Baked Bars

The baked bar is an everything bar—a kitchen-sink extravaganza. The graham-coconut crust is the perfect support for layers of chocolate chips, walnuts, and condensed milk. You may have seen a version of this bar under a different name (Seven-Layer Bar, Hello Dolly Bar, Magic Bar), but our local version was influenced by our Brooklyn customers, who suggested adding white chocolate chunks and butterscotch chips. Crisp and gooey in all the right places, it’s perfect in small portions.

Ingredients

For the Baked Bar Crust

  • 2 cups (about 6 ounces) sweetened shredded coconut
  • cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs (about 20 crackers)
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted

For the Baked Bar Filling

  • 1⅓ cups walnut halves, toasted and chopped
  • cups (9 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup white chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • ¾ cup butterscotch chips
  • cups (26 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

Method

Make the Baked Bar Crust

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

Butter the sides and bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking pan or spray it with nonstick cooking spray.

On a parchment-lined baking sheet, spread out the coconut. Put the baking sheet in the oven and toast the coconut until it starts to turn golden brown, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, toss the coconut, and return it to the oven for 3 more minutes.

Put the graham cracker crumbs in a large bowl, add the toasted coconut, and toss with your hands until combined. Add the butter. Use your hands to combine the mixture, then turn it out into the prepared pan. Using your hands, press the crust into an even layer on the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Use the bottom of a measuring cup to create a perfectly even crust.

Refrigerate the crust for 15 minutes, then bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack and let the crust cool completely.

Make the Baked Bar Filling

Increase the oven temperature to 325 degrees F.

Evenly spread the nuts in the bottom of the crust.

Spread the chocolate chips over the walnuts, followed by the white chocolate, followed by the butterscotch chips.

In a steady stream, pour the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the filling. Shake the pan very gently to make sure the sweetened condensed milk is evenly distributed.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, rotating the pan every 10 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. Cut into squares and serve.

Baked Bars will keep, wrapped tightly and at room temperature, for up to 4 days.