Magic Cookie Bars are like the stir-fry of desserts. When you want to use up random ingredients in your fridge, you throw together a quick stir-fry: veggies before they spoil, the leftover chicken and/or beef from last weekend's barbecue, cubes of tofu before the use-by date. Same with magic cookie bars. I had some pecans I had already toasted from another recipe, Rolos I bought on sale after Christmas, Oreos I bought to bake with rather than eat straight out of the package, a few spoonfuls of salted caramel, and half a can of sweetened condensed milk from a prior recipe. So voila, the Oreo Rolo Magic Cookie Bars were born.
As with a stir-fry, magic cookie bars are actually pretty forgiving and flexible with the add-ins. The only "must haves" for me are a crust, coconut and sweetened condensed milk for the topping. Everything else is whatever you want to use up. In this case, I processed Oreos into crumbs and added melted butter to make a crust for the bottom layer. Baked that for 10 minutes to firm it up a little so it wouldn't be too soggy (can't have a soggy crust) then layered on my add-ins: the last of the salted caramel so I could recycle the jar it came in, the chopped up Rolos for more caramel goodness, the toasted pecans for crunch, coconut (I love coconut and it wouldn't be a magic cookie bar without it), chocolate chips, and the last of the sweetened condensed milk.
End result was delicious goodness. Double bonus that I used up some random ingredients and that this was super easy to make. I know I say that a lot but seriously, they're the easiest things to make. Very little mixing and it's hard to overbake these because the coconut signals when they're done - golden brown in spots but not uniformly brown all over. The measurements below are approximations. Feel free to experiment on your own. I was originally going to melt peanut butter into the caramel and add chopped up Snickers instead of Rolos but it turns out I was out of Snickers. I must've used them all up in other recipes. But it's not a bad idea for a future magic cookie bar creation.
1 cup crushed Oreos, finely processed into crumbs in a food processor
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2/3 cup Rolos, chopped
1/3 cup toasted pecans, roughly chopped
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup coconut
1/2 can (7 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 x 8 baking pan with foil and spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
- Combine crushed Oreos and melted butter. Press in an even layer in pan and bake for 10 minutes.
- Take pan out of oven and spread caramel evenly over hot crust. Sprinkle with chopped Rolos, pecans, coconut and chocolate chips. Cover evenly with sweetened condensed milk. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until coconut is golden in patches and the edges of the bar cookies are brown.