wire rack. Lift the foil
out of the pan and set the bars onto a cutting board. Peel away foil. Cut the
- Store bars loosely covered at room temperature.
Special Baking Tips
for 7 Layer Bar Cookies
Take the time to allow the butter to soak through the
cracker crumbs. Otherwise, the base of the cookies will be crumbly. While you’re
waiting, you can assemble the other ingredients and chop the nuts. Or you can combine
the melted butter and the graham cracker crumbs in a small bowl first and then
pat them into the pan evenly. Of course, this defeats the idea of “no mixing.”
Assemble the layers in the exact order indicated in the the
recipe. Make sure to sprinkle coconut on last so it is toasted while baking.
See more easy bar cookies recipes on our Bar Cookies Pinterest board.
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