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Friday, June 23, 2017

Magic Cookie Bars

Magic Bars
Magic Cookie Bars

 I just took the first bite and felt chocolate in my was such a dainty feeling that I took a second bite and I felt the divine taste of coconut this time. Still I felt there was more in it...and then I realized there were nuts my third bite. Do not ask how many more bites and cookies I had, as it was hard to resist.

That evening I was at my niece place, where my whole family was invited for a barbecue party at her roof top. At that time of the month, Bangalore has that bracing air and barbecue seems to be a perfect treat. All of us were busy helping her with taking dishes and some barbecue supplies from her kitchen to the roof top. We were all curious to know what was being served as dessert for the evening...and there comes this 'Magic Box with Magic Bars '. This was the first time I had tasted something like this, in fact Magic Cookie Bar is not a rare dish and is as common as any other cookie bar. Those were gifted to her by her friend and when I asked for the actually felt like magic.

Magic Cookie Bars
Magic Cookie Bars

These bars are super easy and quick to make with very few ingredients used. Again it all depends on your preference as many do not like walnuts or may be they are allergic to it. And some may prefer a thin layer of these bars can be modified according to your taste and preference.

I would suggest not to change anything here if you are preparing it for the first time as the combination of the chocolate, coconut and nuts is what makes it all magical. Do give it a try as it is and then later make changes as you want.

The actual recipe for Magic Cookie Bars calls for a thick biscuit base, where as I prefer to have a thin one as you can see in the picture. Also you can substitute the sweetened coconut flakes with freshly grated coconut. You can also add more of chocolate chip and reduce the quantity of nuts. In case if you do not have good quality chocolate chip, you can add chopped up chocolate bar of your choice but make sure that chocolate should not be the top layer as it may burn much before the cookie is baked.

Magic Bars
Magic Cookie Bars

You can watch the video here:

Magic Cookie Bars

  Layered cookie bars with chocolate, nuts and coconut on a buttery biscuit crumb base.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 20 minutes

1 cup = 250 ml capacity

Serves 5


  • 10 digestive biscuits
  • 80 grams melted butter, (1/3 cup)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (or any other nuts), 
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes (or freshly grated coconut), 
  • 1 tin condensed milk (300 grams) 



  1. Crush the biscuits into fine crumbs and add melted butter. Mix well and set aside. 
  2. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. 
  3. Take a medium size baking dish (9 by 13 inches) with butter paper or greased with butter or oil and spread the biscuit and butter mixture as a base evenly. It depends on how thick you like this base to be. I prefer a thin base... you can either make a thin base or slightly thicker one. For thick base, use a smaller baking dish. 
  4. Pour a full or 3/4th can of condensed milk as a second layer and spread evenly. You can reduce the quantity according to your preference. 
  5. And then make even layers of chocolate chips, coconut and walnuts accordingly. Make sure chocolate layer should not be the top layer as it might burn easily. 
  6. Once the layers are set, it is very important to press down everything firmly so that it becomes easy to cut into bars later. 
  7. Bake the cookie sheet in oven for 15 to 20 minutes or till the top layer is golden brown. Keep checking as it might get burnt if the oven temperature is high. 
  8. Remove from oven and cool it completely. If you start cutting even before it has cooled might break into crumbs. Store in an air tight container. It stays good for a week in room temperature. Or else keep it refrigerated.


  1. That sounds like bliss in every bite!!! Must try this one soon...