Seven layer cookies are possibly my favorite cookies of all-time.  They are surprisingly easy to make, but your guests will think you are Julia Child when they eat these.

They are rich, delicious, and absolutely perfect for the holiday season. THIS is what I will definitely be making. 😉

It’s a pretty fool-proof recipe, so odds are you can’t mess this one up.

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Seven Layer Cookies



  • ½ cup of melted butter
  • 1 cup of graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips
  • 1 bag of butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup of shredded coconut
  • 1 can of condensed milk
  • 1 cup of chopped walnuts

I know, it sounds delicious already…



Seven Layer Cookies

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a 13×9 baking dish, pour the melted butter and make sure it is spread throughout the pan.
  • Spread the graham cracker crumbs evenly over the butter and pat down to form a crust.
  • Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly.
  • Sprinkle the butterscotch chips evenly.
  • Sprinkle the shredded coconut evenly.
  • Drizzle the condensed milk over everything evenly.
  • Top with your chopped walnuts.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool.



For best results, you should make these 1 day ahead of time so they have enough time to cool.  One of the greatest things about seven layer cookies is that they do not really get stale, so they will last a really long time.




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These seven layer cookies are my all-time favorite Christmas cookie recipe! Thy're so easy to make and a huge crowd pleaser. Enjoy!

35 Comments on Seven Layer Cookies

  1. I was thinking of making these in silicone cupcake liners for cute presentation. Do you know how many this recipe would make so I divide evenly?

    • That is such a great idea!! There is enough to fill a 13×9 pan, but it really depends how small you cut the squares, so I don’t know how you would divide it! However, other than the butter and graham cracker crumbs, everything else doesn’t need to be exactly precise. So I would just mix the butter and graham cracker crumbs together first in a bowl and then you could just put a little of each layer in the cups. Good luck!

  2. These were a staple in our Christmas baking every year growing up. One whole cup of butter is WAY too much! All the recipes I’ve seen call for 1/2 cup. You might want to check your measurements. Happy Holidays!!

    • interesting! I definitely always make mine with 1 cup, but they are certainly moist and gooey (and why I let them sit overnight), so that’s probably where the butter comes in 🙂 BUT it’s good to know that you can make these w/ half the butter! I’ll have to give that a try with one of my batches this year…and if you’re looking for a fudgey version of your childhood staple, definitely try doubling the butter 😉

  3. Epiphany, Nikki! I just realized that these could probably made gluten free by substituting the graham cracker crumbs with a mixture of coconut and almond flour. Oh dear. I AM MAKING THESE TOMORROW!!! <—-P.S. Here's a preemptive "thank you" from my children who think that their mother has forgotten about yummy treats since going gluten free a couple of years ago 😉

    • Yay!!! That is awesome!! You definitely need to publish a post if you figure out a good gluten free alternative. And these are sooooo easy! Tell your kids they took you hours though 😉 Just for some extra points.

    • Aww, thank you!! I Try my best to take good images, but I’m no pro, so I don’t know if my advice is good, but just make sure there’s light and I usually take up lose pictures of food 🙂 Glad to hear you’ll be back! <3

  4. these look awesome. We always made and called them magic bars, only we didn’t add butterscotch chips. So trying them with those. Sharing!

    Shannon –

    • the butterscotch is my favorite part!! Just wait until you try them with those included 🙂 I’ve heard them called magic bars before too. Same idea I guess 🙂

  5. Those look so indulgent! I’d have to make a smaller batch because I’d probably eat the large batch in the same amount of time! YIKES!

    • Lol, tell me about it. I try to make them before I’m about to see someone so I can send them home with some 🙂

  6. I’ve had these before, I’m pretty sure, but I couldn’t ever remember what was in them to replicate them. So pleased that you shared the recipe. These are definitely going on my Pinterest board of sinful delights.

    • So glad you’re going to try them! They are definitely sinful delights…but worth every bite 🙂 I hope you enjoy.

  7. Nikki, these cookies look amazing! I love every ingredient. Have you ever frozen them for future use? This is something I would love to make ahead for the holidays.
    BTW, if you haven’t already, please stop by Ducks ‘n a Row and share this recipe (and anything else you would like to) on my Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. It is published on 14 blogs so you’ll get lots of opportunity. My readers will love it.

    • I’ve never frozen these, but that is a GREAT idea! I can definitely tell you they are a wonderful addition to a holiday cookie tray. Thanks for stopping by and I will be heading right over to your blog hop now!! <3

  8. I found this post by visiting the Frugal Friday Link Up Party. I had to check this post out. I love cookies. I wonder if you cold leave out the coconut? Other than that, these look delish!

    • You certainly could try! I’ve actually heard of a few people that didn’t like the idea of the coconut in it, so I’ll have to experiment to try and come up with a non-coconut version. But I will say, the coconut is not too overpowering, so maybe you’d end up liking it!

  9. G’day from Oz! Thanks for sharing your recipe at the Say G’day Saturday Linky Party. I’ve just shared this on Pinterest/Facebook/Twitter.

    Hope you can link up with us again this Saturday!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

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