Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Magic Bars


Today I baked what I can only describe as one of the easiest recipes for bar cookies. The recipe is easy as all you do is layer the ingredients which consist of melted butter, digestive crumbs, desiccated coconut, chocolate chips, chopped pecans and the final ingredient being the condensed milk to bind it together. These bars pack a real punch with their rich, sweet, gooey texture and are definitely addictive. Your thinking why are they called Magic Bars??? Just watch them disappear!!

Magic Bars

1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups (150 grams) graham cracker crumbs
1 1/3 cups (90 grams) sweetened flaked or shredded coconut
1 cup (170 grams) semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup (100 grams) chopped walnuts or pecans
1 - 14 ounce (396 grams) can of sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place the rack in the center of the oven. Have ready a 9 x 9 inch (23 x 23 cm) square 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. Sprinkle the coconut over the crumbs. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the coconut. Sprinkle the nuts over the chocolate chips. 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 a toothpick inserted into the middle of the squares comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Cut into squares. Store in the refrigerator. These bars can be frozen.
Makes about 16 - 2 inch squares.

21 comments:

Beth said...

Oh wow! Im using condensed milk loads at the moment! I have bookmarked these to make very soon. Great for lunchboxes - if they last that long

Anna said...

These sound sooo easy and delicious! :-)

Coby said...

I love the name of these - Magic bars because they all come together like impossible pie:) The fact you just need to sprinkle ingredients on suggests I should make these with my children...and soon! You keep on inspiring please Maria!

Anonymous said...

I can attest to these being very addictive! My mom used to make them years ago, and they never lasted very long. I still make them from time to time for my kids, but, like me, they know no moderation when it comes to goodies, so I have to watch how often they indulge. Glad your family is enjoying them Maria, your picture makes my mouth water!
Patty

Nickki said...

They look delicious Maria! No wonder they are called "magic bars" :)

Deborah said...

Yeah, I'm sure those would disappear quickly in my house!

Ivy said...

Maria, I am sure my kids would say Abra Cadabra to these. Pity that I have all the ingredients but we don't have Graham's crackers in Greece. Can I substitute them with something else?

Maria said...

Thanks for the comments ;o)

Ivy I reckon you could easily substitute graham crackers with any type of plain sweet biscuit.

Maria
x

Ivy said...

Thanks Maria

Margaret said...

These look delicious and definitely would be great in a lunch box.

JillyB said...

I thought this said 'Mars bars' first but find that these magic bars are much, much better!

Swati said...

I'm sure these would vanish in no time.. Sound delicious..

Reeni said...

Magically Delicious!

Dani said...

these magic bars would cast a spell on anyone

Emiline said...

Oooh! I've heard of these, and always wanted to try.

They'd probably be great for a bake sale.

Maria said...

Thanks everyone for the lovely comments!

Maria
x

Maria said...

These look super sweet and super tasty!!

RecipeGirl said...

I love these sorts of desserts... a bar recipe that everyone likes. We often have neighborhood parties and these would be a perfect dessert!

Ivy said...

I like your header Maria.

Ruth Elkin said...

I love bars like this - they sure do look magic!!!

Craft Fairy said...

These look like a must for me too. On tomorrow's list of things to make.