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Butterscotch Magic Cookie Bars Recipe

Butterscotch magic cookie bars recipe, a fall twist on the 7 layer magic cookie bars.

Butterscotch Magic Cookie Bars

It’s fall y’all, and that means so many flavors take the stage, from pumpkin spice, tasty foods with butternut squash, and this fun to make butterscotch magic cookie bars recipe.

You’ll enjoy making this cookie bars recipe, sometimes referred to as Hello Dolly bars, any time of the year, but these sweetened condensed milk treats are especially tasty during the fall and make a great Halloween dessert recipe to share.

Most 7 layer cookie recipes have a base of graham crackers, but this is a magic bars with an oatmeal base recipe that when I saw it in the Taste of Home magazine, I wanted to give it a go. This recipe is now my favorite and if you’re not in the mood for butterscotch, you can easily substitute other flavor combinations to suit your own taste.

Coconut and chocolate dessert bars with butterscotch

Flavor Variations:

  • Toffee, a deep caramel-like flavor
  • Peanut Butter, for a more Peanut Butter Cup taste
  • Marshmallows, for the completely S’mores combo goodness
  • White Chocolate, making it a double dose of chocolate
  • Substitute the sweetened condensed milk for Dulce de Leche for a richer, caramel flavor
  • Pecans, walnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, or pistachio nuts all can be used to change it up. Some say that in order to truly call this a Hello Dolly Bars recipe, you should only use pecans, just saying.
  • Add in a couple of teaspoons of chia seeds to the oat base
  • Crushed 2 tablespoons of raw green pumpkin seeds, toasted in a dry skillet for a couple of minutes, cool, then add to the oat base.

Other dessert recipes to try:

Layered cookie dessert recipe

How to make Butterscotch Magic Cookie Bars

Coconut and chocolate dessert bars with butterscotch

Butterscotch Magic Cookie Bars

Yield: 12 - 16
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Fun and easy to make, Butterscotch Magic Cookie Bars recipe! Great any time of the year, as a tasty sweet treat, party food, and perfect for Halloween parties.


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1 (12-ounce) package butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a 9 x 13-inch baking dish, spraying with a non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar on medium speed until well combined and fluffy, about 3 - 5 minutes.
  3. Turn off the mixer, add in the flour, a little at a time, mixing slowly between additions. Continue mixing while adding in the salt, and baking soda until well combined.
  4. Gradually add in the oats, mixing well, add pecans, mixing until just combined.
  5. Pour oats mixture into prepared pan, firmly pressing down and spreading evenly. Top by layering the butterscotch chips followed by layering the chocolate chips and finally the coconut flakes. Drizzle over the sweetened condensed milk.
  6. Bake in the preheated 350°F oven for about 20 - 25 minutes, or until starting to turn golden brown. Allow to cool about 5 minutes, cut into squares and serve.


To keep, store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or in the refrigerator for up to a week. Cookie bars placed in a freezer bag can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months, thaw at room temperature for several hours before serving.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 376Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 247mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 2gSugar: 32gProtein: 4g

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