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Alumnae Bars = Easy Delicious Dessert

Recently my family and I had a dessert so delicious that my parents started acting funny: my mom insisted we eat the bars before dinner and my dad took an entire plateful for himself! What was the dessert? A simple, yet scrumptious chocolate butterscotch bar. Dubbed Alumnae Bars by my great aunt, these bite-sized treats are easy to make and are delightful crowd pleasers. They are completely portable making them perfect for a potluck, picnic, or bake sale. To take a look at the recipe — it's great for using up the "odds and ends" of chocolate chips —


Alumnae Bars

Alumnae Bars

Alumnae Bars


  1. 1 stick butter
  2. 18 graham crackers
  3. 1 bag shredded coconut, optional
  4. 1 bag butterscotch morsels
  5. 1 bag chocolate chips*
  6. 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  7. 1-1/2 cups finely chopped walnuts


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13 x 9 inch pan with aluminum foil.
  2. Melt the butter in the microwave or on the stove.
  3. Meanwhile crush the graham crackers until small but not fine.
  4. Combine the graham crackers and the melted butter and press, covering the bottom, into the prepared baking sheet.
  5. If using the coconut, spread over the top graham crackers evenly. Repeat with the butterscotch morsels and chocolate chips.
  6. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the top evenly.
  7. Sprinkle the walnuts evenly over the pan.
  8. Press down with a large spoon or spatula compacting the layers together.
  9. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes. Let cool for 20 minutes and cut into small bars.
  10. Cover with foil and place in the freezer until ready to serve.

Makes 16-24 bars depending on the size.

*Use your favorite type of morsels: chocolate, milk chocolate, semi-sweet, peanut butter, or a combination of several

Astro_nerd Astro_nerd 9 years
What can I use instead of condensed milk?
skigurl skigurl 9 years
i made these on the weekend! i wouldn't use butterscotch chips next time, but they were very delish!
mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 9 years
Reminds of that movie Dick where they make them with pot and the parent's DEVOUR them!
yellowbanana yellowbanana 9 years
I work at Peet's Coffee & Tea and we have these. We call them Seven Layer bars. My mommy used to make them too....they're sooo good.
BermudaGrass BermudaGrass 9 years
these look SO good, i've gotta make 'em!!!
emalove emalove 9 years
Magic Bars! Love them!
chibarosa chibarosa 9 years
It's funny how many names this dessert has - and now a new one to add to the list! Energy bars Magic layer bars Hello Dollies Dump bars Seven layer bars Alumnae bars No matter what you call them, they are delicious! I make mine with pecans instead of walnuts.
wonderwoman80 wonderwoman80 9 years
Why do they need to go in the freezer?
nancita nancita 9 years
Oooh these look like something I had as a kid too. They also look delicious!
babysugar babysugar 9 years
I want some now. Yum partysugar!
askmetostay askmetostay 9 years
thanks for giving me something to make for a family reunion this weekend!!!
ALSW ALSW 9 years
These look delicious!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 9 years
I have had these for years and they are always so good. There are never any left over.
Majrhoulihan Majrhoulihan 9 years
Hello Dolly Bars
superfoxml superfoxml 9 years
Oh and they're fabulous when chilled in the fridge.
superfoxml superfoxml 9 years
I've been making these since I was a child! LOVE THEM!
CoconutPie CoconutPie 9 years
I'll try these for sure! They look so yummy! :DROOL:
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 9 years
These bar cookies are a wonderful "no fail" standby. They are also terrific because they are very "forgiving" can do lots of substituting with whatever is in the pantry.:)
clareberrys clareberrys 9 years
these sound AMAZING i want to make them tonight!!!
will205 will205 9 years
sounds like lazy layer bars - has anyone ever heard of those?
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 9 years
mmmmm, this does look delicious!
PugLuv PugLuv 9 years
We call those magic cookie bars. YUM!
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
That sounds like a "dump bar". Someone at my old job taught me to make - you basic just dump all the ingredients into a baking pan pour evaporated milk over it and it magically forms a layered bar cookie.
Marseeah Marseeah 9 years
We call these either Dolly Bars or Seven Layer bars. And they're AMAZING.
onion-waffle onion-waffle 9 years
Wow...does this really not call for eggs? I'm totally ready to make this!
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