Dear Crissy

Coconut Magic Bars

My birthday is coming up on December 13th (we won’t discuss my age…) and all I want are these absolutely incredible coconut magic bars.

My mom has agreed to make them for me and I am so excited. This is my all-time favorite dessert recipe. No, seriously!

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Coconut Magic Bars Recipe

These coconut magic bars (sometimes called magic cookie bars or even just magic bars) are so easy to make that it’s almost funny.

It doesn’t seem like something so TASTY could result from layering a few ingredients in a baking dish. Y’all, these coconut magic bars are like HEAVEN.

For a different twist, try these decadent mint chocolate magic bars.

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I don’t typically go for dessert recipes that are quite this decadent, but I am just such a huge fan of the flavor combination. I am in love with coconut, chocolate, and pecans.

I could literally eat a whole pan of these bars!

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Even though these aren’t exactly a festive holiday dessert, I also love making them for our Christmas celebrations. My whole family looks forward to these scrumptious coconut magic cookie bars. If you’re looking for more easy desserts, don’t miss my yummy and simple cherry dump cake recipe.

Seven Layer Bars

So, quite a few of you have left comments on Facebook telling me that you are familiar with this recipe, but you call them seven layer bars.

Leave me a comment below and tell me what your family calls this tasty treat!

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Do you have a favorite dessert that you love having on your birthday? These coconut magic bars are out of this world and they may just become your new favorite dessert! :) Check out our fun tutorial video below to see just how easy these chewy bars are to make!

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Coconut Magic Bars

Coconut Magic Bars

Yield: 16 servings

These ooey-gooey coconut magic cookie bars are my favorite dessert EVER!


  • ½  cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs, approximately 15 to 16 full sheets
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • ¾ cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1 ⅔ cups sweetened condensed milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Crush graham the crackers. Stir the brown sugar into the graham crackers; set aside.
  3. Put the ½ cup butter into an 8 x 8 baking pan; heat in the oven until butter is completely melted.
  4. Remove from the oven and evenly spread the graham cracker and brown sugar mixture over the melted butter.
  5. In layers, alternate the chocolate chips, coconut, and the pecans. Evenly pour the sweetened condensed milk over the top. Bake for 30 minutes or until the coconut is lightly browned. Cool completely before cutting.

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  1. We called these bars “ Hello Dollies” and they are so addicting and delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I had forgotten about it and how delicious they are! Guess what I will be making this week!

  2. We call them centennial squares (my grandmother used to make them) thanks for the recipe.

    Rating: 5
  3. We always called them Easy Layer Bars, and had walnuts and butterscotch chips in them too.

    Rating: 5
  4. My husband says he wants the coconut on top and that everytime his mom made them the coconut was dark brown … guess he means it was toasted. Is there a way to get the coconut extra toasty….

  5. My sister sent me this recipe many years ago calling them Emily bars. No explanation for the name…
    They also used a combination of chocolate and butterscotch chips. 
    Addicting/ habit forming!!

  6. My family called them Port Alberni Bars. Haven’t had them in years but I think I’ll have to make them later! 

  7. I want to make these diabetic friendly. I have suitable substitutes for most of the items. But I can’t find a sub for Sweetened Condensed Milk.

    Any suggestions?

  8. This was a wonderful bar!  I did have problems with the graham cracker and butter layer. For some reason this layer completely separated from the rest of the bar.  Any ideas of what I should do differently the next time?  This has also happened at other times with completely different recipes, by the way….  

    Rating: 5
  9. I just made this sinfully delicious dessert and my husband is hooked. Thank you for sharing your delicious and simple recipe. 

  10. seriously brilliant and so easy to make. My husband who does not do desserts, loved this and wanted me to make it every week!

    Rating: 5
  11. My family called them “Hello Dollies”. My Mom used to make them for church coffee hours, Christmas and sometimes, just because. I can’t wait to make some. Thanks! Jeanette

  12. My mom called them Hello Dolly Bars. I loved them as a kid and still do!!

  13. Made them and they were seriously gorgeous.I used crushed up ginger nut biscuits as we don’t have Graham crackers here.It worked very well. Will certainly make them again. Thanks.

    Rating: 5
  14. If I remember correctly, my Mom called these Congo Bars and I LOVED them.  So glad to find this recipe.  I must try them soon.

  15. We do something similar, but we add a layer of butterscotch morsels. We also called them magic bars. A family favorite for sure.

    Rating: 5
  16. Easy to make & delicious!  Def will keep making them 😊

    Rating: 5
  17. What would be the equivalent of the Graham crackers? I am longing to try this recipe.

  18. I cheated & used the already crushed graham crackers.  I used the mini chocolate chips because that’s what I had in the pantry.  I think it’s just as good.  Easy recipe, very few dirty dishes to clean & I will make definitely manjeri this again.  Next time I want to double the recipe so there’s more to share!  Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!

    Rating: 5
    • This brings back so many wonderful memories!  When I was a child, my grandmother made them every Christmas. I LOVED them ( and her!). 
      We called them Magic Cookie Bars!

  19. Just made this recipe!  It’s baking as we speak.  I can’t eat nuts, so I didn’t use the pecans.  Since that didn’t add bulk to the overall recipe, I only used a cup of the sweetened condensed milk.  I hope that works.  I’ll let you know!  

  20. My family has always called them 7 layer cookies.  A few suggestions, if you mix the butter into the crackers and gently pat them down into the pan and then pour half of the can of condensed milk then layer the rest of the ingredients and pour the rest of the condensed milk on top they will cut beautifully, even the first square! 

    Rating: 5
  21. I first tasted these over 10 years ago with butterscotch chips. Been meaning to make it since but never did. Brought them to a Christmas party last night and it was a hit with everyone. I used a 9 x 13 glass pan and added one-half of the original recipe (doubling it would have been too much but i can see it being doable.  Bake longer accordingly). It was perfect.

    Rating: 5
  22. I want to add Carmel squares. Do you think it would affect it much?
    Thank you,

  23. ******Question:  ******
    Should the leftovers be refrigerated or is it not necessary?  I made these tonight and we loved them but they were too sweet for us.  Sending the rest to work with my husband in the morning.  Not sure if they will keep on the counter or not????

    Rating: 5
  24. My mother made them years ago and called them Hello Dollies but since then I have seen them called Magic Cookie Bars. Whatever you call them, they’re delicious and always a favorite of mine!

    Rating: 5
  25. My grandma made these every Christmas! We call them Hello Dollies. My brother just asked me to make him some for Christmas.

    Rating: 5
  26. Hello Dolly’s! But mine has butterscotch chips also. They are a favorite here too!

  27. I made these for my birthday coming up on the 15th. These are the best magic coconut bars ever! Super simple and easy to make, and taste delicious!!

    Rating: 5
  28. They look and sound they would be very good!
    Do these freeze well?

  29. Just wondering what the recipe would be in grams? Would really like to make them!

    • Just now seeing this, but you can Google measurement conversion, and it will tell you the correct conversion.

      Example: Google cups to grams, or ounces to grams, etc… Just thought I’d reply, hope it helps.

  30. One of my all time favorites, too! I used to make them all the time while I was growing up. We called them, “Hello Dollies.”

    Rating: 5
  31. We call them Magic Bars and use a mix of semi sweet chips and butterscotch chips.

  32. Looking forward to making this for Christmas- can the bars be frozen? I’m trying to get much of my Christmas baking done ahead of time

  33. I looked all over for my recipe yesterday to take to our Thanksgivving meal. Today looking for something completely different (quit ideas) I stumble on it. Guess I’ll be taking it to our Christmas meal! Thanks so much!

  34. Could I make these tonight and leave them covered on my counter until tomorrow?

  35. This is a very old recipe called “Hello Dollies”. I have no idea where the name originated but I’ve made this recipe for the holidays for about 30 years, I think. Love your emails!!  Peggy 

    Rating: 5
  36. My daughter and I have been making cookie baskets for 36 years. We call these yummy ones, Junk Bars, because we use up all the leftover coconut, chocolate, butterscotch, white chips and of course nuts!!!

    Rating: 5
  37. I’m making it now, it’s in the oven as I speak 👍🏻

  38. Not a comment. A question. If I double this could I do this in a 9 by 13 pan.
    Kathy Thomas

    • I don’t double them and I make them in a 13×9.  The bar is definitely thinner but my family likes them better this way!

  39. The toughest part of this recipe is waiting 30 minutes after taking them out of the oven to cut them and have the first one! Absolutely delicious!

    Rating: 5
  40. These look amazing!! I love coconut and these look so decadent. We will definitely be making these soon. Thanks for sharing your delicious recipe with us at Merry Monday this week!

  41. These look irresistibly good! Thanks for sharing!

  42. I wonder if I could use coconut oil instead of butter? And fresh coconut meat instead of dried? I will definitely make this with the subs I mentioned and will update you soon .thank you

  43. We share a birthday!!! I love these bar!!

    Rating: 5
  44. These look incredible! What great treats!

  45. These are delicious!  Currently making my second batch in as many weeks.  Thanks for sharing! 

  46. Oh yeah for me these would be magic alright, they would disappear quickly! I like this combination of flavors, I bet ithas a hint of an almond joy taste with the coconut and the chocolate. I wonder if you can put some almond extract in? Hmmm

    Rating: 5
  47. Going to give these a try!

  48. I have made these for years, 30+, but never put brown sugar in crust. They are so seeet without. 

    As a small history lesson, my Mother made them too but they called them “Hello Dolly’s”. 

    Rating: 5
  49. Looks very good. Would try it out this month.

    Rating: 5
  50. Wow, this looks really great!!! I am going to make this TODAY!! :D YUM

    Rating: 5

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