When we were kids, Mama would make us dessert bars that we called “Hello Dollies”. They were one of our favorites! I have no idea where the name came from but the recipe was printed on the back of a can of Sweetened Condensed Milk. They called them “Magic Bars”. These layered bars start with a graham cracker crust, and then Sweetened Condensed Milk is drizzled onto it, before layering with Chocolate Chips, Butterscotch Chips, Coconut, and Pecans. The bars are rich and gooey and are SO GOOD!
Instead of making the original recipe, however, I replaced the Butterscotch Chips with Kraft’s Caramel Bits for a chocolatey caramel bar that is just as rich and gooey, and is SO GOOD!
I am in love with Kraft’s Caramel Bits! You don’t have to unwrap the caramel squares; they are formed into round balls and you literally just pour them out of the bag like chocolate chips into your desserts….that is, if they can last that long in your house as the second I buy them, my kids open the bag and start eating them! You can use them in this recipe or you can use unwrapped caramel squares.
1 stick Butter
1 1/2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 cups Chocolate Chips
1 cup Caramel Bits (or if you prefer the original Hello Dollies recipe, add 1 cup Butterscotch Chips)
1 cup Coconut
1 cup Pecans, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt butter in a 13X9″ glass or ceramic pan.
You can put your glass or microwavable safe pan in your microwave to perform this step so you don’t have to dirty an extra dish but you will want to turn off your microwave’s turntable.
Ahhh…look at that melted butter…someone hand me a roll or a piece of bread…just kidding…kind of…back to the dessert bars at hand…
Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over the melted butter.
Using a fork, mix the butter and graham cracker crumbs together.
Press mixture into bottom of pan.
Drizzle Sweetened Condensed Milk over your graham cracker crust and spread with a knife.
Sprinkle Chocolate Chips over Sweetened Condensed Milk.
Sprinkle Caramel Bits on top.
Sprinkle Pecans on top.
Sprinkle Coconut on top.
Bake 25 minutes. Allow bars to fully cool before cutting them into bars as they bars are gooey right out of the oven but will firm up as they cool.