Monday, November 3, 2014

Versatile Magic Cookie Bars

     Today I am going to share a recipe for  a cookie bar that has multiple variations. Keebler has a basic form of this recipe but I have seen it made several different ways. Here is the version I made this morning:

1/2 cup  (1 stick) of butter melted
1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 14 oz can low fat sweetened condensed milk                  

1 1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
3/4 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Spread the melted butter in a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan
Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs over the butter and evenly pat into the pan
Drizzle the condensed milk over the crumbs
Sprinkle the coconut and then the remaining ingredients over the top
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until bubbly and slightly golden on top
Cool completely before cutting into bars

Aside from being easy to make, the beauty of this recipe is that it can be adapted to suit your family's taste or to use the variety of chips that you have on hand. A few weeks ago I made an autumnal version that Sara at Our Best Bites had listed on her blog a few years ago. For that version after the layer of shredded coconut, you add the following items:

1 cup of cinnamon chips
1 cup of white chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Whatever combination of toppings you choose to utilize, these are easy to make and are easily packed in a lunch box or served as an after school snack.

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