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Seven Layer Bars

Seven Layer Bars Recipe l

When I was little, I only knew seven layer bars as being “birthday bars.” You see, my dad isn’t a huge fan of cake. So, when his birthday rolled around, he always asked for a pan of these bars instead of a birthday cake.

I don’t blame him. With the graham cracker crust, rich sweetened condensed milk, and mixture of chips and coconut, these bars are just as good as cake.

Seven Layer Bars Recipe l

It wasn’t until I went to school and they were on the menu that I realized these bars had another name! However, if you were to come to my house, you would still hear them called “birthday bars!”

This weekend we went up to my parents for Easter, and we had an early celebration of my dad’s birthday. Of course, these “birthday bars”/seven layer bars were on the menu!

It had been a couple of years since we had made it to my parent’s to celebrate his birthday, so I was looking forward to having these bars again!

Seven Layer Bars Recipe l

I don’t know why I don’t make them more frequently. They are super easy to make with hardly any prep work or dirty dishes! (Which is always a huge plus!)

My family isn’t a big fan of butterscotch, so these seven layer bars have peanut butter chips instead of butterscotch chips.

That’s the other great thing about these bars, they are super versatile to meet the tastes of everyone. Use whatever chips and nuts your family and friends like!

Seven Layer Bars Recipe l

Seven Layer Bars

Yield: 32 bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes
Inactive Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes


  • 2 1/2 Cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 Cup butter, melted
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/4 Cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 Cup chocolate chips
  • 1 Cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 Cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs and butter. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish.
  3. Pour sweetened condensed milk over the top.
  4. Sprinkle half of coconut over sweetened condensed milk. Top with chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and chopped nuts. Sprinkle remaining coconut on top.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until coconut begins to brown and edges are golden.
  6. Allow to cool for 15-20 minutes before cutting into pieces and serving.
  7. Store leftovers in an airtight container.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 32 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 163Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 89mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 2g

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amy @ fearless homemaker

Thursday 4th of April 2013

Ooh, I absolutely love bars like this + i love that they're called "birthday bars" in your house - too cute!


Wednesday 3rd of April 2013

I adore these kind of bar cookies... those flakes of coconut... YUM!

sally @ sallys baking addiction

Wednesday 3rd of April 2013

my sister isn't a huge fan of cake either! we always had different desserts for her birthday. 7 layer bars make a wonderful birthday bar!

ashley - baker by nature

Tuesday 2nd of April 2013

I'm such a sucker for 7 layer bars! Swooning.

Alice (@mumsmakelists)

Tuesday 2nd of April 2013

These look scrumptious!

Would love for you to link this and your other cookie recipes up at my new Empty Your Archive link party - there is a focus this week on cookies, Alice

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