Well, this recipe here is definitely two things – INCREDIBLY easy to make, and NOT a family recipe it turns out. I mentioned making these bars to Mom who had no idea who “Rosemary” was but recognized the recipe as similar to the “Magic Cookie Bars” on the can of Eagle brand sweetened condensed milk. I looked it up and sure enough, the recipes were almost identical. “Rosemary” was a recipe thief!! But her recipe included butterscotch chips, which took the total layers to seven and also gave the bars a whole extra flavor. I figured maybe that’s what “Rosemary” added to make them her own. But no – Eagle has the recipe for Seven Layer Magic Cookie Bars on their website as well. Oh well – these surely aren’t unique but dang, are they delicious and they couldn’t be easier to make!
Grandma’s recipe calls for 1 Cup of Graham crackers, but for me, that wasn’t enough. Eagle call for 1 1/2 Cups in their recipe and I think that’s closer. You can mix the melted butter and the graham crackers together in a separate bowl and then dump them into the 9″x13″ pan and press to form a crust if you want. It’s almost just as easy to mix it all and press it all in the pan. Also not noted in Grandma’s recipe is the instruction to press each layer into the previous as you add them. I think that’s a smart thing to do to keep the bars from being too crumbly.
I think you could easily play with this recipe a bit and have fun with it. Instead of graham crackers, you could use chocolate wafer cookies. Or, replace the butterscotch chips with peanut butter chips and swap out the pecans for peanuts. The possibilities are endless!
I hope you give this recipe a try. Honestly, it will probably be the easiest one I ever post and you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry. If you do try it, let me know what you think in the comments or share a picture of your results with me on Instagram (@bdhbakes).