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Who doesn’t crave a cookie that’s truly magical? If you’re looking for a dessert that’s filled with delicious flavors and is beyond easy to make, look no further than seven layer bars. These bars are a delightful combination of coconut, pecans, peanut butter, chocolate, and graham crackers, making them a truly heavenly treat. And the best part? You can whip them up in a snap! So let’s get started on this enchanting recipe.
Making the Graham Cracker Crust
To start, we’ll create a super easy graham cracker crust. While a traditional crust will do just fine, I like to add a nutty twist for extra flavor and crunch. Begin by combining 12 graham crackers (or any other cookies you have on hand) and half a cup of pecans in a food processor. Pulse until you achieve a fine crumb texture. Then, add in half a cup of melted butter and pulse once more. The mixture should hold together when pressed. The great thing about this recipe is that you can adjust the measurements to your liking, so feel free to add a little more or a little less of the ingredients.
Preparing the Base
Next, line your baking dish with parchment paper to avoid a sticky mess. Simply cut the parchment paper to fit your dish and place it inside. This will make it easy to remove the bars later on. Now, transfer the graham cracker mixture into the dish and press it firmly to create the crust. You want it to be compact, so make sure to press hard. Pay attention to the edges and corners to ensure a smooth and even crust. This is a perfect activity to do with kids, as they can have fun helping you press the mixture into the dish.
Layering the Ingredients
Now comes the fun part: layering the magical ingredients. Scatter three-quarters of a cup each of chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and toasted and chopped pecans evenly over the crust. You can adjust the amount of chocolate chips depending on your preference. If you’re not a fan of peanut butter chips, feel free to substitute with toffee bits or white chocolate chips. Lastly, sprinkle around one and a third cups of sweetened shredded coconut on top. I personally love coconut, so I tend to be generous with this ingredient. Finish off the layers by adding an extra sprinkle of flaked sea salt for a touch of balance.
Drizzling the Sweetened Condensed Milk
To bind all the ingredients together, drizzle a 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk over the layers. Spread it evenly to ensure that every part of the bars gets a taste of the sweetness. The condensed milk will not only add moisture but also help the bars hold their shape. Feel free to use an entire can or adjust the amount according to your preference.
Baking and Serving
Now it’s time to bake these enchanting bars to perfection. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and bake the bars for approximately 30 minutes. Keep an eye on them as they turn golden brown. Once out of the oven, sprinkle some extra chocolate chips on top if you’d like. They will melt and create a delightful, gooey layer. Allow the bars to cool and set for about two hours. Once chilled, transfer them onto a cutting board by lifting the parchment paper. Now it’s time to indulge in these delightful treats. Cut them into squares, triangles, or any shape you desire. These bars are perfect for sharing with family and friends, or you can treat yourself to a well-deserved snack.
These seven layer bars are a nostalgic reminder of childhood treats that bring back fond memories. And the best part is that they’re incredibly quick and easy to make. If you’re a cookie lover, be sure to check out our cookie playlist for more mouthwatering recipes. So go ahead, give in to the magic of these delectable treats and satisfy your sweet tooth. Enjoy!