The one essential Magic Bars in the whole recipe is sweetened condensed milk. This sticky, gooey, honey-thick condensed milk is what binds all the ingredients together. It also caramelizes in the oven, giving a sweet depth to each bite similar to dulce de leche. Let make it!
I. Ingredient prepare befor making Magic Bars cake
- 2 cups (225 g) graham cracker crumbs
- 1/2 cup (115 g / 1 stick) melted unsalted butter
- 14 ounces (396 g / 1 can) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup (185 g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup (185 g) butterscotch chips
- 1 cup (115 g) chopped pecans
- 1 cup (105 g) shredded sweetened coconut
- 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt (like Maldon), optional
II. All steps for making Magic Bars cake
+ Step 1: Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with cooking oil then line it with parchment paper.
+ Step 2: Make the graham cracker crust: Place the graham cracker crumbs and the melted butter in a bowl. Toss with a fork until the crumbs are moist and hold together when squeezed with your hand.
Dump the crumbs in the middle of the pan and then press them into an even layer with your fingers or the back of a flat-bottomed cup.
+ Step 3: Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the graham cracker crust. Spread to edges of the pan with a spatula.
+ Step 4: Layer on the rest of the toppings: In this order, sprinkle the chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, pecans, and then sweetened coconut over the top of the condensed milk.
Gently press the ingredients down with your palm so they stick to the condensed milk.
+ Step 5: Bake in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes. Bake until the edges of the bars turn golden-brown and start to pull away slightly from the sides of the pan. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the sea salt (if using).
+ Step 6: Cool completely before lifting the bars out of the pan using the parchment paper. Cut into 24 pieces and store in an airtight container with wax paper or parchment paper between layers. The flavor of the bars is even better the day after baking. Bars stored at room temperature will be fairly soft and are best eaten within 3 to 5 days. For firm and chewy bars, store in the fridge for up to a week.
Very easy for making delicious Magic Bars for family & darling. Hope you and family enjoy this cake! Thank you so much!