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Milky Way Magic Bars

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posted: 11/05/13

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These Milky Way Magic Bars come together so easily and they are so ooey gooey delicious!

Looking for the original? I have a great seven layer bar recipe.

Milky Way Magic Bars! These Magic Bars come together so easily and they are so ooey gooey delicious! via www.wineandglue.com

These Milky Way Magic Bars have long been a very popular recipe here. They are the simplest of recipes, but are incredibly addictive. I love making them for friends and families around the holidays, but they are perfect for summer time backyard BBQs too!

How to Make Milky Way Magic Bars

  1. Make the cookie layer base: Mix together the cookie mix from the pouch and press into a 9 by 13 inch pan. (See note below for a from scratch alternative.)
  2. Add the Milky Way Layer: Top the cookie dough with cut up Milky Ways and chocolate chips.
  3. Pour Over Sweetened Condensed Milk: All good magic bar recipes use sweetened condensed milk. Top with that
  4. Bake: This recipe bakes up into the most gooey delicious bars.

Making the Cookie Layer from Scratch

Bake This recipe was originally made using a pouch cookie mix. If you would rather make homemade cookie dough for this layer, you can do as I did in my Strawberries and Cream Magic Bars.


  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg


  1. In a bowl whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
  2. Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Then add in the vanilla and the egg.
  3. Add the flour mixture until the butter/sugar mixture and beat until just combined.
  4. Press the dough into the bottom of the 9 by 13 inch pan and follow the rest of the instructions as written.
Milky Way Magic Bars! These Magic Bars come together so easily and they are so ooey gooey delicious! via www.wineandglue.com


After the bars have completely cooled, cut and store in an air tight container for up to one week.


These bars freeze very well. Cut them into individual pieces and freeze them in a single layer for one hour. Then they can be stacked and stored in an air tight container and frozen for up to 3 months.

4.2 from 5 votes

Milky Way Magic Bars

Serves: 24 bars
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
These Milky Way Magic Bars come together so easily and they are so ooey gooey delicious!


  • 1 pouch of sugar cookie mix and what you need to make it 17.5 oz (read here for how to make this layer from scratch)
  • 2 large milky way bars chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk


  • Preheat your oven to 375. Spray a 9 by 13 pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Mix the cookie mix and press it into the bottom of the pan.
  • Top the cookie dough with the Milky Way bars and the chocolate chips. Then pour the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the bars.
  • Bake for 25 to 28 minutes or until the whole top is a golden brown and the edges are deep golden.
  • Let cool. Cut into them and enjoy!
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American


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  1. Annette says

    I have two cans of flavored sweetened condensed milk, one chocolate and one caramel. I can’t decide which to use for this recipe. What a dilemma, lol!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Which one did you end up going with, Annette??

  2. Megan @ MegUnprocessed says

    Such a creative idea!

  3. Nellie says

    I love how easy this recipe is!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you Nellie!

  4. Robyn says

    OH MY GOODNESS! These are TOO good.
    The hubs made me take half into work so he didn’t eat the entire pan, however- they are gone at both locations now. :) THANK YOU! I will make these 100 times again.

    • Lisa Longley says

      So glad you liked them, Robyn!

  5. cookie says

    The video says bake at 350, but your instructions says 375

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yup, it was a mistake when I was putting the video together.

  6. Paula says

    what other candy bars can be used in place of milky way

    • Lisa Longley says

      Really any candy bar would be great!

  7. Shirley says

    Don’have a 9×13 pan. Can I use a 13×9 Insted?

  8. France says

    I just took it out of the oven and it seems very….jiggly, liquidy. Does it set when cooling?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’ve made this many times and they are always kind of gooey in the middle, but not so much so that you can’t hold them and eat them.

  9. Sheena Carmody says

    Mine turned out gooey. Did I use too much sweet and condensed milk? I used the whole can.

    • Lisa Longley says

      It turns out perfect for me with a 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk. Did it set up after cooling?

  10. Sandy says

    So was it 1/2 can condensed milk or full can and what temp? Thx, sound yummy!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Sandy, I would love if you would refer to the recipe within the post. It answers both of those questions. Thanks!

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