Oh, heavenly 7 layer bars, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways! These bars are like the best kind of kitchen magic, where you layer simple ingredients together and end up with a treat that’s way more amazing than the sum of its parts. They’re super easy to make, which means you can whip them up on a whim or with little helpers tagging along. Perfect for snack time, dessert, or just because, these bars will have everyone asking for seconds. So, grab your apron, and let’s get layering – trust me, you’re going to want to make these a regular in your sweet treat lineup.

I love when my dessert comes in bar form. Whether it’s 7 layer bars, Rice Krispie treats, or brownies, my family can’t get enough!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Easy to make with simple steps, suitable for all baking levels.
  • Loved by kids and adults alike, perfect for parties and family dinners.
  • Deliciously rich with a perfect blend of sweet, crunchy, and gooey.
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7 Layer Bars Recipe

We love desserts that feed a crowd. If it can be made in a 9×13 pan, we are all over it. You see, we’re the kind of family that doesn’t want one tiny serving of dessert. We want the option to go back for seconds without having to fork fight with the kids! 7 layer bars give you all of that crunch and chocolatey, coconut-y flavor that you’re craving. Trust us, it’s addictingly good. 

Ingredients & Substitutions

Overhead view of a clean counter with measured out graham crackers, coconut, butter, chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, pecans, toffee chips, and peanut butter chips.
  • Graham Cracker Crumbs: Forms the crust base; substitute with digestive biscuit crumbs for a different flavor.
  • Butter: Binds the crumbs and adds richness; substitute with a plant-based butter alternative if desired.
  • Chocolate Chips: Adds sweetness; dark or milk can be used, or try white chocolate for a twist.
  • Butterscotch Chips: Offers a deep, caramel-like flavor; peanut butter chips are a great alternative.
  • Toffee Bits: Provides crunch and a hint of bitterness; chopped nuts can be used for extra texture.
  • Nuts: Pecans or walnuts add earthiness and crunch; almonds or cashews are suitable substitutes. If needed you can leave out all nuts. These bars will still be delicious without them!
  • Coconut Flakes: Sweetened flakes add texture and tropical flavor; unsweetened flakes work for less sweetness.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk: Binds the layers and adds creamy sweetness; no simple substitutes due to its unique properties, though there are plant-based options available.

Using substitutions may affect final taste and texture.

A collage of 9 images showing the process of making and layering all of the ingredients in a 9x13 pan for 7 layer bars.

Customize 7 Layer Bars

The beauty of heavenly 7 layer bars is their flexibility. Not a fan of coconut or have a particular ingredient you’re not keen on? No problem! These bars are all about making them your own. Feel free to omit any layer that doesn’t spark joy for you. Whether it’s swapping out coconut for a sprinkle of oats, or skipping the nuts for a double dose of chocolate chips, the choice is yours. The key is to have fun and create a dessert that you and your family will love. So go ahead, tailor these bars to your taste and discover your perfect combination!

Serving Instructions

7 layer bars are a versatile dessert that pairs well with coffee, tea, or a cold glass of milk. They’re a standout at family dinners, potlucks, and parties, offering a sweet finish that’s both satisfying and memorable. For a complete treat, serve alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream for added indulgence.


  • To crumbly? Ensure the crust is well-pressed and compacted, and that the bars are cooled sufficiently before slicing. Proper layering and adequate baking time are also crucial.
  • Too gooey? Extend the baking time by a few minutes, ensuring the top is golden and the center is set.
  • Not sweet enough? Check the brand of condensed milk; some are less sweet. Adjust by sprinkling a little sugar on top before the final bake next time.

Tips From the Chef

  • Ensure your butter is fully melted for an even crust.
  • Press the layers gently, especially the crust, to ensure the bars hold together well.
  • Let bars cool for at least 2 hours before cutting to make sure they’ve set.
  • Use a sharp knife to slice the bars, wiping it clean between cuts for neater slices.
Close up view of 7 layer bars piled on top of each other.

When are 7 Layer Bars Ready?

  • Color: Look for a golden brown crust and lightly toasted coconut on top.
  • Texture: The edges should be firm, with a slightly gooey center.
  • Firmness: The bars should hold together well when cooled and sliced.

How to Store 7 Layer Bars

Store the bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, refrigerate them for up to a week.

If you wish to freeze the bars, wrap them individually in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer-safe container. They can be frozen for up to a month.

Eat All the Desserts!

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