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Hello Dolly Bars Recipe

Hello Dolly Bars are a wonderful blend of graham cracker crumbs, butter, chocolate and butterscotch chips, coconut, nuts, and sweetened condensed milk.

Hello Dolly Bars cut into squares.


It’s the sweetened condensed milk that makes me swoon over these bars. It’s pretty much the nectar of the gods. There was a half a can leftover from this recipe and I was tempted to drink it y’all.

Magic Bars in a baking dish


Hello Dolly Bars date back to the 1960s when Hello Dolly was on Broadway. This is a bar with a multitude of names and they’re also referred to as 7-Layer Bars and Magic Bars.  No matter what you call them, they are undeniably delicious.

They’re dense, gooey, sweet, and super indulgent. They are breeze to make, but they do need to be made a day ahead to allow them to set up before you cut them. You’ll have to practice a lot of self-restraint to not dig in right away.


This is a recipe I’ve adapted from More From Magnolia and it’s a little different from most Hello Dolly Bars. Instead of having a separate graham cracker layer on the bottom, the graham crackers crumbs are mixed in with the other ingredients. I think I like this method better.


When you initially take them out of the oven, they’ll look like a gooey, oily, liquidy mess. But they start to set up almost immediately.

Hello Dolly Bars cut into squares.

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Hello Dolly Bars cut into squares.

Hello Dolly Bars

This retro dessert bar is a sweet and indulgent mix of graham cracker crumbs, butter, chocolate and butterscotch chips, coconut, pecans, and sweetened condensed milk.
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 30 minutes
TOTAL: 45 minutes


  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 (14-ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and lightly grease a 9-inch square baking pan.
  • In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients except sweetened condensed milk.
  • Transfer mixture to prepared pan and pat down evenly.
  • Slowly pour sweetened condensed milk over the top.
  • Bake 30-35 minutes, or until light golden brown.
  • Cool completely and then cover in plastic wrap. Let sit at room temperature overnight before cutting.


Calories: 496kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bars, butterscotch, coconut

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Originally published June 13, 2014.

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25 thoughts on “Hello Dolly Bars Recipe”

  1. How could I adjust this recipe
    to make it without nuts? There are a lot of them. Throws the consistency off without them.

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    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      The original recipe in More From Magnolia Cookbook actually uses these same proportions in a 9X13-inch pan. You will just get a thinner bar. They say the cooking time is 30-35 minutes, but I found mine (which I expected to take longer) done at about 30 minutes. It will be gooey and kind of liquidy when you take it out of the oven so to judge when it’s done you’re looking for it to turn kind of a golden brown. If you cook in a 9X13-inch I would definitely give it a check at no later then 25 minutes. If you want a thicker bar in a 9X13-inch pan, I would think the recipe would still turn out fine if you increased each ingredient by 25%.

    2. Virginia Williams

      I made these in cooking class in high school.That was 46 years ago.They were delicious . I want to make them again.I lost the recipe,I am glad you have it.I think they were called blondes when I went to school

  5. Oh my goodness, what a decadent treat! These bars look sensational and I always have a hard time trying not to drink the leftovers of the sweetened condensed milk too hehe. So so good 🙂

  6. I grew up eating these — my mom made them all the time. It’s been far too long since I’ve made them, and I need to try this method with the graham crumbs mixed in. These look delicious, Christin!

  7. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

    Sweetened condensed milk is the closest thing bakers and cooks have to a magical elixir. It seriously makes everything taste amazing, and these bars have me swooning! 😀

  8. Oh dear – these sound incredible – condensed milk is da bomb! When i lived in Abu Dhabi, there was a little restaurant that made the best tea with condensed milk – so creamy and delicious!

  9. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    These bars seem like the perfect combination of ingredients! Love the addition of butterscotch and graham crackers in here, too!

  10. Jess @ Sweet Menu

    Wow what an amazing bar! Never heard of these before but by the looks of them, I think I must have been missing out! Will have to try!

  11. Jessica @ www.caretakerskitchen.com

    My family always called them Magic Bars, but never had butterscotch in them. My mom always makes them at Christmas.

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