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butterscotch pecan magic bars on white plate

Are you tired of full and rich and fattening desserts yet? No?


Because really…I can’t stop. Sure…I’m trying to use low-fat ingredients, just for you (and so I can wear pants without elastic).

But it’s haaaard (she whines).

So anyway, if you’re being all good and fantastic and you haven’t had sugar in a week…well I envy you. Because I can’t stop!

Just pin these and they will be waiting for you when you need something uber sweet.

These will fulfill that requirement. And more!

butterscotch pecan magic bars

I think it’s no secret by this point that I {heart} magic bars. I mean, I made my first batch of them in the summer. And since then I’ve made approximately 7,242,123 kinds.

{Okay, I might be exaggerating. But you get the idea.}

These were born of my love of butterscotch. {Right then, my mom just scratched her head and sighed…because as a kid I would never touch the stuff. Wouldn’t go near her butterscotch krispie treats. Poor woman never got her fill.}

There is something about butterscotch and pecans that just is right. And, ever since I made magic bars with a brownie crust, I’ve been thinking of other types of crust. This one is a cake mix: Butter Pecan Cake Mix. It adds another layer of pecan flavor that totally compliments the butterscotch.

And, well. You pour sweetened condensed milk over anything and it just makes everything right with the world, right?

butterscotch pecan magic bars

So…yeah. I’m not stopping the magic bar love anytime soon. Fat pants be damned!

What would your dream flavor of magic bar be?

butterscotch pecan magic bars on white plate

Butterscotch Pecan Magic Bars

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These will be your new favorite magic bar! Cake mix crust, butterscotch, pecans, and sweetened condensed milk. So easy to make!
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 24 servings
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 1 Butter Pecan Cake Mix
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 bag butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk 14 ounces
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13” pan with foil and spray well with cooking spray.
  • Mix cake mix, egg, and butter in a bowl with an electric mixer, until combined. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Sprinkle butterscotch chips and nuts over the top of the crust.
  • Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over the chips and nuts.
  • Bake for 28-30 minutes, until it begins to brown. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 210kcal
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

{Recipe inspired by Stella B’s Kitchen.}

Other Magic Bar goodness:

Cookies ‘n Cream Magic Bars

Monster Magic 7-Layer Bars

Monster Magic 7 layer 2 words

Magic from friends:
Monster Magic Cookie Bars by Something Swanky
Lightened Up Magical Coconut Bars by Oh She Glows
Nutella Hazelnut Magic Bars by Cookin’ Cowgirl

Dorothy Kern

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  1. I’ve had the same love for anything sweet that is a bar, they r all magic.
    Two of my fantasy ingredients 1 dates, 2 COCONUT

  2. I love magic bars, but you just made them better with pecans! I can’t wait to try this! thanks for the recipe.

  3. Not tired of them yet 😉 These look amazing Dorothy! Pinning, stumbling, getting fatter…you know the drill!

  4. Oh my goodness, do these look GOOD!!.. And I’m betting my mother would love them too. It might be nice, I think, if I made her a batch for Valentines Day/Mother’s Day, so thanks for sharing the recipe!

  5. Yes yes yes yes YES please! Magic/7 layer bars are my current obsession and I have no intention of stopping the madness anytime soon. Butterscotch and pecan? Sign my fat a$$ up to eat the entire pan and then some.