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Yesterday was all about the salad. It was healthy and delicious.

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We’re balancing things out a bit. It’s all about the balance……..Right?7 Layer Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie BarsBalance is a good thing.

And really every salad NEEDS to be finished off with dessert.

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Preferably a gooey, chocolatey, oh so indulgent one.

Like these bars.

7 Layer Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars. Yeah, I am totally serious. No messing around. That would be just cruel.

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It is no secret that I have been pretty obsessed with coconut. Examples? Toasted coconut caramel cupcakes, dark chocolate coconut mudslide cookieWhole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Pancakes with a Vanilla Coconut Glaze. Trust me this is just the beginning, coconut everything is pretty much running through my head at all times. But for your sake, I’ll try to space um out fo ya!

When I saw that traditional 7 Layer Bars have a whole layer of coconut I pretty much jumped with excitement. I would have done a little dance, but there were people around. Way too many people for my liking. 7 Layer Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars-7

Alright, so here is how these go down.

I am not one for traditional. I like to play with things, switch um up, give them a whole new look. Traditional 7 layers bars just sound way too predictable and well, just plain boring. I mean don’t get me wrong, I am sure they are delicious, but these are better. Way better.

Instead of a graham cracker base I did an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie base. It is PERFECT. So goood, so much better than graham crackers. Then I did layers of coconut, semi-sweet chocolate, butterscotch, dark chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, chopped cashews and then as a finishing touch, a drizzle of melted butterscotch and chocolate. They’re gooey, coconuty, doughy, crunchy, chocolatey and all in one bar! It’s is just killer.

They’re kind of like an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bar on steroids. Yeah, on steroids. It’s just awesome.

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie 7 Layer Bars

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: 20 Bars
Calories Per Serving: 276 kcal

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Oatmeal Cookie Crust


  • 1 1/3 cups shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dark dark chocolate chips or milk
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup finely chopped cashews peanuts would be good too
  • melted chocolate and butterscotch chips for drizzling (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 inch pyrex pan (you can also line the pan with parchment instead).
  • In a medium size mixing bowl combine the oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, sugar, baking soda, salt, egg, canola oil and vanilla. Using a mixing spoon, mix until a dough forms. The dough will be crumbly, just keep mixing until all the ingredients are combined. Stir in 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup chocolate chips (I used 3/4 cup, but we like it real chocolaty around here). Press the dough into the prepared pyrex pan. Make sure the chocolate does not get clumped into one spot. Place in the oven and bake for five minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and spread the coconut over the top in an even layer. Next layer the semi-sweet chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and dark chocolate chips. Evenly drizzle the sweetened condensed milk all over the top. Sprinkle on the chopped cashews.
  • Place back in the oven for 25 minutes or until the top has turned a golden brown color. Remove from the oven and if desired drizzle the bars with melted butterscotch and chocolate chips. Allow the bars to cool at room temperature for at least two hours before cutting.

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Oh yeah, balance is definitely a good thing!

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    1. Hi there! I like to use old fashioned oats. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan

  1. 5 stars
    Tieghan, this is an older recipe and there don’t seem to be any comments from people who have actually made this. I’ve made this DOZENS of times. I bring them to all get togethers and my friends call them “crack bars.” I don’t like coconut in desserts (save that for curry) so I omit that, and I leave out any nuts on top. I do find that they are super gooey so they are best stored in and served right out of the fridge but ohhhhh man, they are so good! So good that when we are having an Open House at our place in a few weeks instead of a rehearsal dinner before our wedding, I’m serving them then, too!

    1. That is so amazing!! Thank you so much for continuing to make these, so glad they have become a staple! OH and congrats on the wedding! That is so exciting!! I hope all of your guests love these Sara! xTieghan

  2. I’m a little confused on the sweetened condensed milk. It says 1oz can and then has a 14 at the end of that line. Am I supposed to use a 14oz can or just 1oz?


    1. HI! You should use 1 (14 ounce) can of sweetened milk. Recipe is all fixed! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

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  4. Delicious! I was so glad to find an alternative to the graham cracker crust (I’m not a huge fan). I did find that my oatmeal cookie base was a little “oily” and I ended up mopping some of it up with a paper towel after I pressed it into the pan. I might decrease it to 1/3 cup next time. But they were truly tasty and devoured quickly at work. Thanks!

  5. Hi Tieghan,
    I came across your website looking for a 7-layer bar. These are excellent! They’re not the usual ones you find out there which is probably why this recipe looked interesting. The oatmeal crust makes them exceptionally delicious and decadent. I used a mixture of semi-sweet, dark, and white chocolate and butterscotch. Baking time is right-on. I’m bringing these to my church’s Polish Festival on Sunday for the bake table. I’ll be putting two bars in a small cellophane-type treat bags and tie with red and white ribbons (Polish colors). This is a keeper of a recipe! Thanks Tieghan!

      1. These went over well for the Polish Picnic! Now, I want to make some for myself, maybe a half-batch because they are too tempting! These do seem like they would freeze very well. I’ve done that with similar recipes and it worked fine. Thanks again, Tieghan!

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  12. These look amazing!! Dropping by from the weekend wrap-up party! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  14. Swoon! I have been craving these bars and your recipe sounds great! Any ideas for swapping out the peanuts for something else? Also, thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

    1. I actually used cashews! I think they are So good in this, but really you can use any nit you like! Thanks so much for reading and I hope you love the bars!

  15. Yumm!! I just pinned this fabulous recipe to my cookie board. It looks fabulous. The chocolate is calling my name and I can’t wait to try them out 🙂 Krista @ A Handful of Everything

  16. I love 7 layer bars and yes, the more coconut the better. The oatmeal cookie base instead of crackers BRILLIANT!!! And since we’re talking oatmeal, totally acceptable to eat a few of these for breakfast. It’s oatmeal after all 🙂
    Thanks for sharing and thank you for the lovely comment left on my guest post in Sommer’s blog

  17. I’ve made Magic Cookie Bars since I was your age. But, I will make your new-and-improved version next time. I’m thinking my work family would LOVE to try these! The old version is great for a make ahead, or even to put in the freezer, and that would also apply to your recipe.
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    1. Oh man, Government camp. That place gives me the chills. Seriously, it is so cold when the suns not shinning. Which is a lot!
      Ha! Yes, I hope to head west sometime this summer!! Thanks for reading!

  18. Wow, wow, WOW! Words cannot describe how incredible these look. I love the ooey-gooeyness of them. 🙂 So many things I love: oatmeal cookies, butterscotch, chocolate, coconut… all of it is amazing. Gorgeous photography, too. Pinning these! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Ah Sally! You are to nice! I have to say though, using an oatmeal cookies base is so yummy! It really puts the bars over the top! Although your snickers 7 Layer bars are pretty over the top as well!!! Hehe. I guess we love over the top bars!

  19. Ok…WOW!! Tryin’ them out on some ladies at my daughter’s school tomorrow. :)))) No butterscotch chips but do have butterscotch/caramel dip so may just drizzle that on top.. mmmmmm.

    1. found some butterscotch chips in the freezer…YAY! And did try it with coconut oil instead of canola and no nuts (‘cuz I didn’t have any)..we’ll see how it turns out. It smells soooo good in my house right now! Bet it’s filling my sleeping kiddos heads with happy thoughts. 🙂

      1. Ok, coconut oil in these cookies is so yummy! I have done this before, but was out when I made these! I bet these will turn out awesome! Thanks so much for giving them a try and let me know what you think!

    2. Yes! So excited you are trying these! Let me know what you think. I hope you and the ladies love them!

      1. Ok, the ladies at school LOVED THEM! 🙂 they were a huge hit. I however wasn’t too excited with the butterscotch (not a huge fan anyways…) but I LOVED the gooey yumminess of the ‘cookie crust’…mmmmm!!! so I will be making them again but just with chocolate chips (milk and semi-sweet…not dark). Gotta do what a girls gotta do. 🙂 Thanks again!!!

  20. Ok, wow, YUM! I think substituting coconut oil for the canola would add the the whole coconut thing- plus yummy and healthier (if that possible with all the other stuff……..?? :)) Thank you for sharing! Love some oatmeal desserts!

    1. HAAA…I just wrote a comment and posted it and looked up to find we had the exact response…OK WOW!!! 🙂 too funny!

    2. Coconut oil in this is awesome! I used it many time, but was out when I made the recipe!! I hope you love these!

  21. Love the gooey factor and all the textures and flavors going on! My post tomorrow uses sweetened condensed milk and I love the stuff! In bars, there’s nothing better! And I love oats, butterscotch, just so good!

    1. Thank you Averie!! I totally agree, sweetened condensed milk is SO good! Oh, and I check your bars out today! one word. KILLER!

  22. This recipe is out. of. this. world! Seven layer bars are my jam 🙂 and your photography is simply beautiful!

  23. I LOVE that you used an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie crust! I bet these were amazing!!

  24. I love coconut, too! These look great and I love how you’ve made the bar your own with fun additions – I especially like the idea of cashews!

  25. I’m with you! The more coconut the better, happy to have discovered your stash of recipes!

    1. Heidi, I am so excited you have discovered my stash of recipes as well! Very excited you ventured on over to my site! And yeah, I am totally going crazy for all things coconut these days!! I guess that is what 18 years without the stuff will to you! LOL