Sunday, July 18, 2010

Hello Dolly Bars

Posted by: Maggie

Here's what you'll need:

1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
9 graham crackers (5 ounces), crushed
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup white chocolate chips
½ cup butterscotch chips
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

Adjust the oven rack to the lower-middle position and preheat to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with non-stick spray. Line the pan with parchment paper, leaving overhang to act as handles for lifting the bars out of the pan. Spray with non-stick spray.

Spread the coconut on a baking sheet and bake until the outer flakes just begin to brown, about 4 minutes. Pay close attention to it, as it can go from brown to burnt very quickly. Set aside.

Melt the butter and combine with graham cracker crumbs in a small bowl. Toss with your fingers until the butter is evenly distributed. Press the crumbs evenly onto the bottom of the prepared pan.

In order, sprinkle the walnuts, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and coconut over the graham crumbs. Pour the condensed milk evenly over the entire dish.

Bake until the top is golden brown, about 25 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack to room temperature, about 2 hours.

Remove from the pan using the parchment handles, and transfer to a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, cut into 18 bars.


  1. My family makes these all the time, we call them "Magic Bars", because they always disappear instantly!

  2. Wow, these are fantastic. If I gain 20 pounds in the next few weeks since discovering your blog, I will personally arrive at your house and force feed you peanut butter covered bacon! Seriously, though, I'm not a fan of coconut but had to try these (did anyone else picture Dolly Parton's boobies while making these?) and they were beyond awesome.

    1. Haha, thanks Marcie! Also...puhleeease. Force feeding won't be necessary where peanut butter covered bacon is involved. I'd be a willing participant :)

  3. This is the first time I have ever seen someone else call these Hello Dolly's. Maybe it's an east coast thing..but this recipe has been passed down for at least 3 generations in my family starting with my Grandma who was from Mass. : )

    1. Apparently there are different names for these - Magic cookie bars, sand art bars, seven layer bars, but I just like the "hello dolly bars" option best :) I have no clue why they're called that!


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