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Seven-Layer Bars

  • ACTIVE: 30 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR plus cooling
  • SERVINGS: 36 bars
  • MAKE-AHEAD

"These bars satisfy every craving you have: sweet, nutty, chocolaty," Mary Odson says. Odson unearthed a recipe she'd used as a young Brownie Girl Scout and gave it to Lisa Ritter, who upgraded the ingredients. "Don't cheap out on the coconut," Odson says. "These bars are fine with inexpensive ingredients, but if you go with high-end stuff, they're unbelievable."

  1. 1 cup walnuts
  2. 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
  3. 3 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (from one 14.4-ounce box)
  4. 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips (1 pound 5 ounces)
  5. One 11-ounce bag butterscotch chips (1 1/4 cups)
  6. 3/4 cup white-chocolate chips
  7. One 14-ounce bag sweetened shredded coconut
  8. One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk (1 1/2 cups)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the walnuts in a pie plate and toast until golden and fragrant, about 8 minutes. Let cool then coarsely chop.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the melted butter with the graham cracker crumbs until evenly moistened. Press the crumbs onto the bottom of a 15-by-17-inch baking pan. Scatter the semisweet chocolate chips on top, followed by the butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, toasted walnuts and coconut. Scrape the condensed milk into a microwave-safe container and heat it at high power for 30 seconds, until just fluid. Drizzle the milk evenly over the coconut.
  3. Bake the bars in the center of the oven for about 30 minutes, until the coconut is toasted; rotate the pan once for even cooking. Transfer the pan to a rack and let the bars cool completely, at least 4 hours. Cut the bars lengthwise into 6 strips and crosswise into 6 strips to make 36 bars.
Make Ahead The bars can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days, refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 1 month.