Monday, November 11, 2013

Magic Bars

This recipe has many names.  I grew up with the term 'Hello Dolly Bars' whereas others may remember them under 'Magic Bars' or '5 Layer Bars'.  These are decadent and best served pre-cut so that those unaware of their richness do not bite off more than they can stomach.

Easy enough to make and serves up enough flavor, sweetness and decadence for anyone looking to top off dinner or lunch with a small treat!

8" x 11" or 9" x 13" Pyrex dish, but I like the slightly smaller one for a thicker bar
Rolling Pin or large can, if you don't want to buy pre-crushed graham crackers
ZipLock bag for crushing / rolling graham crackers
PAM Spray

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted
1 (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (I suggest using only 75% of the can total)
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
1 1/3 cup flaked coconut
1 cup nuts, chopped (optional for all the nut haters)

1. Wash Your Hands.
2. Preheat 325F degrees.
3. Spray pyrex with PAM spray.
4. Crush graham crackers to a fine meal inside a ziplock bag with a rolling pin.
5. Or just buy pre-crushed graham cracker crumbs
6. Combine crumbs and melted butter in the pyrex dish.  Flatten with a spoon or your hand evenly.

7. Pour just enough sweetened condensed mild over crust.

8. Layer chocolate chips and then butterscotch chips.

9. Cover with coconut.  Add the nuts if you like nuts.

10. Press the chips, coconut, and nuts into the milk with your hand or a spoon.

11. Drizzle a thin layer of sweetened condensed milk on top if you want all the sugar you can get.

12. Bake at 325F degrees x 30 minutes until slightly golden brown.

13. Allow to cool completely before attempting any cutting.  Place in a fridge.
14. Cut into small bars because these are rich and decadent.

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