Halloween magic cookie bars add a little extra fun to your trick or treat night or spooky party. But don’t let that scare you, you can enjoy these Halloween-inspired seven layer bars anytime you want a decadent dessert featuring your favorite candies.

Halloween Magic Cookie Bars on a plate

Just because Halloween is all about candy doesn’t mean you can’t make cookies. These easy Halloween Magic Cookie Bars use crushed chocolate graham crackers as a base and layer on nuts, coconut and all of your favorite Halloween candy for a treat that is so delicious, it’s scary!

We LOVE Halloween treats around here. If you’re planning a fun Halloween dinner or serve ghosts and ghouls at your next party try our Mummy Dogs, Witch’s Brew Brownies, and Halloween Dessert Pizza!

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Halloween Magic Cookie Bars in a pan

What You’ll Need

You’ll need the following to make these delicious Halloween cookie bars:

  • Chocolate Graham Crackers – We love the extra chocolate flavor the chocolate graham crackers add but you can also use regular graham crackers if you prefer.
  • Unsalted butter – The butter is what holds your bottom crust together.
  • Pecan or Walnuts – You can use peanuts or almonds as a substitute if you prefer.
  • Shredded Coconut – I know coconut is one of those things you either really like or REALLY don’t like (Kat loves coconut Melinda does not) but this is one of these desserts that you’re going to love even if you don’t normally like coconut. You’re just going to have to trust me on this one 🙂
  • Sweetened condensed milk – The sweetened condensed milk oozes between all of the layers and caramelizes as it bakes so that it holds it all together.
  • M&Ms – if you have another favorite candy, you can chop it up and use that instead.
  • Candy Corn – pick your favorite kind, the pumpkin shaped ones work too!
Steps for making Halloween Magic Cookie Bars from step 1 to the finish

How to Make It

Prep the oven and pan. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. While it heats, prepare a 13×9 inch pan by greasing it with non-stick cooking spray and then adding a layer of parchment paper on the bottom. This is a pretty sticky recipe so the parchment paper really helps when it comes to getting it out of the pan at the end.

Make the crust. In a medium sized bowl, pour melted butter over the finely crushed graham crackers and stir together until all the crumbs are coated. Spread the graham cracker crust over the bottom of the prepared pan and press the crumbs into the pan, packing it down firmly.

Layer the bars. Once the crust is firmly pressed in place, layer with the nuts and then the shredded coconut. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the shredded coconuts evenly.

Bake, chill, and serve. Place the pan in your oven and bake for about 25 minutes or until they start to turn lightly brown. Don’t over bake the bars! Once they are done, remove them from the oven and immediately add your M&Ms and candy corn, pressing them into the bars so they stick. Allow the bars to cool completely before serving. It helps to put them in the refrigerator for about an hour before you cut and serve.

Serve with a dollop of whipped cream, ice cream, or your favorite desserts at your next Halloween get together.

stacked Halloween Magic Cookie Bars on a plate

What Other Ingredients Can You Use?

If you are not as big an Oreo cookie nut as I am, you might like switching the crust with either crushed graham cracker crumbs or chocolate graham cracker crumbs. Both are great options!

Halloween is a great time for candy toppings. You certainly don’t have to use the ones I picked. You can substitute the M&Ms and candy corn for peanut butter cups and Reese’s Pieces. 

Or you could use your favorite candy bar or extras left over from trick or treating. Just make sure you chop them into bite size or smaller pieces. 

Don’t have a bunch of candy laying around? No problem! You can make this recipe year round by using chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and peanut butter chips. 

holding a Halloween Magic Cookie Bars

How to Store Magic Bars 

Storing magic cookie bars is as easy as making them. Place the bars into an airtight container and place a layer of wax paper between each layer so they won’t stick together. Once you’ve placed them all in the container, seal it tightly. You can keep them on the counter or in the fridge.

How Long Do Magic Bars Keep? 

You can keep these seven layer bars for up to 5 days on the counter or up to 7 days in the refrigerator. You don’t have to refrigerate them, but it does help the bars keep their shape. Storing them in a warmer environment may cause them to lose some shape and they won’t last as long. Of course, you may not have the problem of where to store them if you end up eating them all in one sitting.

holding a Halloween Magic Cookie Bars

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Servings: 18
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Chill Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins

Halloween Magic Cookie Bars

Halloween magic cookie bars are an easy dessert made with layers of graham crackers, nuts, and your favorite Halloween candies that are perfect for your Halloween party.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Chocolate graham crackers, finely crushed
  • ½ cup Unsalted butter, melted
  • 8 ounces Pecan
  • 1 cup Shredded Coconut
  • 14 ounces Sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup M&Ms
  • 1 cup Candy Corn

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Prepare a 13×9 inch pan by greasing it with non-stick spray.
  • In a medium bowl combine the melted butter and finely crushed graham crackers stirring together until the graham cracker crumbs are coated.
  • Press the graham cracker crumbs into the bottom of the pan packing it down firmly.
  • Spread the nuts over the crust, followed by a layer of the shredded coconut.
  • Pour the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the shredded coconut.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Remove from the oven and spread the M&Ms and candy corn over the top of the bars and press them down gently so they stick to the bars.
  • Let the bars cool completely before cutting and serving. You can chill them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour to help them firm up.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar, Calories: 322kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 23mg, Sodium: 76mg, Potassium: 150mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 30g, Vitamin A: 249IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 87mg, Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: magic bars, magic cookie bars, seven layer bars