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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.

Halloween Magic Bar Cookies from The Cookie Elf

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 crackers)

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

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F (325º F for a glass dish).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Sprinkle the bars with your favorite holiday colored cookie decorations.
  6. 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 bars.
  7. 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.

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