In what may have been a flurry of bad judgement, a beautiful September Sunday afternoon was spent experimenting with Christmas Cookies. No worries, you will be seeing the result over the coming two weeks. My rear end is seeing the result right now with these OLD FASHIONED SEVEN LAYER BARS.
You might also know these bars by their many other names that include: Paula Deen Seven Layer Bars, Guilt-Free Seven Layers Bars (NOT!), Magic Cookie Bars, Eagle Brand Seven Layer Bars, 5 Layer Bars and Coconut Layer Bars. That is a lot of names for the same thing! They are all variations on OLD FASHIONED SEVEN LAYER BARS.
Any name you know them by will have a similar result. Your teeth will hurt, you will crave milk and and you won’t be able to stop eating them. We all know you said you wanted abs, but honey, these are delicious!
Thankfully, this makes a large pan of OLD FASHIONED SEVEN LAYER BARS and anything more than a small bite is too much – sooooo….. There will be plenty to go around.
Did I say easy? They are easy too!
The inspiration for OLD FASHIONED SEVEN LAYER BARS
These bars came to me from an old neighbor of mine, Mary Joe (the spelling is correct). Mary Joe used to drop off a tin of cookies each year at Christmas and I can’t tell you how much I looked forward to her annual gift. She always included some of these OLD FASHIONED SEVEN LAYER BARS. One time, she gave me the recipe and although I added a pinch of salt, the rest of the recipe is exactly the same.
When I checked all knowing Google – I found that this is a fairly old recipe and it appears to me to have come from the back of some Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk originally (I could be wrong about this – it’s just a guess). Wherever they originally came from, all I can say is, “Thank you” they are super duper!
THE RECIPE FOR OLD FASHIONED SEVEN LAYER BARS
- 1 stick of unsalted sweet cream butter
- 10 oz graham cracker crumbs (about ⅔ of a bag)
- 1 24 oz Bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used Ghiradelli here - but any are fine)
- 1 24 oz bag of butterscotch chips
- 1 ¼ Cups shredded coconut
- 1 ¼ Cups chopped pecans
- 1 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
- A sprinkle of Kosher salt
- Preheat the oven to 350. No need for cooking spray with this one.
- Place your 9x9 oven proof baking dish in the oven with the stick of butter in the pan. Allow the butter to melt (about 5 minutes)
- When butter is just melted, remove from the oven and spread the graham cracker crumbs across the bottom of the pan and smooth with a rubber spatula.
- Pour on the chocolate chips followed by the butterscotch chips. Do not bother to spread them out - just sprinkle evenly over the top as best you can.
- Sprinkle the coconut over the chips followed by the pecans. Do not bother to spread them out - just sprinkle evenly over the top as best you can.
- Pour the can of condensed sweetened milk over the top. Do not bother to spread it out - just pour evenly over the top as best you can.
- Just using your fingers, sprinkle a light sprinkle of Kosher salt over the top.
- Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes until the milk is bubbling up through and the coconut has begun to brown slightly.
- Remove to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before trying to cut.
- When cooled, cut into very small pieces. Place in small cupcake papers for easy serving.
I know I say this almost every single post - but use real butter please - you won’t be disappointed. Believe me, you won’t save any fat or calories by using margarine - I will laugh if you even ask me. Lol.
So - coconut is a thing with a lot of people. If you are totally against it - then leave it off. It adds some color and fluff to the recipe but isn’t totally necessary.
I bake mine in a 9x9 pan - I like mine thick - but then this means you have to cut them even smaller. You can make this same recipe in a 9x13 pan and they will be a little thinner - just adjust your baking time. I like to cut mine the same size as a small cupcake wrapper and then present them in those. These are sticky - just saying. The cupcake wrapper helps to prevent sticky fingers.
TIPS AND TRICKS FOR OLD FASHIONED SEVEN LAYER BARS
- I made these OLD FASHIONED SEVEN LAYER BARS using the already crushed graham cracker crumbs that you can buy in your baking aisle – because, frankly, why crush them if you can buy them already crushed? But if you really want to crush a box, be my guest. Just use the same weight measurement.
- I know I say this almost every single post – but use real butter please – you won’t be disappointed. Believe me, you won’t save any fat or calories by using margarine – I will laugh if you even ask me. Lol.
- So – coconut is a thing with a lot of people. If you are totally against it – then leave it off. It adds some color and fluff to the recipe but isn’t totally necessary.
- I bake mine in a 9×9 pan – I like mine thick – but then this means you have to cut them even smaller. You can make this same recipe in a 9×13 pan and they will be a little thinner – just adjust your baking time. I like to cut mine the same size as a small cupcake wrapper and then present them in those. These are sticky – just saying. The cupcake wrapper helps to prevent sticky fingers.
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A Verse to Share
Supposing that my internet connection comes back up so that I can edit the photos and get this posted, you will be reading this sometime on about September 22. Maybe I should have saved myself some trouble since a number of people are supposing that the world will end on September 23.
Believe me, if it does, you will be glad that you had some of these OLD FASHIONED SEVEN LAYER BARS before it all went down.
If however, my cable company is NOT able to get my internet functional in time, then I guess I am just writing this post for nothing and maybe some future civilization will find it in my google docs and wonder what it is about.
Crazy Stuff I’ve Heard
In fact, I have a google doc titled “crazy stuff I’ve heard”, I completely forgot to put the “end of the world on September 23” in there. I’ve got to go do that right now.
Wow – I’m really getting off in the weeds here. The point I’m trying to make is, you are probably safe to go do whatever you like to do this weekend and if you have something important due for work or school on Monday, you better go ahead and do it.
The Bible says, plain as the nose on my face that NO MAN WILL KNOW the day and time of his reappearance.
Which brings me to another point, many people believe that Jesus is coming on Saturday. However, what I have read is that there is some type of planetary alignment happening and that this will cause all types of catastrophes.
Aren’t those two things different?
So, like I always say, go consult the actual scripture. See what it says. Matthew 24 is where we find the scripture where Jesus is telling his disciples about his return. I hope you will go pull out your own bible and read it for yourself.
One thing that stands out to me is that Jesus blatantly says that we will be hated and put to death by the people of the world for his name sake. Many will turn away and these times will be cut short or no one would endure.
That tells me that things are going to get a whole lot worse before they get better.
I won’t put all of Matthew 24 here, it is just too long for this space. You can go look it up though.
I don’t believe Jesus is coming on Saturday, but I do believe he is coming sometime – in his own time. I think we better be ready.
Matthew 24: 42-50
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.