I can’t believe Christmas is just around the corner! My parents are coming to our house for Christmas this year and I couldn’t be more excited. My toddler is almost 3 and truly believes in Santa. Last year he didn’t quite get it, so this year it has been so fun to read Christmas books, watch holiday movies, and make treats for our neighbors and friends in anticipation. It’s awesome how being a parent makes all the little things more fun again!
Here is one last Christmas cookie recipe! My Dad loves Magic Cookie Bars and I want to make them when he comes in town. He actually calls them Hello Dollies. And others call them 7-layer bars! Whatever you call these, they are delicious. I was inspired by making sweetened condensed coconut milk for my fudge recipe. Sweetened condensed milk is a crucial ingredient for magic cookie bars and I thought they were a thing of the past now that I eat dairy-free. I was happy to find sweetened condensed coconut milk works great for these!
These bars have a grain-free cookie crust that is softer than the traditional magic cookie bar graham cracker crust. The layers of chocolate chips, pecans, and coconut all smothered in sweetened milk are a true indulgence! These are grain, dairy, and refined-sugar-free, making them an indulgence I can actually eat!
- 1 can of coconut milk
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup hazelnut flour (almond flour will work too)
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/3 cup coconut oil or butter, melted
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a 9x9 inch baking pan.
- Make the coconut milk sweetened condensed milk by placing the coconut milk, maple syrup, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally until the mixture has reduced to 1 cup of liquid. The milk may splatter when it starts to boil, so just stir it and lower the heat slightly. Check how much liquid you have by pouring it into a glass measuring cup.
- While the coconut milk reduces, make the cookie crust. Place the hazelnut flour, coconut flour, salt, and baking soda in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to combine. Add the coconut oil, maple syrup, egg and vanilla and process until smooth. Press the dough into the prepared pan in an even layer. Bake for 15 minutes, until set.
- When the crust is done pre-baking, remove it from the oven and top it with 1 cup of chocolate chips. Press the chocolate chips into the crust slightly. Top with the chopped pecans and shredded coconut. Pour the reduced coconut milk mixture over everything. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips and a little more coconut over the top. Bake for 25 minutes.
- Allow the bars to cool for at least 1 hour before slicing. Enjoy!