Chocolate Magic Bar Cookies
Cookies on the Bottom,
Candies on the Top
These Chocolate Magic Bar Cookies mimic the original Magic
Bars, but with a fun variation for chocoholics out there: the crust is made
from chocolate sandwich cookies rather than graham crackers, as is traditional.
When you sprinkle chocolate or peanut butter candies on top,
you add another layer of flavor.
Who says you can’t have your cookies and candy… and eat
Prep time: <10 minutes
Bake time: 25-30 minutes
Makes 24-36 bars
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 cups (about 24-30) crème-filled chocolate sandwich cookies
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup sweet flaked coconut
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
½ cup miniature chocolate candies (like M & M’s) or
miniature peanut butter candies (like Reese’s Mini Pieces)
Directions for Chocolate Magic Bar Cookies
- Preheat oven to 350º F.
- Place the chocolate sandwich cookies in a food processor.
Using a steel blade, pulse the cookies until they are finely ground. Or place
the cookies in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crush them.
- 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 pan. Cut butter
into the pan. Set the pan in the heated oven to melt.
- Remove the pan from the oven. Sprinkle the cookie crumbs
over melted margarine. With a spoon, combine margarine and crumbs until they
are well mixed. Gently shake the pan back and forth sideways to allow excess
crumbs to be absorbed. Use the back of the spoon to press the mixture evenly
into the bottom of the pan.
- Sprinkle chocolate chips, chopped nuts, and coconut evenly
- Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over bars. Use an
angled spatula to spread milk into spots that are not covered.
- Bake bars 25-30 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven. Sprinkle
candies on top of bars immediately. Use a plastic spatula to press candies into
the surface of the bars to stick.
- Allow bars 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 bars.
- Store bars loosely covered at room temperature.
Special Baking Tips
for Chocolate Magic Bar Cookies
The chocolate candy coating on M & M’s or Reese’s Mini
Pieces will crack with heat. That is why this recipe calls for sprinkling them
on the cookie surface as soon as you remove the bars from the oven.
Sprinkle the candies on the bars immediately. If you wait
too long, the candies won’t adhere to the bar cookies.
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