Thursday, June 9, 2011

HELLO DOLLY BARS - Smitten Kitchen

I needed to make something sweet and quick for a friend.  And, since it was Sunday, I needed to have all the ingredients on hand.  Yea for Smitten Kitchen.  Hello Dolly Bars aka Seven Layer Bars aka Magic Bars--what do you call them?  I think Hello Dolly sounds fun.

I plopped my iPad onto my cookbook holder and started gathering the ingredients. Because I knew they would be so sweet, I subbed unsweetened coconut for sweetened coconut.  Fifteen minutes later the little lovelies were baking away.  They were a hit!

1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, cut into large pieces
1 1/2 cups graham crackers crumbs (about 8 graham crackers)
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup shredded coconut (I used unsweetened)
1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk (just under half a small can)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

I don't like to pull out my food processor to pummel just one ingredient.  So placing the graham crackers in a large sealed bag and whacking it with a rolling pin is my easy, no clean-up trick.

Melt butter in microwave in heatproof bowl until just melted when stirred. Add graham cracker crumbs. Mix and then press evenly into the bottom of 8×8 baking pan.
Layer coconut, pecans, butterscotch and chocolate chips on top of graham cracker base. Pour sweetened condensed milk over whole mixture.

Bake in oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top is light brown.

Because I wanted to get these delivered before the sun set, I placed them in the fridge to cool down quickly.  Much easier to cut and serve that way.

Saved one for me....delish.


  1. These are my fav ingredients. I will keep this recipe.

  2. My Mom used to make these. Yummy. Sigh.

  3. I love the Smitten Kitchen. Those bars look delicious. Especially since I am avoiding treats these days. I love to bake, I could do it for a living as long as I didn't have to make a living at it.

  4. Those look delish! Hey I think I bought some peaches from your friend over here. Is her name Jill Green? We live around the way from her now.