Hello Dolly Bars

Two things on my mind.

It simply won’t hold more than two things at once.

1.  Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to all of you that voted for my simple Blog over at BABBLE.  I was beyond thrilled to find out that I made the top 100 Food Blogs!

see . . . you can hop to Babble if you like.

 Considering that there are upteemth billion food blogs, I was quite eager to even grace the list!

2.  I know that I’ve been missing in action lately. I came down with a bugger of an illness that put me “out of commission” for a while.  NOW, I’m better . . . but  I find myself hunkered down in the middle of the Raspberry bushes.  I’m sharing that position with grasshoppers and Daddy long legs!  I’m telling you now hubbie . . . if I find a snake in the middle of all those rows of Raspberries . . . I’m OUTA THERE!  The Peas are on, and my back . . . well . . . you just don’t want to know. If you read my blog every summer, then you already know that the garden is not my best friend.  It’s my hubbies passion. I’d rather be baking!!!!!

Since time is not ample, I have to make things simple.  My youngest Daughter and her sweet family are visiting from Virginia.  These delicious Bars are a simple family favorite that we all love.  Surely everyone in the world has made these bars!  Just in case one of you hasn’t heard of them, this post is for you.

My Grandma called these bars Hello Dolly Bars.  Some of you might also call these bars Magic Bars.  There are probably a hundred different names for the same yummy bar.  You can really add layers of anything you like.  Marshmallows are also a great layer as well as nuts.

I think the key to Hello Dolly Bars or Magic Bars, is to bake them until they are a dark golden brown color.  If you under-bake . . . they just don’t taste the same.  Trust me on this one.  My mind is full of new recipes both sweet & savory.  I will make appearances on this crazy blog, so don’t don’t too far away.  In the meantime, I will be picking & freezing Raspberries, picking and shelling peas for freezing, making Salsa with all the tomatoes and on and on and on.

Thank You again for VOTING for me.  You made my day . . . my week . . . my year!




1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 1 pkg)
1 1/3 cups sweetened flaked or shredded coconut
1 cup semisweet or milk chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (opt)
1 – 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk (Eagle Brand

*I use the fat free condensed milk…it works great!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place the rack in the center of the oven. Have ready a 9 x 10 inch, greased glass baking pan. Set aside. Melt the butter and pour it into the bottom of your pan. Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs evenly over the butter, mix well, and pat gently on the bottom of your pan. Sprinkle the chocolate chips, then the coconut, then the nuts over the crumbs. Finally, drizzle the sweetened condensed milk over all the ingredients. Do not mix the ingredients together, just layer them. Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Cut into squares. These bars can be frozen, but they won’t last that long.



  • ChiTown Girl - 07/21/2012 - 5:42 pm

    Yep, we call them Magic Squares. Actually, my uncle has always called them Better-Than-Sex Cookies. It was particularly amusing when we were little kids and he called them that – NOT! If you add butterscotch chips, they become what we call 7 Layer Bars. Any way you make ’em, I love ’em!ReplyCancel

  • suzanne Perazzini - 07/22/2012 - 3:40 am

    Down here in New Zealand, I have never heard of these bars but I sure like the idea of the marshmallow layer. Congratulations on making the top 1oo bloggers – quite an honour.ReplyCancel

  • Jane - 07/22/2012 - 5:56 am

    We always called these bars Santa Snacks because my Mom mostly made them for Christmas when we were growing up. I love them!

    Congrats on making Babble’s Top 100! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Janet - 07/22/2012 - 8:02 am

    We call them ‘Drizzle Bars’ because you drizzle the sweetened condensed milk over everything. Yum! Glad you are healthy again and congrats on making the top 100 list!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - 07/22/2012 - 8:07 am

    So happy to hear you are feeling better. These are a must in our house at Christmas “Magic Cookie Bars”. Love this recipe. I’m with you about snakes I go into full panic mode when I see one, I’m terrified of them. Congrats on making the top 100 you definitely deserve it.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - 07/24/2012 - 10:44 pm

    Yay! You’re back! I’m sorry you were sick and I’m glad you’re all better. Thanks for the yummy recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - 08/02/2012 - 7:13 am

    New follower here, found you on the Babble list!ReplyCancel