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You’re going to love this old-fashioned seven layer cookie recipe! Made with sweetened condensed milk, chocolate, butterscotch, coconut, pecans, and graham cracker crumbs for a combination of flavors that are irresistible and so yummy. If you’re in the mood for some old-fashioned 7 layer bars, then you’ll love these chewy and oh, so sweet treats. Heaven in each bite!  

front view of seven layer cookies

If you’re looking for something satisfyingly nutty and sweet, you may want to try these tantalizing cookies. These magic bars are excellent for the holidays or when you need something for the dessert table. But this sweet, chewy, and irresistible recipe for seven layer cookie bars is fitting for any occasion! Gooey with a little bit of crunch, these 7 layer cookies bars are always a great idea!


seven layer cookies on speckled plate with knife and fork

I make these cookie bars all the time because everybody loves them. What’s not to love about coconut, butterscotch, and chocolate chips? This is one of those recipe that I got from an old church cookbook, published in the 1970’s. Those cookbooks are always my favorites. I mean what woman is going to put her name on a church cookbook if it isn’t good??


seven layer cookies on white board

Why Are They Called Seven Layer Bars?

A lot of people call these cookies seven layer bars because of they are layered with seven different ingredients that are magical together. Makes perfect sense, right?

Ingredients in Seven Layer Cookies

peanut butter chips, chocolate chips, pecans, butter, coconut, sweetened condensed milk, graham crackers

Butter: Feel free to use either salted or unsalted butter for this recipe. 
Chocolate Chips: I used semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you can easily use dark or milk chocolate chips.
Butterscotch Chips: A great addition to these wonderful cookies, giving them that perfect holiday vibe when you need it, too. 
Sweetened Condensed Milk: Feel free to use coconut condensed milk. 
Pecans: I love that this recipe has pecans–they’re the best parts! But, you can easily substitute with your favorite nuts such as almonds, walnuts, peanuts, etc. 
Coconut: You’ll want to use sweetened shredded coconut for those classic nutty flavors that pair so well with the butterscotch and chocolate chips.
Graham Crackers: Graham cracker crumbs are used to create a nice buttery layer that is soft and baked to perfection. The graham cracker layer is one of my favorite parts about this recipe!

peanut butter chips in bowl

How to Make These Seven Layer Magic Bars

You’re going to love how simple this recipe is. In fact, once I show you, you may be skeptical at just how easy they are to make. No mixing? Hardly any dishes, they are a true “one pan” recipe.

With 7 ingredients and and 7 steps, you’ll have some yummy cookies ready in no time! You just gotta love how easy this recipe is. 

Step One

melted butter in baking dish

First, melt the butter in a baking dish.

Steps Two – Seven

Layer the ingredients in the order found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post:

melted butter with graham cracker crumbs

Graham Cracker Crumbs

coconut in pan

Shredded Coconut

coconut and chocolate chpis

Chocolate Chips

chocolate chips and peanut butter chips

Butterscotch Chips

sweetened condensed milk with peanut butter chips

Sweetened condensed milk

top view of sweetened condensed milk with pecans and butterscotch chips


Finally, bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.

top view of seven layer cookies in baking dish

 Cool before cutting. 


seven layer cookies graphic


If you love this recipe, then be sure to save it to your Pinterest board for later!


front view of stack of seven layer cookies

Do seven layer bars need to be refrigerated? 

This is totally up to you! Some people like their seven layer bars to be refrigerated, but you do not have to refrigerate them. Just make sure to store them in an airtight container, or cover them with plastic wrap to keep them fresh. 


top view of plate with seven layer cookies

How long do magic bars keep?

You can enjoy these magic bars for up to three days if they are stored in an airtight container. 


top view of seven layer cookies on plate with fork

Holiday Baking Recipes

Are you baking these for the holiays? They are perfect for a cookie exchange. I have a whole sections of recipes dedicated to HOLIDAY BAKING, COOKIES and BAR recipes, too!


Whatchamacallit Bars close up

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graphic for seven layer cookies on white plate

Let’s make some seven layer cookies!    M. logo An Affair from the Heart

seven layer cookies on white board
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Seven Layer Cookies

You’re going to love this old-fashioned seven layer cookie recipe! Made with sweetened condensed milk, chocolate, butterscotch, coconut, pecans, and graham cracker crumbs for a combination of flavors that are irresistible and so yummy. If you’re in the mood for some old-fashioned 7 layer bars, then you’ll love these chewy and oh, so sweet treats. Heaven in each bite!  
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Bars
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butterscotch, Coconut, cookie bars, graham cracker crumbs, holiday baking, pecans, Seven Layer Cookies, sweetened condensed milk
Servings: 9 x13 baking pan
Calories: 80kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 6 ounces butterscotch chips
  • 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup pecans chopped


  • Melt butter in the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the remaining ingredients into the pan, one on top of the other, in the order they are listed.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, cool before cutting.


Makes 48 small bars


Serving: 1g | Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 28mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g



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  1. I grew up eating a bar very similar to this, and it totally took me back to childhood! This is the best kind of comfort food. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wow these look so gooey and delicious!! What a delicious dessert (or any time of the day snack for me) 😀

  3. These look so great. I have saved it for some delicious baking when we get out of lockdown. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  4. Omg these cookies look amazing!! Once it cools down in Chicago, I am definitely going to give them a go. Bookmarked for later, thanks so much for the recipe 🙂

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