Halloween Magic Bars

Magic bars are a classic bar-cookie that is both chewy and sweet. Usually magic bars are topped with butterscotch chips, chocolate chips and shredded coconut. But why not change things up for a fun Halloween twist? So use up your leftover candy from trick-or-treating and make these delicious magic bars for your next holiday costume party.

Halloween Magic Bars
Yield: About 2 dozen small bars

Nonstick cooking spray
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1, 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup pecans, roughly chopped
1 cup Halloween M&M candies
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut

1) Preheat an oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and spray a 9 by 13 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

2) In a medium sized bowl, mix the melted butter and graham cracker crumbs together until completely moist and combined. Spread the mixture on the bottom of the baking dish and press firmly with the back of a measuring cup. The crust should be level so the bars will bake evenly.

3) Top the graham cracker crust with the sweetened condensed milk in an even layer, then top with the chocolate chips, chopped pecans, M&M’s, and finally shredded sweetened coconut on top. Bake the bars until the sides are golden brown and the coconut has toasted, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool completely, then slice into 2 dozen small bars. Store in a dry, airtight container for up to 5 days.

**Cook’s Note: If you plan to use other Halloween candy, it’s important to understand that some chocolate candies (like Reese’s Cups) and some sugary candies (like candy corn) will melt when baked in the oven. Suggested candies for magic bars are M&M’s, caramel candies, chocolate covered nuts/raisins, and Reese’s Pieces.