Magic Cookie Bars with Dates

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Over the holidays one of my favorite neighbors brought me a goodie basket full of sweet treats. Along with some of the best fudge I have ever had, and some amazing Christmas cookies were these magic cookie bars. I have had them years ago, but had long since forgot about them. I enjoyed them so much, I asked for the recipe and made my own batch last week.

This recipe is based off the original from EAGLE BRAND®. For my recipe, I just added a bit more coconut and some dates. You can play around with the toppings for these cookie bars however you like. You could do dark chocolate, butterscotch, white chocolate or a combination. You can also add whichever type of nuts and dried fruit you have in your pantry. I used pecans because they’re my favorite, and I couldn’t resist adding some dates.

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Yield: Serves 4

Magic Cookie Bars with Dates

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 - 14 ounce can Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups flaked coconut
1 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup chopped dates

Directions:

Pr-heat oven to 350°. Either line a 9 x 13 pan with parchment or lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray.

Combine melted butter and graham cracker crumbs on a bowl and mix well. Press into baking dish. Pour sweetened condensed milk over graham crackers and spread out evenly. Then layer chocolate chips, coconut, nuts and dates.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until lightly browned.

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This post NOT compensated, I just love Eagle Brand condensed milk :).

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  7 Responses to “Magic Cookie Bars with Dates”

  1. foodwanderings — January 30, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

    These date bars look fantastic!

  2. Love these easy to put together bars!

  3. myfudo — February 3, 2012 @ 3:04 am

    I have a constant supply of dates ( having a husband who travels back and forth to Riyadh every 6 months). This looks like a really great recipe. Wanna try this soon…Thanks for the post!

  4. Heidi @ Bits of Sunshine — February 3, 2012 @ 7:13 am

    These look divine and super easy to make! I have never seen these before. i am always keen to make new things! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Heidi @ Bits of Sunshine — February 3, 2012 @ 7:14 am

    These look divine and super easy to make! I have never seen these before and think they would be a winner in my home! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Julia — February 14, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

    Even since the holiday season I’ve been addicted to dates!!!! I suppose it’s not a bad addiction, I just LOVE them, in everything!

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