Family Favorites Friday – Magic Cookie Bars

How is it October already? Right now I’m focused on my upcoming trip to Portugal, but its hard not to notice all the holiday and Christmas decorations that are starting to pop up in the stores.

One of my favorite parts of the holidays is baking cookies. Today I am sharing a super simple and delicious bar cookie that I feel everyone should add to their holiday baking list – Magic Cookie Bars. These have become one of the cookies that I always bake for Christmas and bring home with me.

Magic Cookie Bars

The best thing about these cookies is that there isn’t a lot of prep. You measure the ingredients, layer them in a pan, and bake. That’s it! But don’t be fooled by how easy these are, they are SUPER tasty as well.

Magic Cookie Bars

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1 1/2 cup chopped nuts

Directions
HEAT oven to 350°F. Coat 13 x 9-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.

POUR melted butter into pan and top with graham cracker crumbs.

Magic Cookie Bars

POUR sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumb mixture.

Magic Cookie Bars
LAYER evenly with chocolate chips, coconut and nuts. Press down gently.

Magic Cookie Bars
BAKE 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Loosen from sides of pan while still warm; cool on wire rack. Cut into bars.

Magic Cookie Bars
If you want to change these up you definitely have some options. Switch out the semi-sweet chips for dark chocolate, peanut butter, or butterscotch (or do a mixture). If you aren’t a nut person, you could always leave them out. I used honey graham crackers but you could use the cinnamon ones to give them a little something extra.

These cookies are great if you need something last minute to take to a party or send to school with the kiddos. They also freeze really well if you want to stash some for later in the year.

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