Magic Bars . . . I think they are magic.

They are my very favorite Bar Cookie!

You know, you’ve all made them.

You’ve all eaten them toasty warm from the oven.

Everyone love the edges, because they are extra chewy, caramelized, toasted Coconut deliciousness.

  Once the edges are all cut away, it seems that those left in the middle just aren’t as yummy.

Do you agree?

Well . . .  I spotted a pan in Target the other day that left me wondering, if I could change all that picky . . . ness!  This pan does the trick.  The bars take only slightly longer to put together, but everyone gets their own four golden sides.  We like ours very golden, so that the coconut is very toasted.  This pan cooks the bars a bit quicker, and I probably left them in just a minute or two longer than was necessary.  It didn’t matter however . . . they are all gone! 

It’s a pan with 12 squares

I simply pressed the graham cracker crumb crust into each square.

I drizzled the Condensed Milk (Eagle Brand) over the top of the squares.

I used about 1 Tablespoon per cup . . . just enough to barely cover the crumbs.

Plop a few Chocolate Chips on top of the Condensed Milk layer.

I used Milk Chocolate but you could use Semi as well.

Sprinkle Flaked Coconut over the top.

Now just drizzle a bit more of the Condensed Milk  over the coconut.

Don’t go overboard!

 Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes.

If you are using a 9×13 glass baking dish, they take about 25 minutes.


Magic Bars
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!Directions: 
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.
  • Jen - 08/10/2010 - 8:14 pm

    oh dear….those look FANTASTICALLY DELICIOUS!!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn - 08/10/2010 - 9:03 pm

    What??!!!! What kind of a ridiculous pan is that? A pan like that kind of implies that I need to eat just one at a time. Give me a 9X9 and I will still be able to eat ONE. The entire one. LOL! Oh Jonna. I LOVE magic bars. I haven’t had them for so long. Someone must of hid that recipe on me. Thanks for yours!! I am so headed to the kitchen now to make me some…….er……….one………one pan that is! ; DReplyCancel

  • MaryMoh - 08/11/2010 - 1:53 am

    Oh wow…these look irresistible. You have all my favourite ingredients there. I would love to make. Thanks very much for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • merium - 08/11/2010 - 8:04 am

    for some crazy reason, I’ve never made these! must find that pan!ReplyCancel

  • Brandi - 08/11/2010 - 8:09 am

    MMMMMMM…that looks so perfect! I will have to get me one of those pans. I think I would make everything in there. I also love how each chocolate chip was perfectly placed. Mom your so cute!!!

    Jessica would totally disagree with you though. BOTH her and Seth don’t eat edges. Crazy I know…but when she makes a cake or anything she ends up throwing out all the delicious edges. Isn’t that crazy and funny that both of them are like that!ReplyCancel

  • ingrid - 08/11/2010 - 9:26 am

    Jonna, I’ve never made or eaten those bars. They always seem like to much of a good thing to me. I’ve seen that pan and had my mother make note of it for gift giving time. 🙂

  • Kulsum at JourneyKitchen - 08/12/2010 - 5:15 am

    I have all the ingredients on hand. I’m going to blame you for all the extra bumps its going to create as I don’t think I will stop at one.ReplyCancel

  • Shelly B. - 08/16/2010 - 3:35 pm

    OH man! Chantri made these once when I worked with her at Wells Fargo and I swear I ate the whole pan myself! These are sooooo yummy! 🙂ReplyCancel