These Triple Chocolate Chip and Coconut Bars are called Magic Bars for a reason! Not only are they absolutely addictive, but there's also no mixing or combining of dough to be made in the recipe! A truly magical dessert!
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These Chocolate Chip Coconut Bars have many names - Magic Bars, Hello Dollies, and 7-Layer Bars just to name a few.
I can see where they get a few of their names - 7 Layer Bars because there are 7 ingredients that you layer on top of each other and Magic Bars because, well, everything about this recipe is magic!
There are lots of chocolate chip cookie bars out there that require making a dough or batter like you would for chocolate chip cookies and while these are delicious, this is even better.
To make this magic cookie bar recipe, there is no mixing involved. No separate mixing bowls and measuring flour, sugar and everything else.
WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
- A simple crust made with butter and graham crackers
- Able to increase or decrease the amount of coconut to suit your preference
- Can be topped with condensed milk or other flavored milk variety
And, BONUS, your mixer doesn't even need to come out of the cupboard!
I took the basic magic bars recipe and added a few little twists to make these Triple Chocolate Coconut Bars.
As mentioned above, I incorporated coconut into the graham cracker crust...along with a little bit of rum! I also added rum to the condensed milk mixture with a few spices.
It turned this into a truly magical dessert bar for sure!
If you're in a pinch, you can omit the rum of course but I think it's a nice added touch.
Everyone you offer these to will be begging you for your magic bars recipe so be prepared to make these chocolate chip coconut cookie bars for every potluck and holiday cookie tray!
Magic Bars Supplies
Magic Cookie Bars Ingredients
- unsalted butter
- ground cinnamon
- graham crackers
- coconut flakes
- sweetened condensed milk
- pure vanilla extract
- ground nutmeg
- ground allspice
- chopped walnuts
- semi-sweet chocolate chips
- milk chocolate chips
- white chocolate chips
How To Make Chocolate Chip and Coconut Magic Bars
Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and lining a 8x8 pan with foil and oil.
Make Coconut Graham Cracker Crust
To make the delicious crust for these magic bars, combine the melted butter, rum and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
Stir in the graham cracker crumbs and 1 cup coconut.
Stir well to combine.
Press firmly into the bottom of the oiled 8x8 pan.
Freeze for 20 minutes.
Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly brown.
How to Make Magic Cookie Bars Filling
In a medium bowl, whisk sweetened condensed milk, 3 tablespoons rum, vanilla extract, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.
Layer walnut and each type of chocolate over the crust.
Top with remaining cup of coconut.
Drizzle with the condensed milk mixture.
Bake for 25-30 minutes. The filling should be set and lightly brown.
Allow to cool on a wire rack.
Use foil to remove from pan.
Cut and enjoy!
Magic Bars Variations:
- Use different varieties of chocolate
- Swap out all chocolate to dark chocolate for dark chocolate coconut bars
- Add butterscotch chips
- Peanut butter chips
- Peppermint chips for holiday magic bars
- Pecans instead (or in addition to) walnuts
- Use gingersnaps, chocolate waters or another cookie for the crust in place of graham crackers
- Add a marshmallow layer
- Add in M&Ms or another candy
- Top with caramel
How To Store Magic Bars
If you want soft bars, store them at room temperature in an airtight container for 3 to 5 days. If you prefer more chewy bars, store them in the fridge instead.
ADDITIONAL RECIPES TO TRY
- Sweet Potato Maple Bread
- Mini Cheesecakes with Sugared Cranberries
- Decadent Whopper Cake
- Whipped Shortbread Cookies