Coconut Caramel Coffee Magic Bars

Magic bars, seven layer bars or hello dolly bars.  Whatever you call them, these guys get a caffeinated make-over with coconut, caramel, coffee and chocolate.

Hi, my name is Denise, and I have an addiction.  A coffee addiction.  It’s bad.

As far as I’m concerned, my day doesn’t start before coffee.  Don’t even try to talk to me.  Not even if you’re a super cute baby who likes to wake up at 6 am.  You hear me, Kai?!  Mommy wants to sleep in until 7am.  Actually 10am.  But I will settle for 7am.

Lately, I have been known to add a splash of coffee to my baked goods.  Examples: these Glazed Mocha Donut Holes and these White Chocolate Espresso Brownies…so really,  these coconut caramel coffee magic bars aren’t totally out of left field, are they?

Coconut Caramel Coffee Magic Bars

Essentially these are coffee magic bars.  Aka: the world’s easiest dessert.  I love magic bars for their simplicity and ease, their chewy texture, and {of course} their flavor.

These bars are an adaption of the traditional magic bar with a few substitutions.  I used chocolate cookie crumbs rather than graham cracker crumbs for the base, to amp up the decadence and chocolatey richness.

Then, I swapped regular sweetened condensed milk for dulce de leche {I used Eagle Brand}.  Have you tried this stuff?  It is velvety sweet caramel, in sweetened condensed milk form.  Oh my…it is amazing!!

Since I love my coffee so much, I folded a few tablespoons of espresso powder in with the sweetened condensed milk.  It brings a slight hint of coffee to these bars.  Oh, and espresso powder + chocolate?  It seriously amps up that chocolate flavor.

I sprinkled the tops of these coffee magic bars with sweetened shredded coconut and semi-sweet chocolate chips.  While baking, the sweetened condensed milk bubbles up around the chocolate chips and coconut, giving these bars the ultimate caramel-chocolate-coffee-coconut flavor.

Coconut Caramel Coffee Magic Bars

Coconut Caramel Coffee Magic Bars

These coffee magic bars take a whole 10-15 minutes to make.  Mine were ready to go in the oven before the oven had actually pre-heated.  Now that is my criteria for super-fast/easy desserts: ready before the oven is!

These bars take a few hours to set up…but I just couldn’t help myself.  I had to dig in.  It is best to wait a few hours for them to set up, though, to get that perfect chewy magic bar texture and avoid a gooey, crumbly mess.  I know.  It’s too hard.

This recipe makes a 9 X 13 pan, which may seem like a lot, but they certainly didn’t go to waste at my house!  They freeze easily, so you can always keep some frozen for those days where you just need a coffee-chocolate-caramel-coconut fix.

Make sure you add these bars to your ‘must make’ list this week!  So delicious and super easy!

Coconut Caramel Coffee Magic Bars

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Coconut Caramel Coffee Magic Bars
 
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These bars are so easy to whip up, and are packed with coconut, caramel, coffee and chocolate.
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Serves: 18
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups chocolate cookie crumbs {I used Oreo}
  • ½ cup butter {melted}
  • 1 can {300mL} of Dulce De Leche flavored sweetened condensed milk {I used Eagle Brand}
  • 2 tbsp espresso powder
  • 1 cup + ¼ cup sweetened shredded coconut {divided}
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Line a 9 X 13 pan with aluminum foil and spray with spray oil {don't forget the sides!}
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter. Stir in the chocolate cookie crumbs until moistened. Press gently into the bottom of the pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the sweetened condensed milk and the espresso powder until completely combined. Spread evenly over cookie crumbs.
  4. Sprinkle with 1 cup of shredded coconut and 1 cup of chocolate chips.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes, bars should be lightly browned. Sprinkle with remaining cup of coconut, and allow to cool completely and set up {approximately 2 hours}.
Notes
These bars freeze well.

Adapted from Eagle Brand’s original Magic Bars Recipe

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