Halloween Magic Bar Cookies
Decorate This Classic Bar Cookie for Any Holiday
Magic Bar Cookies are an easy bar cookie recipe that has
been around more than half a century.
You can adjust this simple recipe for any season or occasion
with just one little tweak: add cookie decorations.
For instance, if you’re looking for Halloween cookie ideas, you
can make these Magic Bars. Before baking, sprinkle the top surface with orange
and brown sprinkles … yellow and orange colored sugar … Halloween cookie decos …
you get the idea.
Or if you’re looking for Valentine cookie ideas, use the
same approach. Decorate these cookies in red, pink, and white variations.
It’s an easy way to dress up these long-time favorite bars.
You know the recipe works. Now it works during different seasons, too.
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 10 large graham
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup (6-ounce bag) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup sweet flaked coconut
1 cup chopped nuts
Cookie decorations (like sprinkles)
Directions for Halloween Magic Bar Cookies
- Preheat oven to 350º F (325º F for a glass dish).
- 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 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, coconut, 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 bars with your favorite holiday colored cookie
- 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 Halloween Magic Bar Cookies
You can have a variety of bars in one batch by sprinkling
half of the cookie surface with one type of cookie decoration and the other
half with a different type.
Set the cooled bars in the refrigerator or freezer for 30
minutes before cutting to get clean edges.
See more easy bar cookies on our Bar Cookies Pinterest board.
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