Two things today.

I’ve decided I need to change the name of this blog.

Many of you . . . think the name is less than nice.

I also have an addiction.

Not anything hardcore . . . but troublesome, just the same.

I’m addicted to Cookbooks.

This is my latest fix.

The cover photo makes this book irresistible, and regardless of whatever else lurks inside . . . you must have it.  I fully intended to make the meringue tarts first, but these Baked bars pulled me in.  My favorite bar on the face of the earth is what we call “Magic Bars.” They are magic.  Some of you might know them as “Seven Layer Bars,” or something similar. You could call them “MUDD,” and they would still be snatched from a plate in haste!

You can’t eat the whole thing by yourself . . . You must cut them and share.

Eat all the corners by yourself though!

SO . . . you’re asking . . . “What makes Baked Bars different?”

I’ll tell you.

Baked bars have toasted Coconut in the crust, along with the melted butter and the crushed graham crackers.  On top of that decadent crust . . . lies a bed of pecans. You could use almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts or completely forget the nuts.  That would be nuts! I also sprinkled a bit of un – toasted coconut on the top as well.

Baked bars also have melted marshmallows, nestled alongside the melted chocolate, butterscotch and vanilla chips.  Add that to the toasted coconut and the caramel glazed edges . . . and you’re done for!

Pretty please . . . leave me a comment . . . and your suggestion for a “NEW NAME!”

If your name is the name I choose, you’ll receive this fabulous Cookbook.

Simple as that.

Please leave a comment, and go make these BAKED BARS.

Since I was nominated:  I’m still begging for votes on Babble’s Top 100 blogs.  Please go vote.


BAKED BARS (adapted from Baked: New Frontiers In Baking)

For the crust:
2 C sweetened shredded coconut
2 1/2 C finely ground graham cracker crumbs (about 20 crackers)
1 C unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:
1 1/3 C pecans, toasted and chopped
1 1/2 C (9 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 C mini marshmallows
3/4 C butterscotch chips
3 1/4 C (26 oz) sweetened condensed milk

Make the Baked Bar crust:
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

Butter the sides and bottom of a 9×13 inch baking pan or spray it with nonstick cooking spray (I lined my pan with foil before buttering- makes it easier to remove from the pan)

On a parchment-lined baking sheet, spread out the coconut. Put the baking sheet in the oven and toast the coconut until it starts to turn golden brown, 7-10 minutes. Remove from the oven, toss the coconut, and return it to the oven for 3 more minutes.

Put the graham cracker crumbs in a large bowl, add the toasted coconut, and toss with your hands until combined. Add the butter. Use your hands to combine the mixture, then turn it out into the prepared pan. Using your hands, press the crust into an even layer on the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Use the bottom of a measuring cup to create a perfectly even crust.

Refrigerate the crust for 15 minutes, then bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack and let the crust cool completely.

Make the Baked Bar filling:
Increase the oven temperature to 325 degrees F.

Evenly spread the nuts in the bottom of the crust.

Spread the chocolate chips over the walnuts, followed by the white chocolate, followed by the butterscotch chips. Note:  I also sprinkled about 1/2 cup of un-toasted coconut on the top before drizzling the condensed milk over the filling.

In a steady stream, pour the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the filling. Shake the pan very gently to make sure the sweetened condensed milk is evenly distributed.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, rotating the pan every 10 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. Cut into squares and serve.

Baked Bars will keep, wrapped tightly and at room temperature, for up to 4 days.





  • Charlotte - 04/01/2011 - 2:54 pm

    Those bars look amazing and I don’t even like coconut! BTW, I love the name of your blog! It says exactly what I need to do. hahaReplyCancel

    • Jonna - 04/01/2011 - 2:56 pm

      Hey Charlotte,
      You could leave the coconut out if you like. They would still be scrumptious!ReplyCancel

  • Elena - 04/01/2011 - 3:07 pm

    I am not so in love with coconut, but the crust looks delicicous so tomorrow, Saturday morning, I’ll prepare it.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Carter - 04/01/2011 - 3:09 pm

    Mom…I wouldn’t change the name of your blog! I love it to just like Charlotte! I just might have to get off my butt and go make some magic bars cuz they look so good. Luv You!ReplyCancel

  • Hailey - 04/01/2011 - 3:32 pm

    I LOVE the name of your blog! I don’t think you should change it at all! It’s super cute, kinda sassy and SO true! Thanks for making me smile!

  • Ali - 04/01/2011 - 3:32 pm

    My husband doesn’t really love coconut and I’m not sure my family does either but I do so I’m going to go ahead and do it. As for the name of your blog….I’m no good at these things. I don’t really have a problem with your current name. But if you are set to change it, maybe something like, “Just Bake It”. Although that doesn’t totally describe you as many of your recipes are cooking related. Something to think about though. I’d pop on if I saw that title.

    Good luck either way!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth - 04/01/2011 - 3:43 pm

    I too <3 the name of your blog. Makes me want to get up and go! But, if you're ready for a new name….how about:

    Jonna Bakes or Pretend Chef or Go Bake! or the messy kitchen

    oh, and the baked bars….yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Ginger - 04/01/2011 - 3:44 pm

    I love the name of your blog! If I were to change it though, I might make it: Resistance it futile or You know you want it or something of that nature because everytime I read your Blog, I can’t stop drooling!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - 04/01/2011 - 3:51 pm

    Please dont change the name, it’s what sets u apart from the rest. I love saying your name and get such a great reaction when I tell someone else.

    If u are gona change it anyway how about,

    Bake it!
    Shut up and bake!ReplyCancel

  • Jordan - 04/01/2011 - 3:57 pm

    Jonna, I have come to the conclusion that if I bake like you, I must run like you also. How far do you run after you eat these? I LOVE these bars; they are pretty good with peanut butter chips if you don’t have butterscotch as well :).ReplyCancel

  • Jamie - 04/01/2011 - 3:59 pm

    I like the name of your blog! You seriously have people who take the time to tell you that they don’t like your blog name?! There are bigger fish to fry (or cookies to bake, if you will) in the world. If you still want to change it, here are my suggestions:

    -Work Those Buns! or Buns of Steel! (Just kidding, people might not like these ones either)
    -Just Get Off Your Buns (or Bum) and Bake 🙂

    Okay seriously:
    -Never Enough Baking
    -Calories Don’t Count (I’m a Registered Dietitian, that’s what I tell myself every time I read your blog)
    -Sweets and Treats!
    -Bountiful Baking
    -Baking Bliss
    -Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice!

    Good luck with your new name!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - 04/01/2011 - 4:05 pm

    Don’t change the name! If someone really doesn’t like it, they can peruse the many other, more boring blogs! Or at least make it more colorful… how about “Get your fanny off the couch and bake!”ReplyCancel

  • Steph@PlainChicken - 04/01/2011 - 4:18 pm

    The name change has to be an April Fool’s joke!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Harward - 04/01/2011 - 4:52 pm

    I have always loved this recipe..so good! And, don’t you dare change the name..I love it! I say be yourself, everyone else is taken..and there is no one like you! ;DReplyCancel

  • gigi - 04/01/2011 - 5:10 pm

    I like your name.
    I will try this recipe as soon as I have someone to bake them for. I would eat the whole pan other wise ;(ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - 04/01/2011 - 5:41 pm

    I love your name and it is what brought me to your blog in the first place. Your recipes are what keep me coming back. Thanks for the post. We are huge Magic Bars eater in my house. I like the addition of marshmallows.


  • Marsha - 04/01/2011 - 6:02 pm

    At the cost of losing a cookbook – Don’t Change Your Blog Name. It’s different and one you don’t forget. It shows your sense of humor!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - 04/01/2011 - 6:17 pm

    Love your blog name, don’t change it please!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - 04/01/2011 - 6:26 pm

    Please don’t change your name…I love it, it grabs your attention. Those bars sound amazing…I will definitely be giving them a try.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne @ TriedandTasty.com - 04/01/2011 - 6:43 pm

    Ok so first of all you CAN’T change the name of your blog – you just can’t! So then I got to thinking… this is an April Fool’s isn’t? I was actually going to comment this morning and tell you I remember how horrified I was last year when you so cleverly decided you were going “Private” and I hadn’t made my comment by the 100 mark or whatever it was, I was going to be DEVASTATED if I didn’t get to continue reading your delicious posts… so I’m hoping you are up to your antics again ;). As for the baked bars…. GIMME immediately those sound amazing and I will be making them pronto! I will let you know how they turn out!!!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - 04/01/2011 - 7:12 pm

    I find the name of your blog to be hilarious! Don’t change it! It’s fun and original. I find it hard to believe that anyone would think the title “isn’t nice”. Let’s have a little bit of humor, people!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi - 04/01/2011 - 7:46 pm

    How about “Kiss My Bakin Butt” for those that don’t care for the name and especially for those that post “not so nice comments” 😉 I love your site and you make my life easier and my family happy! Don’t change a thing.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - 04/01/2011 - 9:37 pm

    I LOVE the name of your blog…please just leave it alone…its unique and everyone knows you by this name…its a great name for a cooking blog 🙂 I too am addicted to cook books….I would buy yours if you had one! Enjoy your weekend~ReplyCancel

  • Jane - 04/01/2011 - 9:47 pm

    I think the name of your blog is great! Don’t change a thing. I love your recipes and your pictures are delicious to look at too.ReplyCancel

  • Kiley - 04/01/2011 - 10:17 pm

    I personally think “Get Off Your Butt and Bake NOW You Lazy Sack of Trash” has a pleasant ring to it. (j/k) Happy Fools Day!ReplyCancel

  • Ela - 04/01/2011 - 11:58 pm

    I love everything you bake/make, it makes me drool whenever I visit your blog. So I suggest the name DROOLICIOUS, DESSERT STATION or DESSERT GARDEN.ReplyCancel

  • Laurel - 04/02/2011 - 4:52 am

    I second Krisi’s suggestion “Kiss My Bakin Butt”… I say you keep it the same.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - 04/02/2011 - 6:19 am

    I love your blog name! Don’t change it for the few in numbers, they obviously still read it. And really, it makes me want to get off my butt and bake!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen - 04/02/2011 - 7:03 am

    Hi Jonna, I’m new to your blog and I absolutely love it! The name drew me in:) Please don’t change it.! As for cookbooks I’m right with you. I have quite a collection myself ! I think looking at your wonderful recipes and photos just might heal me!

    Kathleen J.ReplyCancel

  • karen - 04/02/2011 - 8:59 am

    I also love the name. You will never make everyone happy, so I’m sure if you change it, there still will be people who don’t like the new name..

    Anyway, How about “Bakin Buddies” or ” “Baking Buns”ReplyCancel

  • jessica - 04/02/2011 - 9:37 am

    Stop! Don’t listen to the unfriendly comments. You are too well known and loved.ReplyCancel

  • sheri A. - 04/02/2011 - 11:18 am

    The name of your website is perfect. I hope you don’t change it. I love your recipes, and I appreciate the time you put into to it for our benefit.ReplyCancel

  • kathy olkowski - 04/02/2011 - 12:16 pm

    Silly girl – please do NOT change your name. The name is what caught my attention last year as I was searching for the perfect brownie, (and yes, you have the perfect brownie ever). I’ve told all my friends about this blog so don’t confuse us by changing names…we love it!ReplyCancel

  • Jill - 04/02/2011 - 12:28 pm

    Ditto about keeping the name. I love it! It’s easy to remember and unique. DOn’t listen to all the negative, whiny people who complain about it. It’s perfect! I have loved many of your recipes, by the way. I haven’t told you before, so thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Jill - 04/02/2011 - 12:37 pm

    I LOVE the name of your blog! Please don’t change it! I love the reaction it gets from people, and it’s the only baking blog for which I remember the address. Don’t listen to all the negative, whiny people out there. They don’t have to read your blog if they’re offended. I have loved all the recipes I’ve tried. THank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Janelle - 04/02/2011 - 12:40 pm

    Bake Your Butt Off!ReplyCancel

  • Carroll - 04/02/2011 - 1:35 pm

    DON”T change the name of your blog. It’s unique and eye-catching. Ignore the people who don’t like it – after all, it’s YOUR blog and you should call it whatever YOU want. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Terlyn - 04/02/2011 - 3:38 pm

    Dear Jonna,
    I LOVE you blog and have made many of your wonderful recipes. Your pictures are also amazing.
    I don’t know if this is an April Fools joke or not, but I have had times when I shared the name of your blog and I felt awkward and embarassed to say the name(such as in a womens meeting of area Stake Presidents wifes) I would love it if you would change the name.

  • Leslie - 04/02/2011 - 3:57 pm

    It was the name of your blog that intrigued me to subscribe to your blog to begin with. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!!

    Speaking of cookbooks…check out “Flour” by Joanne Chang. Mmm!! Mmm! Good!!ReplyCancel

  • Lara - 04/02/2011 - 7:57 pm

    Don’t change the name of your blog! I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Jynni - 04/02/2011 - 9:33 pm

    Question do you put the marshmellows in when you put the choc chips in???ReplyCancel

  • Abbie McClaskey - 04/03/2011 - 9:28 am

    I adore this blog… I live by this blog… if it wasnt for this blog my family would starve! You are wonderful to do this blog and treat us to your recipies, experience and humor! I always thought the name was sassy and I love it! If someone doesnt like the name give them this advise: Add the blog to your “favorites” and check back every day or two…. in a week you will have fallen so in love with this blog you wont care what it is called!!ReplyCancel

  • mkll - 04/03/2011 - 1:20 pm

    Your blog is Amazing! KEEP the name it makes your blog fun with a little sass and spunk… If people don’t like the name..hmm what should they do.. don’t visit the blog.. Jonna you are who you are and although it is nice to get commentary from people who visit. the name of your blog shouts for people to come and check it out. And sometimes i feel like i need to get off my butt and bake because baking can be a challenge! At least it isn’t “get you A** of the couch and bake” now i would be offended by that.
    COME on bloggers all in good fun! you don’t like the name.. don’t come here.. you will be missing amazing recipes though!
    <3 MeReplyCancel

  • Christina - 04/03/2011 - 1:21 pm

    I love magic bars, full of deliciousness. I don’t know if you should change the name of your blog…I don’t see anything offensive about it!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - 04/03/2011 - 6:51 pm

    I love love love your blog. Keep the name, it is great and not offensive. I to have a cookbook obsession.ReplyCancel

  • John - 04/03/2011 - 7:51 pm

    I love your blog and I do love the title. If you wanted to soften it a little maybe try something like Just Bake!. Same idea but a little more delicate.ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia - 04/04/2011 - 10:15 am

    Please don’t change the name of your blog. I love the story you shared about your brothers! I just found your blog while searching for recipes for my party. Last weekend I made your white cupcakes and filled them with lemon curd, so yummy. They got rave reviews from everyone at my party. I gave the credit to you and your blog.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - 04/04/2011 - 10:57 am

    Don’t change the name of your blog! That’s what first intrigued me about your blog was your title. I think its clever and distinguishes you from the other cooking blogs.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - 04/04/2011 - 11:22 am

    Love your blog’s name…don’t change it…I love the story you shared about your brothers. It’s perfect, and if people have a problem with it, they can just deal!ReplyCancel

  • Shirley - 04/04/2011 - 1:57 pm

    Hi Jonna,
    Don’t change the name of your blog…I love it (I look at it every day) and the story behind it!!! And, everyone has a butt so they need to just chill!ReplyCancel

  • Jordan - 04/04/2011 - 2:28 pm

    Ok, I am still pretty sure this is an April Fool’s joke, but just in case you are thinking of changing the name for real (which you shouldn’t!)you could call the blog Jonna’s magical cooking corner. I too have an addiction to cook books and this looks like a great one!ReplyCancel

  • amy - 04/04/2011 - 4:23 pm

    Love your site!! Don’t change the name!!ReplyCancel

  • Jess - 04/05/2011 - 8:41 am

    Ahhh! Don’t change the name – I LOVE it 🙂ReplyCancel

  • oh these look so delicious! I love toasted coconut. If you are on twitter let me know, or if you have a facebook page.ReplyCancel

  • LaurelK - 04/05/2011 - 10:08 am

    I LOVE THE NAME! I mean come on, it gets me off my butt and I bake!
    LOVE THE NAME, oh and those mini monkey breads, TO DIE FOR!
    Now, I’m off to order that cookbook, yes I to have a cookbook addiction, but I use them, not just look at them. So I figure if that’s my worst addiction, not bad (but in truth, its not my worse, purses are). Just need to hit the stairs a bit more.ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey - 04/05/2011 - 11:57 am

    Those look super tasty!ReplyCancel

  • rozalynn rowbury - 04/05/2011 - 3:20 pm

    I LOVE this blog. You seriously are so inspirational and make me want to cook! My sister and I just started a new blog and want to throw in a few recipes here and there.. if you have any great tips on making such a great blog we’d love to hear it! check us out
    trulie-scrumptious.blogspot.com THANKSReplyCancel

  • Joelle - 04/05/2011 - 3:52 pm

    Don’t change your name!! It is perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - 04/06/2011 - 12:46 pm

    I vote for keeping the name and the SASS that goes with it, I absolutely love it!

    “KEEP IT” = 60 “KICK IT” = 0

    Keep doing what you do girlie, you got it going on!ReplyCancel

  • Mrs. Cliff - 04/06/2011 - 6:06 pm

    Sorry, the name needs to stay. It’s totally hilarious. Besides when a blog rocks with awesome recipes you can have an eye-brow-raising name….are you thinking of the name change because of some TV programming on Sat and Sun this passed weekend?? (Broadcast out of SLC?) That’s even funnier. BE YOURSELF! Don’t change it.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa S. - 04/06/2011 - 7:10 pm

    Nope, I wouldn’t change it either. It’s a great name. Don’t do it!ReplyCancel

  • tnorthrup69 - 04/07/2011 - 3:11 pm

    I love your blog and I wouldn’t change a thing!ReplyCancel

  • ashley - 04/08/2011 - 6:50 am

    i dont think you should change the name, i like it, its spunky! and if ppl dont like it its there problem! if you like it you should keep it!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - 04/09/2011 - 2:05 pm

    PLEASE don’t change your name! I love it! It’s one of the things that attracted me to your website!ReplyCancel

  • Erin - 04/16/2011 - 6:06 pm

    I actually like the name, and the story that it comes from. I would keep it; its clever.

    And you have beautiful, simple recipes. I am definitley coming back to this site. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • ingrid - 04/22/2011 - 11:03 am

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Don’t change your name! Why? To pacify who? Who cares what anyone else thinks? Next you’ll change your name to Tiffany or Ashley or something!! Get off your butt & bake is Jonna who bakes fabulous yummies and gets us (me, for sure!!) off our butts and baking.

  • Susan Porter - 05/03/2011 - 1:37 pm

    Don’t you dare change the name of the blog!!!!! I would have to steal it if you did. I have the very same addiction. I can’t pass by a cookbook and will soon run out of room for anymore. This recipe is calling my name right now. Thanks!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Amie - 06/22/2011 - 8:40 pm

    I made these a couple months ago for a party and everyone loved them! I have seriously been craving them since!! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Carly - 01/22/2012 - 2:15 pm

    I am late to the game, but I think the name is AWESOME!! I just found you from Pinterest and will DEF be back!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Martha - 02/16/2012 - 6:22 am

    FYI: I just printed this recipe and noticed the ingredients in the bar filling directions include walnuts and white chocolate chips and fail to mention pecans and marshmallows. I’m assuming you just substituted the 2 items? I also just re-read the intro and noticed your comment about substituting….I’ll get off my computer and bake them!ReplyCancel

  • cheryl - 10/02/2012 - 10:37 am

    Leave the name……I think its great!!ReplyCancel

  • Vicky - 11/30/2012 - 6:48 pm

    These look awesome. I was just getting ready to make them and realized that I had a question. In the pix it looks like there is coconut on top. Your recipe mentions coconut in the crust. Am I also supposed to also put some coconut on top? I could be wrong but it really looks like there is coconut on top of the bars in the pix. Let me know…thank you so much : )

    Hi Vicky,
    I did add about 1/2 cup of un-toasted coconut to the top before drizzling the condensed milk over the top.
    I should have noted that.

    They are yummy either way,