Traditional Seven Layer bars but with Rice Krispies for an added crunch. A great after-school snack or bake-sale treat.
Last week we sent the girls back to college and of course I had to send some goodies with them and what could be better than a seven layer bar. Since I didn’t have to put them in the mail, I had a little more flexibility and decided to try a version of my favorite college treat. The secret ingredient in this recipe is Rice Krispies hidden among the layers. My crew couldn’t tell what was different about them, except that they were crispier and kept their shape a little bit better than the traditional version.
Other than the Rice Krispies, I added all the standard toppings, but toasted the pecans and coconut. I used two different types of chocolate, melting the milk chocolate and just letting the semi-sweet chips melt together with the other ingredients while it cooked in the oven. Of course you finish these off with sweetened condensed milk, but a little vanilla added.
How do you make seven layer bars
Step 1: Crush the graham crackers, mix with melted butter and place on the bottom of the pan and bake for 10 minutes.
Step 2: Remove from the oven and sprinkle the milk chocolate over the crust and let it sit for a couple of minutes until it has melted then spread it over the crust.
Step 3: Add add the layers of Rice Krispies, then nuts, then chocolate chips and coconut pressing down after each addition.
Step 4: Combine sweetened condensed milk and vanilla and pour it over the top. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
There are a couple of reasons that seven layer bars have been around so long. The combination of ingredients makes an addictive bar that everyone seems to love. It’s adaptable so that if you don’t like nuts, or coconut, you can leave them out. You can add whatever type of chocolate you prefer or throw in peanut butter chips. They always turn out wonderful no matter what you do to them and you don’t need a lot of equipment to make these amazing bars.
Looking for some more dessert bar recipes
- With the left over Rice Krispies, make some S’more Bars
- In a citrus mood, try pistachio lemon bars
- Apricot bars are fabulous shortbread bar with dried apricots
- If you feel like chocolate, you’ll love chocolate raspberry bars
Seven Layer Bars with Rice Krispies
- 12 graham crackers 2 cups
- 8 tablespoons butter melted
- 8 ounces milk chocolate
- 1 cup Rice Krispies
- 1 cup pecans toasted and chopped
- 1 cup semisweet choc
- 1 cup sweetened coconut toasted
- 2 14 ounce cans sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350º. Line a 9 X 13 pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
- Place graham crackers in a ziplock and crush until you have fine crumbs.
- In a microwave bowl melt butter. With a fork stir in graham cracker crumbs. Spread firmly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes until it begins to brown.
- Remove pan from oven and add milk chocolate. Let stand for 5 minutes until slightly melted, spread out over crust. Next, layer cereal, pecans, chocolate chips, and coconut, pressing down after each layer. Combine sweetened condensed milk and vanilla and pour over the top. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Let cool on a wire rack for about 2 hours before lifting out of the pan.