Bars and Brownies

Hello Dolly Bars

Hello Dolly Bars are luscious chewy layers of graham cracker, chocolate and butterscotch chips, nuts and coconut. It all goes together in one pan, so no mess to clean up!

Hellos Dolly Bars


Hello Dolly Bars. Seven Layer Bars. Magic Cookie Bars. Growing up, in my house, these were simply known as “Easy Bars”. And that name fits perfectly because these are by far, the easiest bars in the world to make. Scrumptious layers of graham crackers, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, nuts, coconut and sweetened condensed milk, all baked together into a delicious, rich bar.

Since they are traditionally known as “Hello Dolly Bars”, I tried to find out where the name originated from.  The only thing I found in my search of the world wide web stated that the recipe originated during the 1960’s when “Hello Dolly” was on Broadway. Apparently, a food columnist named Clementine Paddleford featured a recipe in her food column called “Hello Dolly Cake” that included graham cracker crumbs, coconut, chocolate chips, nuts and sweetened condensed milk. I don’t know if this is truly how it happened or not, but what I DO know, is these are sooo easy and sooo addicting!

And what makes them even better? No mixing involved, since everything is simply layered in the pan.

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And that means no extra dishes to wash! Now we’re talking! To make cutting the bars and clean up easier, line the pan with foil or parchment paper, so you can simply lift them out of the pan when they are completely cooled.

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Perfect for potlucks and picnics, we always kept these ingredients in the cupboard to whip up a batch at a moments notice. So turn on that oven and let’s get started! Happy Baking!

Hello Dolly Bars

Servings 24 bars


  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs about 10-12 whole crackers
  • 1 6-oz pkg. semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 6-oz pkg. butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 15-oz can sweetened condensed milk


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13-inch pan with foil or parchment paper.
  2. Pour melted butter evenly over bottom of a 9x13-inch baking pan.
  3. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs evenly over butter.
  4. Sprinkle chocolate chips and butterscotch chips over crumbs.
  5. Sprinkle coconut over chips.
  6. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over all.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 25 to 30 minutes, until edges are golden brown.
  8. Cool completely and cut into bars.


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