Seven Layer Bar Cookies


This recipe is not for the faint of heart.  At about 15 minutes in the oven, an intoxicating aroma permeates the kitchen and separates you from your will power.  Just brew yourself some coffee, sit down and wait for the baking to be done, because it’s all over after that.

A food processor is your friend for the graham crackers and peanuts. One sleeve of graham crackers was a little more than 1 cup once it took a spin in my processor. The peanuts chopped up nice and quick. It’s actually bothersome how fast this recipe comes together.  That means I’m always 35 minutes away from 7 layer bar heaven. Let us begin….so you can be tormented with this knowledge like I am.

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Butter it up, Baby.


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Pour in 1/2 stick

of melted butter.

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Graham cracker crumbs make a nice base.



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Coo-coo for coconut!


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Chocolate chips. Resist dumping in the

whole bag.  Or don’t.  I won’t tell.


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Sweetened Condensed Milk.

Poured in a criss-cross grid pattern

for even distribution.

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Just checking.

Yep, that’s what I thought.








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Peanut gallery.

I used salted nuts to balance out

the sweetness of the bars.


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Melty, toasted, gooey goodness.

Make sure and wait until completely cooled before serving.  I know it’s hard, but it’s worth the wait.


Then again, if you ladle some into a dish and put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, I think I would admire the heck out of you.



Seven Layer Bar Cookies

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  • Yield: 12-16 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: Dessert


  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1 c. graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 c. shredded coconut
  • 6 oz. (1/2 package) chocolate chips
  • 6 oz. (1/2 package) butterscotch chips
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 c. chopped nuts


  1. Butter a 9×13 pan.
  2. Sprinkle ingredients in order given. One layer at a time (no stirring).
  3. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
  4. Cool and cut into squares.

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Comments: 5

  1. Jannell March 19, 2013 at 9:42 am

    HOLY SWEETNESS, BATMAN! Those look absolutely delicious 🙂 Don’t even need to be baking these to lose my will power. Actually, I don’t think I got it back from the Peanut Blossom Cookies – I’m probably a lost cause 🙂

    • Holly March 19, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Those Peanut Blossoms were ridiculously good, but these bars will knock your socks clean off!

  2. Jill March 19, 2013 at 9:46 am

    OH MY YUM! I can’t hardly wait to try these!

  3. Nikki @ Full Bloom March 21, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Those pictures are ridiculous! I think mine would never make it to the oven (drool). 🙂

  4. Leslie K June 13, 2018 at 5:34 am

    Looks amazing! I like this recipe with pecans–have never tried with peanuts! Will have to try!