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
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.
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 treats), but it sounds easier than it is!
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OLD FASHIONED SEVEN LAYER BARS
- ½ cup butter
- 1½ 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!