Our Favorite Christmas Treat – Magic Bars

We prepare plates of Christmas goodies for friends and family members every year.  Usually, these plates also serve as gifts for Sunday school teachers, dance instructors, and Awana leaders.  We enjoy preparing the treats and spending time together in the kitchen.

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We also like knowing that the gifts we prepare are consumable for the special people in our children’s lives.  Other than gift cards, inexpensive and useful teacher gifts can be hard to find.  We really do not want to give presents that will just sit untouched in desk drawers for months to come.

This year, we included seven items on our treat plates:

  • Magic bars
  • Dipped pretzels
  • Butterscotch brownie mix or baked brownies
  • Dipped potato chips
  • Peanut butter blossoms
  • Puppy chow
  • Hot cocoa cubes

After the work was done, we surveyed the kids.  Each of the girls chose a favorite item that our family made.  The three finalists were: dipped potato chips, puppy chow, and magic bars.  In the end, the magic bars won the title for best treat of 2015.  The recipe we used is listed here.  Enjoy!

Magic Bars


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups graham-cracker crumbs (about 1/3 of a box, crushed)
  • 1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut


  1. Put the butter into a 9x13 inch pan and place in the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Once the butter has melted, remove the pan while the oven finishes preheating.
  3. Sprinkle the crumbs over the melted butter. Spread with a spoon, if necessary.
  4. Pour the sweetened, condensed milk evenly over the crumbs. Sprinkle on the chocolate and butterscotch chips, as well as the coconut.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 1 hour before cutting.
  6. Serve immediately or refrigerate.
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  • Rather than buying graham-cracker crumbs, we make our own.  We place whole crackers in a plastic freezer bag and crush them with a rolling pin.  This is a really good job for younger kids.
  • In our community, the Dollar Tree has the best price on shredded coconut.

What are your favorite Christmas treats?  Let me know in an email or comment below!