Cherry Magic Cookie Bars Recipe -
Cherry Magic Cookie Bars Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Cherry Magic Cookie Bars

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"A graham cracker crust is topped with chocolate chips, cherries and coconut in a chewy caramel layer."

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Original recipe makes 2 dozen bars Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    35 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (325 degrees F for glass baking pan). In small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and butter; mix well. Press crumb mixture firmly on bottom of 13x9-inch baking pan.
  2. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumb mixture. Layer evenly with remaining ingredients; press down firmly with fork.
  3. Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Chill if desired. Cut into bars or diamonds. Store covered at room temperature.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 19, 2008

OMG! These are sooo good! I have a real fondness for most magic cookie bars, because I love the combo of the graham crackers, butter, coconut and sweetened condensed milk, and these bars are no exception! The only change I made was to pour on the SC milk AFTER layering all of the other ingredients, rather than before. The milk acts as a binder, so when you cut the bars, they hold together well. Delicious recipe!!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 07, 2010

Pretty good. I made twice. The second the time I used chopped dried cherries instead of the maraschino cherries, they added a nice balance of real cherry flavor and a hint of tartness to the rich sweetness. I also found pouring the sweetened condensed milk over the whole thing, and they held together better. Also found using an 8x8 pan delivers a thicker more substantial cookie.


30 Ratings

Jan 09, 2007

These were delicous and so easy to make. My kids could not get enough. My only change would be to chop the cherries a little bigger the next time I make them. Thanks

Sep 10, 2009

I made these twice and both times they tasted wonderful but I did have trouble with the bars falling apart the first time. I used a generic sweetened condenced milk the first time. Using Eagle brand did make a difference and I let them cook an extra minute. I think next time I will make them more in advance and chill them so they cut cleaner.

Dec 21, 2008

These are fantastic - a new Christmas favorite for us! I used about 1/2 of the sweetened condensed milk on the crust and reserved the rest to pour over the other toppings to help them stick together better - I hate cookies and bars that crumble all over.

Dec 10, 2010

Oh. My. Goodness. Gracious. One of the best seasonal cookies I've ever had. I swear to you. I used extra dark chocolate chips and cinnamon grahams. In. Sane. This is going to be dangerous. NOTE: I did take a couple of the other reviewers advice and increased the graham crackers to 3 cups and I poured the condensed milk at the last, over the whole pan. I think that really made the most of this recipe. I think had I not done that, they would not have been as good. As a seasoned "magic cookie bar" maker, I do not recommend using an off-brand of sweetened condensed milk. I think this would be good with chocolate grahams, too.

Dec 20, 2007

they were very thin. maybe double the recipe and still put in 9x13?

Oct 05, 2009

Yum. These will really look festive during the holidays with red and green cherries. To the others who have reviewed this recipe, thanks for the helpful suggestions.


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  • Calories
  • 198 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 19.3 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 16 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 9.4 g
  • 14%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 1.5 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 95 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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