Afternoon Drive Munchies: Seven Layers of Sin Bars

Now, I’m sure there are brownie purists out there who would find my next statement blasphemous, but if you’re ever in a pinch for something chocolatey, nutty, chewy, and very much brownie-like but don’t want to actually mix anything, then these truly sinful bars are the perfect solution. Quite possibly the easiest recipe ever, seven ingredients are layered one on top of another and baked to form a dizzingly sweet treat. It’s almost as easy as Dolly Parton’s “Cupa Cupa Cupa Cake” sounds from Steel Magnolias (which I have never tried).

It’s been awhile since I brought treats to the 107.5 WGCI Afternoon Drive Crew, mainly because my contact over there (Codename: Radio Diva) had to get settled into her new digs! With all the new crew members available to sample these seven layers of sin bars, I was nervous to hear their reactions. Radio Diva informed me almost immediately that the bars were an instant hit, prompting a “more treats, more often” response! If you want to make these bars yourself, the recipe can be found below and in Worth Tasting: A Culinary Tour Through the Architecture of the Palm Beaches. I’ve made several recipes from this cookbook and have never been disappointed. A special thanks to my friend and sorority sister (Codename: GPL) who gifted me the cookbook in the first place!

(Adapted from Worth Tasting: A Culinary Tour Through the Architecture of the Palm Beaches)

1 stick butter, melted
1&1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs (I literally smashed graham crackers in a plastic bag.)
1 c. dark chocolate chips
1 c. butterscotch chips (Or white chocolate)
1 c. chopped pecans (Can use walnuts or hazelnuts)
1 c. shredded coconut
1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour melted butter into 9×12 pan and swirl to coat bottom and sides of pan. In the order listed, layer graham cracker crumbs, dark chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, chopped pecans and shredded coconut, one layer at a time. Pour sweetened condensed milk on top of layers, being careful to keep as much of it away from the sides, as it will harden and become difficult to remove from the pan later. Bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool before slicing into bars.


63 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kitchen flavours
    May 08, 2012 @ 11:08:43

    Delightful sin bars! Choc and coconut, they are perfect together! Looks so good!

  2. StylistSteph
    May 08, 2012 @ 11:11:53

    Yum!!! looks so delicious!

  3. InCucinaDaME
    May 08, 2012 @ 11:16:53

    Not eating these is a sin 🙂

  4. Food,Photography & France
    May 08, 2012 @ 11:16:55

    Delicious, but I can feel my teeth starting to fall out:)

  5. GPL
    May 08, 2012 @ 11:22:04

    OMG! These are amazing! I want to make some right now!! So glad you enjoy “Worth Tasting” it really is a fantastic cookbook by the Junior League of the Palm Beaches – a great charity/community organization.

  6. Liz Berg (@ThatSkinnyChick)
    May 08, 2012 @ 11:28:02

    Sinful for sure!!! I adore these bars…but can’t have them in my house or I’d eat half the pan in one sitting. I think I’ll have to find an excuse to bake these and give most away 🙂

  7. Louanne Bertrand
    May 08, 2012 @ 12:11:45

    Oooh, yum! I love these bars, and yours look terrific!

  8. ceciliag
    May 08, 2012 @ 12:22:05

    I love how these were made, just pour and sprinkle.. I love simple stuff! thanks yummy! c

  9. Norma Chang
    May 08, 2012 @ 12:34:02

    Those look sinfully good, I feel my waistline expanding just reading the list of ingredients.

  10. Choc Chip Uru
    May 08, 2012 @ 12:35:42

    No drive would seem too long if I had a nice box of these bars to munch on – look delicious!

    Choc Chip Uru

  11. Garden Correspondent
    May 08, 2012 @ 13:27:17

    These look crazy good. I mean. anything with condensed milk poured over it is going to be great, right?

  12. sara
    May 08, 2012 @ 13:35:51

    Yum, these look amazing! I love this sort of bar cookie…so tasty! 🙂

  13. Janet Rudolph
    May 08, 2012 @ 13:45:39

    Love these sin bars. What I especially like is that some of the ingredients are different from mine. Love coconut & chocolate, of course, but I’ve never used graham crackers! Yum!

  14. JamieAnne
    May 08, 2012 @ 14:41:58

    These look amazing!!!!

  15. thekalechronicles
    May 08, 2012 @ 14:50:25

    “Seven Layers of Sin” is a great name for these things.

  16. Betty
    May 08, 2012 @ 15:05:34

    I love these things. Once you start eating them though, it’s hard to stop! Seven layers of sin is a perfect name for them. 🙂

  17. Inger Wilkerson
    May 08, 2012 @ 15:08:54

    I think these are my very favorite bar cookie! Fortunately one of my kids hates coconut, since they are dangerously good.

  18. Cakelaw
    May 08, 2012 @ 16:30:10

    How could I resist something with such a fantastic name? They look fab.

  19. LV Davis (@FoodfashinFlow)
    May 08, 2012 @ 16:46:02

    Chocolaley, nutty, chewey amd I don’t have to mix nothin??????? Girl you had me at chocolate, LOL

  20. mireia
    May 08, 2012 @ 16:48:55

    Delightful!! I’ll have tot ry sometimes!!!

  21. Cupcake Crazy Gem
    May 08, 2012 @ 17:38:53

    I made these over Christmas and my family had devoured them before I even got a chance to eat one so obviously I had to make another batch! It is just such an awesome combo of ingredients isn’t it? plus I believe shredded coconut makes any recipe 10 times better! haha

  22. Simply Life
    May 08, 2012 @ 18:35:18

    ooooh- what a fabulous dessert!

  23. filingawaycupcakes
    May 08, 2012 @ 19:10:10

    I am losing 5 lbs for a wedding, then making these and gaining it all back!

  24. Colleen @ Culinary Colleen
    May 08, 2012 @ 19:16:34

    I remember these from when I was a kid! They still look and sound amazing.

  25. rondamkisner
    May 08, 2012 @ 20:59:00

    I love seven layer bars! They look so good!

  26. Anne@FromMySweetHeart
    May 08, 2012 @ 22:08:37

    I’m not a brownie purist! I like mine filled with all kinds of sinful stuff… these!

  27. amanda
    May 08, 2012 @ 22:53:28

    I just recently tried 7 layers bars and realized I love them. This recipe looks delicious and your photos are beautiful!

  28. JasmyneTea
    May 08, 2012 @ 22:53:30

    Yummmm, imagine a layer of potato chips in there! Great recipe 🙂

  29. Ms Jelena
    May 08, 2012 @ 23:27:00

    YUM!!! That looks delish! x

  30. Anna @ the shady pine
    May 09, 2012 @ 00:41:50

    7 layers of sin…I just think it looks heavenly!!

  31. Kristen
    May 09, 2012 @ 06:17:10

    Those bars are a big hit in my house. My kids gobble them up and like their plates clean when I serve them.

  32. mykitchenstories
    May 09, 2012 @ 06:33:18

  33. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    May 09, 2012 @ 08:47:30

    I want THOSE right now! Can you send me some? Please?

  34. Mary
    May 09, 2012 @ 10:28:40

    7 layers of sin!! that’s all I need! they do look sensational –
    Mary x

  35. Kristin
    May 09, 2012 @ 11:15:36

    I spy coconut!

  36. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    May 09, 2012 @ 12:04:50

    I love the name of the bars!! I can see myself grabbing these whenever I pass by kitchen…looks quite addicting! 😉 YUM!

  37. Catalina @ Cake with Love
    May 09, 2012 @ 14:30:22

    Oh these sound heavenly with all those layers!

  38. Dara
    May 09, 2012 @ 14:41:22

    Damn! These look sinful and sooo yummy. Great post.

  39. Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking
    May 09, 2012 @ 14:41:56

    Wow, these look outrageous! What a wonderful combo of flavors and textures. Yummy!

  40. Caroline
    May 09, 2012 @ 14:42:32

    These bars will be the death of me!!!! So delicious!

  41. foodwanderings
    May 09, 2012 @ 15:00:23

    ahaha love the smart and playful title.Indeed sinful!

  42. 21stcenturyhousewife
    May 09, 2012 @ 15:03:04

    These sound amazing. I remember something similar from my childhood but I haven’t tasted them for years! Thank you for sharing!

  43. Baking is my Zen
    May 09, 2012 @ 19:19:18

    My kind of indulgence… 😀


  44. Mary Hirsch
    May 09, 2012 @ 22:47:20

    Oh, Honey, don’t even………. I’ve made these before but had forgotten about them. How could you? I’m still somewhere among the added pounds of the lemon loaf and the hungarian shortbread with two bundt cakes and a pan of scones thrown in. Sure am looking forward to the Chocolate Carmalized Banana Tart and then you toss memories of the Magic Cookie Bars back into my lap. Off to the store tomorrow. Not liking you toooooo much tonight.

  45. hotlyspiced
    May 09, 2012 @ 22:47:50

    I don’t think we can buy butterscotch bits here. What a fabulous and delicious and decadent little treat. I think these cover all the necessary food groups xx

  46. Alice
    May 10, 2012 @ 03:54:17

    wow, looks great!

  47. Beth
    May 10, 2012 @ 10:14:08

    I know these as Hello Dollies or Magic Cookie Bars. Whatever you call them, they’re fantastic!

  48. Chaya
    May 10, 2012 @ 10:49:15

    Sin away and enjoy.

  49. heathersbytes
    May 10, 2012 @ 11:05:17

    Oh my goodness. I had these as a teenager at church events, and could never wrangle the recipe from the maker, and then kind of forgot about them over the years. I am SO making these!

  50. atasteofmadess
    May 10, 2012 @ 11:16:16

    This looks too delicious for words! What a great combination of ingredients!

  51. Jasline
    May 10, 2012 @ 11:59:04

    Sinfully delicious! I can only imagine the taste…

  52. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    May 10, 2012 @ 13:44:09

    afternoon drive? Try morning, afternoon and night munchies! I wouldn’t be able to stop eating them!

  53. bakingaddict
    May 10, 2012 @ 17:39:03

    wow these look amazing!! Great idea and perfect for any-drive 🙂 I’d probably omit the cooconut as I’m not a huge fan.

  54. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    May 10, 2012 @ 18:10:30

    Brownies schmownies. I want these.

  55. RebeccaSubbiah RD (@chowandchatter)
    May 10, 2012 @ 19:02:13

    fun and nice and easy to make

  56. cooking-varieties (wan)
    May 10, 2012 @ 23:10:28

    hi yummy chunklet, what a delicious looking piece of munchies… must try this- bookmarked with thanks. have a nice day

  57. Elaine
    May 11, 2012 @ 00:25:20

    Those do look sinfully rich!

  58. TrafficDiva
    May 11, 2012 @ 08:35:38

    I was out of town for my birthday and was unable to comment, however, the ENTIRE TRAFFIC DEPT simply LOVED this dessert! Who knew it was so simple and easy to make. So, on behalf of my entire Afternoon Drive Crew, we say…


  59. Meenakshi
    May 11, 2012 @ 13:06:25

    I love you!!! Nutty chewey chocolatey goodness without the whisking-mixing-blending. I am bookmarking this. These look great!!

  60. Bam's Kitchen
    May 13, 2012 @ 07:04:42

    One moment on the lips-forever on the hips but so worth it!

  61. sally
    May 13, 2012 @ 10:45:38

    Very tempting! These look great!

  62. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    May 14, 2012 @ 11:56:11

    These look irresistible! LOVE the layers and the topping of coconut is just perfect.

  63. Trae C
    May 16, 2012 @ 01:25:56

    I’m really not happy that you posted this recipe, because I’m thinking of the MILES I’ll have to run to work off all the bars I’m going to eat. 😉

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