Tiny New York Kitchen: Seven Layer Bars

By Victoria Hart Glavin of Tiny New York Kitchen

Seven layer bars, also called Magic Bars, are a perfect “one pan” quickie dessert for home or if you’re taking a dessert to a party. You’ll wonder why you didn’t make these little gems before. Just remember to let them cool completely so that they don’t fall apart on you when you cut them.


1 1/2 Cups Graham Cracker Crumbs

1/2 Cup Butter (Melted)

14 Ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 Cup Butterscotch Chips

1 1/4 Cup Chocolate Chips

1 1/3 Cups Flaked Coconuts

1 Cup Pecans (Chopped)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13×9 inch baking pan with parchment paper or grease with unsalted butter.

In a medium-size bowl combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Mix well so that all graham cracker crumbs are moist.  Press crumb mixture firmly into bottom of prepared pan.

Pour condensed milk evenly over crumb mixture. Layer evenly with butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, coconut, and chopped pecans. Press down with spatula.

Place in oven and bake 25 minutes until lightly browned. Remember that each oven heats differently.

Remove from oven. If you didn’t use parchment paper then loosen from sides of pan while still warm. Cool completely in pan. Cut into bars.
Makes about 30 bars

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Total Time: 40 Minutes

Victoria Hart Glavin has been cooking and writing recipes since she was a teenager. Originally from Nebraska, her appreciation for culinary technique took off when she moved to Lyon, France.

While living in France, Victoria studied French cooking from an expert Lyonnais chef. Victoria learned to love the local culture of preparing and enjoying fresh, seasonal foods. While in France, Victoria experienced the joys of shopping for local produce at the market and preparing fresh foods simply and beautifully in order to enhance the experience of the table. During her time in France, she says she “learned how to squeeze tomatoes at the local market” and “took everything in by osmosis.”

Currently, Victoria creates tasty treats in her tiny kitchen, in New York City, for all to enjoy and on weekends she explores Fairfield County where has a second home. Victoria has shared her recipes with others and now you can enjoy the Tiny New York Kitchen recipe collection, too!  Victoria is a member of Culinary Historians of New York and a member of the Association for the Study of Food and Society.