the magic behind magic bars

30 Sep

i’m supposed to be working right now, laying belly-down on the floor, just up from a nap induced by the headache induced by looking at the computer too much.

needless to say, not getting much done.

so i started thinking about sugar, and about magic, and about magic bars. and about the magical way posting on a consistent basis makes me feel like i’ve produced something delicious. conversely, going a week without posting makes me feel like the fridge is full of tupperware i’m afraid to open and the bread is all molding as we speak.


the original magic bar recipe, courtesy of, heaven of sweets & goodness.

if you can read my writing – you can introduce yourself to this lovely cast of characters.and yes, that says drool. and it’s not optional.

buttah, graham crackers, coconut, chocolat, walnuts (or any nuts), and condensed milk.

this baby works in layers. here we have our pretty pan after layer 1 – melted butter, layer 2 – graham cracker crumbs, and layer 3 – coconut flakes

even better. introducing layer 4 – chocolate chips and layer 5 – chopped walnuts.

and now for the real magic maker – condensed milk.

rumor has it that originally this stuff was created to make milk last longer, but i cannot imagine drinking it straight. wowza. but pouring it all over these bars is what i like to call, bringing-da-magic.

see what i mean?

40 minutes later:

the trickiest part is knowing when to take them out. joyofbaking says the knife will come out clean, but come on, there’s melted chocolate in there. 35 minutes is about right for me, and then let it sit and set for a good while before cutting.


weird lighting aside, these babies are welcome in my house any day.

full recipe here.

make some magic!

4 Responses to “the magic behind magic bars”

  1. AnnJanette Toth September 30, 2010 at 4:03 pm #

    Unless you can send those through the computer screen…that is just mean!

  2. HopefulLeigh April 7, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    Just add butterscotch chips and you’ve got my Mom’s 7-Layer Bars recipe. I agree that this a drool-worthy dessert.

  3. snowflakes2hotcakes April 7, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

    Yum! This is one of my favorites:)

    Stopping by from inCourage today, where I shared my cinnamon swirl bread and pumpkin roll recipes:)

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