Fall Magic Bars

A sweet bar cookie gets a fall makeover. Fall Magic Bars are a twist on the 7-ingredient American classic bar cookie, this time with white chocolate chips and dried cranberries. Delicious on their own or warmed with a scoop of ice cream on top.

Fall Magic Bars - A sweet bar cookie gets a fall makeover. Fall Magic Bars are a twist on the 7-ingredient American classic bar cookie, this time with white chocolate chips and dried cranberries. Delicious on their own or warmed with a scoop of ice cream on top.

We’re halfway through #CranberryWeek, one of my favorite foodie weeks of the year. If you’ve been following along with me for a while, you probably remember me saying that cranberries ring in late fall for me. I skip pumpkin season and go straight for these tart fruits. Thanksgiving never has a pumpkin pie (unless someone else brings it) but instead, a cranberry pear tart.

This is the second recipe that I’m sharing with you this week (if you missed my quinoa with turkey, Brussels sprouts and cranberries on Monday, be sure to click the link and check it out!), and this is my only dessert. If you’re wanting extra sweets or just more cranberry recipes that I’m bring to you this week, you can search #CranberryWeek on social media. This year we have over 20 bloggers bring you delicious cranberry recipes to brighten up your fall. In addition, today’s recipes can be found at the bottom of this post, and as an added bonus, I’ll even give you a few of my favorites from previous years:


A sweet bar cookie gets a fall makeover. Fall Magic Bars are a twist on the 7-ingredient American classic bar cookie, this time with white chocolate chips and dried cranberries. Delicious on their own or warmed with a scoop of ice cream on top.

Today’s recipe has been one that I’ve been thinking about for two years now. (There are just so many recipes to try, and not enough time to make them all!) I grew up loving classic Magic Bars (aka Seven Layer Cookies). The graham cracker crust was topped with sweetened coconut flakes, a mix of chocolate and butterscotch chips, chopped pecans, and sweetened condensed milk. My mom used to whip up a batch, and like most other sweets in my house, they didn’t last long.

I’ve taken that classic recipe and created a fall version, with dried cranberries and white chocolate, which pair so well together. These cookies are delicious at room temperature, but even better when they’re warm from the oven or microwaved for a few seconds. Then they become ooey gooey sweet goodness. Nobody will judge if you top a warm sugar-laden cookie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, I promise.

A sweet bar cookie gets a fall makeover. Fall Magic Bars are a twist on the 7-ingredient American classic bar cookie, this time with white chocolate chips and dried cranberries. Delicious on their own or warmed with a scoop of ice cream on top.

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A sweet bar cookie gets a fall makeover. Fall Magic Bars are a twist on the 7-ingredient American classic bar cookie, this time with white chocolate chips and dried cranberries. Delicious on their own or warmed with a scoop of ice cream on top.

Fall Magic Bars

A sweet bar cookie gets a fall makeover. Fall Magic Bars are a twist on the 7-ingredient American classic bar cookie, this time with white chocolate chips and dried cranberries. Delicious on their own or warmed with a scoop of ice cream on top.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 20 Cookies
Calories 243 kcal
Author Liz

Ingredients

  • 2 c. graham crackers crumbs from about 14 graham crackers
  • 1 stick butter melted
  • 1 c. sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 c. white chocolate chips
  • 1 c. dried cranberries
  • 1 c. chopped pecans
  • 1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter, mixing until incorporated. Pour into a 9x13-inch pan. Using your fingers, press crust evenly across the bottom.
  2. Now create the layers by spreading coconut flakes, white chocolate chips, dried cranberries and chopped pecans evenly over graham cracker crust, ensuring that everything is evenly distributed.
  3. Drizzle bars with sweetened condensed milk.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting bars into 20 pieces.

A Books n’ Cooks original recipe.

A sweet bar cookie gets a fall makeover. Fall Magic Bars are a twist on the 7-ingredient American classic bar cookie, this time with white chocolate chips and dried cranberries. Delicious on their own or warmed with a scoop of ice cream on top.

Today’s #CranberryWeek Recipes

See all the tasty cranberry recipes being shared today below and follow #cranberryweek on social media for more ideas all week long. And a big thanks to Caroline from Caroline’s Cooking for hosting this week-long event!

19 thoughts on “Fall Magic Bars”

  1. 5 stars
    Wow! I love this version of the classic magic bar. I’m pretty sure I need to make them ASAP! I love the new look of your blog. It looks great!! Thanks so much for linking up at the Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party each week. I really appreciate you!

  2. I have never heard of magic bars (where have I been?)! These sound amazing. I love that you’ve been thinking about them for two years. I can totally relate.

  3. 5 stars
    Magic bars have been a favorite since my childhood! I love this version with white chocolate and cranberries. So perfect for the holidays!

    1. Hi Elle! I would probably make another crumb-like crust out of a cookie like a chocolate of vanilla wafer cookie. I’m not sure how it would work with a traditional shortbread crust. I would think it would be alright, but since it’s a bit more of a dough, I’m not sure. If you try it, please let me know how it goes!

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