Seven Layer Bars

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7 Layer Bars — These 7 layer bars have a graham cracker crust that’s topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and melted caramely Rolos.

7 Layer Bars — These 7 layer bars have a graham cracker crust that's topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and melted caramely Rolos.

Easy Recipe for 7 Layer Bars

I’ve always loved Seven Layer Bars. And Rolos. Marrying two of my favorites was an excellent decision.

I’m sure everyone has had Seven Layer Bars, Hello Dolly Bars, or Magic Bars. The name changes, but the basic recipe is always the same.

A buttery graham cracker crust, topped with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coconut, and sweetened condensed milk. Optional nuts is how you get the seventh layer, and the melted butter and graham cracker crumbs each count as one layer in the classic recipe.

I think whoever named them was stretching things a bit, but I’m not complaining and am all about getting creative.  Seven Layer Bar Cookies anyone?

These 7 layers bars have everything going. The slightly crunchy graham cracker crust, the perfect amount of semi-sweet chocolate to cut through the sweetness of the butterscotch chips, coconut, and creamy sweetened condensed milk.

I couldn’t help but add Rolos. I love baking with Rolos because unlike caramel squares, Rolos soften just enough to get a little gooey without melting completely.

I had to re-home most of the bars with my daughter’s friends because I loved them way too much. All the layers, flavors, and textures work in perfect harmony together.

There’s a reason they’re a beloved classic. And the melted caramely Rolo bites are the best of all.

7 Layer Bars — These 7 layer bars have a graham cracker crust that's topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and melted caramely Rolos.

7 Layer Bars Ingredients

To make these easy 7 layer bar cookies, you’ll need: 

  • Butter
  • Graham cracker crumbs
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Butterscotch chips
  • Rolo candies
  • Sweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • Sweetened condensed milk

Can I Add Nuts?

Of course! My recipe for 7 layer bars technically only has six layer — oops! But that’s because I don’t love nuts in my baked goods.

But feel free to add nuts to the 7 layer cookie bars if that’s what you prefer.

7 Layer Bars — These 7 layer bars have a graham cracker crust that's topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and melted caramely Rolos.

How to Make 7 Layer Bars

This is an incredibly recipe for 7 layer bars, despite my using Rolos instead of regular caramel. Here’s a look at how this 7 layer bars recipe is made:

  1. Toss together the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter.
  2. Press the graham cracker crust into a greased 8×8-inch pan. 
  3. Sprinkle the chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, Rolos, and coconut over the graham cracker layer.
  4. Bake the 7 layer bars until lightly golden brown around edges and barely bubbling in the center, and the center is mostly set. 
  5. Let the bars cool in the pan for at least 2 hours before slicing and serving them. 

7 Layer Bars — These 7 layer bars have a graham cracker crust that's topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and melted caramely Rolos.

Can I Make These Bars Gluten-Free? 

Definitely! Just buy gluten-free graham crackers and make sure the rest of the ingredients you buy are certified gluten-free. 

Can I Double This Recipe? 

Most likely, yes. You’d want to bake the 7 layer bars in a 9×13-inch pan if you doubled the ingredients. 

Can I Make This Recipe in Advance?

Yes! This 7 layer bar recipe is actually best prepared the day before you plan on serving them. The bars need to set for at least two hours before slicing them, but overnight is best.

7 Layer Bars — These 7 layer bars have a graham cracker crust that's topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and melted caramely Rolos.

Storage Instructions

Store the 7 layer magic bars on the counter in an airtight container. They should last about a week at room temperature.

These 7 layer cookie bars also freeze really well and will last up to 6 months in the freezer. These are great to quickly thaw on your counter if you have last-minute guests coming over or need a dessert for a cookie exchange! 

Tips for Making 7 Layer Bars

Using other caramel candies: Other gooey or softer candy like Milky Way, Snickers, Mounds, or peanut butter cups would work in place of the Rolos. However, this is not a time to use rock hard Butterfingers.

Sweetened condensed milk: Do NOT buy evaporated milk for this recipe, it’s totally different from sweetened condensed milk and will not deliver the same results.

Bake time: Keep an extremely close eye on seven layer bars in the final 10 minutes of baking, because coconut can go from raw-looking to burnt in one minute. I recommend tenting the pan with a sheet of foil in the last 5 minutes of baking to prevent coconut from burning.

7 Layer Bars — These 7 layer bars have a graham cracker crust that's topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and melted caramely Rolos.

Recipe Variations to Try

Like I said, I love 7 layer bar recipes! Here are some recipe variations I’ve created over the years:

 

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Yield: 16 bars

Seven Layer Bars

Seven Layer Bars

These 7 layer bars have a graham cracker crust that's topped with semi-sweet chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and melted caramely Rolos.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted (I use unsalted, but salted tames some of the sweetness)
  • scant 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips
  • 20 Rolo candies, unwrapped
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut flakes, measured loosely not packed
  • about two-thirds can (14-ounce) sweetened condensed milk (eyeball it)

Instructions

    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 chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, Rolos (I made five rows of four with Rolos but sprinkling randomly is okay), and coconut.
    6. Evenly drizzle sweetened condensed milk over the top.
    7. Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes (I baked 27), 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. I recommend tenting 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.

Notes

Bars will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 162Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 77mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 1g

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Comments

  1. Magic cookie bar never were made with graham they were based in cornflakes, I have the original recipe in a old magazine ( 1970’s) and never had butterscotch in them either :) but the rolos sound like an interesting take.

  2. These look absolutely AMAZING!! If I wanted to make a 9×13 pan of these, do you think I would double the recipe? I see that you said to do 8×8 but I would like to bring these to a party and I know they would be gone in a second if I did an 8×8! ;)

  3. Okay, don’t hate me, but… I’ve never had seven layer bars. Ever. They’ve been on my to try/to do list forever, but I just haven’t gotten around to them! Partially because everyone says they’re so addictive, and I know I’d want to eat the whole pan by myself. And it totally doesn’t help that my guy hates desserts. Oh well, if they’re as incredible as you say they are — and your photos make them look gorgeous! — then 2015 is the year where I try them for the first time!

  4. Oh wow, just look at that amazing gooey, golden coconut layer up on top! I’m seriously dying over that. And amazing shots, as always!

  5. Happy New Year! These look amazing, and perfect for those of us not dieting right now. Diets… what are those!? :)

  6. Mmm. Rolos. Mmm. Milky Ways. I think I’d make these with a little of both. Great bars, Averie!

  7. Happy 2015! This looks like a pizza on my feed. Still kind of does but in a really sweet and amazing kind of way!

  8. I already love 7 layer bars so I know I’d love them even more topped with rolos! Really good idea–and thank goodness the recipe only makes an 8×8 pan. I wouldn’t have an ounce of self control around these!

  9. I adore seven layer bars, but haven’t had them since going gluten free. After seeing these pictures, I am convinced that I need to finally pick up some gluten free graham crackers and get baking. Because I just didn’t have enough sweets over Christmas and New Year’s :)

    1. These would be so easy to make GF too and I totally think you should get those GF crackers so that you can get your full allotment of sweets :)

  10. Happy New Year, friend! And these bars – holy yum. I need this ENTIRE pan right now! All that pre-wedding diet can wait.

    1. Happy New Year too!! I just got back at midnight last night and thankfully had made these before I left because it’s so cold here I cannot even think straight to bake :) I had to shoot a smoothie today to just get my bearings!! LOL And yes the pre-wedding diet can totally wait :) xo