The Musette: Fun Bars

We don’t celebrate Halloween in France but, if we did, these are the bars I’d prepare for “trick or treaters.” They’re a favourite of mine because they’re so easy to make and easy to customise with whatever is at hand. The topping ideas are endless, limited only by one’s imagination and they’re always a crowd-pleaser, particularly with little ones!

You can really have fun with these bars, hence the name, adding or omitting anything you’d like! Swap peanuts for pecans (or no nuts if allergic), swap M&Ms for chocolate chips, toffee chips for butterscotch chips, pretzels for crisps……………

Ingredients (makes 24 bars)

  • 115g (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 100g (1 cup) digestive biscuit (graham cracker) crumbs
  • 115g (1 cup) finely ground chocolate wafers
  • 170g (1 cup) 70% cocoa (bittersweet) chocolate chips
  • 240g (1 cup) butterscotch chips
  • 125g (1 cup) chopped pecans
  • 100g (1 cup) shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 35g (1 cup) crushed potato crisps (chips)
  • 400g (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk


1.Preheat oven to 180°C /fan 160°C/gas mark 4/350°F and oil a 28 x 18 cm (9 x 13 inch) non-stick baking pan or line with greaseproof (parchment) paper, letting the paper hang off the long sides of the pan (for easy removal at the end).

2. In a bowl, combine melted butter with both biscuit crumbs until they’re moist. Place mixture into baking pan and evenly press with the bottom of a glass to form a level and flat crust.

Showing how to make magic bars pouring sweetened condensed milk over chocolate chip layer in baking dish.

3.Sprinkle the chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, pecans, coconut and potato chips – or whatever you’re using –  all over the crust. Then cover with the sweetened condensed milk.

Finished seven layer magic cookie bars after baking cut into squares in baking dish.

6. Bake in the over for 25 to 30 minutes until the biscuits are golden on top and firm to touch. Allow to cool before cutting and serving.

7. If the bars still seem too soft and gooey to slice, put them in the fridge (covered) for a few hour until they firm up.

Magic Cookie Bars @ TotallyChefs

8. Store sliced fun bars between layers of greaseproof (parchment) paper in an airtight container. They’ll keep in the fridge for about a week, not that they’ll last that long!


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