Magic Cookie Bars

In case you're looking for a new treat to make -- look no further.  These bars are a always a hit around the holidays, but I also think of them as Valentine's treats for some reason.   They also make a great gift for a friend, teacher, or next door neighbor.  

I'm not sure why they are called Magic Cookie Bars -- perhaps it's because they magically disappear!

Magic Cookie Bars
adapted from the label on the Borden can

1 stick unsalted butter
1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/4 c. flaked coconut (I like the large unsweetened flakes)
1 c. chopped walnuts

Place butter in a 9x13 glass dish in the oven at 325°(350° if metal).  When butter is melted, carefully remove it from the oven, sprinkle crumbs over the butter, and press the crumb/butter mixture evenly with the back of a spoon to form a uniform thickness covering the bottom of the pan.  Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumbs.  Top with chips, coconut, and nuts.  Press down gently.  Bake 25 - 30 minutes, or until lightly browned on top.  Cool thoroughly and cut into bars.


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