In other words, I don’t know what the heck to call these.

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I have been racking my brain for over a week trying to come up a good name. A name that does these bars justice, and after a whole two-hour hike of brain scratching yesterday I came up with….

Notta.

Zip, zap, zero, nothing. Although, I do think it made my brain hurt a little. Thinking about these bars and knowing they have been long gone for days was rough. No, actually it was more like torture.

Yeah, they are that good.

Fudge Brownie, Caramel, Popcorn + Oatmeal Cookie Crumble 7 Layer Bars | halfbakedharvest.comSo finally, like thirty minutes ago I just kind of said screw it. I’ll make the name long as ever and just go with it.

Let’s just start with the layers. The amazing, amazing layers. The seven layers are pure heaven. The seven layers that can fix all our problems for the next ah, let’s just say hour.

You getting excited yet? Cause I sure the heck am.

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Layer 1: Fudge Brownies

Layer 2: Homemade Caramel

Layer 3: Sweet Shredded Coconut

Layer 4: POPCORN!

Layer 5: Butterscotch and or Peanut Butter Chips

Layer 6: Sweetened Condensed Milk

Layer 7: Oatmeal Cookies

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Ah huh, I told you seven layers of heaven.

{Sidenote: Does anybody want to say “seven minutes in heaven” when you read that? Cause it is all I can think of!}

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Alright so for the brownie layer I used my all time favorite, go to brownie recipe that I have developed over the years of constantly making brownies. As of right now this is the best brownie I have ever made or had. It’s so good and SO fudgey. And definitely the best “crust” a bar could ask for.

The caramel is basically a simple fail proof caramel that I also use all time. Mostly because it works all the time… and because it tastes amazing all the time. This layer gets spread all over the top of the brownies.

Oh man.

That’s right there is pure awesomeness in these bars.

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Oh but wait, then comes the coconut layer.

You all know I LOVE coconut. But I have to say, the coconut layer in these bars is so, so subtle. If you are not a coconut person, please, please do not get scared off. You will still love these. Really, you will.

Promise.

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Next?

POPCORN!

Oh yes, I did go there and yes, it’s so awesome. I know that these bars look popcorn-less, but I promise it’s in there. A whole two and half cups. It’s so, go and add this, slightly chewy (not crunchy) texture. I love texture.

Then you are going to sprinkle on some butterscotch chips or peanut butter chips or both, whatever you prefer.

Ok, now the sweetened condensed milk. Which by the way I love. Up until these bars I had never baked with sweetened condensed milk. Boy was I missing out. This stuff is like liquid gold. Wow, it’s so good. It keeps everything moist and a sweet almost milk caramel-like gooey layer.

It is awesome

Finally, the oatmeal cookie layer. Which is just half of this cookie recipe. It finishes the bars off by giving the bars a nice chocolately  crunch. Definitely one of my favorite layers.

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But then again, they are all my favorite, because each layer makes the bars that much better. Remember, your only as good as your weakest layer. Good thing there are no weak layers to be found here!

Oh and yeah, these do require a few ingredients since you will be making brownies, caramel and cookies all at once. But I promise they are all easy to throw together.

Plus it is Friday.

How can you resist making these bars?!?

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Fudge Brownie, Caramel, Popcorn + Oatmeal Cookie Crumble 7 Layer Bars

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Rest 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 20 Bars
Calories Per Serving: 283 kcal

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Ingredients

Brownie Layer

Caramel Layer

Other Layers

  • 3/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 2 1/12 cups stove top popped popcorn
  • 3/4 butterscotch chips
  • 1 ounce can sweetened condensed milk 14

Oatmeal Cookie

Instructions

  • To make the caramel. Whisk together heavy cream and vanilla in a small bowl. Set aside. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil. Once it begins to boil watch closely and whisk until the mixture starts to smell like caramel and turn a golden color, and then to a light brown. This will take about 5-6 minutes. When you see that it has started to turn brown, slowly pour in the cream mixture, whisking constantly and quickly. The sugar will harden around the whisk, don’t worry, it will melt. Just keep whisking! Continue to heat over medium-high until mixture has thickened and is a light caramel color, about 5 minutes more (don't let it get too thick, it will thicken as it sits). Remove from the heat and set aside.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350. Grease a 9x13 pyrex pan, or line with parchment paper.
  • Mix canola oil and butter, add cocoa and stir until well blended. Beat the eggs with a mixer. Add sugar and vanilla, beat well. Add the chocolate mixture and beat to combine. Slowly add in the flour and salt. Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Spread evenly in pan, it will make a thin layer. Bake at 350 degrees for about 5 to 8 minutes.
  • While the brownies bake make the oatmeal cookie layer. 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 or a mixer, 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). Set aside.
  • Once the brownies have cooked 5-8 minutes remove from the oven and carefully pour the caramel over the brownies. Go slow so the caramel does not seep into the brownies. Gently spread the caramel around with a spatula. Next sprinkle the coconut over the caramel and then add the popcorn layer. Sprinkle the butterscotch chips over the popcorn. Evenly drizzle 3/4 of the sweetened condensed milk all over the top. Sprinkle on the oatmeal cookie dough and then drizzle on the remaining sweetened condensed milk and if desired throw a few pieces of popcorn on top.
  • Bake in the middle of the oven for 30 minutes or until the oatmeal cookie top is golden brown.
  • Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars, at least 2 hours. I stuck mine in the freezer for an hour to make this go quicker. Hey, we really needed these bars!

Notes

*Oatmeal Cookies adapted from my [Healthy Oatmeal Cookie Bars | https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/healthy-dark-chocolate-chunk-oatmeal-cookie-bars-idiot-proof/].

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  1. 5 stars
    I made these delicious bars and would have taken a picture but everyone ate them so quickly that the evidence vanished. Honestly, these were the best things in the world. The oatmeal cookie (crumble) was the lingering flavor for me and was absolutely wonderful. Thank you!!

  2. Seven Layers of Heaven Bars
    Seven Wonders Bar
    All But the Kitchen Sink Bars

    These looks and sound fantastic thank-you for the recipe!

  3. This recipe looks delicious. I am going to try it now but I am not sure how much brown sugar to use for the caramel. Help!

    1. Hi Johnna! I am so sorry about that. I fixed the recipe, but you only need regular sugar for the caramel no brown. I hope you were still able to make these and again I am so sorry for the typo!
      Hope you love these bars!

  4. One of the downsides of blogging is definitely that, when you post somethign weeks after making it, all you want to do is make it and get it into your belly all over again! Especially when they are pure magic like these are.

    1. Haha! Yes, that is a problem! Good thing I normally always have something sweet around! LOL
      Thanks Joanne!

  5. I have a 7 Layer recipe on my blog too with popcorn in it! It was so good….and you’re right, it does give them lots of texture! They look delicious! 🙂

  6. I can’t even wrap my head around these bars! Each layer sounds more amazing than the next. I have hulless popcorn that I can use (sorry, all I can imagine is kernels getting stuck in my teeth). Can’t wait to try the combination of sweet, salty, and crunchy!

    1. Hulless popcorn? I have never even heard of that, but it sound like a genius thing! LOL!
      To be honest though, I do not think you even need it. I never got one kernel stuck in my teeth. The popcorn kind of almost fades away and just creates a chewy texture.
      Thank you so much, Carla!

  7. Ahh these look so decadent and wonderful! I would call them Seven Layers in Heaven Brownies. YUM.

  8. By now I am sure that you fully get my love for the sweet and salty combo. But…you totally outdid yourself with this one! Popcorn is seriously the best addition ever!

  9. These look delish! If I wanted to make a whole batch of brownies using this recipe (I swear the last 10 times I’ve made brownies they’ve been disastrous) would I just double it?? Yes… I did read it as seven minutes in heaven haha good to know I’m not the only one with a mind which resides in the gutter!

    1. Yup, just double the brownie recipe or use an 8×8 pan for a small batch. I LOVE this brownie recipe so I hope you do too!
      Thanks Meg!

  10. OMG, these look insanely good! You should’ve called them seven minutes in heaven bars, lol!

  11. Totally in love that you added popcorn to these bars, why not! These are going to be a major winner in my house, thanks!

  12. They look insanely good! I love love love popcorn. Even have a Popcorn Board. And 7 Layer Bars – just made cookies as 7 layer cookies last week! And caramel, and brownies, check and check. Sweetened cond milk is also a fave thing. These have it all! love!! Pinned!

    1. Thank you so much, Averie! I kind of went crazy with these bars, but oh my gosh they turned out so good!! Thanks for pinning!

  13. Oh my goodness. I love bars exactly like this, and really it’s ok if it doesn’t have a name I think.. It’s awesomeness speaks for itself. 🙂

  14. LOL, recipe name freeze happens to me all the time too! But I think you covered all your bases with this one. Now if only I had a plateful in front of me!

  15. These look to die for! I love the combination of popcorn and brownies, and caramel must make them so much more amazing!

  16. Another interesting combo by Tieghan! They look so gooey and good. I’m sure my kids would love the popcorn layer. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Melanie! Everyone loved every last layer of these bars around here! Hope you guys love them too!

  17. Am sitting here with my morning cuppa and…Im thinking, these bars have oatmeal in them (lets ignore the fact that it’s in cookie form) …these bars could be breakfast! Yes!
    😉

    These bars are just too decadent sounding and looking – GREAT job!