Magic Cookie Bars: Only the Greatest Thing You Will Ever Put In Your Mouth

I recently shared with you guys what I thought of those super-hard-to-find new limited-edition Candy Corn Oreos. Word on the street from most people I’ve talked is that they agree. The cookies are good but nothing super spectacular. In other words… Hey, Nabisco! Next time give it WAY more candy corn flavor!

What did surprise me, though, was that I was flooded with questions from my readers and friends asking me for the recipe to those super nummy Magic Cookie Bars. My mom’s made these cookies for me since I was a kid, and they’ve always been my favorite.

The original recipe (which mom points out was from Borden Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk magazine ad) included walnuts and coconut. Over the past few years, mom has made some alterations to the recipe since my oldest son Jason has nut allergies.

Her latest change is to subsitute caramel chips for the shredded coconut and HOLY COW are they even more amazing now. While you can eat these bad boys right out of the oven, I actually prefer them frozen. It’s like eating a frozen Snickers or Milky Way bar, that combination of chocolate, graham crackers and other gooey goodness just works wonders in a frozen state.

Anyways, I asked mom if it’s okay to post the recipe on her and she gave her sugary sweet blessing. Thanks, mom! Love you and love these cookies!

Ellen Kardon’s Magic Cookie Bars

1/2 c butter
1 package honey graham crackers crushed
1 can sweetened fat free or regular sweetened condensed milk
1 package chocolate chips
1/2 bag Kraft caramel bits (Walmart seems to be the only place currently carrying them)
1-1 1/2 cups chopped pretzels

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Melt butter in 9×13 inch glass dish ( I like glass so I can see how it’s browning)
Sprinkle crumbs over butter
Pour condensed milk as evenly as possible over crumbs
Sprinkle caramel bits
Sprinkle chocolate chips
Sprinkle pretzels

Bake 25-30 minutes until lightly browned
Cool thoroughly (takes a long time as it will be VERY soft)
Cut into squares.
Eat or freeze. Delicious frozen

Every visit from mom is filled with love… and a tin of Magic Cookie Bars!
“Don’t even think about it…”

34 thoughts on “Magic Cookie Bars: Only the Greatest Thing You Will Ever Put In Your Mouth”

  1. After I get to my house in Georgia, my plan is to take all the cookie/cake/muffin/bread recipes I have found and pinned, and de-gluten them. This one is going to be first!

  2. Cool recipe! Definitely easy enough to make. I love eating pretzels so this recipe is perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  3. My niece (Amber Adams on Facebook, check her out) and I are each making a batch this weekend #foodlab #tastetest #postsushi

    Thank you SO much for posting this recipe. You RAWK, Andrew!

  4. Those look fantastic! I love the changes your mom has made, I think I will try this out! It’s going on my Pinterest board, hope that’s okay!!!

  5. Mom was trying to figure out what to make for meals when you all come up. I told her to
    just make magic cookie bars and linzer tarts and we’ll all be happy.

  6. As a vanilla lover, these cookies are amazing! The caramel and the gooeyness of the condensed milk make it a truly remarkable and totally worth going off your diet dessert! I am heading to Walmart now….:)

  7. I have been seeing a lot of recipes lately with using the pretzels in the deserts. This looks and sounds great. I hate coconut so glad to see this was substituted.

  8. Thanks, Andrew!! Can’t wait to try them!! I was just in Wal-Mart today, and saw the caramel chips, picked up the bag, thought ,”these look good,” then put the bag back. So funny!

  9. I’ve LOVED these things for more than 20 years! Surprisingly, they’re even better frozen. But I’ve got to say, as a MCB purist, there needs to be some coconut in here.

    • Try looking at Walmart for the caramel chips. That’s where my mom said she found them. Then again, those might be the only kind that are “nut free,” so you may get lucky at other stores. Let me know how they turn out!

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