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How to Make Hello Dolly Bars (7 Layer Bars)

Hello Dolly Bars, with sweetened condensed milk, are one of the best desserts out there. The bars, also known as magic cookie bars or seven layer bars, is such a quick and easy recipe to make.

With the combination of pecans, chocolate chips, toasted coconut, and a graham cracker crust, you can’t go wrong.

Hello Dolly Bars are one of the best and most delicious desserts that are easy and fun to make. They are a great holiday Christmas treat to take to parties, and share with friends. The combination of chocolate, coconut, chopped pecans, graham crackers, and sweetened condensed milk is going to have everyone lining up to grab one. Hello Dolly Recipe Eagle Brand

The dessert bars are perfect for the holidays, or any occasion, and take less than 15 minutes to make and get in the oven. I share this often with friends and neighbors.

I absolutely love Hello Dolly Bars and I could honestly just sit and lick the inside of the sweetened condensed milk can, but with the added chocolate chips, pecans, graham crackers, and shredded coconut…Hello! 

Must be why they call them Hello Dolly Bars! 

How To Make Hello Dolly Bars

  • Crush the graham crackers and mix with melted butter. Press into the greased baking dish.
  • Evenly sprinkle chocolate chips, pecans, and coconut on top.
  • Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the top and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  • Cool and serve.

The bars are great for holiday and Christmas parties, gifts for teachers and friends, or to just sit around and eat them at home. I prefer the latter (wink…wink).

I have not always been a big coconut fan, but I like it these days. After you cook it, it’s toasted and oh-so-delicious. 

(On a side note, seven layer bars typically have butterscotch chips; however, I decided to leave them out of this recipe). 

Hello Dolly bars in tinfoil

I haven’t always known about magic bars or Hello Dolly Bars.

My friend brought some over a few years ago and shared with us and I couldn’t figure out how on earth I’d gotten through life without eating them?

Needless to say, she became my new best friend. 

What you will need for the Hello Dolly Bars:

  • Oven
  • 9″ x 9″ Baking dish
  • Non-stick spray
  • Medium-sized bowl
  • Tinfoil
  • Microwave or stovetop to melt the butter
  • Saucepan or microwave-safe bowl to melt the butter
  • Graham crackers
  • Butter
  • Chocolate chips
  • Chopped pecans
  • Shredded coconut
  • Can of sweetened condensed milk

Recipe and printable instructions at the bottom of the post. 

Hello Dolly Bars are one of the best and most delicious desserts that are easy and fun to make. They are a great holiday Christmas treat to take to parties, and share with friends. The combination of chocolate, coconut, chopped pecans, graham crackers, and sweetened condensed milk is going to have everyone lining up to grab one. Hello Dolly cookie recipe.

First, crush up a packet of graham crackers until they are fine crumbs. It won’t hurt anything if there are a few chunks in there.

You can either crush them in the Cuisinart or use a Ziplock bag as I did. Using a rolling pin helped crush them faster. 

Usually one sleeve, from a graham cracker box, is enough to make 2 cups for the crust. 

Hello Dolly Bars are one of the best and most delicious desserts that are easy and fun to make. They are a great holiday Christmas treat to take to parties, and share with friends. The combination of chocolate, coconut, chopped pecans, graham crackers, and sweetened condensed milk is going to have everyone lining up to grab one.

Next, melt the butter.

 

Hello Dolly Bars are one of the best and most delicious desserts that are easy and fun to make. They are a great holiday Christmas treat to take to parties, and share with friends. The combination of chocolate, coconut, chopped pecans, graham crackers, and sweetened condensed milk is going to have everyone lining up to grab one.

Add the graham crackers to the melted butter and stir it in. 

 

Hello Dolly Bars are one of the best and most delicious desserts that are easy and fun to make. They are a great holiday Christmas treat to take to parties, and share with friends. The combination of chocolate, coconut, chopped pecans, graham crackers, and sweetened condensed milk is going to have everyone lining up to grab one.

Press the graham cracker and butter mixture into the bottom of the 9″ x 9″ casserole dish.

I put some tinfoil in the pan and sprayed it with a non-stick spray. It makes it easier to take the Hello Dolly Bars out of the pan when they cool, and it makes for an easy clean-up. 

Hello Dolly Bars are one of the best and most delicious desserts that are easy and fun to make. They are a great holiday Christmas treat to take to parties, and share with friends. The combination of chocolate, coconut, chopped pecans, graham crackers, and sweetened condensed milk is going to have everyone lining up to grab one.

Sprinkle the chocolate chips around the top. 

 

Hello Dolly Bars are one of the best and most delicious desserts that are easy and fun to make. They are a great holiday Christmas treat to take to parties, and share with friends. The combination of chocolate, coconut, chopped pecans, graham crackers, and sweetened condensed milk is going to have everyone lining up to grab one.

Next, sprinkle the pecans on top of the chocolate chips.

 

Hello Dolly Bars are one of the best and most delicious desserts that are easy and fun to make. They are a great holiday Christmas treat to take to parties, and share with friends. The combination of chocolate, coconut, chopped pecans, graham crackers, and sweetened condensed milk is going to have everyone lining up to grab one.

Add the coconut on top and spread it out evenly.

 

Hello Dolly Bars are one of the best and most delicious desserts that are easy and fun to make. They are a great holiday Christmas treat to take to parties, and share with friends. The combination of chocolate, coconut, chopped pecans, graham crackers, and sweetened condensed milk is going to have everyone lining up to grab one.

And now comes the best part. Pour the entire can of sweetened condensed milk over the top.

We will literally fight over licking the can in this house. It is so good. 

Click on the links for more delicious dessert recipes:

Hello Dolly Bars are one of the best and most delicious desserts that are easy and fun to make. They are a great holiday Christmas treat to take to parties, and share with friends. The combination of chocolate, coconut, chopped pecans, graham crackers, and sweetened condensed milk is going to have everyone lining up to grab one. Hello Dolly Bars Eagle Brand.

Bake the Hello Dolly Bars at 325-degrees for about 25-30 minutes, or until the coconut turns a golden brown around the edges.

If you try to get the coconut golden in the center, it will end up burning the edges. It’s ok if it doesn’t get golden in the center.

And, Hello Dolly Bars!

These are the original Hello Dolly Bars! 

 Try this version with peanut butter chips. 

Hello Dolly Bars are one of the best and most delicious desserts that are easy and fun to make. They are a great holiday Christmas treat to take to parties, and share with friends. The combination of chocolate, coconut, chopped pecans, graham crackers, and sweetened condensed milk is going to have everyone lining up to grab one.

Do seven layer bars freeze well?

Yes, they do freeze well. Be sure to wrap them up in Saran Wrap and a Ziplock bag to prevent freezer burn. Place in the fridge or set on the counter to thaw. 

Should seven layer bars be refrigerated?

No, they do not have to be refrigerated. Hello Dolly Bars, seven layer bars, or magic bars can stay on the counter for a few days. 

How long do magic bars keep?

Magic bars, Hello Dolly Bars, or seven layer bars will keep for three to five days on the counter, and up to a week in the refrigerator. Keep the bars in an airtight container with wax paper between the bars to keep from sticking together. 

Check out the Hello Dolly Bars recipe card below, grab those ingredients, and start cooking! You’ll love how easy this recipe is to make. 

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Hello Dolly Bars are one of the best and most delicious desserts that are easy and fun to make. They are a great holiday Christmas treat to take to parties, and share with friends. The combination of chocolate, coconut, chopped pecans, graham crackers, and sweetened condensed milk is going to have everyone lining up to grab one. This is a great how to recipe to help you make delicious bars!

Yield: 9 bars

How To Make Hello Dolly Bars

How To Make Hello Dolly Bars

Hello Dolly Bars, with sweetened condensed milk, are one of the best desserts out there. I love this recipe for Hello Dolly cookie bars (also known as Magic Bars), and people will be lining up to get one!
The bar consists of a graham cracker crust, shredded coconut, chocolate chips, pecans, and sweetened condensed milk.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rest Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups crushed graham crackers (usually one sleeve is enough)
  • 10 Tbsp. butter (melted)
  • 1 - 1/4 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup pecans (chopped)
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 - 14. oz. can sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325-degrees.
  2. Line a 9" x 9" casserole dish with tin foil. Spray the tin foil with non stick spray.
  3. Crush the graham crackers in a bag and add the 2 cups to a bowl.
  4. Add the melted butter and mix well.
  5. Pour the graham crackers and butter mixture into the casserole dish and press down with your hand.
  6. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.
  7. Next, sprinkle the pecans on top.
  8. Finally, sprinkle the coconut on top.
  9. Pour the can of sweetened condensed milk over all of the ingredients.
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the edges are golden.
  11. Allow to cool for one hour before serving.

Notes

Nutritional Information is approximate.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 230Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 80mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 3g
Nutrition is approximate.
For more delicious recipes check out:

Southern Home Express, The Country Cook, Julia’s Simply Southern, South Your Mouth, and Miz Helen’s Country Cottage. 

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Carolyn Adkins

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018

Also butterscotch chips added over the chocolate chips is delicious. Our family calls these 7 layer cookies

Julie Pollitt

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018

That sounds fantastic! Mmm...

Speed, Testera

Saturday 9th of December 2017

Looking for the video it's quite easy to make these delicious bars. Anyway thumbs up for making videos on your blog. It's rare to see on other blogs any videos.

Julie Pollitt

Saturday 9th of December 2017

Thanks so much! Have a great afternoon!