Magic Cookie Bars

filed under: Cookies · I Am Baker on April 16, 2013

I literally made these Magic Cookie Bars 2 hours ago.  Tonight my husband, kids and I are going to a small gathering and I could not be more happy about it.  With all the events of the world of late, I feel so blessed that we are able to be with loving, caring people.

Even in the midst of personal trials and national devastation, I turned to something that always brings me joy.  Baking.

Magic Cookie Bars

And showing up to a friends home without a special homemade gift just seems so wrong, so this was win-win.

Since I decided to make them just a few hours ago, I hadn’t prepared and gotten supplies.  The reason I am calling them “garbage bars” is because I simply emptied out my pantry to make them.

The bars are based off a recipe from my Mother-in-Law’s church cookbook and are called Magic Cookie Bars and they have been around for many, many years!

Garbage Bars Recipe

Instead of using semi-sweet chocolate and chopped nuts as the original recipe called for, I used 1/2 cup of four different kinds of treats.

Just a few ingredients for Special Magic Cookie Bars!

Garbage Bars

1/2 cup Peanut Butter Chips

1/2 cup Milk Chocolate Chips

1/2 cup White Chocolate Chips

1/2 cup Butterscotch Chips

I thought they turned out pretty great!

Sweet… like -holy heck are they sweet- but great none the less.


Amazingly Sweet Magic Cookie Bars!

Magic Bars Recipe

If you want to stick to the traditional recipe simply use 2 cups of chocolate chips (milk or semi-sweet) and 1 cup chopped nuts. You can also use the traditional

Another fun variation? Try adding 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon to the graham cracker crust!

I just love how “custom” these bars are.  You can truly make them yours by using your favorite ingredients!

Amazing Garbage Bars!

Garbage Bars
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

The bars are based off a recipe from my Mother-in-Law’s church cookbook and are called Magic Cookie Bars and they have been around for many, many years!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Magic Cookie Bars
Servings: 2 dozen bars
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 1/2 c graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 c melted butter
  • 15 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 c peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 c milk chocolate chips or semi-sweet
  • 1/2 c white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c butterscotch chips
  • Or 2 cups of whatever you have in your pantry: left over candy bars, oatmeal, etc.
  • 1 c coconut flakes the original calls for 1 1/2 cups, but I am not a coconut fan
  1. Heat oven to 350.
  2. Melt butter in microwave or small saucepan over low heat. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over bottom of 9x13 pan then pour butter over crumbs. Flatten out crumbs with fork and make sure butter is evenly incorporated.

  3. Evenly pour two cups of flavored chips over graham cracker crust.
  4. Pour condensed milk over chips.
  5. Cover with coconut flakes. (Or shredded coconut)
  6. Bake 25 minutes. Edges will be brown and center should not jiggle.


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  • Janie Jackson says:

    Ready to get these this weekend for my boys,nephews and niece. I’m excited already!

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