Magic Cookie Bars

(Picture being replaced). I can remember the first time I ate these mouthwatering cookie bars – sometime around the age of nine but somehow at that age, I didn’t care for them. I think my sister liked these first. Of course, I make them a couple decades later and I actually cannot resist them. They are so damn good.

This recipe is easy to put together. The baking takes a bit of time, but it’s all worth it!

I found this recipe in this booklet from the 80s that doesn’t have an author but does have Borden on it – the condensed milk company, as the recipe calls for sweetened condensed milk.


  • 1.5 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup chopped nut meats
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup (6 oz) semi-sweet chocolate pieces
  • 1 and 1/3 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (Borden or some other brand)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Pour the melted butter into a 13 x 9 x 2 in pan. Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs evenly around the base of the pan over the butter. Then sprinkle the nut meats, followed by the chocolate pieces and then the flaked coconut. Then pour the can of sweetened condensed milk evenly over the coconut. Bake the prepared dessert in the oven in the middle rack for 30-45 minutes or until browned on top.  The outer edge of the dessert may be a darker brown than the center of the dessert. The center should, at a minimum, bake to cream or off-white color.

It may be easier to cut the dessert into 1 inch by 1.5 inch bars while it is still warm (but not hot). The magic cookie bars can be served any time! They may also be eaten with frozen yogurt or ice-cream.


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