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Magic Cookie Bars: When you need a gooey, magical chocolate dessert…this is IT. These magic bars have a chocolate chip cookie base and are full of chocolate – no coconut! We love them more than the original seven layer bars!

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Chocolate Chip Magic Bars Recipe

How do you handle stress? I handle stress really well: I drink. Just kidding. You all know me better than that! When I’m stressed, I eat all the chocolate.

What is it about stress that makes you just want to eat all the things? I talk to some people and they say, “Ohmigosh, that period of my life was so stressful. I lost 10 pounds!” and I think, wow, I cannot be friends with that person.

(Kidding, obviously. #sarcasm #sortof #teachmeyoursecrets)

That’s where these bars come in!

If you’re in that moment today where you NEED CHOCOLATE or hey, maybe it’s just a random Tuesday for you and you WANT chocolate, these Chocolate Chip Cookie Magic Bars are just the thing you need.

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Have you ever made magic bars? They’re also sometimes called Seven Layer Bars (because the original recipe has seven magical layers). I call them magic bars because I don’t always use 7 toppings and once a reader called me out.

(Yes, I have people that read this blog that actually do that. But that’s a whole other post.)


Magic bars have a crust of some sort, then they’re topped with things like chocolate chips, nuts, coconut, and/or candy, and then that is all topped with sweetened condensed milk.

I think God gave us sweetened condensed milk to make up for beets. #justsaying

Ingredients in MAGIC BARS

Ingredients in Seven Layer Bars without coconut

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: You can use Pillsbury or Nestle cookie dough, or make my homemade chocolate chip cookie recipe.

The crust is chocolate chip cookie dough. I used a prepared refrigerated dough (like Pillsbury). It’s fast, easy, and I had some left over from a chocolate chip cookie emergency. You can use any brand you like, or any mix you like, or you can even use this recipe if you want it from scratch.

Toppings: You top these with white chocolate chips, semi-sweet and/or milk chocolate chips, toffee bits, and chopped nuts. I skipped the coconut for these because they’re all about chocolate chip cookie bars!

My magical layers include chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, toffee, and pecans. This is where you can get really creative with the recipe. Use your favorite chips: chocolate, white, peanut butter, butterscotch. Use your favorite chopped up candy: M&Ms, peanut butter cups, Kit Kats. Use your favorite nuts: peanuts, pecans, walnuts. Add coconut or leave out the toffee. Use whatever layers you like!

Sweetened Condensed Milk: This is what causes the magic to happen. In the oven the chocolate chips get all melty and the SCM reacts with them and creates a bar that you can slice.

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  1. Press the cookie dough in a prepared pan.
  2. Sprinkle the chocolate chips and other toppings on top.
  3. Then pour sweetened condensed milk all over the top.
  4. Bake them. And then you’ll be convinced these bars  come from the heavens.
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I have other magic bar versions on this site: oatmeal cookie, pumpkin, brownie, candy corn, samoa. I’ve even turned the concept into pie. You could say I love magic bars. I also love chocolate chip cookies. It’s a food marriage made in Dorothy heaven.

How to Store Millionaire Magic Bars

Store these in an airtight container for up to 3 days. They can just sit on the counter – no refrigeration needed. You can also freeze these for up to 3 months.

How long to bake magic cookie bars?

These take about 30 minutes to bake.

How long do magic cookie bars last?

In an airtight container they’ll last about 3-4 days.

Do magic bars need to be refrigerated?

Magic bars don’t need to be kept in the refrigerator but they will last longer (about 5 days) if you store them in the fridge.

Why is it called seven layer bars?

The traditional recipe has seven layers. This is a chocolate chip cookie variation – you can make them into seven layers by adding chopped candy or coconut.

Can I freeze Eagle Brand magic bars?

These freeze fabulously! If stacking, be sure to place parchment or wax paper between because they’re gooey and will stick. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

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5 from 10 votes
This easy recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Magic Bars starts with prepared cookie dough. It comes together in minutes and can be changed up with your favorite candies and chocolate chips!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 16 bars
Serving Size 1 bar


  • 8.25 ounces chocolate chip cookie dough (such as Pillsbury (half of a 16.5 oz tube), see note)
  • ¾ cup (128g) white chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup (128g) semi sweet or milk chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup (120g) toffee bits
  • ¾ cup (123g) chopped nuts
  • cup (208g) sweetened condensed milk
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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×9” square pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Press the cookie dough into the prepared pan.
  • Sprinkle all chocolate chips, toffee bits, and nuts evenly over cookie dough crust. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over the top.
  • Bake for 24-27 minutes until the edges are golden brown and the center looks somewhat firm. Cool completely before cutting into bars.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze in a single layer for up to 1 month.

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Recipe Notes

  • Use your favorite chocolate chips – you can also swap equal amounts for M&Ms or other candy
  • Use your favorite nuts, or omit and add more candy or toffee bits
  • Use prepared chocolate chip cookie dough or your favorite recipe!

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 83mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 172IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
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Magic Cookie Bar Recipe with chocolate chip cookies! This easy magic cookie bars no coconut but with tons of chocolate and pecans and gooey sweetened condensed milk. These freeze great too!

Last Updated on August 3, 2022

Dorothy Kern

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  1. No comment yet, only a question: if I am adding pretzels to the dough (chips, m and m’s) when do I add the pretzels? Before or after baking?
    Thank you.

  2. I didn’t read the instructions carefully and added the entire 14 oz can of milk. They didn’t set but I am eating them anyway with a spoon . Too bad bc they were supposed to be for Halloween. Will try again. The taste is e,excellent.