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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.

Hello Dolly Bars Have A Great Combination of Ingredients

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 bars, also known as magic cookie bars, Hello Dollies recipe, or 7 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.

The hello Dolly bars recipe has been popular on Pinterest and Facebook. It’s also a traditional recipe that people have loved for years, partly because it’s so easy to make.

The Perfect Dessert Year Round

The dessert bars are perfect for the holidays, or any occasion, and take less than 15 minutes to make and get into 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

A Great Tradition

The 7 layer bars recipe can be made in several different ways and might depend on what your family tradition is for the ingredients.

For example, I left the butterscotch chips off of this recipe, but you can add those along with the chocolate chips for even more flavors.

Some people like to eat walnuts instead of pecans.

You can also add peanut butter chips or white chocolate chips to the mix, if you’d like even more of flavor additions.

How To Make Hello Dolly Bars

  1. Crush the graham crackers and mix with melted butter and then press into the greased baking dish.
  2. Evenly sprinkle the chocolate chips, pecans, and coconut on top.
  3. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the top and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  4. 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. 

7 layer bars stacked on top of each other

Hello Dolly Bars with peanut butter chips

Full printable recipe with ingredients, measurements, and instructions at the bottom of the past in the recipe card.

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

How To Make The Hello Dolly Bars Recipe

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. 

Updated: You don’t have to use aluminum foil, but it makes it easier to get the bars out when you go to cut them.

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.

My friend Karen shared a great tip with me about switching out the nuts for pretzels.

If you’re allergic to pecans or nuts, or just don’t like them, adding pretzels in their place helps add some salt back in so the sweet isn’t overwhelming. She said it tasted amazing!

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. 

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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. 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.

Every oven is different, so sometimes they need to be baked a little longer to get golden brown.

Updated: I’ve had a few comments lately about the bars not setting up properly after baking. As they bake, you will want the edges to be a darker golden than the inside of the dessert.

Allow them to cool for at least an hour at room temperature. Then, place them in the refrigerator to cool and firm up before cutting. They are still going to be a little bit gooey, but should cut easily.

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. 

Hello Dolly Bars Recipe Card

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. 

Then, share your comments below and share a picture of your dessert on the Pinterest Pin! 

If you made any changes or added something different, be sure to share with us. 

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!
Hello Dolly Bars on a table with a rolling pin

How To Make Hello Dolly Bars

Yield: 9 bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Rest Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

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.

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

*Every oven is different, so sometimes they need to be baked a little longer to get golden brown.

Nutritional Information is approximate.

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

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Norma C

Sunday 13th of February 2022

What is the measuremet of a stick of butter-+= what in a measurement-1/2 cup, 3/4 cup what? thanks

Julie Pollitt

Sunday 13th of February 2022

Hi Norma,

It is 2/3 cup of butter. Hope you enjoy them!

J

Tuesday 28th of December 2021

These bars are on condensed milk cans as magic 7 layers bars.

Julie Pollitt

Friday 31st of December 2021

It's a delicious recipe that has been around a very long time!

Moi

Monday 20th of December 2021

Ugh.. :( what a mess.. I used foil and sprayed non-stick spray as directed but the contents soaked through. I dumped the finished product onto a cutting board to pick off the foil. Then I flipped it back into the baking dish but made the mistake of smushing it back into shape and now it looks like mush not beautiful chips and coconut... I think this recipe had way too much sweetened condensed milk. I have the mess in the freezer hoping to salvage it but am not hopeful. At least it will taste good and but, sadly, I won't want to share it with non-family members like I was planning. Sorry but not willing to try this version of the recipe again.

Julie Pollitt

Tuesday 21st of December 2021

Hi Moi, I am so sorry you had that experience.

How long did you cook the bars for? Was the coconut golden brown on top? If not, it didn't cook long enough.

I am not quite sure why that happened. I actually made it yesterday to send to my cousins today and it came out fine. The recipe is a tried and true recipe, so I am wondering if it could have been another issue possibly?

I have had issues with my oven in the past where things didn't cook properly and they came out mushy or uncooked. I had my husband calibrate the oven and then it started to work properly.

Did you let it cool long enough before flipping it over? I am sorry that happened!

Jane

Thursday 16th of December 2021

These look amazing! Can the packaged graham crumbs be used instead of crushing your own, or would they be too fine? Thanks!

Julie Pollitt

Thursday 16th of December 2021

Hi Jane! I think the prepackaged ones would be fine. Just be sure to mix them with the butter and that will help. Merry Christmas!

Sue

Sunday 17th of October 2021

We call these Magic Bars in our family, I always put in the butterscotch chips but also sometimes ad dried cranberries or dried cherries.

Julie Pollitt

Monday 18th of October 2021

Such a great idea with the dried cranberries or cherries!

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