Crinkly, wrinkly, and so delicious…these Magic Chocolate Chip Cookies are some of the best. A 7 layer bar, but in cookie form. They’re rich, decadent, heavy on the chocolate, and extra gooey! Made with browned butter, vanilla, sweetened condensed milk, coconut, chocolate chips, and peanuts for a cookie that’s addictingly delicious. Every bite is slightly crisp on the edges but soft and chewy in the center. Absolutely nothing not to love about these crinkly magic cookies. Bonus? These cookies are easy to make, use simple ingredients, and take only minutes to prep. They’re so deliciously easy…they’re magical!

overhead photo of Magic Chocolate Chip Cookies

If there was ever a cookie to make, I think it might just be these. I know that’s a bit of a bold statement, but there’s something very special about these cookies. I wasn’t sure how they would turn out when I started testing them. But it’s safe to say I am more than excited to be telling you guys all about these easy cookies.

First off, it’s no secret that I have really been embracing more “retro” style dessert recipes. I really don’t know why, but the recipes that were made back in the day, the ones our grandmas, and even their moms, were baking up, those are the ones inspiring me most right now. Vintage cakes, old-fashioned pies, upside-down cakes, and the ever so classic 7 Layer Bars sometimes know as Magic Bars.

All are exciting me, but it was the Magic Bar that inspired these cookies.

prep photo of cookie dough balls

(cookies before baking)

cookies on baking sheet after baking

The Idea

Brainstorming recipes is a never-ending thing for me. When I take thirty minutes to write out all my ideas is really when I come up with my favorites. I was jotting a recipe down (ok typing recipes) when I had the idea to make a 7 Layer Bar. For as much as I love a good cookie bar, I think I love cookies just a smidge better.

So I thought about taking everything in those 7 Layer Bars and turning them into circular cookies that could ideally be those flat, crinkly cookies I love so much. I wasn’t sure the concept would work. Stirring sweetened condensed milk into a cookie sounded like it could either be, one amazing, or two totally disastrous. They really had a fifty/fifty chance of being great or a complete flop, so I took my chances…

Five plus batches of cookie dough later, I finally got to the perfect cookie. The extra effort was more than worth it.

overhead photo of Magic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here are the details

The thing about magic bars? They’re EASY. Which is one part of the “magic”. Well, the same is true for a magic cookie.

Just make my favorite brown butter cookie dough, then stir in chocolate chips, the coconut, so many chocolate chunks, and salty peanuts. Then swirl in the sweetened condensed milk, now bake.

overhead close up photo of Magic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Less than an hour later you’ll have the sweetest, crinkled cookies.  Simple as that.

So simple, they’re magic. But what else makes them magic…they’re chocolatey, salty, sweet, gooey, and have just the tiniest bit of CRUNCH. Basically, they’re everything you could want out of a cookie, and with pockets of chocolate too.

side angled photo of Magic Chocolate Chip Cookie stack

They’re pretty hard not to love.

Soo with that, how about some Tuesday night baking? These are easy enough to have mixed up and baked in less than an hour. And my guess is that you already have all the ingredients on hand too!

Magic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Looking for more magical cookie recipes, try these…

Soft and Crinkly Brown Sugar Peanut Butter Cookies

Gooey Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Salted Tahini Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Magic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 22 cookies
Calories Per Serving: 217 kcal

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place 1 stick of butter in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
    2. Add 1 stick of butter to a small saucepan set over medium heat. Cook until the butter begins to brown, about 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat and pour the butter over the stick of butter in the mixing bowl. Stick in the freezer to chill, 10-15 minutes, but no longer. The butter should be chilled, but mostly melted.
    3. To the mixing bowl, add the brown sugar and vanilla, beat until combined. Beat in the eggs, 1 at a time, until combined. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Fold in the chocolate chips, coconut, and peanuts. Drizzle over the sweetened condensed milk and mix until lightly combined, you should see streaks of condensed milk.
    4. Let the dough sit 5 minutes, then roll the dough into 2 tablespoon size balls and place 3 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Gently flatten each ball down into a disk using the palm of your hand.
    5. Transfer to the oven and bake for 7 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and tap the baking sheet on the counter 2 times to flatten them down. Return to the oven and bake another 3-4 minutes or until the cookies begin to set on the edges, but still doughy in the center. Remove from the oven and tap the baking sheet on the counter 1-2 times to flatten them down again. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet. They will continue to cook slightly as they sit on the baking sheet. Eat warm (highly recommend) or let cool and store in an airtight container for up to 4 days. 
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  1. Hi Tieghan! Thank you for your blog: It gives me and my family a lot of recipes and a lot of joy!

    Could you please clarify Step 2? After you pour the brown butter over the second stick of butter, should you chill it immediately before the second stick has melted? Or should you wait until the second stick has melted completely? Basically: What should the second stick look like before you pop the bowl in the freezer?

    Thank you in advance for your clarification, and for all your efforts associated with Half-Baked Harvest!

    Best,
    Jason

    1. Hey Jason,
      Sorry for any confusion, you can chill immediately, because the brown butter is so hot, it will still melt the stick of butter while it’s in the freezer. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

      1. Awesome. Thanks for the reply! I’ll make them this afternoon and report back.

        Cheers,
        Jason

  2. To those posting about the cookies not flattening/being too cakey – is it possible you used powdered milk and not condensed milk?

  3. 1 star
    Yup. Like so many others have commented, I love your recipes but this one was a miss. I flattened with my palm, banged on the counter…and all I got were cakey nothing special cookies. The consolation is that I am by no means the only one.

    1. Hey Jane,
      So sorry to hear this, I’m not sure what could be causing this issue. xTieghan

      1. I’m laughing so hard at myself because these turned out to be an epic fail! They are FLAT as can be, HUGE. I basically made this into a sheet cake, but like, not a yummy or pretty one. I realized I didn’t have any salted butter so I used unsalted butter instead, do you think that’s the issue?

  4. 3 stars
    I was excited to try these, and I love all your recipes. I have to say I was a little disappointed. First of all they didn’t look anything like yours, and just tasted like your average cc cookie. I feel bad even writing this because like I said I love your recipes and I did just buy your cookbooks for myself and my daughters!!

    1. Hey Pam,
      So sorry to hear this, was there anything you may have adjusted in the recipe? Please let me know if I can help in anyway! xTieghan

  5. 5 stars
    Tieghan, you’ve done it again – these are fantastic! Your recipes just NEVER fail. I adjusted this by using walnuts instead of peanuts, because I just love them, but otherwise followed the recipe. It was easy, fast, and these are the best choco chip cookies I’ve ever made or had. 5 Stars!!!!

    1. Hey Tanya,
      Awesome!! I am so glad this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! xTieghan

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