Well, Hello Dolly (bars)!

I don’t think I had my first Hello Dolly bar until I was almost 40. Gasp! A coworker brought them to an office potluck and she was amazed that I didn’t know what they were. I was amazed too because they are DELICIOUS and the thought of missing out on them for so long was just sad. Oh so sad.

Luckily my coworker was kind enough to share the recipe and every once in a while I happen to have all the necessary ingredients and snack magic happens. The ingredients aren’t complicated but for whatever reason I rarely seem to have them all on hand at exactly the same time in my pantry.

These are also known as 7 layer bars or magic cookie bars depending on where you’re from. The name Hello Dolly Bars apparently relates to this recipe being popular during the ’60s when Hello Dolly, the musical, was popular as well. And let’s face it, Hello Dolly bars are just more fun to say.

I think any type of chopped nuts work in this recipe. I prefer pecans or walnuts, but that’s just me. Also, the chocolate chips could easily be dark, milk, white, peanut butter, butterscotch or even cinnamon chips. Other add ins like dried fruit or toffee bits would be yummy too. I’m giving you the basic recipe today, but I hope you give it a try and get creative with your own special twists! Enjoy ♥️

Hello Dolly Bars

2 cups crushed graham crackers

1/2 cup butter, melted

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 cups chocolate chips

1 cup chopped nuts

1 cup shredded coconut

1 – 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a 9×13” pan with nonstick spray. Mix graham crackers, sugar, and melted butter, and press in bottom of pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips over graham cracker mixture. Then sprinkle nuts over chocolate chips. Sprinkle coconut on top of nuts. Pour sweetened condensed milk over the coconut covering the top as much as possible. Bake 30 minutes or until top and edges are lightly browned. Cool at room temperature and cut into bars.