Seven Layer Cookies

Seven Layer Cookies

Oh! My! Goodness! OMG! Heavens to Betsy and any other southern term you can come up with.  These Seven Layer Cookies are DE-LISH!  And talk about easy…it just doesn’t get much easier than this.

This is a recipe I used to make a long time ago, but it had been pushed to the back and just left there.  I pulled it out today, and thought I would give it a go, and boy, am I glad I did.  You won’t believe how awesome these dessert bars are.

I had forgotten about them until today, but I plan to use this recipe a lot from now on.

A Little Fun

So, while I was looking up some information about bar cookies, I came across a statistic that I thought was kind of fun.  (That’s not something you hear ever day…a statistic that’s fun!)

Anyway, according to, [a] “national survey of 1,000 adults for found that Americans eat an average 18,928 cookies in a lifetime. That’s roughly one cookie every day from the age of 18 to 70. And that’s not counting the number of cookies the average person eats as a child.”

Can you believe that?  Almost, 19,000 cookies as an adult.  I’m pretty sure my number is way higher than that! 😉

seven layer cookies

Why Are They Called 7 Layers?

I am still trying to figure out why they are called Seven Layers?  There are only six layers in these bars, and I’m not gonna lie, it kind of drives me crazy.

I kept counting the layers, and then I thought maybe when I wrote the recipe down many years ago, I forgot to write something down, but it turns out that I didn’t.  I had all the ingredients wrote down and trust me, there are only six layers.

So, I wonder where the name Seven Layer Cookies came from?  Did someone just miscount when they created this recipe or where they counting the butter in the graham crackers as a layer?

Maybe they should call them Seven Ingredient Cookies instead. I don’t know but even if there are only six layer, these babies are awesome!

Seven Layer Cookies

What is in it?

But on to more important things, like how yummy these bars taste!  They have this incredible chocolate and butterscotch layer that you will just absolutely love.

And then there’s the layer of coconut topped with a gooey coating of sweetened condensed milk.  I could eat that stuff right out of the can!

Add the pecans and the graham cracker crust, and you have yourself a little piece of heaven right there.

You just toss this awesome pan of goodness in the oven for about 30 minutes to melt it all together, and then just prepare yourself for the ultimate dessert bar.  It doesn’t get any easier or tastier than that!

Do I Have to Use All the Ingredients?

The answer is…no.  Although, I’m not sure why you would want to leave any of them out, because I love them all.  But, you don’t have to use all the ingredients, and you can still have a yummy dessert.

In my house, I’m the only person who loves coconut, so I understand why some people might not want to put that in the recipe or maybe you don’t like butterscotch.

You can leave out any of the ingredients except for the graham cracker crust and the sweetened condensed milk.  Those are the two ingredients that hold it together, so I wouldn’t leave those out.

seven layer cookies

Tips for Perfect Bar Cookies

If you’re like me, sometimes you spend time making delicious recipes, and they don’t always turn out pretty like the pictures show.  That happens to all of us at some point!

So, I created an infographic with tips to help you get the perfect bar cookie, 4 Tips for Perfect Bar Cookies.  To read more about this checkout my post about it.

perfect bar cookies infographic

Other Bar Cookies

Bar cookies are some of my favorite cookies.  They are so good and so much faster to make than traditional cookies.  Don’t get me wrong, I love traditional cookies too.  In fact, I love every kind of cookie, but bar cookies are just easier to make.

You can put them all in the pan at the same time and when they’re done, you just cut them up and share. And… if you use my 4 Tips to Perfect Bar Cookies, they will come out beautiful!

If you would like another awesome bar cookie recipe to put in your recipe box, then be sure to check out my Blueberry Apple Crumb Bars.  They are oh, so good, especially if you refrigerate them.

Happy cooking and if you have any comments or questions please let me know!  I am more than glad to help you!


Seven Layer Cookies

Seven Layer Cookies

A super easy and delicious dessert that has layers of chocolate, butterscotch, coconut, and pecans, topped with sweetened condensed milk, and sits on top of a buttery graham cracker crust.

  • Author: Sheryl Anderson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12
  • Category: Desserts
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup Graham Cracker Crumbs, (I buy the crumbs in a box, but you can crush your own)
  • 1 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 1/4 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 1/3 cup sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat with cooking spray on a 9 x 13 x 2 inch pan, or put parchment paper in the pan with 2-4 inches hanging over the side

Melt butter in a medium mixing bowl, add Graham Cracker Crumbs and stir until crumbs are covered in butter.  Place crumb mixture in 9 x 13 x 2 inch pan.  Spread out and pack down the crumbs evenly into pan.

Add layer of chocolate chips, then the layer of butterscotch chips.

Next, spread coconut evenly on top, and add pecans.

Pour the can of sweetened condensed milk across the top of the bars until it is all covered and the can is empty.

Place in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Let completely cool and serve.


Busy Life Tip: I have not done this myself, but you may be able to use a pre-made graham cracker crust.

You can use your favorite type of nuts. It doesn’t have to be pecans.

When measuring out the coconut, I didn’t pack it into the measuring cup.

You can leave off any of the layers you don’t like, except the graham cracker crust or the sweetened condensed milk.

Keywords: Seven layer cookies, seven layer bars, coconut, recipe, bars, butterscotch chips, graham crackers, condensed milk

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