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These Magical Cookie Bars are a simple dessert idea with a cookie base topped with chocolate and butterscotch chips, coconut, and sweetened condensed milk!

This might be our new favorite bar dessert! They are favorites along with our classic Cookie Bars and Sugar Cookie Bars.

Magic cookie bars stacked on a white plate

Tastes Like a Million Bucks!

If you have a major sweet tooth, this next dessert recipe is for you. It’s called Magic Cookie Bars, and let me tell you… It has become a new favorite around these parts!

It’s a layered bar dessert with a chocolate chip cookie base, layers of chocolate and butterscotch chips, coconut, and sweetened condensed milk which gives it that gooey, delicious taste that is irresistible.

The reason I love it so much is because it’s so simple and tastes like a million bucks. In fact, I made it for a Pizza Night at the park we planned a while ago and I had several people asking for the recipe. So go on, give it a shot! You’ll be glad you did.

Ingredients for Magic Cookie Bar recipe layered in a baking dish
  1. PREP. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. COOKIE CRUST. In a large bowl mix cookie mix, butter and eggs until well combined and dough forms. Press into the bottom of a greased 13×9 pan. Bake for 14-16 minutes.
  3. LAYER. Once done baking, sprinkle butterscotch chips over the cookie layer, along with milk chocolate chips and coconut. Drizzle sweetened condensed milk over the top.*
    • *Caution: Be cautious that you do not accidently use evaporated milk instead of sweetened condensed milk. The two are quite different and your dessert will not turn out.
  4. BAKE. Bake for 25-30 minutes longer or until golden brown. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.

Mix it up: Everyone makes their magic bars slightly different, so feel free to switch up what you put in there. You can use white chocolate chips, toffee, cinnamon, walnuts, almonds, graham cracker crumbs. Whatever you feel will make these cookies MAGICAL! 

You could even make it a millionaire magic bar, which is a crossbreed between a millionaire bar and magic bar. Use a shortbread crust instead of chocolate chip cookie crust and then add all the layers from the magic cookie bar recipe.

Pouring sweetened condensed milk over magic cookie bars

Storage Tips

These don’t need to be STORED in the fridge unless you really want to. They should be fine in an airtight container for about 3-5 days. If they are in the fridge they can last up to a week.

You can also FREEZE them! They make really great treats for lunch boxes or a great treat for mom and dad after kids have gone to bed (shhh!) Make sure that you let them cool completely. Wrap each bar with plastic wrap and place them together in an air-tight bag in the freezer.

They should be good for up to 3-4 months. Just let them thaw for about 30 min-1 hour before eating.

Two Magic cookie bars on a white plate

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5 from 12 votes

Magic Bars Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
This delicious magic bars recipe is a simple layered dessert that starts with a gooey chocolate chip cookie base.
Servings: 12
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 45 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 (17.5-ounce) package Betty Crocker chocolate chip cookie mix
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
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Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a large bowl, mix 1 (17.5-ounce) package Betty Crocker cookie mix, ½ cup butter, and 1 egg until well combined and dough forms. Press into the bottom of a greased 9×13 baking dish. Bake for 14-16 minutes.
  • Once baked, sprinkle 1 cup each of butterscotch chips, milk chocolate chips, and coconut over the cookie layer. Drizzle 13 ounces sweetened condensed milk over the top.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes longer or until golden brown. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.

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Notes

STORE the magic cookie bars recipe in an airtight container for about 3-5 days. If they are in the fridge they can last up to a week.
FREEZE. Cool and wrap each bar with plastic wrap and place them together in an air-tight freezer-safe container for up to 3-4 months. Thaw 30 minutes to 1 hour before eating.

Nutrition

Calories: 528kcal, Carbohydrates: 72g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 47mg, Sodium: 223mg, Potassium: 176mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 57g, Vitamin A: 385IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 111mg, Iron: 0.7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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30 Comments

  1. Linda Brocki says:

    5 stars
    I love making these with my daughter. So easy to make and the 1st dessert gone everytime.

  2. Kayla Grable says:

    5 stars
    These are so good and easy! I live doing these around Christmas time with red and green M&M’s!

  3. Debbie says:

    5 stars
    So good, so rich. Feels like ax extra special treat when we make these

  4. Primavera Bloodworth says:

    5 stars
    This is the most DELICIOUS cookie bar recipe!! I need to go make more NOW!

  5. Jan says:

    Would these bars taste just as good if I left out the coconut? Thank you for the recipe, can’t wait to make them.
    Jan

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      I personally LOVE the coconut in these bars, but I’m sure they would still be delicious either way!

  6. Linda says:

    5 stars
    Made these with my 5 year old yesterday and he had so much fun. So easy to make and so so good. My entire family enjoyed these. I did though omit the butterscotch chips and added in white chocolate chips.

  7. jade says:

    5 stars
    Magic cookie bars always remind me of Christmas, because that’s the only time we ever make them. We may need to re-evaluate our traditions.

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      I love them at Christmas time too. But hey, why not year-round, right? 😉

  8. jordan says:

    4 stars
    I agree! Sweetened condensed milk will go bad eventually, but it will last a g

  9. Kristina says:

    5 stars
    If chocolate chip cookies weren’t already great… these are pretty delicious!

  10. Laura Reese says:

    5 stars
    I have always loved these bars! The butterscotch chips are my favorite part!

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Mmm yes! I’m a sucker for butterscotch chips as well! So glad you enjoy the bars.