Seven-Layer Bars

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Seven-Layer Bars, dream bars, magic bars: these are all derivations of the same decadently gooey, cookie-crusted treat that we all recognize in one form or another. Yes, we've ensured that this variation does, in fact, have seven layers. And better yet, we've made it with our own homemade, vanilla-infused version of sweetened condensed milk.

Seven-Layer Bars

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Published: 12/13/2013


  • 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 10 tablespoons melted butter, divided
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried whole milk
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks or chips
  • 2/3 cup mini white chocolate chips, or standard-size white chips or chunks
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 3/4 ounces coconut flakes or unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/3 cup caramel cut from a block (or about 9 to 11 individual caramel candies)
  • 1 tablespoon milk or cream

Tips from our bakers

  • If you don't have dried whole milk, substitute one 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk for the 4 tablespoons melted butter, water, sugar, vanilla, and dried whole milk.


1) Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9" square pan.

2) In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, confectioner's sugar, and 6 tablespoons of the melted butter. Press the mixture into the bottom of the pan. Set aside.

3) With a hand or stand mixer, beat together the remaining 4 tablespoons melted butter, the boiling water, sugar, vanilla, and dried whole milk until thick and smooth. Pour into the pan.

4) Top with the semisweet chocolate chunks, white chocolate chips or chunks, nuts, and coconut.

5) Bake the bars for 24 to 26 minutes, until the coconut starts to turn golden. Remove them from the oven.

6) Combine the caramel with the tablespoon of milk or cream, and heat until the caramel is pourable, stirring to combine.

7) Pour the caramel over the bars. Allow the bars to cool and set before cutting.

Yield: 16 bars.

Nutrition information

Serving Size: 1 bar (80g) Servings Per Batch: 16 Amount Per Serving: Calories: 380 Calories from Fat: 220 Total Fat: 24g Saturated Fat: 13g Trans Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 30 mg Sodium: 95mg Total Carbohydrate: 39g Dietary Fiber: 2g Sugars: 32g Protein: 6g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.


  • star rating 04/04/2014
  • member-tzbutler from KAF Community
  • We think this is way too sweet. Any suggestions on how much sugar to cut out of the step with the dried milk? What about using unsweetened coconut? Thanks!
    I would suggest you give our hotline a call. The number is: 855-371-2253. Happy baking! Barb@kaf
  • star rating 02/12/2014
  • Jessica from Concord, NC
  • The recipe specifies to use both confectioner's sugar and granulated sugar, BUT in the directions there is no distinction on what sugar is added in which step. It is further confusing if you are substituting the dried milk with condensed which calls for the elimination of "sugar" but does not specify which sugar is to be eliminated. Help!
    Sorry for the confusion. The first sugar called for in the instructions would be the confectioner's sugar. The second sugar called for is granulated. Jon@KAF
  • star rating 02/12/2014
  • from
  • Don't know where to ask. The recipe called for confectioners sugar and sugar, but the recipe never specifies which is where. Or am I missing it?
    When a recipe reads "sugar" it's the granulated one. Confectioner's sugar is always specified to help us all make the distinction. Happy Baking! Irene@KAF
  • star rating 02/03/2014
  • FM from NJ
  • These were delicious. I only had nonfat dried milk on hand and it worked well (though I imagine the richer whole milk would be delicious). The coconut flakes were so much better than the shredded coconut versions I have had in the past.