Seven Layer Bars

old fashioned 7 layer bars on parchment paper squares

These old fashioned 7 layer bars are famous in my family. They are delectably delicious and yet so easy to make. With only seven ingredients, they come together quickly and with very few dishes to do afterwards. It’s the best of both worlds! Even friends who don’t like coconut like these morsels.

old fashioned 7 layer bars on parchment paper squares

Old Fashioned 7 Layer Bars

I love these bars so much, but I never find them made right at bakeries. I see some recipes with white chocolate chips, but I think that’s overkill.

The butterscotch flavor is really what makes these seven layer bars so classic. The flavors marry together perfectly in the oven and melt in your mouth. It’s really hard (I think impossible) not to eat too many of them.

Luckily, these bars freeze well, which is great because the recipe makes a ton of bars.

If you can’t get enough of dessert bars, try my slightly modified version with these dulce de leche layer bars too.

old fashioned 7 layer bars on cutting board

Magic Cookie Bar vs. Seven Layer Bar

I’ve seen these old fashioned seven layer bars also called “magic bars” and I totally understand why. The various layers of butterscotch chips, coconut, and graham crackers melt together perfectly in your mouth.

The two names refer to exactly the same recipe, so whether you’re feeling dreamy or pragmatic, you have a name for both. Either way, you’ll love this recipe!

Eagle Brand Seven Layer Bars

In my bit of research for magic bars online, I noticed that the Eagle Brand of condensed and evaporated milk seems to have a bit of a claim on this recipe!

My family has always used Eagle Brand for condensed and evaporated milk, so it made sense to me why we’re so familiar with this recipe and why I always buy their cans.

I think brands dream of concocting delicious recipes to be associated only with their name (like rice krispie treat variations), but it sounds easier than it is!

old fashioned 7 layer bars on parchment paper squares

More Dessert Recipes

If you love cookies as much as we do, you’ll love these peanut butter granola cookies, muesli cookies, key lime cookies, saffron cookies (yep – these are fun!), and matcha cookies!

old fashioned 7 layer bars
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My mom’s seven layer bars are famous the family over in my world. It’s such an easy recipe, it shouldn’t be so good, but it really is! We like to freeze any extras and pull them out to eat as needed. They’re great!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baking, chocolate, dessert
Servings: 48
Calories: 82kcal
Author: Luci Petlack


  • ½ cup butter
  • cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup butterscotch chips
  • ¾ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 Cup nuts chopped (pecans or walnuts)
  • 1-14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Place butter in 9×13 pan and place in oven as it preheats until it melts (2-4 minutes). Remove from oven.
  • Pour in graham cracker crumbs. Mix with fork. Pat into crust on bottom of pan.
  • Pour chocolate chips over crust. Sprinkle butterscotch chips, then coconut, and finally nuts over mixture. Drizzle condensed milk over whole mixture.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes. 
  • Let cool completely before cutting into bars. The corners bars are sometimes hard to get out of the pan, but the rest will  come out easily.
  • Freezes well!


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Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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  1. 4 stars
    IMPORTANT! “SWEETENED” condensed milk (not just condensed milk). It’s the sugar that makes thus recipe work.

  2. 5 stars
    These seven layer bars are my absolute favorite dessert recipe. I make them all the time and everyone always raves about them!

  3. 5 stars
    I love all the ingredients in this layered bar! It makes the perfect snack for when I’m craving something sweet!

  4. 5 stars
    These dessert bars look absolutely incredible, such a great combination of ingredients! Can’t wait to try these myself!

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