magic bars

i think i discovered the easiest cookie to make. all you have to do is combine six ingredients; melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, sweetened coconut, chocolate chips, chopped walnuts, and a can of sweetened condensed milk (in that order) in a pan and then bake for 30 minutes. no need for mixing or hard labor to bake this magnificent cookie. the condensed milk is what binds all the dry ingredients together in this recipe. condensed milk is cow's milk from which 60% of the water has been removed and sugar has been added. it is a very thick, sticky (like honey) and sweet. the magic bars receive a caramel flavor and color to them when baked.

i could not find anything online about the origin of the "magic bar," so here is my theory: easy to make, simple "dumb" ingredients and taste like pure sweet magic, which immediately awakens one's childhood memories....

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked or shredded coconut
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 - 14 ounce (396 grams) can of sweetened condensed milk
preheat oven to 350 degrees (177 degrees c) and place the rack in the center of the oven. have ready a 9 x 9 inch (23 x 23 cm) square baking pan. Set aside. i covered the pan with a preachment paper, so it will be easier to remove once they are ready.
melt the butter and pour it into the bottom of your pan. sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs evenly over the butter. sprinkle the coconut over the crumbs. sprinkle the chocolate chips over the coconut. sprinkle the nuts over the chocolate chips. finally, drizzle the sweetened condensed milk over all the ingredients. do not mix the ingredients together, just layer them.
bake in the preheated oven for about 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the squares comes out clean. remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. cut into squares. Store in the refrigerator. these bars can be frozen.

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