Confession: I’ve never had or made 7 layer bars. But ever since I created the salted caramel cookie cup recipe, my friend Dawn (and her husband Rex!) have been asking me to try a cookie cup filled with 7 layer bar ingredients.
Now that I’ve tried them, I am in love with 7 layer bars. The bars are very easy to make and there are tons of recipes online for them. There are many variations of ingredients, but I made my cups with Dawn’s favorites. The cups are a little more time consuming than plain bars– but very, very fun! The cookie cup holds all the yummy ingredients together and adds a dense sweet layer to the typical bar recipe.
- 1 tube of refrigerated sugar cookie dough
- 1c. of finely crushed graham cracker crumbs
- 1/2 c. chopped pecans
- 1c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4c. butterscotch chips
- 1c. shredded coconut
- 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
(yep, thats 7 ingredients!)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Using clean hands, knead together graham cracker crumbs and cookie dough until all crumbs are incorporated.
- Divide dough evenly among 12 (standard size) muffin cups.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 14 minutes
- Press centers of baked cookies in, forming a cup. I use a mini tart shaper for this and it makes it SO easy- you can use the end of a wooden spoon too, if you want. The inside of the cookies might still be a little undercooked at this point — that is ok!
- Layer the remaining dry ingredients in each cookie cup, saving some coconut aside.
- Place sweetened condensed milk in a zip top bag, clip a corner and drizzle the condensed milk into each cup over and around all the ingredients. I went to each cup twice, as the liquid seeped down into all the layers there was room for more on top.
- Sprinkle top with shredded coconut and place back in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes. Watch for your coconut to brown on top– that is your cue to pull them out!
- Cool completely in pan.
- Use a small knife to run around edge of each cup and pop it out of pan when cooled.
My thoughts: I love them! You could experiment with ingredient variations to this if you don’t like nuts or coconut for example. I like them as is. Since I’d never had a 7 layer bar, I was depending on Dawn and Rex to judge the taste- they give them a thumbs up! If you want gooey chocolate and coconut then this is YOUR dessert! Enjoy!
In my book, when someone offers you coconut and goey chocolate, you always say ‘yes please!’
This looks absolutely delicious! You have some really fantastic recipes and a great looking blog. I am looking for yummy recipes to add to share on my site and would like to reference some of yours. I am going to also add you as one of my favorite websites to visit. Thanks and keep up the great work!
Thanks so much– love your site as well- laughed at your bacon cupcakes- yikes! Please feel free to share and or reference any of my recipes. Nice to meet you!!!
Thanks so much! I will definitely reference your yummy recipes. Nice to meet you too!!! 🙂 Yes – the bacon cupcakes seem kind of…different. I am going to make them though just to experiment.
it looks so delicious!
Thanks for the receipe
Marvelous – do you think they could be done in a mini pan?
You could try– but I think you’d have to use mini chips and chop your butterscotch chips up so they’d fit in the mini cups. Great idea-I love bite-size desserts!
Did you end up making these in a mini pan? If so, did it work out?
I never did….I get so busy with new recipes that I forget to go back and try the ideas I had for old ones! Lol!
Now these look amazing.. not just because of the ingredients.. but your lovely food photography makes them look dazzling.. I love how the condensed milk almost flows from the center.. An awesome recipe!! xo Smidge
Thanks Smidge– you are so sweet 🙂
Found you via Pinterest. And looked through all of your recipes. Count me as a new fan! I loved not only your recipes, but the fact that you love the Packers. My husband has turned me into a semi-rabid Packers fan haha. Keep up the good work!
Oh welcome fellow Packer fan!!! My entire family are rabid Packer fans– so much fun!
Can you confirm the size of the refrigerated sugar cookie dough? Can’t wait to make these!
They turned out fabulous, thanks!
Sure 16.5oz. Enjoy!