Magic Bars : {7 Layer Bars}


Growing up my mom always made the same few sweets for Christmas: Cinnamon Rolls, 7 layer bars, and butter cookies.  When I became an adult I took over the tradition.  But when I did I realized the so called “7 Layer Bars” don’t have 7 layers.  Thus the name needed to be changed.  A friend of mine saw the ingredients laying out one day and said “oh yum, magic bars.” … lets go with that name haha.  These are great bars to make as gifts…I usually do for christmas!

Ingredients: (Makes Bars..feel free to cut it in half!)

-12×18 Sheet cake pan

-2 Boxes of graham cracker crumbs

-3 Sticks of salted butter

-1 Bag of 24oz chocolate chips (you can add more if desired or other flavor chips)

-6 cups of walnuts (chopped/pieces)

-2 14oz bags of sweetened shredded coconut

-7 Cans of sweetened condensed milk


IMG_3099Melt butter & combine with graham cracker crumbs.
IMG_3103Pour graham into pan and spread and press into an even level with a rubber spatula.

IMG_3107IMG_3109Pour one can of sweetened condensed milk over graham cracker crumbs.IMG_3110Add chocolate chips, then pour 1 1/2 cans of sweetened condensed milk over the chips.IMG_3111Pour coconut next (I used a little less than the 2 bags).  IMG_3113Cover coconut with 1 1/2 cans of sweetened condensed milk.IMG_3115Then add the last layers: walnut pieces and then cover with 3 cans of sweetened condensed milk.  (You really want the walnuts to be completely coated).

IMG_3198Then bake for approx. 45 min. at 350.  Honestly sometimes I bake them for longer at 325 but just watch them.  You want the walnuts to look cooked and golden brown like above…once that happens the bars are done.

IMG_3204Let cool completely before cutting into bars. (I usually prepare mine in the evening and let them cool covered overnight).

Ta-Ta Weekend : {Hello Week}

Weekend Wrap-Up:

As always there was lots of cooking and baking in the Johnston house, but man was it hot!  We are going through a heat wave and my non-air conditioned little house gets so toasty when the stove and oven are on…..but we managed.

We had a fun barbecue with my brother, his girlfriend and baby girl who is only 3 weeks younger than my baby!  It is always great seeing our daughters together (there was lots of hand holding), eating good food, and taking family walks.  I am so blessed to have a great family!  Besides that I went to a goodbye party for some very good friends of mine (Josh and Rachelle) who are moving to Connecticut, and reunited with some old friends there as well.  Church was great and so was weekly Johnston family time!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

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This Week:

Looking forward to {In The Blog}:  Lots of recipes on the blog this week and they are all easy to make!    

Looking forward to {In My Life}:  This week is my hubby’s birthday and I cannot wait to celebrate him pizza party style!  Also I am looking forward to attending MOPS at our church this week and connecting more with new mom’s!…we need each other!