I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas shared with family and friends.
Now go grab a glass of milk and get ready for some ooey-gooey goodness.
When I think of holiday baking I automatically think about baking with my mom when I was little. Magic bars and chocolate chip cookies made with love for Santa. Well the cookies were for Santa. The magic bars were for us. We just got to share the cookies with Santa, hehe. I don't remember when we first started making magic bars, but they were definitley made during the Christmas holidays in our house.
A couple of Christmas' ago someone gifted our family some homemade baked goodies. I couldn't believe what I saw when I opened the tin.
I bet you can guess.
Yep, MAGIC BARS! Well I of course had to have one, and oh wow!
It was like my childhood exploded in my mouth!
The holiday just wouldn't be complete without making a batch of these squares.
Traditionally my mom never fully followed the original recipe. She got rid of the nuts, used more chocolate chips, and added mini marshmallows to the mix. Instead of pouring the whole can of condensed milk over top of the graham crumb base she would pour half and save the other half to pour on top of the chocolate chip/coconut mix. But the best part about making these is that there's real mixing required.
Magic bars, also know as seven layer bars normally consist of:
- A graham crumb and butter bottom
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Flaked coconut
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Chopped nuts
- And sometimes butterscotch chips and white chocolate chips
These are such a treat. If you've never given them a try then you simply must. They're easy as anything. Even for those people who say they can't bake without setting a fire. Sweet, rich, and delicious. The hardest part is waiting for them to completely cool before you can eat one.
Magic Bars (makes 12-15 bars)
- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 (14oz) can sweetend condensed milk
- 1 1/3 cups shredded unsweetend coconut
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
- Preheat oven to 350*F. Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter in an 8x8 baking pan (I like to use a non-stick aluminum pan). Make sure the butter is evenly mixed with the graham crumbs. Press the crumbs firmly into the bottom of the pan.
- Pour half of the condensed milk evenly over the crumb mixture. In a large bowl, toss the coconut and chocolate chips together and then sprinkle evenly into the pan over the condensed milk.
- Next, layer the marshmallows on top of the chocolate and coconut. Evenly, pour the rest of the condensed milk over top to finsih.
- Bake for 25 minutes until lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting.
- Cut into bars and enjoy!