The BEST Easy Seven Layer Cookie Bars Recipe

7 Layer Cookie Bars Recipe topped with coconut, pecans, chocolate and butterscotch. You’ll love this easy Magic Bar recipe any time of year!

Stack of 3 seven layer bars on a white scalloped plate.

You all may remember a few weeks ago when I shared this delicious Magic Bars recipe.

Well today friends, I’ve got the perfect 7 Layer Bars treat just for you.

Today’s version of Seven Layer Bars is a little more classic, packed with coconut, pecans, and flavorful morsels, I think you’re going to love this one!

The best thing is though, it’s so easy to make swaps. don’t like butterscotch? Add caramel morsels, or white chocolate chips, or M&M’s candy!

Whatever you do, don’t be like me and wait 45 years to try your first Seven Layer Cookie Bar!

7 Layer Cookie Bars Recipe topped with coconut, pecans, chocolate and butterscotch and cut onto a white plate.

How to Make 7 Layer Bars

STEP 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13×9-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.

STEP 2: Process graham crackers in a food processor until fine crumbs (or beat with meat tenderizer until fine crumbs). Combine with melted better using a fork and pour into the prepared 9×13 baking dish. 

Press with the palm of your hand into the bottom of the dish, until a crust forms.

STEP 3: Top crust with semi-sweet chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, sweetened shredded coconut, and pecan chips (or chopped pecans). 

STEP 4: Pour one can of sweetened condensed milk over the top.

STEP 5: Bake for 25-30 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool completely. Slice and enjoy!

How to store Seven Layer Bars

Well, now you have a large pan of 7 layer cookie bars, now what? Cut into squares and store in an airtight container at room temperature.

These cookie bars are also delicious chilled, so you can store them in the refrigerator for up to a week as well.

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I find the best way to freeze these cookie bars is to slice them into the pieces you choose, then slide them into a freeze safe ziploc bag (or container). Freeze for up to 3 months.

When ready to enjoy, thaw overnight at room temperature (or in the refrigerator). ENJOY.

Parchment paper with seven layer bars cut into squares.

What You’ll Need


  • 13×9 baking pan
  • Parchment Paper – for lining the pan!
  • Food Processor to make graham cracker crumbs (or use pre-crushed crumbs)
  • Small bowl and fork for mixing crust layer


  • Unsalted Butter
  • Graham Crackers
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk- I love using Eagle Brand
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Sweetened Shredded Coconut
  • Butterscotch Chips
  • Pecans
7 Layer Cookie Bars Recipe topped with coconut, pecans, chocolate and butterscotch.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use something instead of coconut?

Absolutely. Swap out the coconut for 1/2 cup of quick cook oats! You’ll love the flavor and texture!

Can these be made with Peanut Butter?

Instead of butterscotch chips, use peanut butter morsels. Swap out the pecans for mini Reese’s Peanut butter cups (or Reese’s Pieces). SO GOOD.

Can I use wax paper instead of parchment paper?

NO. Please no. It’s not the same. Wax paper works great when making these No Bake Oatmeal Cookies to set them up, but not so great in the oven. Use Parchment paper to line your baking dish!

7 Layer bars on a white plate with a white mug of coffee.

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Yield: 24 bars

The BEST Seven Layer Cookie Bars Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

7 Layer Cookie Bars Recipe topped with coconut, pecans, chocolate and butterscotch. You'll love this easy Magic Bar recipe any time of year!


  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (12 full size crackers)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch morsels
  • 1 cup shredded, sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup pecan chips (or chopped pecans)
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9 baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Process graham crackers using a food processor to make fine crumbs. Add in melted butter. Mix with a fork until crumbly.
  3. Press crumbs into the bottom of prepared baking pan.
  4. Top crust with chocolate chips, butterscotch morsels, coconut, and pecans. Pour sweetened condensed milk over the top.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  6. Store in airtight container at room temperature or refrigerator (MY CHOICE).

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 81mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 1g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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The Best Seven Layer Cookie Bars recipe is topped with chocolate, butterscotch, coconut, and pecans. You’ll love this decadent dessert!

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Posted on August 22, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. I made this the other day, and we could not keep our hands off it. The dish was empty in record time. It was a huge hit with my husband. Will definitely make it again and hide half of it. Next time I am going to add cran-raisins also. Thank you so much.

  2. I have always used crushed cornflake crumbs instead of the graham cracker crumbs. We like them a lot better and not as sweet.

    1. That sounds good too. I’m going to try half and half since I don’t have enough graham crackers. I’ll post how they turned out this way

  3. I had no sweetened condensed milk… But I did have la lechera, which is just dulce de leche… I believe.. I swear it turned out miraculously… I legit cried… So good..

  4. Am I missing a ingredient layer? I’m only counting 6, as the graham crackers and butter get mixed together and are one layer?

  5. yummy and easy. Didn’t have a couple of things (still quarantined here in New England. Left out coconut and butterscotch chips but it’s good

  6. There is not enough graham crackers to make an adequate crust for a 9×13 pan. Try using 2 cups of crushed graham crackers with better success.

    1. I just now made these they are in the oven as I speak and I agree not enough graham cracker crust to cover the pan

      1. I did the same today and was disappointed. I made it in a 9X9 since that was all the graham crackers I had and then just did half of the additional toppings. Now just stuck with a 1/2 can of condensed milk, so I may make another batch soon with a pretzel crust.

  7. I first discovered magic bars at my college dining hall! Thank you for this delicious recipe. I used aluminum foil and it stuck to the bars a bit, so next time I’ll spray the foil too.

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