Thursday, October 21, 2010

Seven Layer Bars

When you make Seven Layer Bars, you will have this conversation:

You: I made Seven Layer Bars.

Other Person: Really?  What are the seven layers?  (Please note: Other Person will not expect you to have an answer to this question.)

You: Butter...

Other Person (interrupting):  Mmm, butter...

You won't need to continue the conversation after that.  Other Person will be too busy stuffing his face with Seven Layer Bars.  I was obviously a fortune teller in a previous life.

Seven Layer Bars
Serves: depends on your sweet tooth!

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (this is one "sleeve" of graham crackers)
1/2  cup butter (1 stick), melted
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 1/2 cups flaked coconut
1 1/3 cups sweetened condensed milk (this is one 14 ounce can)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 13 x 9 pan with parchment paper to make it easier to get the Seven Layer Bars out of the pan.

Combine the graham cracker crumbs with the melted butter and press into the bottom of the pan to create a crust.  Sprinkle chopped pecans over the graham cracker crust.  Top the pecans with chocolate chips and butterscotch chips.  Sprinkle the coconut over the chips.  Finally, drizzle the sweetened condensed milk over the coconut.  (If you avoid the very edges, maybe the last 1/8", of the bars when you're drizzling the sweetened condensed milk, this will also help you get the bars out of the pan at the end.  I used to pour a ton of the milk on the edges, and this was a sticky mistake.)

Place the pan in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden brown on top.  Cool at least 20 minutes, then slice into bars.


  1. Sorry to say that I am on a diet (and I am sticking to it) or I would have made those and eaten far more than a serving size by now! Thanks for the yummy idea anyway :)

  2. Tuck this one away for your post-diet days... You won't regret it!