Chef Jamie’s Dream Bars

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Chef Jamie’s Dream Bars

Course: Holiday Recipes, Sweets
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 12 Days of Cookies, holiday, pecans
Sweets Sub-Category: Confections
Author: Jamie Ginsburg
Since I was about 6 years old, I have known that I wanted to be a chef. My dad bought me a few cookbooks and magazine subscriptions over the years when I was little, and one of them was specifically a Holiday Cookie cookbook. I have kept it over the years, and it is extremely well worn. The Dream Bars are my adaptation of one of those recipes. Sometimes called 7 layer bars or magic cookie bars, I like to adjust the recipe to use a little different proportions, finer ingredients, and make them more visually appealing.
I used to make these at home when I was little and keep them in the freezer. More than once, I snuck into the freezer at night to get one and found that my brother had also had the same idea and we were running low!
When I opened my own bakery, the Dream Bars were on heavy rotation there. They remained a customer favorite, and a special favorite of my brother’s. Now, whenever I make a batch, I make sure to freeze some for me and send some to my brother.
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  • oz butter
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 9 oz graham cracker crumbled
  • 3 oz coconut flakes
  • 5 oz chopped pecans
  • 25 whole pecans
  • 4 oz milk chocolate chunks
  • 3 oz dark chocolate chunks
  • 3 oz white chocolate chunks
  • 8 oz condensed milk


  • Melt your butter and combine with cinnamon, salt and graham cracker crumbs. Press mixture into 10×10 pan that has been sprayed well.
  • Scatter coconut evenly over the crust and follow with chopped pecans. Mix chocolates in a bowl, then scatter over the pecans. Pour the condensed milk evenly over everything. Place the whole pecans in neat rows rounded side up.
  • Bake at 350℉ for 10 minutes. Gently press pecans into chocolate and bake again. Your bars are done when the condensed milk starts to gently bubble and the edges are just golden.


*If you cut them in the 2×2 squares, they fit perfectly into the 4inch gusseted bags tied with festive ribbon, and make a great hostess gift. They can also be shipped with some padding protection as they are both sturdy and fragile at the same time