Magic Bars

magic bars stacked

In this house, there is a relatively unknown but rather specific definition of game food. Whenever I end up trying to plan out food for a sporting event, he usually ends up defining about half of it as “not game food.” His definition lies somewhere along the lines of things like nachos and appetizers, but not everything there counts. A couple things I have determined, portability is good. The other – sweets don’t count. What?!?

I am the kind of person that loves to have some type of sweets available at game parties, and in my opinion, these bars would make perfect game food. The recipe for these originally comes from Edible Sound Bites, and it’s a fun variation on magic cookie bars. By the way, what is the real name of those bars? I’ve heard them called magic cookie bars, 7 layer bars, and hello dolly bars?

magic bars before baking

magic bars chips

Outside of the “game food” definition, these bars were a big hit. It is somewhat embarrassing to know how fast we consumed these. You know those recipes where you have to keep “evening out the edge?” This was one of those. With graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate, coconut and sweetened condensed milk these bars are the perfect cross between a s’mores bar and a magic cookie bar. Of course, I could not resist swapping in some butterscotch chips for some of the chocolate.

Were they sweet? Yes. Gooey? Yes. They held together a little better when refrigerated. A repeat? My husband already wants me to remake them so he can bring them to work. Game food? Well, depends on who you ask, but I say yes!

magic bar close

(Printable Recipe)

Magic Bars
Slightly adapted from Edible Sound Bites

Ingredients:
1-1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 1 pkg. inside the box)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1-1/3 cups sweetened shredded coconut
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8×8-inch square pan with nonstick spray.

Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter in a small bowl. Press firmly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Pour half the can of sweetened condensed milk evenly over the crumb mixture. In a medium bowl, combine the milk chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and coconut. Spread evenly over the pan. Layer the marshmallows over the chips-coconut mixture. Drizzle the remaining sweetened condensed milk evenly over the marshmallows.

Bake for 25 minutes until the tops of the marshmallows are lightly browned. Cool completely before cutting into bars. The bars hold together a little better when refrigerated but can also be stored at room temperature.

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