These are one of the BEST magic cookie bars you will every put in your mouth. After just one bite, you will be in Heaven.
Explain this to me . . . why is it that on a weekday, when my alarm goes off and it's time to get up for work, I am dead tired, but when the weekend rolls around and I can't wait to sleep in, my eyes pop open (without an alarm) at the same time as the weekday and I am wide awake???? It doesn't make sense. I just want to sleep in until at least 9 a.m. please :)
Saturday morning, I was wide awake at 7 a.m. Maybe I was too anxious to try out this new recipe I had been planning all week.
We had treats at work last Tuesday and one of my co-workers brought in Magic Layer Bars. I LOVE her Magic Layer Bars. BUT . . . I got to thinking. How about an Almond Joy version and use chocolate graham crackers instead of regular, almonds instead of pecans and add loads of coconut.
I wanted a thick bar and I remembered pinning Sally's Ultimate Magic Cookie Bars awhile back. Rather than using a graham cracker crust, she created a graham cracker cookie crust. BEST DECISION EVER, SALLY. The crust is thick and soft and chewy and is guaranteed to become a base of many recipes to come.
The result is DIVINE, DECADENT, SINFUL, RICH, AMAZING, IRRESISTIBLE. Okay, okay, so I really really loved these bars. They totally reminded me of an Almond Joy. You need to try this recipe ASAP.
(Printable Recipe) or (Printable with Picture)
1/2 c. unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 c. light brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. chocolate graham cracker crumbs (not quite 9 full-sheet crackers)
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 3/4 c. shredded sweetened coconut
1/2 c. sliced almonds
about 12 oz. sweetened condensed milk (not quite one can)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a slight overhang for easy removal and spray with cooking spray; set aside. For the Crust: In a large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar, using a hand mixer, until smooth and creamy. Add the vanilla and egg and mix until combined. Add the flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt and mix until fully combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Press graham cracker dough evenly into the bottom of your prepared baking pan. Bake for 5 minutes.
Remove from oven and sprinkle with the mini chocolate chips (reserving a small amount), coconut and sliced almonds. Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk over the top and sprinkle with reserved mini chocolate chips. Remember the pan is hot and return to the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until set (I baked mine for about 26 minutes). Loosely tent the pan with aluminum foil halfway through baking time to prevent the coconut and almonds from browning and rotate the pan in the oven.
Allow to cool at room temperature for 30 minutes and then stick in the refrigerator to cool all the way through (the bottom of the pan will be cold). Cut into 9-12 squares. DO NOT cut the bars while they are still warm or the gooey filling will run all over the place.
Jenn's Notes: I cut mine into 9 bars, but since they are pretty rich, I think 12 bars would be perfect.
Base Recipe adapted from: Sally's Baking Addiction