Seven Layer Magic Bars

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Seven Layer magic Bars-the bar that started all the magic!

Seven Layer magic Bars-the bar that started all the magic! Semi-sweet chocolate, peanut butter chips, pecans and coconut layered on top of a Graham cracker crust.

We’re all friends here so I know I can confess my mistakes to you. We’re all going to have a good laugh about this one.

I can try to blame this on my dyslexia, which I did have as a kid. Honestly, I had so much trouble with it that I was held back in 1st grade because I couldn’t read. Luckily, I got some help along the way and now I’m an avid reader. So don’t feel bad for me. That’s not what the story is about.

Seven Layer magic Bars-the bar that started all the magic!

But I still reverse letters all the time.   I’m constantly typing “form” when I mean “from”. I try to blame it on typing too fast. And of course because “form” still a real word, spell check won’t catch it.

So on Facebook today, I posted a recipe for Margarita Bars from my friend Paula at Call Me PMc. But I didn’t proof read the post before I hit Post. And then I went on and did some non-computer things. So I was off the computer.

Seven Layer magic Bars-the bar that started all the magic!

If you want to get attention on Facebook, just transpose a few letters and change Bars to Bras. Margarita Bras. Yup. That’s what I posted.

So many fans caught my mistake and had some fun with it, I know they were laughing with me and not at me. It was fun reading the comments-
“I think someone has already had one too many margarita BRAS!!”
“Nothing like a margarita bra to make a person’s day!!!”
“One Too Many Bras for you today lol lol ”
“Thanks for the laugh, never had a margarita bra ”
“Must have had one to many shots of tequila when baking… Cute typo”

Seven Layer magic Bars-the bar that started all the magic!

I love that I can laugh with my fans. Because, honestly, if you can’t laugh at your mistakes…well, that’s just a mistake in it self.

So in honor of Bra Bars everywhere, I’m sharing these Seven Layer Magic Bars. These are truly one of my favorite bars. I love every single layer. And they are so easy to make. These are the basis for every other layer bar out there.

Just start with the crust and keep layering until it’s time for the sweetened condensed milk. And that milk-it just binds it all together. Into a scrumptious bar.

Seven Layer magic Bars-the bar that started all the magic!


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Seven Layer Magic Bars

Seven Layer Magic Bars


  • 2 cups crushed graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
  • 1 1/2 cup peanut butter chips (the whole bag)
  • 1-1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk, 14 ounces


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray, line with parchment paper fir ease in removing bars after baking for cutting.
  2. Combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter until evenly moistened. press crumb mixture into bottom of prepared pan to form the crust.
  3. Layer the chocolate chips, pecans, peanut butter chips, and then coconut evenly over entire pan.
  4. Drizzle sweetened condensed milk over top of the coconut layer until completely covered and all of the milk is used.
  5. Bake for about 25 minutes, just until coconut starts to turn golden on edges. Remove from oven and let cool completely before cutting into bars. Store in an airtight container.


Seven Layer magic Bars-the bar that started all the magic!

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About Joan Hayes

Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. So funny, I posted magic cookie bars tonight too! Great minds 🙂 These look awesome— no matter how many fun variations I come across, I always come back for more of the the classic recipe 🙂

  2. Hahaha @ Bras….that just made my day!
    Hey, we all do it…I have made typos WAY more times than I care to admit.
    But, next time that happens to me, I hope I have these magic bars to drown my embarrassment in!

  3. I would love to make these but dislike coconut, can I use something else in its place?

  4. I just loved your post on Margarita Bars (Bras lol) I love a person who can laugh at themselves 🙂 so when I wrote the recipe down on a card for my file I put in perenthasis Bras so every time I make this recipe I look at the heading and remember you and have a good laugh thanks for posting this I needed a good laugh today and also my son had dyslexia and we didn’t know this at the time cuz it was when he was first learning to talk so it reminded me of a incident, I was in the kitchen and it was around lunch time he came in there and he was trying to tell me what he wanted (it sounded like poops …lol and I just could not figure out what he was saying so I said can you show mommie and he went to the cuboard and got a can of soup that he loved to eat, I was laughing so hard I was snorting so every time My husband and I have soup we just look at each other and start laughing. Have a great Day! cus you made my day ;-).

  5. These look so good and so easy to make. Thank you so much for posting this. I haven’t made these since the 1980″s and had completely forgotten about them as I lost the recipe. I think I am going to make these for desert for my company Saturday night. These are every woman’s fantasy desert!!!

  6. I make these from time to time except it is with Butterscotch chips instead of peanut butter chips!

  7. Oh typos – so glad it ended up being a funny one! 🙂 I’ve never actually tried the original magic bra, I mean bar, believe it or not. 😉

  8. This is too funny. I’ve so made those mistakes, and the worst is when you’re not online or near a computer and can’t fix it! Love these bras – er -bars, ha. 🙂

  9. Love any version of a seven layer bar. Delicious! Its good to be able to laugh at your own mistakes 🙂

  10. Years ago we made these but we used butterscotch chips instead of peanut butter chips, so there are many variations you could do. yummy

  11. Hmm, a margarita bra… I think you may be on to something. These bars look ridiculous (totally in good way). Seven layer bars in my mouth, please! Pinned.

  12. this will always be my favorite dessert – and I never even noticed bra instead of bar :)but a margarita bra sounds like a lot of fun

  13. I make typos all the time and I have no excuse lol-love the bras 😛

    These bars look scrum-didly-umptious! Chocolatey and coconuttyyy mmm

  14. You are just to cute! Sorry I missed out on the facebook fun! These bars look delicious, and remind me of a bar my mom used to make. I will have to make the trip down memory lane and try these 🙂

  15. Actually, I think Margarita Bras would be awesome, you wouldn’t have to get up to get another drink! Joan, you’re too funny! Thanks for sharing my bars on facebook and here! You’re the best!! ~ Paula

  16. Would it make any difference if I mixed all the toppings with the sweetened condensed milk before pouring it on top of the graham cracker crust?

    • I would recommend layering it. Each layer, as it’s heated, melts into the layers next to it, bonding them together. And the sweetened condensed milk acts as a protective sealer for the top, especially the coconut. I’m not sure how it would turn out just all mixed together then place in a pan.

  17. Jennifer Dezarn says:

    I have made these cookies for over 15 yrs now. I got the recipe from my mom. I have no idea where she got it. But I have always used butterscotch chips instead of peanut butter chips. I bet the peanut butter chips are real good in these cookies. Might have to give it a try the next time I make them.

    • The great thing about these bars, you can use whatever chips you have in the cabinet. I love making them with the butterscotch chips as well.

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