Pina Colada Seven Layer Bars

I combined my love of pina coladas and seven layer bars into a fast, easy, no-mixer dessert that tastes like the tropics.

The bars are like eating a pina colada rather than drinking one.

Pina Colada Seven Layer Bars - Eat your pina colada rather than drinking one with these fast, EASY, no-mixer bars that taste TROPICAL!! Pineapple, coconut, white chocolate, and cherries!!

Like any good hello dolly, magic, or seven layer bar (the names are different but the concept is the same) this one starts with a buttery graham cracker crust and then I took a tropical turn.

I topped the crust with crushed pineapple, maraschino cherries, white chocolate chips, coconut, and sweetened condensed milk. There are so many flavors and textures in every bite. Extremely soft, chewy, creamy, and fabulous.

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Pina Colada Seven Layer Bars - Eat your pina colada rather than drinking one with these fast, EASY, no-mixer bars that taste TROPICAL!! Pineapple, coconut, white chocolate, and cherries!!

I urge you to line your baking pan with aluminum foil when you’re making the bars because the sweetened condensed milk caramelizes while baking and will stick like crazy to an unlined pan.

Keep a very close eye on the bars in the last 10 minutes of baking. All ovens vary and coconut can go from raw-looking to burnt in one minute. If necessary, tent the pan (cover pan with a sheet of foil) in the last 5 minutes of baking to help prevent coconut from burning. The longer you can wait before slicing into them the better because they’re extremely soft coming out of the oven. Even hours (and days) later they stay very soft.

Pina Colada Seven Layer Bars

I combined my love of pina coladas and seven layer bars into a fast, easy, no-mixer dessert that tastes like the tropics. It’s like eating a pina colada rather than drinking one. The bars start with a buttery graham cracker crust that’s topped with crushed pineapple, maraschino cherries, white chocolate chips, coconut, and sweetened condensed milk. There are so many flavors and textures in every bite. Extremely soft, chewy, creamy, and fabulous.. Line your pan with foil and keep a very close eye on the bars in the last 10 minutes of baking.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted (I use unsalted, but salted tames some of the sweetness)
  • scant 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • one 8-ounce can crushed pineapple, drained extremely well
  • heaping 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, halved
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut flakes, measured loosely and not packed
  • two-thirds of one 14-ounce can 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. Do not skip lining your pan because clean-up will be a beast.
  2. In a large, microwave-safe bowl melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power.
  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 pineapple, cherries, white chocolate chips, and coconut.
  6. Evenly drizzle sweetened condensed milk over the top.
  7. Bake for about 30 to 34 minutes, or until lightly golden brown around edges and barely bubbling in the center, and the center is mostly set. Keep an extremely close eye on bars in the final 10 minutes of baking because coconut can go from raw-looking to burnt in one minute. If necessary, tent the pan (cover pan with a sheet of foil) in the last 5 minutes of baking to help prevent coconut from burning.
  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 and will look less ‘juicy’ as they cool yet stay very soft for days. Bars will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
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22 comments on “Pina Colada Seven Layer Bars”

  1. You have some delicious twists on 7 layer bars and these are perfect for summer! I love coconut and sweetened condensed milk after it has been baked. It adds some kind of richness like no other!

  2. Brilliant flavor combo on these, Averie! 

  3. My favorite summer drink in a dessert bar form! YES! These need to happen this weekend!

  4. You had me at “pina colada” ;) This looks incredible! I’m for sure making these this weekend.

  5. hey girl- these bars look amazing!

  6. These look really good! I love Pina Colada, will definitely give them a try. Thanks!

  7. Oh my gosh. I totally want these! What a great flavor combo, no matter what they’re called!

  8. I need these in my life! I love all of the flavors in these bars!

  9. Should they be left in fridge overnight or is it best airtight at room temperature? I am thinking of making them 2 days before event. Thank you.

  10. Meaning the cherries on top? or even the ones that go inside of the bar?

  11. Will do! Thank you so much! Hope they’re as good on day 2. I unfortunately don’t have the time to make them beforehand. Will let you know how they turn out.

  12. I love the fact that there is no booze in the Pina Colada ones!!

  13. These are easy to make and tasted so good!!!!!! Thanks for the recipes.

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