Known to some as seven layer bars, known to others as “magic bars”.  I think another fitting name would be “should-have-brought-one-to-work-because-I-can’t-stop-thinking-about-them” bars.  These babies are seriously, seriously addictive.  I gave the majority of my batch away but the few that I kept at home did not last long.  What makes them even more dangerous is that they consist of ingredients usually found in a well-stocked pantry, and they take next to no time at all to prepare.  Look out.

I suppose mine should actually be called six layer bars because I omitted the nuts.  Though I am starting to appreciate nuts more in other capacities, I just cannot let them interrupt all the wonderfulness that is these bars containing chocolate, white chocolate, and butterscotch chips – I’m sorry, but nuts just have no business here.  Go make these today – you won’t be sorry!  (Or maybe you will be, because then you won’t be able to stop eating them.)

  • Yield 1 9x13 pan


1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
5 oz. graham crackers
8 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 cup finely chopped walnuts (if you must)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup white chocolate chips
½ cup butterscotch chips
1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk


  • 01

    Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and preheat the oven to 350° F.  Line a 9×13-inch baking dish with aluminum foil and spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray.  In a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat, toast the coconut, stirring occasionally until lightly browned and golden.  Remove from the heat.

  • 02

    Place the graham crackers in a large zippered plastic bag.  Using a rolling pin, crush the graham crackers to achieve a mixture of crumbs, bits and chunks.  Meanwhile, place the stick of butter in the prepared baking pan and put it in the oven to melt, about 6 minutes.  When the butter has melted, remove the pan from the oven.  Add the graham cracker crumbs and toss lightly with a fork directly in the pan until all the butter is absorbed and the crumbs are evenly distributed over the bottom of the pan.  In order, sprinkle the (nuts), chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and toasted coconut over the graham cracker crumbs.  Pour the condensed milk evenly over the entire dish.

  • 03

    Return the pan to the oven and bake until the top is golden brown, about 25 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack to room temperature, about 2 hours.  Remove the bars from the pan using the foil and transfer to a cutting board.  Using a sharp knife, cut into bars of your desired size.