Upscale Magic Bars

Today we have a guest recipe from our friend Carrie of A Mother’s Shadow.  Today Carrie is sharing her Upscale Magic Bars with us. I can tell just by looking at them that they are very sweet and right up my alley! And hey, anything with the word magic in the name is bound to be delicious!  Please go over and check out all the great recipes on Carrie’s blog!

Magic Bars


My Grandma Shirley gave me a recipe years ago for “Hello Dolly” cookie bars.

I decided to tweak it and make it a bit upscale for a delightful treat.

Toasting the nuts and the coconut brings out a wonderful flavor that changes these bars from good to fabulous!






1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened NOT melted

1 ½ cup graham cracker crumbs

1/2 – 1 cup chocolate chips

11 oz. package caramel bits, optional but really good

7 oz. package coconut

1 cup chopped nuts

1 can sweetened condensed milk



Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Toast the nuts in a dry nonstick skillet until browned lightly.

toasted nuts
Toast the coconut (separate from the nuts) in a dry nonstick skillet until lightly browned.

Toasted Coconut
Combine the graham cracker crumbs and softened butter; press firmly into an 8×8” or 9×9” pan.

Graham Cracker Crumbs
Graham Cracker Crust


On top of graham cracker mixture sprinkle the chocolate chips, nuts, caramel bits and coconut.

nut and chocolate

Pour sweetened condensed milk over all layers and bake for 20 – 25 minutes.

Magic Bars Topping
Cool and cut into bars.

Copyright, Recipe by Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014


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Thanks again to Carrie for posting here for us today!



  1. These bars look great! I love the idea of toasting the nuts and coconut to bring out the flavors. Thanks Carrie for the great recipe!

  2. I have totally made something similar before and loved them, reminded me I want to try these again soon now 😉

  3. These bars look fantastic! Pinning!

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