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Dream Bars Recipe

Dream Bars are decadent chocolate, coconut, and pecan bars layered on a graham cracker crust. Once you’ve tried them, you will dream up excuses to make them again.  A friend of mine calls them Better Than Sex Bars.  I am just saying. 

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Dream Bars: Another family recipe. I found an old recipe file of my moms and discovered all kinds of great recipes from my childhood. Call these bars; layer bars, or monkey bars. I made them upscale by using some toasted, maple-infused flakes of coconut. Over the winter, our neighbor in Florida gives snowbird Farmer Fred the coconuts from his tree. Fred flakes them, infuses them with maple, and toasts them in the oven until they are golden and crispy. The taste is fantastic. These toasted coconut flakes are also great in my homemade granola and coconut cream pie. 

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How Do I Make Dream Bars?  

It’s so Easy that this recipe also qualifies for my SIS (simple is smart) recipe status. It is another 3 step recipe.
Step 1: Make the graham cracker crust with graham cracker crumbs and butter. Press the crumbs into a 9 X 9 -inch baking pan—no need to prebake the crust.
Step 2 Layer chocolate chips, nuts, and coconut flakes-in that order-on top of the crust.
Step 3: Pour a can of sweetened condensed milk over the bars and bake in the oven until golden brown on top. Bake about 15 minutes. Cool, cut, serve, and enjoy.

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Dream Bars

Dream Bars

Dream Bars are decadent chocolate, coconut, and pecan bars layered on a graham cracker crust. Once you've tried them you will dream up excuses to make them again.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bar cookies, cookie bars, crazy good bars, dream bars
Servings: 18 bars
Calories: 257kcal


  • 9 X 9 baking pan


  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs(200g)
  • ½ cup melted butter(113g)
  • 2 cups chopped pecans(228g)
  • ¾ cup mini chocolate chips(133)
  • 1 cup coconut flakes(60g)
  • 8 ounces sweetened condensed milk.(227g)


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Melt the butter and mix it into the graham cracker crumbs. Press the graham cracker mixture into the bottom of a 9 X 9-inch baking pan.
  • Add a layer of chopped nuts, a layer of mini chocolate chips, and a layer of toasted coconut flakes.
  • Pour a can of sweetened condensed milk over the top of the bars.
  • Bake for 14 - 18 minutes or until golden brown on top.
  • Cool for 1 hour prior to cutting.



Serving: 1bar | Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 128mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 249IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Anonymous

    5 stars
    I make 7-Layer Bars or Magic Cookie Bars in a 9 x 13 pan. Recipe is very similar. I use either 2 c. choc bits or 1 c. each of choc & butterscotch bits.

    They’re one of my faves and are now a favorite of my grandkids.

    1. Doctor Jo

      Your recipe sounds delicious as well. How wonderful to have grandkids you bake for. Thanks for the rating.

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