Hello Dolly Bars, aka Magic Cookie Bars, are a simple seven-layer baked dessert that combines graham crackers, coconut, chocolate chips and pecans.
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I was first introduced to these decadent cookie bars as Hello Dolly Bars, allegedly named after the Broadway Show of the same name starring Carol Channing that was popular during the 1960’s when the recipe first came out. I’ve since discovered they go by many different names, include 7-Layer Magic Cookie Bars and Dream Bars. Whatever name you choose to call them, I think you’ll agree after one bite that these cookies bars do, in fact, taste like a dream.
How to Make Hello Dolly Bars
As I mentioned, Hello Dolly Bars are also known as 7-Layer Magic Cookie Bars, because they include seven sweet ingredients layered on top of one another. The first is a layer of crushed graham crackers. You’ll need 10 full sheets of graham crackers finely crushed into crumbs.
Combine these with 1/3 cup of melted butter and three tablespoons of sugar until the crumbs are completely coated. Press this into the bottom of a lightly greased 8 x 8-inch baking dish. Bake the graham cracker layer in a 350-degree oven for seven minutes. Allow it to cool for a few minutes, but leave the oven at 350.
Once the graham cracker layer has cooled, spread one cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips over it. Follow this with one cup of sweetened, flaked coconut and one cup of chopped pecans. Pour one 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk over the top.
Return the pan to the oven and bake for 25 minutes. I recommend cutting the bars as soon as they come out of the oven while they are still soft. It makes them a lot easier to cut. Allow the bars to cool completely before serving.
How to Store Hello Dolly Bars
Cooled Hello Dolly Bars can be left in their baking dish, just cover the dish with a layer of plastic wrap to keep them from drying out. They can be stored for three days at room temperature and up to one week in the refrigerator (if they even last that long!)
Baked Hello Dolly Bars can also be frozen. If left in a baking dish, I recommend placing a layer of plastic wrap over the surface of the bars to prevent frost from accumulating, then covering the dish with aluminum foil. You can also wrap cut bars individually in plastic wrap, then store in a plastic freezer bag. Allow the bars to thaw at room temperature for a few hours before serving.
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Hello Dolly Bars
- 1 ½ cups finely crushed graham crackers
- 1/3 cup butter melted
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
- 1 cup pecans chopped
- 1 (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar. Press mixture into the bottom of a greased 8 x 8-inch baking dish. Bake crust for 7 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
- Layer chocolate chips, coconut, and pecans over graham cracker crust. Pour condensed milk over the top.
- Bake for 25 minutes. Cut into squares before serving.