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Monster 10 Layer Bars

These Monster 10 Layer Bars are the Easy Magic Cookie Bars you know and love with 3 additional yummy layers!!

monster 10 layer bars

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.

monster 10 layer bars

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!

monster 10 layer bars

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

Monster 10 Layer Bars
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  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 (14-oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white baking chips
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 3/4 cup cashew halves and pieces
  • 3/4 cup caramel bits


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13-inch pan with heavy duty foil, leaving extra foil extending over edges. Spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Place butter in bottom of pan. Heat in oven for 1-2 minutes, until butter is melted. Remove pan from oven and swirl to coat bottom of pan evenly with butter.
  3. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs evenly over butter. Carefully pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumbs.
  4. Layer pecans, semisweet chocolate chips, white baking chips, milk chocolate chips, coconut, cashews and caramel bits in pan. Press down gently.
  5. Bake 22-27 minutes, until edges are golden brown and bubbly. Do not overbake.
  6. Cool completely. Using foil, lift bars from pan and cut into pieces.


If caramel bits are unavailable, use 20 unwrapped caramels that have been cut into sixths.

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  • Reply
    December 16, 2017 at 7:28 am I saw the Monster Layer cookie recipe so that's going into my lineup as well. I'll add a sprinkling of sea salt and some crushed pretzel pieces as I need to balance the sweetness of the condensed milk with something salty for my taste. Yum! So glad the weekend is here so I can start my holiday baking.....
    • Reply
      December 18, 2017 at 9:38 pm Sea salt and pretzels sounds like a great addition! Le me know how you like it!
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    February 6, 2018 at 3:39 pm We have always used 1 cup semi sweet chips and 1 cup butterscotch chips. They are wonderful!
    • Reply
      February 6, 2018 at 4:42 pm Yes! Those are awesome too! I have those on the blog as well, under "Hello Dolly Bars".

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