Jun 262013

It was a typical Monday that I had off from work and I was going through my mental checklist of things that I wanted to accomplish.

As I walked through the kitchen I glanced at the cookie jar and immediately stopped.  Were there any cookies left?  If so, was it enough to make it through the week?

In our house, there always has to be something sweet around.  Sure, there was ice cream in the freezer that hasn’t been touched but that didn’t count.

Thinking that Rick needs some variety in his life besides me and chocolate chip cookies, I headed to the computer and started going through some of my “saved sites” looking for something different to make.

After 15 minutes of browsing and drooling, I abandoned the web and picked up a stack of Mom’s recipes that were sitting next to the computer.

More drooling ensued as I leafed through them, and finally stopped on one that I wasn’t sure I’d had before.  It looked nummy, and the few ingredients that it consisted of I surprisingly had all of them.

Magic Cookie Bars



  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (6 ounce) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (3 1/2 ounce) can flaked coconut (1 1/2 cups)*
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (325 degrees for glass dish).

In 13 x 9 inch baking pan, melt margarine (or butter) in oven.  Sprinkle crumbs over margarine/butter;  mix together and press into pan.


Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumbs.


Top evenly with remaining ingredients;  press down firmly.


Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cook thoroughly before cutting.

Store loosely covered at room temperature.

How simple is that?  This is a one-pan recipe which you do not have to dirty 14 bowls and 8 measuring cups to pull together.  Bonus points for only have 6 ingredients!!

The hardest part about these bars will be getting them to last a week.


*Naturally I didn’t have canned coconut, so I just used the bagged stuff and put on the amount I wanted.


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Comments (7)
  1. I love all your mom’s recipes!! Thanks for posting them. (Of course – I like yours, too!) I made the pizza burger recipe last week, and it was a hit!

  2. OMG, those look so nummy!

  3. What kind of nuts did you use? I can’t use walnuts. They look nummy!

  4. Well the recipe didn’t specify, so I used Walnuts but I think pecans would taste great too.

  5. I think the kids would have them eaten in a day 🙂

  6. Yay Dee!! Glad to hear that someone else besides me gets to enjoy them!

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