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Gooey Coconut Dream Bars

This delicious recipe is courtesy of Amy Scherber and Toy Kim Dupree and can be found in "The Sweeter Side of Amy's Bread."

  • yield: Makes 20 bars

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Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 3 cups graham cracker crumbs (from about 20 crackers)
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt

For the Topping

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees with a rack in the center of oven. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking pan and line with parchment paper; set aside.

  2. Step 2

    To make the crust: In a medium bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and salt. Pour mixture into prepared pan and press into bottom of pan using your fingertips.

  3. Step 3

    To make the topping: In another medium bowl, mix together chocolate chips and coconut; sprinkle evenly over crust.

  4. Step 4

    Pour condensed milk evenly over coconut and chips, covering the entire surface. Transfer to oven and bake, rotating pan halfway through baking, making sure the milk does not get too brown or bubble over in the pan, 26 to 32 minutes.

  5. Step 5

    Transfer baking pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Cut into 20 squares. Serve immediately, or wrap each bar tightly with plastic wrap and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, December Winter 2008

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Reviews (67)

  • CarmelinaCAN 29 Oct, 2010

    Delectable! So quick and easy to make and so tasty! Def add this to my list of repeat baking

  • mossystone 17 Jun, 2010

    Does anybody know where I can find the nutritional information of this bar?

  • trapaloma 13 Jun, 2010

    Anarie, I couldn't have said it better myself!

  • Anarie 10 Jun, 2010

    Most publishers consider a recipe to be new/adapted if one major ingredient is different, the technique is different, or the proportions are significantly different. This recipe MORE than qualifies compared to the Magic Cookie bars. Several ingredients are omitted, topping ingredients are mixed, not layered, the crust to topping ratio has changed, etc. After all, every baking book has pound cake, chocolate cake, and key lime pie, but we don't accuse them of "ripping off" those!

  • njwom 9 Jun, 2010

    I agree...they are Magic Cookie Bars

  • BHSushi 9 Jun, 2010

    No big fuss about who invented them, but these are obviously Magic Cookie Bars. Te original is better since it piles more stuff on top: butterscotch chips, walnuts or pecans, white chocolate chips---just about anything.

    Good recipe for using up bits and bobs left from other recipes.

  • 3isles 9 Jun, 2010

    I don't see why all the uproar about a tweaking of an old recipe. nearly everything on the show, in the magazine or here are things that have been done before and are updated (sometimes) and presented. I don't think they ever say they invented them, but I may be wrong. My mom has recognized tons of things from the craft mags of the 60's and 70's. I guess there is nothing new under the sun in the craft/cooking world, just edited a bit.

  • 3isles 9 Jun, 2010

    I don't see why all the uproar about a tweaking of an old recipe. nearly everything on the show, in the magazine or here are things that have been done before and are updated (sometimes) and presented. I don't think they ever say they invented them, but I may be wrong. My mom has recognized tons of things from the craft mags of the 60's and 70's. I guess there is nothing new under the sun in the craft/cooking world, just edited a bit.

  • Lilacs1 9 Jun, 2010

    Sounds a lot like Magic Bars . : ) The lady that spritzed them with Grand Marnier, I would be concerned about children eating them and people that are recovering alcoholics so I would bake that right in the recipe to cook out the alcohol while just having the flavor. Still it might be a concern for recovering alcoholics because of the flavor. Cranberries, dark chocolate, and chocolate grahams sound great!

  • cassattartist 29 Sep, 2009

    I added 1Cup dried cranberries and used dark chocolate chips. After they came out of the oven I lightly spritz them with Grand Marnier They were too good. The only dish at our potluck that was completely devoured. Noot a crumb left.

  • michelleschrader77 2 Feb, 2009

    I used two sleeves of graham crackers. I used chocolate grahams instead, turned out great!

  • bakaholic 15 Jan, 2009

    The recipe calls for "about 20 crackers"; does that mean 20 whole "sheets" (each with 8 little sections) or 20 "squares" (1/2 sheet)? Would love to hear from those who made them. Thanks!

  • kellyann794 14 Jan, 2009

    These were fun to make with my four year old nephew and a big hit with the family. Definately something I will continue to make. YUM!

  • CatherinePerrow 13 Jan, 2009

    Awesome! My gang couldn't eat the squares fast enough!

  • lilysnana55 11 Jan, 2009

    I remember making these as a child (I'm 53) and calling them Magic Cookie Bars, too. I'm sure the Bordon and Nestle people don't care who originated the recipe as long as people are buying SCM! You can make your own, you know. It's not hard, but the flavor is a little different.

  • lilysnana55 11 Jan, 2009

    I remember making these as a child (I'm 53) and calling them Magic Cookie Bars, too. I'm sure the Bordon and Nestle people don't care who originated the recipe as long as people are buying SCM! You can make your own, you know. It's not hard, but the flavor is a little different.

  • judecooks 9 Jan, 2009

    I've been making "Hello Dolly's" since the 60's. I still have my original recipe card, written by me when I was 10. We add butterscotch chips

  • grivero 8 Jan, 2009

    People I don't know what the big fuss is I am mexican and very happy that Martha and Amy make this bars regardless where you think the recipe came from because I always use mexican brand condensed milk only which i recommend, (winked) Happy New Year everyboby!

  • karenluan 7 Jan, 2009

    The video actually says 2 cups less 2 tbls. The recipe says 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tbls.
    Both are correct because 1/4 cup is the same as 4 tbls.
    Looks as simple as could be to make!

  • Kuigs 7 Jan, 2009

    Your video says omit 2 tbls condensed milk. Your web site recipe says to add 2 tablespoons condensed milk. Which is correct? I made them with 2 tblspns less and they are great.

  • neensters 6 Jan, 2009

    Oops. I didn't mean 3 times the amount of coconut. It is almost double the amount. My mistake!

  • neensters 6 Jan, 2009

    For those who may be wondering, this is not the Eagle Brand Magic Bars recipe. The method may be the same, but this recipe has double the crumb mixture, adds salt, has no nuts, and has 3 times the amount of coconut.

  • KBmomma 6 Jan, 2009

    aren't these just the same recipe on the "Eagles condensed milk" cans... Aren't they Magic Bars?

  • Rochelle46 6 Jan, 2009

    out and added cold water to pan. When can was cooler, I added it to the recipe. Really rich and good!

  • Rochelle46 6 Jan, 2009

    (cont) and continued to boil milk for 2 1/2 hrs, adding water to keep water above can. I dumped hot water

  • Rochelle46 6 Jan, 2009

    I've made these for years, but recently substituted caramalized Eagle Brand Condensed Milk as an experiment. I covered one can of Eagle Brand Condensed Milk in a pan with cold water, and waited until the water came to a rolling boil. I lowered the termperature to a low-med

  • AFvet 6 Jan, 2009

    Really! She didn't claim it was her recipe or new for that matter. What's wrong with the modifications -- not evnough sugar for you?

  • lisamuench 6 Jan, 2009

    OK, seriously. This is an OLD recipe from the back of the sw. con. milk can - 7 Layer Bars because of the 7 ingredients: graham crackers, butter, coconut, choc. chips, butterscotch chips, nuts, and the milk. I've been making these since I was 10 (I'm 40) Will Cool Whip fruit salads be next?

  • jaynewalsh 6 Jan, 2009

    Oh Please!! This is the recipe of Martha's guest, who said she got the recpe from her mother. Lighten up people!

  • spiceykat 6 Jan, 2009

    Hey, Martha. This is similar to the receipe on the can of sweetened condensed milk. Been making these since the 60's, too. Don't rip off others' receipe's!!

  • EWjunk 6 Jan, 2009

    sorry, looks like my comment cut off mid sentence! ...and hard and (2) she added raisins, which just did not taste right! I like these with milk chocolate chips, pecans/walnuts and sometimes dried cherries or bits of dried apricot.

  • michellearteaga 6 Jan, 2009

    I am appauled that Martha would have this recipe on her show from a bakery that stole the recipe off of a can of condensed milk! I've been baking these squares for over 10 years! Is this the future of the show!

  • EWjunk 6 Jan, 2009

    My family has made these (w/ walnuts added) for Christmas since the 60's. We call them "Hello Dollys" - whit5, you are the only other person I've seen call them this! Anyone know the origin of that name? This year my sister tried two "innovations" which were kinda flops. (1) she used a premade graham pie crust, which made the bars come out too thick

  • marthacook 6 Jan, 2009

    I also add a cup of butterscotch chips and nuts..yummy

  • 1Toffy 6 Jan, 2009

    Yes that is it..called Magic Cookie Bars from the Bordens Can Sweetened Condensed Milk.

  • 1Toffy 6 Jan, 2009

    Oh the original called for nuts, sprinkled on as well. I use pre-toasted pecans.

  • chefguy56 6 Jan, 2009

    This recipe as been around for ever! I know it as 'magic cookie bars' you just sprinkle the crumbs into your pan and pour the melted butter over them and then the rest of the ingredients over that. Bake and it becomes a cookie bar, like magic. I think I got the recipe originally from either Nestle's or Eagle brand condensed milk.

  • 1Toffy 6 Jan, 2009

    The original recipe for these is called Layer Bars as I remember. I have made them lots of times, and are a favorite. No mixing except for the crust. Just sprinkle on the chips then the coconut and pour one can of Sweet Milk all over and bake. Must be cooled completely to cut. I chill them for 2 hours then cut with a sharp knife dipped in hot water, and clean off the knife between cuts. Makes a nicer bar.

  • whit5 6 Jan, 2009

    This is not a new recipe, I have been making them for years called magic cookie bars, hello dollys they are the same and you can add or delete what you like or don't like. The two tablespooons of sweentened condensed miilk won't make a big difference if it is added or not. I use foil sprayed or buttered, add your ingredients, bake, cool, lift out, cut into any size-----works beautifully every time.

  • minnmartha 6 Jan, 2009

    These are my favorite treat from childhood. My grandma always had them in her cupboard when we visited. In Minnesota these bars are called 7-Layer Bars. We would add butterscotch chips and chopped nuts as well. They can be found at almost every church gatthering and in all of the old church cookbooks. I checked out Amy's website and noticed that she is from Minnesota.

  • GaleSL 6 Jan, 2009

    i make this cookie also but instead of coconut i use peanut butter chips they are so good

  • kitkath 6 Jan, 2009

    I made these but they were hard to cut nicely. They were very gooey to cut and i couldnt cut evenly but they were delicious anyway.

  • corhof 5 Jan, 2009

    I wanted to make these for my father-in-law because they're so easy and they sounded so good. He is not, however, a coconut-lover. He still, at 87, makes his own peanut brittle, so I thought nuts might be a great replacement. Being thrifty, I decided upon raw cashew pieces, which I roasted and chopped. I've made a couple more batches and have stuck with the nuts because the bars are delicious this way.

  • designingdiva3 1 Jan, 2009

    I tweaked this a bit, I used 2 sleaves of whole wheat ritz crakers, 1 stick of salted butter and only 1 can of condensed milk(no salt). I cut them into smaller pieces, Everyone loves them.

  • CathyJean 31 Dec, 2008

    I made these and had to make another batch. Everyone loved them. Didn't change anything. Easy and delicious

  • Since1982 30 Dec, 2008

    Ms. Koala,
    A little salt is frequently used in baking because it complements the sweetness of the other ingredients for a more well-rounded, satisfying flavor. Sorry the rock salt didn't work so well--too much of a "good thing," eh? Good luck with your next try.

  • kwalabare 25 Dec, 2008

    Not being much of a cook but loving the simplicity of this recipe I tried it. I didn't have any coarse salt so I used rock salt instead. Not a good idea...
    Does anyone know why the salt is in there at all?

  • judyjetsonfla 14 Dec, 2008

    awesome recipe- a thrill for the senses. I used mini pie pans that came with graham cracker crusts and just filled it up with the ingredients on the list . I added peanut butter chips and they are sinfully delicious! Thanks for showing the video and the recipe-very motivating!

  • suznhjack 13 Dec, 2008

    My Hello Dollies contain pecans and butterscotch chips to the topping. These look gooey-er than Hello Dollies. Can't wait to try them!

  • hotpilotjr 9 Dec, 2008

    Martha, I tried this recipe yesterday but decided to improve on it. I added about a 1/2 bag of Kraft caramels that I cut into quarters. I mixed them in with the chocolate chips and coconut. Also, I'm a guy and more is usually better so instead of the 1 3/4 minus two Tbsps of the sweetened condensed milk so, I used two whole 14 oz. cans of the milk. They were fantastic. My wife now says that her cookie bars were never this good!.

  • violetz6 9 Dec, 2008

    MariaO,

    To page up or down, click on arrows.

    parchment paper
    A heavy, grease- and moisture-resistant paper with a number of culinary uses including lining baking pans, wrapping foods that are to be baked en PAPILLOTE and to make disposable PASTRY BAGS. Parchment paper is available in gourmet kitchenware stores and many supermarkets.

    You can find it at Wal-Mart or at your local grocery store next to the Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil, and Craft stores in the cake dept.

  • bunks98 8 Dec, 2008

    Amy and Martha used parchment paper.
    Pour a little sweetened condensed milk into your tablespoon, twice! There's your 2 cups minus 2 tablespoons...

  • dmarcussen 6 Dec, 2008

    It's 2 Cups minus two tablespoons OR 1 3/4 Cups plus two tablespoons. On the show she says 2 C minus two Tablespoons but the recipe above says 1 3/4 cups plus two tablespoons. Comes out the same.

  • YummyMangoTango 6 Dec, 2008

    It is delicious if you have just a smal square.Definitely satisfies a craving for something sweet.

  • carpet 5 Dec, 2008

    ITS MINUS 2 Tablespoons

  • mlarcher 5 Dec, 2008

    I'm confused about the sweetened condensed milk. Is it plus or minus 2 tablespoons?

  • MariaO 5 Dec, 2008

    ok i think i missed something, while switching channels the recipe says parchment paper, but i thought the pan was just greased? what is parchment paper?

  • Mrs S 5 Dec, 2008

    On the show they said 2 cups MINUS 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk, or, as cossrdsgal points out below, 1 3/4 cups. Recipe needs to be corrected.

  • Mrs S 5 Dec, 2008

    On the show they said 2 cups MINUS 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk, or, as cossrdsgal points out below, 1 3/4 cups. Recipe needs to be corrected.

  • Mrs S 5 Dec, 2008

    On the show they said 2 cups MINUS 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk, or, as cossrdsgal points out below, 1 3/4 cups. Recipe needs to be corrected.

  • Mrs S 5 Dec, 2008

    On the show they said 2 cups MINUS 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk, or, as cossrdsgal points out below, 1 3/4 cups. Recipe needs to be corrected.

  • Mrs S 5 Dec, 2008

    On the show they said 2 cups MINUS 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk, or, as cossrdsgal points out below, 1 3/4 cups. Recipe needs to be corrected.

  • Mrs S 5 Dec, 2008

    On the show, she said 2 cups MINUS 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk. Or, as cossrdsgal points out below, 1 3/4 cups. Recipe needs to be corrected.

  • alaina1989 5 Dec, 2008

    I know these as Hello Dollies, don't remember the salt in the recipe but love adding the nuts idea. Think I will use macadamia's. Thank you for posting the recipe, can't read my card anymore it is so old.

  • dawn50 5 Dec, 2008

    how do you get the sweetened condensed milk to pour smoothly, that is my problem!! love these bars

  • JaneN 5 Dec, 2008

    My grandmother made these. I still have her recipe card in her own handwriting. She called them "Hello Dolly". She did not put in the salt, and she gave the option to add nuts if desired.