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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Magic Berry Bars

Everyone has heard of magic bars, right? Well, here's a fun twist on an old favorite! Add some jam to the layers! It's super good and it's always fun to change up an old standard! We gobbled these down pretty quickly and you can use just about any kind of berry jam you like. Strawberry and raspberry are a favorite here because of how well they both pair with chocolate. But hey...just about anything pairs well with chocolate in my world!

Magic Berry Bars

1 2/3 cups graham crackers crumbs
1 stick butter ~ melted
3 tablespoons sugar
3 cups coconut
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup berry jam ~ strawberry, raspberry, blackberry or a mixture
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup chocolate chips ~ melted
1/2 cup white chocolate chips ~ melted with 1 teaspoon of shortening

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 inch baking pan with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine the graham crackers crumbs, melted butter and sugar.

Press mixture into the prepared pan.

Sprinkle the coconut over the crust and drizzle with the sweetened condensed milk.

Bake for 25 minutes or until coconut is lightly browned.

Allow to cool completely.

Spread the jam over the cooled coconut then sprinkle with pecans.

Drizzle with melted chocolate chips then drizzle with white chocolate chips.

Allow to set for a while for chocolate to harden.

Slice and eat!

Aaaaannnd...we're off! 
Aaaaannnd...we're off!

Combine the granham crackers crumbs, melted butter and sugar. Press into a 9x13 inch pan. 

Combine the graham crackers crumbs, 
melted butter and sugar. Press into a 9x13 inch pan.

Sprinkle with the coconut then drizzle with the sweetened condensed milk. Bake and cool. Then spread on the jam. 

Sprinkle with the coconut then 
drizzle with the sweetened 
condensed milk. Bake and cool. 
Then spread on the jam.

Scatter the pecans over the jam. 

Scatter the pecans over the jam.

Then drizzle with the melted chocolates. 

Then drizzle with the melted chocolates.

Set and serve! 

Set and serve!