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Magic Bars, also known as Hello Dollys, live up to the adage that bar cookies are the easiest of all the cookies to make. This recipe, or maybe we shouldn't even call it a recipe as it is so little work, is just about layering and baking six ingredients; melted butter,crumbs, sweetened coconut, , chopped walnuts, and a can of (in that order). No mixing, no fussing, and what's best of all is that you don't have to sacrifice flavor for lack of work. While not much to look at, these bars are rich, sweet, sticky, and absolutely delicious. Magic Bars only seem to get better tasting after a day or two in the refrigerator, so you may want to add this recipe to your Christmas baking repertoire or keep them in mind for the next time you need to make something for a bake sale or potluck supper.
Sweetened condensed milk is what binds all the dry ingredients together in these Magic Bars. It is made from a mixture of whole milk and sugar that has had about 60 percent of its water removed. Its consistency is thick and sticky (like honey) and it is very sweet tasting. It is most often used in baked goods and it takes on a lovely caramel flavor and color when baked. To give you a small bit of history, condensed milk was the result of Gail Borden's (1801-1874) determination to invent a milk that could be stored and distributed over long distances. At the time of its invention (1856) milk was not pasteurized so it was difficult to keep it fresh and free of germs. After Borden received a patent on his invention he starting producing condensed milk, but it wasn't until it became standard issue for the troops during the Civil War that it really gained popularity.
Finally, these Magic Bars can magically turn into Seven Layer Magic Bars, just by adding one cup (170 grams) of butterscotch chips to the recipe. Layer the butterscotch chips after the chocolate chips.