These Monster 10 Layer Bars are the Easy Magic Cookie Bars you know and love with 3 additional yummy layers!!
It’s Friday! Time to bake something sweet for the weekend! And these Monster 10 Layer Bars definitely fill the bill! The best thing about them, besides the fact that they taste AMAZING, is that they are SO quick and easy!
Remember Hello Dolly Bars/Seven Layer Bars/Magic Cookie Bars? These have many of the same ingredients, with the addition of three more layers to create TEN fabulous layers! They are the monster of all layer bars, hence the name, “Monster Bars”. The original recipe was a clipping of my mom’s from a “Cooking Club” magazine. I altered the recipe a bit, since it didn’t include coconut and I love that. Also, it called for cutting up caramels. Kraft now makes a product called “Caramel Bits”, which is exactly what they say, little caramel bits. This saves times, since you don’t have to unwrap and cut up caramels. You will find them in the grocery store, either next to the traditional wrapped caramels, or in the baking aisle near the chocolate chips. If you can’t find them, you can substitute 20 regular caramels and cut them up into smaller pieces.
So let’s get down to business and see what goes into these to make them so delicious.
We start by melting a stick of butter in the bottom of a 9×13-inch pan. This is the easy, “no extra clean up” way. Simply preheat the oven, put the stick of butter in a pan that’s been lined with foil and pop it in the oven until the butter melts. Then, simply remove the pan and swirl it around until the bottom is evenly covered.
Next, sprinkle on graham cracker crumbs. You can either go the quick route here, and buy ready-made graham cracker crumbs, or put some whole graham crackers in a gallon-size plastic storage bag and roll them with a rolling pin to make your own crumbs.
Then comes the magic ingredient that holds all the goodness together…sweetened condensed milk. Simply pop open a can and pour it evenly over the crumbs. After that, it’s just a matter of sprinkling on layers. Pecans. Caramel bits. Semisweet chocolate chips. White chocolate chips. Milk chocolate chips. Coconut. Cashews. YUM!
OK, so if you are counting, the list includes 7 things, not ten. That’s because, traditionally, the butter, graham cracker crumbs and sweetened condensed milk each count as a layer as well.
After all this gets layered, you simply press the ingredients down lightly with your hands and then put your Monster 10 Layer Bars in the oven. EASY-PEASY! Seriously, I have been making Hello Dolly/Magic Cookie Bars since I was 8 years old…it doesn’t get any simpler. The only tricky part is not to overbake them. When the edges are golden and bubbly, they are done.
Now comes the hard part. Waiting for them to cool before you can eat them. These MUST cool completely before cutting, otherwise they fall apart and you will have a big gooey mess. So, be patient…I know it’s hard, because these look, smell and taste so good! So head to the kitchen! These will literally take 20 minutes or less of prep time and you will have a fantastic treat for your weekend guests. Happy Baking!
Yields 24 bars Ingredients Instructions Notes If caramel bits are unavailable, use 20 unwrapped caramels that have been cut into sixths.
Yields 24 bars
If caramel bits are unavailable, use 20 unwrapped caramels that have been cut into sixths.