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Magic Layer Brownie Bars, like the Seven Layer Bars you might remember from your childhood, only better. Instead of a graham cracker cookie base, these bars start with a rich chocolate brownie, and layers of toasted coconut, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and sweetened condensed milk. It’s the ultimate decadent dessert!
Do you have a favorite recipe that you remember from your childhood? Seven Layer Bars, or “Magic Bars” is one of those desserts. It became a popular cookie in the 60s, probably because of just how easy they are to make, and a potluck staple. If you went to a church potluck, these magic bars would be there. A basic graham cracker crust and a few pantry staples like chocolate chips, coconut and sweetened condensed milk and you were good to go.
I wanted to make a version of these beloved bars but wanted to put my own spin on it. My One Bowl Brownies are a favorite around our house, so I knew that would be just the thing to give these Magic Bars a rich, decadent upgrade.
They are baked until the top is done but the insides are still pretty gooey. At this point I added chocolate chips, toasted coconut and butterscotch chips. The final touch was to pour on the sweetened condensed milk. Then back into the oven to finish baking. The sweetened condensed milk when it bakes creates this gooey, chewy, caramel-like taste and texture, and it holds the other toppings to the brownie. You could also play around with the topping, adding things like white chocolate or peanut butter chips or pecans. Whatever you have on hand.
Let me tell you, these are probably my new favorite dessert. I dropped off half of the pan for our school staff and they got rave reviews. They look familiar, but taste so different, and better, than the original. These Magic Layer Brownie Bars are going to be tough to beat!
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