Seven Layer Magic Bars

February 24th, 2012

Have you ever had a seven layer magic bar?

You will likely find them lurking around at potlucks, just waiting sneak in your mouth and attach themselves to your thighs and love handles.

“Oh, that seven layer magic bar!” you say.

So, you know what I’m talking about, then?

The last time I had one was in 2005, at the baby shower of a co-worker.  Needless to say, the haunting memory of that fabulous treat has stuck with me for the past 7 years.

As luck would have it recently, I found myself with a pantry full of half opened bags of baking pieces.  Suspiciously, these were all the pieces necessary for seven layer magic bars.  And not wanting these to go to waste, I decided to make a batch.  Now, there are a number of different layering techniques one can use to create this bar cookie.  The trick is to finding the method that holds the graham cracker crust together.

The layers (and not necessarily in this order) are:
Graham cracker crumbs combined with melted butter
Sweetened condensed milk
Semi-sweet chocolate chips
Butterscotch (but I only had white chocolate chips on hand)
Chopped nuts
Shredded coconut
I used the sweetened condensed milk over the top method.  But doing so may have been the reason for my crumbly crust. When refrigerated, however, the bars held together much better. I intend to make this again, but next time I will pour some of the sweetened condensed milk over the graham cracker crust and the rest over the top.  My husband also wanted me to try with peanut butter chips, but I’ll likely do half peanut butter chips and half butterscotch.

Once I have the most effective layering technique, I’ll post the complete and proper recipe.

I am submitting this to the following fabulous food events:
Food Trip Friday
Friday Favorites @ Simply Sweet Home
Foodie Friday @ Designs by Gollum

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