Christmas 7 Layer Bars

These easy Christmas 7 Layer Bars are great to make for the holidays!  Literally layer upon layer of deliciousness, this classic dessert goes by many names, such as magic cookie bars, hello dolly bars, etc… but no matter what you call them, they’ll be a crowd-pleasing dessert! 

Perfect for any holiday cookie tray, and so easy to make!  We love simple holiday sweets like my Crockpot Candy and this is one of my Desserts you’ll definitely want in your holiday baking rotation!

7 layer bar with bite taken out of it

CHRISTMAS 7 LAYER BARS

I hope you guys are ready for some holiday desserts!  I’ve got plenty of them for you this year, including these fabulous holiday themed 7 layer bars.

Growing up, my Mom would generally make her 7 layer bars for her Christmas dessert tray, and I remember loving those sweet coconut-y bars.

But I wanted to put a fun Christmas spin on them by using gingersnap cookie crumbs instead of graham crackers, peanut butter chips instead of butterscotch, adding holiday m&m’s and drizzling on white chocolate instead of using chocolate chips in the bars.

Y’all.  These bars are delicious!!  I can’t get enough of them, and I bet you’ll be the same way.

This recipe makes a standard 9×13″ baking pan’s worth, so as far as how many it serves… that’s up to you and however many bars you slice.  Or maybe you want to save a few bars back for yourself and put the rest on a tray so no one knows… your secret is safe with me! 🙂

HOW TO MAKE 7 LAYER BARS

step by step how to make christmas 7 layer bars

  1. Make the crust.  Combine gingersnap crumbs with melted butter and press into bottom of baking pan.
  2. Make the layers.  Top crust with peanut butter chips, coconut, and sweetened condensed milk.
  3. Add the topping.  Add m&m candies and pecans.
  4. Bake.  In a preheated oven, bake bars for 25 minutes at 350°F.
  5. Cool and top.  Let bars cool, then drizzle melted white chocolate over the top, and add sprinkles, if using.

That’s it folks.  No mixer needed, no beating in eggs one at a time, no chilling batter… just mix, add layers and bake.

Sliced magic bars on cutting board

ADDITIONAL COOKING TIPS

  • PARCHMENT PAPER – whenever I’m baking any kind of bars, I like to line my baking pan with parchment paper, with long enough ends that some overhangs or at least comes up an inch or more up from the bars.  This is so I can grab those sides and easily lift the bars right out of the pan, without having to try and use a spatula to mangle – get out a square.  This picture shows the overhang.

seven layer bars in baking pan

  • SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK – if there’s one ingredient you really don’t want to omit or substitute, it’s the sweetened condensed milk.  It’s what gives these bars a beautiful chewy texture and sweet almost dulce de leche-like flavor.  Just be sure you’re buying sweetened condensed milk, and not evaporated milk!

VARIATIONS OF THIS RECIPE

stack of seven layer bars

  • COCONUT – if you, or anyone you’re making these for, aren’t a fan of coconut, you can omit it from the recipe.
  • CHOCOLATE – instead of peanut butter chips, you can substitute semi-sweet chocolate chips.  Or be decadent and add 1 cup of chocolate chips WITH the peanut butter chips!
  • TRADITIONAL – if you want to go for a traditional 7 layer bar, use graham cracker crumbs instead of gingersnaps, 1 cup each of chocolate chips and butterscotch chips, double the pecans, omit the m&m’s, white chocolate drizzle and optional sprinkles.  Bake as directed.
  • GRAHAM CRACKER – can’t find gingersnap cookies?  You can use an equal amount of graham cracker crumbs.
  • OTHER HOLIDAYS – I love that recipes like this can be altered for any holiday!  Use that holiday’s themed m&m candies, and you’re good to go!  Pink and red for Valentine’s Day, pastel colors for Easter, and so on.

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MAKING 7 LAYER BARS AHEAD OF TIME

When it comes to holiday baking, making treats ahead of time is the name of the game.  We’re all busy around the holidays, and being able to pull a tray of treats out when company comes over is really helpful!

Thankfully, 7 layer bars are great to make ahead of time, and will last for a week in the refrigerator, or 4 days at room temperature.

STORAGE

Bars should be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 4 days, refrigerated for up to 7 days, or frozen for up to 3 months.

scattered 7 layer bars on holiday cutting board with a spatula

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  • Ceramic 9×13″ pan – I can’t find the link for the exact baking pan used in the photos, but this one is close and I have several of the brand’s pieces and they’re definitely good quality.
  • Metal 9×13″ pan – most of the time, I use this classic and inexpensive pan.

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magic cookie bars in decorative dish

7 layer bar with bite taken out of it

Christmas 7 Layer Bars

These easy Christmas 7 Layer Bars are great to make for the holidays!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 1 9x13" pan
Calories 4718

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups gingersnap cookie crumbs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter - melted
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup mini m&m's - holiday colors or regular
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup white chocolate chips - melted
  • red, green, and white nonpareil sprinkles - (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Lightly spray a 9x13” baking pan with cooking spray, then line with parchment paper, leaving overhang over the sides.

MAKE CRUST

  • Combine gingersnap crumbs and melted butter in a bowl, then press into an even layer in prepared baking pan.

LAYERS

  • Top with peanut butter chips and coconut flakes, then pour condensed milk evenly over the top.
  • Top with m&m’s and pecans, gently pressing down.

BAKE

  • Bake for 25 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.

TOP AND COOL

  • Melt white chocolate chips, then drizzle lightly over the top of the bars and lightly top with sprinkles.
  • Let chocolate harden, then slice into squares and serve, or refrigerate.

Notes

This recipe makes one 9x13" baking pan.  You can slice the bars as large or small as you'd like.
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If changing the recipe serving quantity, the recipe plugin will change the ingredient values for you, but it does NOT change the written instructions, those are manually added and not subject to a slider. You will have to extrapolate that multiplication to any amounts listed in the instructions.
For example: if an ingredient calls for 4 cups, and you doubled the recipe, it will automatically change to 8 cups. In the instructions, if I say “use 4 cups of cheese”, you will have to realize that since you doubled it, you use 8 cups, not 4.

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6 comments on “Christmas 7 Layer Bars”

  1. These are so fun and festive!

  2. These Christmas bars look amazing! A must try recipe!

  3. This looks so delicious and yummy! My kids are going to love this recipe! I can’t wait to give this a try!

  4. This is so delicious and so festive!! My kids loved it!

  5. Adding this to my baking line up for this holiday season! My kids will love making this sweet treat!

  6. These Christmas 7 Layer Bars sound delicious! Dangerously good…