One of my all time favorite indulgences are these 7-Layer Magic Bars that my mother-in-law makes. I don’t really know what else to call them, but they literally have seven-ish different layers of yumminess and are pretty much the closest things to magic as it gets!!
I’ve adapted her recipe a bit and like to use all the different holiday themed M&M’s to make them festive all year long – including this patriotic version. They are perfect for your 4th of July bash because they are beyond simple to make and everyone always goes crazy for them. Like literally crazy. A fight has been known to happen amongst the Cholakian Clan over who took the last Magic Bar…I may, or may not, be guilty of instigating that fight 98% of the time, but that’s irrelevant here.
The point is, they really are heaven on a plate. Just make sure you’re not worrying about calories before you taste them – it WILL be love at first bite and your summer diet may go right out the window when you eat the whole pan. But, being Americas Birthday and all, I say go for it. Life is just too short to say no to Magic Bars!!!
What you’ll need:
2 cups flour
½ cup powdered sugar
pinch of salt
½ ib. cold, unsalted butter, cut into cubes
¾ cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup Reese’s chips
¾ cup white chocolate chips
¾ cup M&M’s
¾ cup coconut
½ cup sweetened condensed milk
½ cup evaporated milk
*substitutions: chopped pecans, dried cranberries, pretzels, or more/less of any of the above topping ingredients.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a food processor, mix together flour, powdered sugar, and salt.
Add butter and pulse a few times until the mixture resembles course crumbles.
Place mixture in a 13” x 9” pan and press down firmly to form a crust.
Bake for 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix together dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, Reese’s chips, M&M’s and coconut.
Remove pan from oven and immediately pour chip mixture over the crust.
Drizzle both milks evenly over the top.
Bake for 10 minutes.
Cool completely in pan, then cut into bars.