What’s for Dinner: Seven Layer Bars

I made this for the first time, back on Thanksgiving Day [2012]. I’ve made them several time since, and they are one of my favorite dessert bars for sure. They are easy to make, absolutely delicious, and for sure satisfy your sweet tooth!

What I used:

  • 9 graham crackers, crushed into crumbs (or an equivalent amount of graham cracker crumbs)
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 1 cup of walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup of milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of Reese’s peanut butter chips
  • 1/3 cup of heath bar toffee bits
  • 1/3 cup of coconut flakes
  • 1 [14 ounce] can of condensed milk

The above quantities can be varied depending on what flavors you like. I measured it out the first time I made the Seven Layer Bars, but now normally just sprinkle the different ingredients on top to my liking.

What I did:

    1. Preheat the over to 350 degrees.
    2. I took the graham crackers and put them in a large ziploc bag and crushed them (you can also just get the crushed graham crackers, i just happened to have these at home and i made up this recipe as I went along). Once it is all crushed, mix the graham crackers with the melted butter well (I did it with my hands because it was the easiest way to mix it and keep it from clumping).
    3. I used a 9 by 13 dish to make this in (spray with non-stick spray). So in it, I put in the graham cracker mixture and pressed it in well covering the whole bottom of the dish in a thin even layer.
    4. From here on, it’s adding on layers of what you like. This is what I did and in this order:
      • I chopped up a cup of walnuts and sprinkled it evenly over the graham crackers.
      • On top of the walnuts, I sprinkled 1 cup of milk chocolate chips.
      • On top of the milk chocolate chips, I sprinkled 1/2 cup of peanut butter chips (the reese’s one).
      • On top of the peanut butter chips, I sprinkled 1/3 cup of heath bar toffee bits.
      • On top of the heath bar bits, I sprinkled 1/3 cup of coconut flakes.
      • And finally, on top of the flakes I poured one can of condensed milk all over it, making sure the whole dish was covered evenly.
    5. I baked it for about 20 minutes — just watch the oven after 15 minutes. All you want is for the top to be the light golden brown color.

Once you take it out of the oven, let it cool completely before cutting them into squares and serving.

Other possible layers you could try/substitute: white chocolate chips [or semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips], other nuts [such as peanuts, pecans, or almonds].

By the way, here are the recipes for a few of the other items I made on Thanksgiving Day [2012]:
Slow Cooked Whole Chicken
Spinach and Cheese Swirls

Update [5/17/14]: If you like this Seven Layer Bar recipe, check out another version by clicking hereOr my Chocolate Chip Squares!

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P.S. This post is a part of my “What’s for Dinner” series, where I share what I’ve been cooking and my recipes.


  1. Charlene: I was just thinking that I want to try the almond and pecan combination with white chocolate chips [or maybe even macadamia nuts!]<br /><br />Cathy: thank you! I&#39;ll share it today.<br /><br />Nancy: Couldn&#39;t agree more! I love the peanut butter taste in it!

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