Coconut and Toffee Bars

Coconut and Toffee Bars (via abeautifulmess.com)The very first time I can remember ever showing any interest in cooking/baking was when I was around 14 or 15 years old. I got obsessed with making M&M cookie bars based on a recipe from the side of the flour bag (don’t remember the brand… probably Best Choice or something). 

I probably made that recipe 3-4 times over the course of a few months. I think what happened is I was in the mood for cookies but didn’t really have a recipe, so I used the one on the flour bag. They turned out awesome, so I baked the same recipe again a week or so later. That batch didn’t turn out as well. And then I became obsessed with figuring out why. I mean, I used the same recipe. How could it turn out so different every time?! It was infuriating. 

Coconut and Toffee Bars (via abeautifulmess.com) I never did really uncover what I was doing differently back then. My love of eating cookies outweighed my knowledge of the scientific method, I would venture to guess. So… no real discoveries were made but lots of cookies got eaten. (I have a feeling it had to do with how long I blended the butter and sugar or how accurate I was being when measuring out my dry ingredients—but I’ll never know for sure.)

At any rate, these bars remind me of that. Not because they are infuriating. Oh no. The main similarity is they are derived from a recipe that can be found on the product packaging. If you have ever had “Magic Cookie Bars” before, then you will likely love these, as they are quite similar. 

Condensed milk magic bar recipeCoconut and Toffee Bars, makes one dozen.
Recipe adapted from Eagle Brand’s Magic Cookie Bars

3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 a 14 oz can (so, 7 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1 chopped Askinosie ABM CollaBARation Bar (dark chocolate + toasted coconut)*
1/4 cup toasted coconut
1/4 cup toffee chips
big sprinkle of sea salt (optional)

Cover the bottom of an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. Combine the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter and press into the bottom of the pan. Pour on the sweetened condensed milk. Top with the chopped chocolate bar, coconut and toffee chips. Then sprinkle on the sea salt if using. Bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes. 

*You can use 3 oz dark chocolate chips instead of the Askinosie chocolate bar if you just can’t find it anywhere. But try—because it’s good!

Coconut and Toffee Bars (via abeautifulmess.com) Allow to cool before removing from the pan. Keep in mind that these are meant to be ooey-gooey. But, if you find they are too ooey, just pop the baked bars in the freezer for a few minutes to firm them up a little. Enjoy! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • Emma! These look amazing! Thank you so much for the recipe. I will be making these soon.

    .. Laura ..

  • nice, looks like a delicious recipe. thanks for posting this recipe, i love toffee.

    Simon

  • I don’t live in Springfield. I love in St Louis, but once I saw this post, I had to order this chocolate bar! It came today and I’m so excited. It’s delicious!

  • Oh yeah. . .Magic Cookie bars rock. I love that you are kickin’ it up a notch with the toffee. Makes me hungry just thinking about it.

  • Those look quite fantabulous, ma’ dear! Thanks for sharing!

    athisfeetdaily.blogspot.com

  • I remember I made chocolate chip cookies from a recipe on the back of a chocolate chip bag and I was amazed that I actually made them successfully! I love the short ingredient list for this recipe – they look impressive! and sound so, so delicious!!

    Monica – Mocha and Moccasins

  • I haven’t seen Graham crackers in the UK? What do you suggest as an alternative??

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

  • OH MY GOODNESS I love coconut and toffee.. but combining them?! Genius. Lovely recipe. x
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  • oooh these look delicious, I’ll definately be trying these out! I found a similar recipe for salted pretzel caramel bars and they came out wonderfully too. Here’s the link if anyone’s interested: http://shehlagrr.blogspot.com/2015/01/magic-bars-recipe-original-pretzel-bars.html

  • We don’t like so much coconut but it’s very healthy and nutritive!

    http://inatrendytown.blogspot.com.es/

  • Thank you Emma! Just made these today and I am in LOVE… Thanks for the recipe! But, darn it… with 1/2 a can of condensed milk left, I am practically FORCED to make another batch 😉 he he. xo hil

  • Now this looks divine and easy too. I am not a fan of baking except when I have heaps of time (which isn’t often) but this looks good.

  • This does look delicious 😀
    Cannot wait to try it hun

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    Emma

  • Oh how I love there kinds of bars – I love to do them! I always get inspired by recipes like that and try to recreate something similar for my blog.

  • These look amazing! I’m definitely going to have to try them out! 🙂
    – Jem

  • They look so delicious! Will have to try these out!

    Meme xx

    http://thedayinthelifeofmexoxo.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Ooh I’m super curious to try these out but I do need to figure out where I can find similar products in The Netherlands 😉

    Love,
    Yara

  • Now I understand why you have always such great backing ideas. You have started checking out recipes really young.

    Best wishes for the coming days!

    mtrjschk.blogspot.de

  • These look delicious (and so healthy!!)
    I love coconut and toffee! I think I might make some of these, not only for dessert, but to take to school for a snack, too! 😉
    Keep up the amazing work, I love everything you do!!!
    xoxoxo,
    Isabella

  • This seems like a deliciously simple recipe. Though I’m not generally a fan of dried coconut, I bet these taste divine. I may try to make a variation, sans coconut. Perhaps I will experiment with other ingredients that offer similar texture. Nice photos too.

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  • Being a fellow magic-bars lover, I’m falling head-over-heels to make these bars!
    Just out of curiosity: what are your thoughts about substituting (full-fat) coconut milk or coconut cream for the sweetened condensed milk? Thanks 🙂

  • Yum! I’m a sucker for anything ooey-gooey. They look like the kind of treat you can never have just one of… Before you know it, the whole pan is gone. And you know what? I’m totally okay with that.

  • oh. yum. Those look so amazing. Definitely pinning so I don’t forget this one!

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