Cranberry Bliss Seven Layer Bars

I love Cranberry Bliss Bars. Actually anything with white chocolate and cranberries I’m bound to like.

And because I have a longstanding obsession with Seven Layer Bars or Magic Bars as they’re sometimes called, marrying two favorite bars into one had to happen.

Cranberry Bliss Seven Layer Bars - A marriage of the famous Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars with Seven Layer Bars!! White chocolate, cranberries, coconut, and so good! Fast and super easy!!

A buttery graham cracker crust, topped with white chocolate chips, chocolate chips, walnuts, dried cranberries, coconut, and sweetened condensed milk.

It’s a fast, easy, one-bowl, no-mixer recipe that’s as easy as sprinkling and layering ingredients in a pan and the bars have everything going.

There’s a slightly crunchy graham cracker crust, extra crunch from the walnuts, with chewiness from the cranberries and coconut. So much texture and diverse but complimentary flavors in every bite.

Cranberry Bliss Seven Layer Bars - A marriage of the famous Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars with Seven Layer Bars!! White chocolate, cranberries, coconut, and so good! Fast and super easy!!

The cranberries perfectly cut through the sweetness of the white chocolate, coconut, and creamy sweetened condensed milk while semi-sweet chocolate chips round things out.

If you need a holiday dessert that’s virtually effortless but that tastes like a million bucks, this is the one.

Cranberry Bliss Seven Layer Bars - A marriage of the famous Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars with Seven Layer Bars!! White chocolate, cranberries, coconut, and so good! Fast and super easy!!

Print Recipe

Cranberry Bliss Seven Layer Bars

I love Cranberry Bliss Bars and Seven Layer Bars so I marryed two favorite bars into one. A buttery graham cracker crust, topped with white chocolate chips, chocolate chips, walnuts, dried cranberries, coconut, and sweetened condensed milk. It's a fast, easy, one-bowl, no-mixer recipe that's as easy as sprinkling and layering ingredients in a pan. There's a slightly crunchy graham cracker crust, extra crunch from the walnuts, with chewiness from the cranberries and coconut. If you need a holiday dessert that's virtually effortless but that tastes like a million bucks, this is the one.

Yield: one 8x8 pan, 9 to 12 generous squares

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: about 20 minutes

Total Time: about 2 1/2 hours, for cooling

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted (I use unsalted, but salted tames some of the sweetness)
  • scant 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (I use orange-flavored dried cranberries)
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut flakes, measured loosely and not packed
  • about two-thirds can (14-ounce) sweetened condensed milk (eyeball it)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. To a large, microwave-safe bowl add the butter and heat on high power to melt, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the graham crackers crumbs and toss lightly with a fork to coat crumbs evenly.
  4. Turn mixture out into prepared pan, forming an even, smooth, flat crust layer by tapping crumbs into place with a spatula or your fingertips. The amount of crust is skimpy and barely covers the pan, but it's okay.
  5. Evenly sprinkle with the white chocolate chips, chocolate chips, walnuts, cranberries, and coconut (in that order).
  6. Evenly drizzle sweetened condensed milk over the top.
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until lightly golden brown around edges and the center is mostly set. Keep an extremely close eye on bars in the final minutes of baking because coconut can go from raw-looking to burnt in one minute. I've baked the bars in different ovens and have baked for as long as 27 minutes and as short as 20 minutes; watch your bars and not the clock.
  8. Place pan on a wire rack and allow bars to cool in pan for at least 2 hours, or overnight, before slicing and serving. Bars firm up as they cool. Bars will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Adapted from Seven Layer Bars

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20 comments

  1. Magic bars are really the best. Those explosive sugary bites are never too much for me! Happy Thanksgiving, Averie!

  2. A cranberry bliss meets 7 layer Magic bar is brilliant!! Lots of crunchy, sweet, tangy, gooey, coconutty goodness! Speaking of cranberries, Jon and I are having our own little Thanksgiving for 2 tomorrow and your cranberry blueberry cabernet sauce is making an appearance on our table. Love that stuff! Have a nice Thanksgiving!

  3. HELLLLLLOOOOOOO DOLLY! You are looking like a tart today! :-) These are the most beautiful fusion I could imagine, Averie. :-) 

  4. Classic Averie Cooks recipe!

  5. This looks like a great riff on the classic 7 layer bar. My favorite part is being able to eat the scrapings from the sweetened condensed milk can. ;)

  6. I must thank you!! Before finding your site I never knew about magic bars or layer bars. In Australia we’d probably call it something boring like a slice! This certainly doe not look boring..and it sounds so simple too!

  7. Averie,
    Stopping by to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.
    Annamaria

  8. Your recipes look so good, but so much sugar!!  Can you please make some yummy holiday bar or bread sweetened only with fruit, or super low in sugar?  We low or no sugar types would appreciate it.  

  9. Great idea!! Combining two of my favorites. My fat pants thank you ;)

  10. Very good!  We tried these a couple of days ago.  Any suggestions for the leftover sweetened condensed milk?  Other than a spoon …

  11. The cranberry bliss bars were amazing. I needed a quick dessert and came to your site looking for a great choice. Oh my, when I saw coconut and dried cranberries with white chocolate, I looked no further. They came together so quickly, the only ingredient I didn’t have were the nuts so I used some semi-sweet chips in their place. They cut beautifully after cooling for two hours. And, were such a hit at our club meeting on a frigid winter evening. I really count on all your bar recipes, thank you.

  12. Made this for my nieces baby shower and it was a big hit. I have always made what I called hello dolly squares which is very similar but I would have never thought of this combo. Yummmm two thumbs up

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