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Upscale Magic Bars aka Hello Dolly Bars

Magic Bars

Magic Bars aka Hello Dolly Bars

My Grandma Shirley gave me a recipe years ago for “Hello Dolly” cookie bars, also known as “Magic 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! (I’m sure Grandma would love this version too! lol)




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 makes the recipe

7 oz. package coconut

1 cup chopped nuts, your preference

1 can sweetened condensed milk  



Heat oven to 350 degrees.

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

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

 Combine the graham cracker crumbs and softened butter. 

Press firmly into an 8×8” or 9×9” pan.

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

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

Cool and cut into bars.

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

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