Easy Layer Bars

posted by Andrea | 03/12/2012

If you’re looking for a really simple dessert or snack that you can completely customize for your family’s taste buds, I might just have the perfect recipe for you. All this recipe requires is a simple Graham Cracker crust and whatever toppings you have on hand.

I regularly make these Easy Layer Bars when I have a random assortment of half-empty bags of baking supplies to use up — I’ve yet to have any complaints about the deliciously sweet combinations I come up with!

And while almost any variety of topping will work for these bars, here is the recipe I follow most often.

Recipe for Easy Layer Bars:

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Ingredients For the Crust

  • 2 c. crushed Graham Cracker crumbs {any flavor}
  • 1/2 c. melted butter

Ingredients For the Topping

  • 1/2 c. milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c. white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c. butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 c. chopped peanuts {or any other type of nuts}
  • 1 c. sweetened, shredded coconut
  • 1 16 oz. can sweetened condensed milk


  • Melt butter in a medium bowl
  • Add Graham Cracker crumbs and mix well

  • Press crumb mixture into a 9 x 13″ pan
  • Sprinkle candy toppings over the crust and then cover with shredded coconut
  • Pour sweetened condensed milk over the top — covering as evenly as possible
  • Sprinkle a little extra coconut over the milk {optional}
  • Bake at 350*F for 25 minutes or until coconut is toasted
  • Cut into bars and enjoy!

I’ve made this dessert many, MANY times and it always turns out delicious; and as I mentioned before, these bars taste great with all sorts of toppings — so feel free to experiment a bit. I’ve already tried chopped Snickers, chopped Twix, Heath bits, peanut butter chips, and even crumbled cookies. There’s not really a bad combination!

The only thing I would recommend is including the coconut because it makes a nice “crunchy” topping — and of course, you need the sweetened condensed milk to hold everything together.

I’m sure you’ve already guessed it — but yes, these bars definitely freeze well and taste excellent straight out of the freezer! 

So… what toppings will you try?

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  1. Sarah


    Another perfectly delicious creation, Andrea! Again, I wanted to freeze some, but they didn’t even make it to the freezer. We gobbled them up.

    I used the same crust you did with the following toppings:
    1 C white chocolate chips
    1/2 C semi sweet mini chocolate chips
    1/2 C craisins
    about 3/4 C sliced almonds
    and, of course the coconut & SC milk


    Andrea Reply:

    Sounds good — I recently did something similar with fresh cherries, sliced almonds, white chocolate, etc!


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  3. melissa


    omg, i made these a couple of years ago …these are great …easy made ….small amount goes along way for that sweet tooth…..


  4. muriel


    Thanks for the great recipe. I made these Wed night for a party. My husband liked them so much that I made some more last night for home.


  5. Patty@homemakersdaily.com


    Those look awesome! I love recipes that use up my partial bags of stuff.


  6. Lydia at Five4Five


    Woah! These look amazing! What a great way to use leftovers. I’m always left with a portion of things and never know what to do with them.


  7. Andrea


    This is also good with saltine crackers as a base. The salt adds another flavor dimension, and breaks up the sweetness a little bit.


    Andrea Reply:

    Ah yes… I’ve made them that way too!