Layer Cookies (Magic Layer Bars)

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Serves: 16,Yield: 16large cookies
  • About This Recipe

    “I can still remember the first time I had one of these cookies at a church picnic as a kid…MMmmm. I’ve loved them ever since. Easy to make and always popular. A classic!”


  • 1/2 cupbutter, melted
  • 1cupgraham cracker, crushed to crumbs
  • 1cupflaked coconut
  • 6ounceschocolate chips( 1 cup)
  • 6ouncesbutterscotch chips
  • 1 (14ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk( fat free works fine)
  • 1cupnuts
  • Directions

  • Place melted butter in a 9 x 13 baking pan. Spread graham cracker crumbs over top. (I actually prefer to melt my butter in the microwave, mix in the graham cracker crumbs and then pat into the pan. It makes a more even bottom crust, I think.).
  • Layer the coconut and chips in order given. Pour sweetened condensed milk over all. Top with nuts. DO NOT mix together.
  • Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes or until lightly browned. (Please check earlier if your oven runs hot!).
  • Reviews

  • “I love these cookies, I remember making them with my mother when I was a little girl.We left the graham crackers whole though; and the final cookie is not crumbly.I line the 9×13 pan with parchment paper, then make an entire layer of whole graham crackers.Make them whatever size to make a full layer, then pour the 1/2 c. of melted butter on top.Proceed with the other ingredients, as per the recipe.(I use pecans).”

  • “This is an excellent recipe which makes delicious bars but I wanted to make a suggestion about the method. I saw this recipe on an internet video but the woman put in the condensed milk first on top of the crushed biscuits and then topped it with the coconut, chocolate chips and nuts leaving a few choc chips for the top layer. Then she pressed down gently on the pan with a spatula and then baked the bars. I found this method far superior to the other method of adding the condensed milk at the end because the ingredients tend to get spread more evenly and I have a terrible time pouring the condensed milk evenly over the top. I found this other method even easier to follow and highly recommend both the method and the biscuit bars.”

  • “These are really good!
    I added a cup of chinese rice noodle on one. Gave it some extra crunchy/chewyness!
    They’re good both ways!”

  • “yummy! we have some nut allergies around here so we used red and green christmas m&m’s in place of the nuts. very sweet and very yummy. looked great on the christmas cookie trays and got lots of compliments about them. thanks for sharing.”

  • “I use fat free condensed milk and tastes just as good and you cut out half of the fat, sugar, and calories.Delicious!”

  • “So good and easy but I think 25 minutes is way too long. It should be like 10 to 15.Mine were overdone but managed to save most of them. So just be aware it may be too long.”

  • “I fixed these today but instead of using butterscotch I substituted caramel bites. They were wonderful.”

  • “Wish I had read the reviews more carefully. DO NOT bake these for 25 minutes. :(“

  • “Oh gosh! I haven’t thought of these in years. So glad to be reminded of it. I especially liked the addition of butterscotch chips to the recipe.Very easy and very tasty and they freeze well.”

  • “I made these for a bbq yesterday and they were a complete hit. One lady liked them so much she made sure to get the recipe from me. They are delicious and super sweet.”

  • “57 people can’t be wrong!! Marg – these are dangerous bars – can’t eat just one!! 😉 Made these with half milk chocolate chips and half dark chocolate chips.Also didn’t add nuts because of allergies.Thanks Marg! :)”

  • “I made these for baby girls first birthday and they were a huge hit!!!!Thank you for such an easy, tasty, wonderful recipe!!Definite keeper.”

  • “I am not a baker but I followed this recipe to the letter and I ended up with a gooey mess.
    They were really thin and I couldn’t get them out of the pan in one piece. I was so disappointed as I had planned on serving these at my super bowl party. I won’t make them again but I’d sure like to know where I went wrong.DandyD”

  • “I have made these for years and they are my son’s favorite. The recipe I have uses crushed vanilla wafers instead of the graham cracker crumbs and I like it better. We call them “Magic Cookie Bars.” I find the bars hold together better if you press down lightly as you add the nuts and chocolate chips.Definitely a winner!”

  • “Heaven…..these are such rich and sinful bars.I didn’t have nuts so I omitted them but they are still wonderful.I will make them many times over.Thank you so much for sharing this with us, its wonderful.”

  • “These bars are wonderful!My kids loved them!I followed the recipe as written – no additions.Very easy to make with yummy results!”

  • “SinfulI made 1/2 the recipe and I am glad I did. I would have gained a few pounds for sure cause I wouldnt have shared.I will make again and I may be good and make the full recipe , depends on how generous I am feeling Thank you for posting my hips love you.Made for the Comfort Cafe”

  • “These are fabulous.I wouldn’t change a thing.Thanks for this recipe!”

  • “Great cookie one of my top 3 favs for christmas!!!Glad I found this on here!”