What do you call them? Kitchen sink bars? Seven layer bars? I don't know if it's a midwestern thing, but I've always called them magic bars. They're a delicious, gooey dessert bar that is layered with tons of goodness like coconut, chocolate, pecans, and a crumbly graham cracker crust. But today, we're upgrading the traditional magic bar. We're giving them a delicious chocolate chip cookie base, and adding pretzels for a bit of saltiness.
Ingredients for chocolate chip cookie magic bars
To start, you're going to make the chocolate chip cookie base layer. Here are the ingredients you'll need for that:
• All-purpose flour
• Baking soda
• Granulated sugar + light brown sugar
• Unsalted butter
• Vanilla extract
• Chocolate chips
Once you've made your cookie bar base, here's a run down of everything else you'll need for the other layers!
• Butterscotch chips
• Chocolate chips
• Shredded coconut
• Sweetened condensed milk
Baking the cookie crust
The first thing you'll want to do for this recipe is make the chocolate chip cookie bottom. Follow the instructions below for the cookie dough, then press it into your pan. You're going to want to use a 13x9 pan or baking dish. This layer will bake for about 17-18 minutes. Once out of the oven, you can begin adding the other layers.
Putting the magic in magic bars
Have you ever wondered what makes magic bars so magical? It's sweetened condensed milk! It's literally the glue that holds everything together, while making the bars ooey and gooey. As the final 'layer', you simply pour it over the bars once all of the other ingredients have been added. You're going to use a whole can of sweetened condensed milk for this recipe.
Substituting the pecans
Not a fan of pecans? No problem! You can easily substitute the pecans in this recipe for a nut or seed you like better! Almonds, peanuts, or pumpkin seeds would all be delicious options!