Hello Dolly Bars

Layered cookie bars
Diana Rattray
Ratings (18)
  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: 20 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
228 Calories
15g Fat
22g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 20 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 228
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 50mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 4g
Calcium 88mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These hello Dolly bars—also known as 7 layer bars—are made with a combination of semisweet chocolate and butterscotch chips. The bars are assembled in seven layers, and they are incredibly delicious. 

We look forward to making these for the holidays, but you really don't need a special occasion to bake them. There's very little preparation involved since it's just a matter of layering ingredients and popping them in the oven. 

You can change them up a bit by replacing the butterscotch chips with more chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, or white chocolate chips. There are lots of options in the markets these days! We think toffee chips would be amazing. Or, make dulce de leche (caramel sauce) with sweetened condensed milk and use that on the bars. We've included a simple caramel how-to below the recipe but plan in advance because you will have to let the milk cook for several hours in the slow cooker.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 8 whole graham crackers)
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup flaked sweetened coconut
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 (15 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 350 F.

  2. Melt the butter and then combine it with the graham cracker crumbs in a bowl. Mix well. Pat the graham cracker crumb mixture in the bottom of a 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking pan.

  3. Sprinkle the remaining ingredients over the crumbs in the order given, in layers.

  4. Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk over all. Do NOT stir.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes. Cool on a rack and then cut into bars.

Tips

  • Cook the sweetened condensed milk to make a caramel sauce for these bars. To make the caramel in a slow cooker, place a small towel on the bottom of the slow cooker and place the unopened can on the towel (to ensure the can does not stain the slow cooker). Add water to the slow cooker to a depth of 1 inch above the can. Cover the pot and cook on high for 2 hours. Reduce the heat to low and cook for about 4 to 5 hours longer. Alternatively, transfer the sweetened condensed milk to two small canning jars and cover tightly with the lids. Place them in the slow cooker, cover with water, and cook for 2 hours on high and 4 to 5 hours on high. Using jars, you can see the color of the caramel.

Recipe Variations

  • Make them with 1 to 2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips and omit the butterscotch chips.
  • Use white chocolate chips instead of butterscotch chips.