Magic Bars

My mom was not a gourmet cook. She was a good cook but definitely not gourmet. She cooked and she baked the very basics for our family. Magic Bars were a basic in our household. They required very few ingredients, minimal time and were always a hit. Now that my sister and I are grown, they have become a staple dessert in each of our houses as well. They are the “go to” dessert, if you will. Someone is having a potluck, a baby, a bad day… time to make some Magic Bars. They are fast, easy and delicious. Make some today :)
Magic Bars
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1 cube of butter, melted
1 1/2 C. graham craker crumbs
1 14oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
2 cups coconut
Preheat oven to 350 (325 if using a glass baking dish).
Melt butter in 9 X 13 baking pan.
Sprinkle graham craker crumbs over the butter. 
Pour the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the crumbs.

Sprinkle on the butterscotch and semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Top with the coconut.

Press down firmly with a fork.
Bake for 25 minutes or until coconut is slightly browned.
Cool before cutting into bars.


source: adapted from Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk

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  1. 1
    cyndie says:

    love it! and i love magic bars too!

  2. 2
    Christine says:

    Yum! And so cute that the kids are helping…now I know your secret!

  3. 3
    Cindy M says:

    OMG! I always thought I was such a gourmet cook and everything you learned , you learned it from me. What about giving you fruit cocktail with your dinner each night to balance out your diet.You're still my doll even though my image has been shattered. You can make up for it this weekend by having some magic bars waiting for me.Love Mom

  4. 4
    to God be all the glory.... says:

    love the step by step photos! Awesome!

  5. 5
    Jamie says:

    You are a rockstar!! I love this blog! And the step-by-step directions…so professional :)How about I will do your creative stuff and you can do my cooking. My hubby suddenly wants asparagus once a week and will only eat it the "Allie Way"!

  6. 6
    Jenny says:

    This has been my mom's go-to recipe for pretty much my entire life (and for years it's been mine too!). I don't do the butterscotch though.

    These are ALWAYS a hit and they are great frozen too!!

  7. 7
    Therese says:

    Stupid question… what is a “cube” of butter? 1 stick?

  8. 9
    Foodiewife says:

    Yes, your mom is a hoot. She loves puddin’ and I love pots de creme (wink). This is my husband’s favorite cookie. He calls them Hello Dollies. I call them Love in a bar.
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    Kara says:

    Is it sweetened or unsweetened coconut?