Pumpkin Magic (Seven-Layer) Bars

by Amy on 23 November 2014

Pumpkin Magic Bars! (Seven-Layer Bars with pumpkin, apple, coconut, chocolate chip, pecans, sweetened condensed milk, + graham crackers) | FearlessHomemaker.comWith Thanksgiving right around the corner, I knew I wanted to share a perfect-for-fall dessert for those of y’all who are still planning your menus. After reading through tons of potential recipes, I settled on these Seven-Layer Pumpkin Magic Bars, since they looked simple-to-make, delicious, creative, and good for a crowd. And now, after making them, I can tell you that they are all of those things and more! They are SO insanely tasty, and, SO easy to make. I timed myself, and it took me a mere 22 minutes (including the peeling/shredding of the apples) to get these prepped + in the oven.

All the ingredients work beautifully, deliciously, surprisingly perfect together: the buttery graham cracker layer, the sweet spiced pumpkin + apple layer, the chocolatey chips, the crunchy chopped pecans, + the crisp toasted coconut. I would’ve never thought to combine all those things together, but now that I have, I can tell you that the result is DIVINE! One thing to remember, if you’re going to make these bars for Thanksgiving, is that these need time to bake, cool, + then chill them in the refrigerator. So you’re not scrambling for enough time to get them chilled, I recommend making them the day before, so they can have a full overnight to cool in the fridge. I hope y’all give these a try – I know that you + your family/friends will absolutely love them on your holiday table!

Pumpkin Magic Bars! (Seven-Layer Bars with pumpkin, apple, coconut, chocolate chip, pecans, sweetened condensed milk, + graham crackers) | FearlessHomemaker.com

Pumpkin Magic (Seven-Layer) Bars

makes 12-16 bars, adapted from Bakers Royale


2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 16 whole crackers)
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
2 gala apples (about 1 lb), coarsely shredded (using a box grater or the shredding disc on a food processor)
1 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 1/4 cups chocolate chips, divided


Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line bottom and sides of a 9×13 pan with aluminum foil, leaving a 1″ overhang on two sides (this allows for easy removal of the bars for cutting).

Combine graham crackers + melted butter in a bowl, + stir until well blended. Press mixture evenly onto the bottom of the prepared pan.

In a medium bow, combine sweetened condensed milk, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, + cloves, + stir until well combined. Pour the mixture over the graham cracker crust. Layer the shredded apples evenly on top of the pumpkin/condensed milk layer, and press down slightly. Sprinkle on 1 cup of the chocolate chips, the pecans, and the shredded coconut. Press down slightly again, to help all ingredients “stick” to the pumpkin layer. Finally, sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips on top.

Bake for 35-40 minutes, until bars are set + coconut is slightly browned (be careful, as coconut can turn from golden brown to burned quickly!). Cool at room temperature for about 30 minutes, then cover + transfer to the refrigerator to chill for at least 4 hours (or preferably overnight).

When ready to serve, use foil overhang to remove bars from the pan, + cut into 12 or 16 bars, depending on how big you want them. Serve cold (straight from the fridge) or at room temperature.

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1 Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat. November 23, 2014 at 9:07 pm

I love the use of pumpkin in seven layer bars. Perfect! Plus, any dessert that highly suggests that I make a day or two before the big day is always good in my book. 😉

2 angela@spinachtiger November 24, 2014 at 12:47 pm

These would be so great to take somewhere too. You could even cut them in bite size pieces. Yummy. Amy, have a very happy Thanksgiving with your family.

3 amy November 24, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Yes, I think they’d be great in bite-size pieces for a party or potluck! You have a wonderful Thanksgiving, too. =)

4 Choc Chip Uru November 24, 2014 at 1:06 pm

I bet the magical part is that you couldn’t stop eating it 😀
These bars look so delicious! Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

Choc Chip Uru

5 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar November 24, 2014 at 3:20 pm

LOVE these!! Such a special bar for the holidays!

6 sarah k @ the pajama chef November 24, 2014 at 3:31 pm

pumpkin AND apple in 7 layer bars?!? yum! these sound fantastic!

7 danielle November 24, 2014 at 6:46 pm

These sound amazing!!

8 Luv What You Do November 24, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Oh yes! Those look fantastic!!!

9 Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy November 24, 2014 at 8:53 pm

UH-MAZING!!! literally drooling all over my keyboard

10 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) November 25, 2014 at 8:45 am

Oh my gosh! Those look fantastic.

11 Leah | So, How's It Taste? November 25, 2014 at 10:38 am

Ooo, I love me some magic bars so I’m all over this pumpkin version! What a fantastic twist to such a classic dessert!

12 Adri November 25, 2014 at 12:51 pm

What a great idea, and these would be perfect for the children at the Thanksgiving table… not to mention moms who have the 3:00AM munchies! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

13 amy November 25, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Ha, yes! I let my daughter try a few nibbles of one yesterday and she LOVED it. =) Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, dear Adr!

14 Lesley Eats November 26, 2014 at 6:48 am

I think this could even win over the pumpkin haters! Looks delicious.

15 amy November 26, 2014 at 7:51 am

I think so, too! The pumpkin flavor is much more mellow than it is in, say, straight-up pumpkin pie. Happy Thanksgiving!

16 Sammie November 26, 2014 at 7:55 pm

These bars look incredible! Perfect for the occasion! Have a lovely Thanksgiving!

17 Amy (Savory Moments) November 27, 2014 at 6:10 am

These look like a perfect Thanksgiving treat! I love the combination of fall flavors, including both apple + pumpkin! Happy Thanksgiving!

18 Beth December 1, 2014 at 7:29 am

I wouldn’t have thought to put these ingredients together either. But they sound wonderful – a perfect fall dessert!

19 Anna (Hidden Ponies) December 7, 2014 at 11:31 pm

I would never have thought of putting these things all together, but now I have to try it! I love magic bars but could use a new recipe to change things up a little :)

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