Mix and Magic Bars

I love Magic Bars! And believe it or not, they are one of the most versatile cookies you could make this holiday season, especially with sweetened condensed milk on hand.

Magic Bars are definitely one of my favorite cookies. When I was pregnant with Baby #6, I ate half a pan. In one day. I also had a doctor’s appointment later that afternoon. Dr. Arroyo was not pleased with me. But, when I explained which kind of cookie it was, he totally understood. Totally.

Magic Bars are addictive.

They are also very versatile. Traditionally,a graham cracker crumb and butter crust is layered with chocolate, coconut, and nuts,  and then drizzled with sweetened condensed milk. Bake it all up and what have you got? A gooey, crunchy, sweet that will disappear in a flash.

Last year I experimented with the basic recipe and came up with Double Chocolate Magic Bars. Oreo cookie crumbs, dark chocolate chips, and coconut? Yeah, baby! Those were awesome. And I wasn’t the only one messing with perfection. Our Best Bites made a version with cinnamon chips and dried cranberries.

You can totally rock this recipe by changing up your flavor combinations. Here’s how:

  • Crumb layer: choose from graham crackers, shortbread, your favorite cookie, Oreos, or even pretzels
  • Chocolate: try milk, white, semisweet or dark or use a baking chip like cinnamon, butterscotch, peanut butter, or mint
  • Goodies: traditionally, this would be coconut and chopped nuts, but you could use dried fruit, pepitas, sunflower seeds, or even small candies, like mini M&Ms. (If you use M&Ms, be sure not to drizzle the milk over them as it causes them to lose their pretty color. Add them on top, instead.)

There’s really unlimited  number of combinations that you could put together to make a delicious sweet treat this holiday season.

 

Get Baking with a Great Giveaway!

This week Eagle Brand is offering one Good Cheap Eats reader a fabulous Eagle Brand Sweet Secret Recipe gift pack, valued at $100, containing:

  • Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (regular, low-fat and fat-free varieties)
  • 13 x 9-inch Baking Pan
  • reusable Silicone Baking Liner
  • a $50 Gift Card to Cooking.com

You’ll have everything you need to bake up a storm.

To Enter:

Leave a comment on this post, telling us what you’ll be baking this month.

This promotion is open until Sunday, December 11th, at 8 pm PST and is limited to US residents, 18 years or older. The winner will be chosen randomly and notified via email. Please respond within 48 hours to claim your prize. This post will be updated with the beginning of the winner’s email addresses. The prize for this promotion is provided by and shipped by Eagle Brand and its representatives. I will not be held responsible for unclaimed or undelivered prizes.

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner: kevin_gorden61@

But, wait, there’s more!

Enter the Eagle Brand Sweet Secret Recipe and Essay Contest (now through December 7, 2011) for a chance to win $10,000. The top finalist in each recipe category (fudge, cheesecake, pie, cookie bar or other) will be posted on the Eagle Brand websites for a nationwide online vote to help decide the winner in February 2012. Very cool!

Disclosure: I have received a Eagle Brand Sweet Secret Recipe gift pack. I have not been compensated to publish positive comments. All opinions are my own.

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  1. I saw a recipe on foodnetwork.com for chocolate cheesecake candycane bars that I’m going to make this week. I think I’m going to try these magic bars too! I’ve seen these before, but they weren’t called magic bars?

  2. I’ll be backing cinnamon chip bread.

  3. Connie tacazon says:

    I’ll be making plain ol sugar cookies but I would love to learn how to make peppermint bark!

  4. I’ll be making fudge, club cracker toffee and my families verision of a bar similar to your magic bars.

  5. Regular cut outs and vegan, gluten free cutouts for my son with allergies!

  6. Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies!

  7. I made peppermint cream cookies this weekend, and plan on making much more!

  8. I will be making nutmeg logs

  9. This sounds a lot like a bar cookie I’ve made before but it had a different name. Last year I made about 6 types of cookies, and only about half turned out worth repeating. I haven’t decided if I’ll make those again and add three new ones, or if I’ll do a whole new list altogether. I’ll be making this bar cookie thing, though, whatever it is called. You really can add anything in the world into it and it still comes out delicious with that condensed milk poured all over it.

  10. Millionaires and Peppermint Bark. Mmm!!

  11. Definitely making sugar cookies & poppy seed bread.

  12. Elizabeth Hall says:

    I bought everything to make our Christmas goodies yesterday. We’re making Reindeer Feed, Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, Dark Chocolate Toffee and other yummy things!

  13. I’ll be baking sugar cookies!

  14. I will be baking lots and lots of cookies! And I really want to try a sticky pudding.

  15. I just got a bread machine so lots of bread LOL but being the holidays I’ll be doing fudge, candy and “quick breads” :-)

  16. My husband’s nickname is “Cookie Monster” so you can count on my baking a ton of Christmas cookies for the holidays!

  17. Catherine says:

    I’ll be baking rum raisin cake and chocolate chip cookies!

  18. Russian tea cakes – my absolute favorite cookie!

  19. I’m making lots of cinnamon rolls to give away this year instead of cookies.

  20. This isn’t quite baking, but I’m planning to make a bunch of homemade hot chocolate mix for christmas presents this year!

  21. I’m baking chocolate chip cookies and snickerdoodles.

  22. fudge, of course!

  23. i am baking chocolate chip cookies!

  24. Yikes! This might be a long list! My family is all about the Christmas cookies. We make peanut butter balls, molasses cookies, two types of sugar cookies, potato candy (a long-standing tradition in my hubby’s family), snickerdoodles, and probably some others! I’ll also be baking apple and pumpkin pies for Christmas.

    Thanks for this giveaway!
    Stephanie

  25. We’ve already made three batches of Granny’s Ginger Cookies so far. But now, I think I’ll have to make some Magic Bars…my tastebuds won’t be satisfied until I do. Blessings,
    Amy

  26. I’m making loads of fudge!

  27. After I’ve read this I may add some sort of peanut butter/chocolate cookie bar to my list – but I am baking 15-18 dozen cookies (some for exchanges, fundraisers, etc.), an assortment of sugar cookies, macaroons (with sweetened condensed milk), peanut butter bon bons, lemon shortbread, biscotti (new this year), chocolate shortbread, peanut brittle and salted caramels.

    I like crisp cookies and I have a special affinity for peanut butter and chocolate :)

  28. I’ll be baking my Mom’s Sandies cookies for my family’s Christmas get-together.

  29. I’ll be baking lots and lots of cookies, muffins, cheese danish and cinnamon rolls. My kitchen is so small it spills out to the dining room when we are baking up a storm.

  30. Yesterday we made some chocolate chip cookies and this coming weekend we plan on making sugar cookies and peppermint brownie bites plus some other goodies!

  31. I’m getting ready to make some spiced pecans/almonds and later this month I’ll be making cookies galore! I have a few varieties in mind :)

  32. my daughter started the holiday baking yesterday with some of her chocolate chip cookies. I am going to add in to the mix this year making the saltine crack. never made it before but have eaten LOTS of it.

  33. Tricia Halfhill says:

    I’ll be making choco-covered cherries & fudge as gifts for all my foodie relatives & friends :)

  34. I’m baking homemade bread for the neighbors and chocolate-dipped candycanes for my son’s teachers.

  35. I’ll be making sugar cut outs with my daughter!

  36. I’m still trying to polish off the pumpkin cheesecake from Thanksgiving and the sugar cookies I made for the youth group kids that didn’t show up, but if I get another batch done before Christmas, it will be my Grandma’s Welsh teacake recipe for sure!

  37. I’m sure I will be baking a lot, but the only thing I plan to bake for sure is some ‘Haman’s Ears’ cookies (recipe in Beth Moore Bible study on Ester).

  38. I bought the Gingerbread Nativity set that you’ve mentioned several times. I’m excited about trying it.

  39. Oh, those Magic Bars looks really yummy :) :) I can see why you would be addicted to them :) :)

    Let’s see, this year, I’ll be baking gluten free stuff. I’ve recently gone gluten free due to health issues…but the first thing I’d like to try and bake are gluten free popovers ;) :)
    Have a great week. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  40. These look like a great pantry staple recipe. I’ll be making them for sure.

    I’ll be making a lot of easy stuff this holiday season, since I have a new precious baby. I’m taking cream cheese and red pepper jelly with pita chips to a Christmas party. Easy peasy.

  41. I need to make some cookies for sure :)

  42. Jen Fitzpatrick says:

    I’m going to be making my cream cheese chocolate chip cookies

  43. recipe printed!

    now this is my kinda giveaway!! :)) I have a list of what I plan to make this month, snowballs, almond joy bars, fudge, sugar cookies w/childcare kids, almond dream bars, & buckey bars.

  44. Amanda Mac says:

    I’m about to graduate nursing school – hallelujah! – but I’m still tied up with finals, so not much baking is happening. However, I will be rolling out my special chocolate chip cookies, as well as some uber-yummy bubble bread for Christmas breakfast.

  45. I will absolutely be making Magic Bars!! I love them and they are always included in our Christmas cookie bake off!!

  46. I haven’t made my list yet but there’s a good chance these bars will be on it!

  47. Cut-out sugar cookies and truffles are on my must-do list.

  48. I’ll be making a grasshopper fudge cake that I found the recipe for that looks soooo good!

  49. AllieZirkle says:

    We’ll be baking peppernuts and suger cookies this week. YUM!

    http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/dessert/recipe-best-cutout-sugar-cookies-038629

  50. breanna b says:

    I’m making my co workers pretzel rods dipped in chocolate and rolled in toffee… and maybe a mug with a chocolate spoon, I’m not sure.

  51. Lots of holiday goodies! Fudge, sugar cookies, oreo truffles, caramel corn, cherry chip bars, crab cheese ball. I know there’s more, but I can’t remember them right now. :)

  52. I’ll be making Cranberry Cinnamon Chip Bars!

  53. We’ve already made rolo turtle candies. We’re also making oreo truffles and peanut butter rudolphs from recipe.com cooking magazine. Lace cookies, magic bar cookies, butterscotch frosting cookies, and chocolate delights, white chocolate cranberry granola, and muddy buddy mix are also on my list. I figure I can tackle 2 recipes a week.

  54. Heather A says:

    I’m making sugar cookies, for my 3 yr old to decorate. Then probably some peanut butter cookies.

  55. We will be baking sugar cookies, and several other kinds of cookies. Making fudge and coated pretzels. Probably after thinking about magic cookie bars, some of those also. I would love to win this prize!!!

  56. Gingerbread men, Biscotti, Sugar Cookies, Chex Mix, Puppy Chow, Scotcharoos, homemade caramels……basically a stir fest for an hour……….and of course bread to go with meals….

  57. I’m making peanut butter scotchies with rice krispies!

  58. Kelly Perry says:

    these, pb blossoms, gingerbread men, cinnamon bun…

  59. I will be making sugar cookies, toffee, chocolate covered pretzels,chocolate covered popcorn, chocolate caramel graham crackers and to that I will be adding 10 lbs to myself. :)

  60. All kinds of stuff .. getting ready to do my Christmas Baking .. I love to Bake

  61. Monique Bon says:

    I’ll be baking Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies this month (:

  62. I grew up (in California) calling these Magic Cookie Bars or Seven-Layer Bars.
    Strangely, in the South (where I now reside) they are known as “Hello Dolly” bars (or “Hello Dolly’s). I don’t know why, and I was confused the first time I saw them labeled as such.

    I will be baking gingerbread cookies; my 4-year-old daughter will help me by rolling them in colored sugar before baking. My mom and I already made her famous Chocolate Bourbon Balls over Thanksgiving, and they are in a sealed container, getting better with time.

    I may also make some quick breads or muffins; I tend to bake on the fly, based on what I have around.

    • I have a friend who calls them 7-layer bars, but I couldn’t figure out what the seven layers were!

      • @Jessica,

        our 7 layers are: graham cracker crumbs, butter, semi-sweet chips, butterscotch chips, coconuts, chopped pecans, eagle brand.

  63. I haven’t planned all my baking yet, but these are definitely on the list!

  64. Leslie DeYoung says:

    I am making peanut butter reindeer cookies this week and decorating sugar cooking with my daughter next week.

  65. I was planning on making some cranberry bars but these look awesome! I am also lookig for a good pumpkin muffin recipe. Dont feel like I have gotten my pumpkin fix yet this season!

  66. I’ll be baking sugar cookies and gingerbread men.

  67. Well, I will be the one with a cast on my dominant hand, but my mother in law and my daughters are baking up a variety of cookies, and Dad’s cookie square, and whatever else strikes their fancy!

  68. Russian Tea Cakes, Caramel Corn, puppy chow, and who knows what. :-)

  69. Julie Osmonson says:

    I’ll be making a ton of gluten free treats, to keep and to give away – about 10 of our neighbors have come to expect our chocolate peppermint bark, chocolate peanut butter cups, snowflake cookies, candied popcorn and truffles!

  70. Ohhhh, yum! I’ve been making a list of goodies for the holiday and will be adding these to it asap! Love baking new treats and Eagle Brand is always a great addition!

  71. Granny Jacque says:

    I will be making Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting using our homegrown garden carrots. Love your blogs!

  72. after seeing this recipe I am pretty sure I will be baking some Magic Bars!

  73. White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread cookies!

  74. Cheesecake…all different kinds…yummy!

  75. Debbie Huff says:

    I’ll be baking a magic cookie bar recipe that I have with crasins and white chocolate chips – yummy!! :)

  76. finished quickbread round 1, next round is starting cookies. After a few cookie rounds, I’ll do another pair of quickbreads to freeze for holiday breakfasts and snacks.

  77. I’ll be baking gingerbread cake and stollen!

  78. I’m thinking mint double chocolate chip cookies for how!

  79. Hopefully I’ll be baking some muffins, cookies and some new candy recipes.

  80. I can’t wait to try as many versions of the Magic Bars! They look so easy and delicious:-)

  81. we have a favorite choc cake recipe that uses eagle brand and caramel sauce and chopped candy. and their hot fudge sauce recipe is so quick and divine. love the many variations of magic bars. love “craving” stories – yours is one of the best!!!!!! =)

  82. I will be making sugar cookies with my girls.

  83. I’m making brownies, sugar cookies, gingerbread men, banana bread and probably a few other varieties of cookies this month.

  84. Non stop baking at my house this season…cookies, biscotti, and magic bars are all on the list!

  85. I will be making “hot chocolate on a stick”.

  86. This past weekend, my daughter (5-1/2) & I made cream cheese mints (left them white), ginger snaps, mini chocolate chip snowballs, peanut butter blossoms, mistletoe cookie bars, cocoa crinkle cookies, and today we will be making more cream cheese mints (tinted green this time), snickerdoodles & ginger shortbread squares. YUM…I have made the Magic Bars many, many times…how festive to toss in red & green M&Ms…our favorites were a mix of semisweet and either peanut butter chips or butterscotch. Delish!!! Would love to win this gift pack! Thanks for the chance!

  87. Sugar Cookies & Fudge among many other treats!

  88. Amanda Y. says:

    Everybody always requests peanut butter kiss cookies–and the recipe is so easy! Bisquick, eagle brand sweetened condensed milk, peanut butter, and Hershey kisses! Can even eat a little raw dough!

  89. Leslie M.P. says:

    Lots of cooking and baking around here as usual: Banana bread with chocolate and crystallized ginger, chicken pot pie, a new chocolate cake recipe, and a baked oatmeal recipe. Thanks for the giveaway!

  90. My kids and I will be baking cookies, cookies and more cookies! I’m also going to make some bread to take to my neighbors.

  91. Fudge,breads and lots of cookies with my kids!

  92. I will be making fudge and lots of cookies.

  93. I’ll be making peppermint bark, sugar cookies, pecan pie bars, fudge, spice cookies w/pumpkin dip and anything else that sounds good. :-)

  94. Sugar cookies,chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin cookies, and chocolate scotcheroos.

  95. Last week, I made Oreo balls and S’more cups for a church function. Every week, I bake my own almond power bars, granola bars and baked oatmeal. I can’t wait to try these magic bars, mixing it up using organic coconut, dried fruit and carob chips. Yum!

  96. I already have started with cookies. I will be making more sugar cookies, rosettes, gooey butter cake cookies, and maybe some cake balls.

  97. I am baking loads of cookies for cookie swaps.

  98. We already made sugar cookies but will def be making them again since we managed to eat them in two days…lol.

  99. elizabeth k says:

    The question for me this month – is what won’t I be baking! ;-) Already made snoballs (russian tea cakes to others’) – Jan Hagels, banana bread with candied ginger, meringues, gingerbread cookies – and definitely something with sweetened condensed milk. I have tried other brands – but theirs is the best.

    These bars look yummy and easy!

    Thanks!
    ek

  100. I’m making gingersnaps and Hello Dollys!

  101. Sugar cookies to decorate, peanut butter cup cookies, pretzel snacks, and hopefully these bars! Love them but have never made them.

  102. I’m going to try these wonderful sounding Magic Bars using dar chocolate and crushed peppermint for th holidays!

  103. Chocolate chip pumpkin oatmeal cookies and probably these!

  104. Mary E.S. says:

    I’ll be making fudge,lot’s and lot’s of fudge.

  105. This year we are making Peppermint bark, Cranberry bread, and Candy bar cookies!

  106. Needless to say, I’ll definetly be baking these bars and I want to tray and make peppermint bark…I love that stuff!

  107. I’m baking granola, cookies, and pumpkin cheesecake! Yum!!

  108. These look delicious. I will be baking a few cookies, and a gluten free dessert of some type yet to be determined.

  109. we will be baking around 10 different kinds of cookies , then taking them to our neighbors each with a loaf of homemade bread or a pie.

  110. Later this month we’ll be making cookies, but right now I want to make granola bars.

  111. Now I’m going to have try making these. Yum.

  112. I will definately be making these and about 10 different kinds of cookies and desserts.

  113. Every year I make at least two double batches of homemade caramels (using lots of Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk!) for family, friends, and neighbors.

  114. I will be baking snickerdoodles and brown sugar cutouts to start with.

  115. I’m baking nothing as I had foot surgery last and can’t stand for more than a minute or two at a time. However, I’m enjoying the yummy goodies everyone is bringing and I’m pinning recipes left and right to try when I can stand again.

  116. Patricia Watson says:

    just made these with pretzels, choco chips and cranberries. So easy and a big hit with everyone! Thanks for another great recipe ( I love your slab apple pie!)

  117. I plan to make peanut butter cookies and banana bread.

  118. kathy donley says:

    I always make the magic cookie bars with the condensed milk. Oh so good. Hope I win so I can make some.

  119. Trina Miller says:

    Peanut Butter Bars and probably magic bars too! Though I am the only one who eats them so I have to freeze them to give most of them away.

  120. I will be making sugar cookies for the kids to decorate. They can hardly wait! Love this giveaway.

  121. Lots of cookies for the holidays, last week was cupcakes/cakes for a birthday, and I think I need to try those mix and magic bars too.

  122. I have been baking too much this holiday ;) but it keeps the house warm and satisfies my sweat tooth. I will be making cinnamon rolls for Christmas Morning, Sweat Bread as gifts for neighbors, matzah candy, cookies… you name it! And I am really looking forward to trying the recipe on this post too.

  123. Carlene Courtney says:

    I plan to make Magic Cookie Bars with shortbread crust, pecans and cranberries. I LOVE EAGLE BRAND. Makes best pumpkin pie ever!

  124. We will be making reindeer cupcakes and Christmas cookies.

  125. i’m excited to try chocolate cherry cookies this month.

  126. Stacey Meyer says:

    Fudge, church windows, magic bars, sugar cookies….

  127. Charity L. says:

    This month I will be baking up a batch of chex mix, cupcakes, sugar cookies and peanut butter bread! yummy!

  128. I’ll be making fudge, Chex Mix, and pecan pie!

  129. Chocolate Dipped Espresso Shortbread…yummmm….

  130. I’ll be making fudge, buckeyes, sugar cookies and probably our simple ritz special cookies. One can never have too many Christmas cookies. Thanks for the chance to win.

  131. Everything! I baked chocolate chip cookies, molasses cookies and oatmeal raisin cookies yesterday. I still want to make York Peppermint brownies. And I’m sure there are others on my list!

  132. I am hoping to make some Fake Toffee Bars with saltine crackers. Yum!

  133. Linda st.laurent says:

    I will be making lots of cookies. Can’t wait to get started.

  134. Leslie G. says:

    Some sort of cheesecake, maybe Red Velvet! And of course cookies! With 4 little helpers, more dough goes in mouths than on the sheets!

  135. I will be making some traditional Christmas cookies, along with all of my other guilty pleasures. I reserve baking sugar cookies with stained “glass” windows for December since I’m only willing to do them once a year. :)

  136. I have a newborn and a 1 year old, so not sure how much baking I’ll be doing this year, but one thing I know for sure is pretzels topped with a rolo, melted slightly in the oven, smushed down with a pecan. It’s so easy, but the favorite holiday treat for my husband and I! I think I can handle a couple batches of those this year!! :)

  137. I love these bars. My favorite is “Double Delicious” bars with butterscotch and milk chocolate chips. I am thinking that the Andes pieces would be so good on these too! :) I love the idea of using crushed pretzels! I think Im gonna make some that way! I also love to make Oreo Balls! They are one of our faves!

  138. I’ll be baking cut-outs, Pfeffernuesse, the double chocolate magic bars, oreo bark and your chocolate banana bread! Yum!

  139. Its a tradition in our family to make cut-out cookies every year!

  140. Shanna Morgan says:

    We bake our regulars: Magic Cookie Bars, Sugar, Gingerbread, No-Bake, Snickerdoodles, Peanut Blossoms, Caramels. PLUS we make new selections each year. This year will be Peppermint Chocolate Cookies, Buckeyes, Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies and a few others.

  141. Oh yummie chocolate crinkles, gingerbread men, ricotta cookies, pignoli nut cookies, melt in your mouth shortbread…

  142. Lots of fudge! The easy kind made with sw. cond. milk, choc. chips, vanilla and marshmallows. A winner every time!

  143. Brighid W. says:

    Tomorrow I’ll be making Cranberry Sweet Potato Bread. And some more cookies this weekend – probably chocolate chip and maybe these Magic Bars. I’ve got to make some Christmas cookies soon too and hide them in the freezer otherwise they’ll disappear in no time at all!

  144. I made magic bars, chocolate fudge and peanut butter fudge. Thanks for the contest and the yummy recipes!

  145. Not sure exactly, but I’m sure these will be on the list now!

  146. I used to make homemade chocolate turtles using the sweetened condensed milk that you boil to turn into caramel. My husband would dip the pecans into the caramel before they were made into turtles so I would make extra caramel just for him.

  147. I’ve been contemplating candy cane meringue cookies. mmmm!

  148. Cake pops, cookies, fudge, cakes, and lots of other goodies!

  149. cindy bruzzese says:

    I’ll be making gingerbread men with my Kindergarten class and sugar cookies with my own children!

  150. This time of year the required baking is biscotti, sugar cutout cookies and peanut blossoms. We’re adding peppermint patties this year and hope they turn out well!

  151. Ginger Rogers says:

    I’ll be baking choco-oat bars, oatmeal cookies and a rum cake. The choco-oat bars are a family fave – made with Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk- of course!

  152. Pumpkin bread and caramel shortbread bars.

  153. i used eagle brand sweetened condensed milk just yesterday while baking up some peanut butter and chocolate bars (a southern living recipe). love, love, love them. great when they’re warm and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

  154. I will be baking lots of different things,but for my office, I will be making mini chocolate chip pound cakes