One of the first desserts I learned how to make were "Magic bars." I would take them to bake sales, family gatherings, and work parties. My husband loved them so much that he started making them himself for our family. I didn't want to burst his bubble and tell him it technically wasn't "his" recipe, as you can find the recipe on the back of the can of condensed milk! Magic bars are so good, though, I kept my mouth shut in fear he'd stop making them! But this year, I decided to reclaim "my" original recipe and put some fun twists on it. For the crust, I used Honey Nut Cheerios in place of traditional graham crackers. In addition to semi-sweet chocolate chips, I added salted caramel chips and peanut butter chips. My baking experiment taught me it's fun to take a classic and remake it into an original!
First I crushed up Honey Nut Cheerios for the crust and added it to melted butter
Next, I added three types of chips and topped them with sweetened condensed milk
I sprinkled on 1/2 cup of Walnuts and baked them for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
To top them off, I drizzled honey over the bars-yum!!
Here's the full recipe...
Crust: 4 cups Honey Nut Cheerios; 3/4 cup melted butter
Layers: 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips; 1/2 cup Kroger brand salted caramel chocolate chips (you can use butterscotch if you cannot find this flavor) 1/2 cup peanut butter chips; one 14 ounce can condensed milk; 1/2 cup walnuts
Garnish: 2 tablespoons honey
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the Honey Nut Cheerios into a large resealable plastic bag. Use a potato masher to crush the cereal into fine piece. (Or use a food processor if you're lucky enough to have one!) Place the cereal into a small mixing bowl. Add the melted butter. Place into a 9x13 pan lined with foil and coated with cooking spray. Mix the chips together in a small mixing bowl and evenly distribute over the crust. Drizzle the condensed milk over the chips. Sprinkle the walnuts over the chips.
Bake for 30 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
Allow bars to cool completely. Drizzle honey over the bars, if desired. When bars are cooled, life foil from pan and cut the bars into squares.