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Hello! I see some people had trouble with the crust falling apart. In a “traditional” magic bar you pour the condensed milk over the graham crackers before baking (which I think would *possibly* help hold it together more)? Why do you cook the pretzel crust beforehand instead of baking it all at the same time?
This is the fifth attempt at this recipe. I love all the flavor combos, esp. the salty! But I have made magic bars since I was a sorority girl 30+ years ago, and these do not hold up.
The base? Even after adding twice the butter and grinding those pretzels into a close copy of Graham crackers? Nope. No matter what I do with the cooking time I lose the outer borders to burn. I will continue to experiment, but as written, this does not work. I have several pics of the fails, but not sure how to post them here. I’ve been coming to Simply Recipes for years! This is truly the only recipe that has failed me.
My crust completely crumbled. They were very tasty, but I don’t know why the bottom fell apart so badly :(
Hi Alison! The crust can be a bit crumbly, I am so sorry it didnt work for you. I would try to grind the pretzels a little finer (I find the dusty bits really help keep the crust intact) and maybe add a tablespoon or two more butter.
Thank you :)
This was my first foray into magic bars and they were absolutely delicious l! Very balanced flavors and super easy to make. We all loved them and will definitely make again soon. Thank you!
This recipe looks wonderful! How would I go about making the recipe for a 9 x 13 pan? Measurements, etc. Thanks for your help.
Hi Jeff! I have not made a version in a 9×13 but I would just do 1 1/2 times the recipe (I think doubling would make the bars too thick).
just double it. it works. but you definitely need more butter in the crust.
How would this work without the coconut?
I think they would be very sweet. I would be tempted to add another dry element in place of the coconut that didn’t add much additional sweetness. Maybe additional pretzels? I have even made an ultra-indulgent version that uses crushed potato chips that was a hit!
Magic Cookie Bars (Hello Dollies) are my husband’s favorite. I am loving this version, and I can’t wait to surprise him with it.