Shhh, now listen… Dark Chocolate Cranberry Magic Bars are a perfect blend of flavors and textures for your holiday baking. You will love the combination of sweet, tart and delicious in these Magic Cookie Bars. Loaded with dark chocolate and the tart cranberries it’s a true party in your mouth and definitely a recipe that needs to be shared with those you love.

Christmas Magic Bars

This post and recipe was created for #ChristmasCookies! I was sent samples by some of the sponsors, Millican Pecans, companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.

If you are here it means you are my kind of people. You appreciate bold flavors combined to perfection. This recipe is just that. Perfection! It’s rich and decadent and you will keep going back for more.

So do yourself a favor and plan accordingly, make a plate for your neighbors, take to work and share with the office or make them for a cookie exchange. You will have the best of both worlds in knowing you made other smile along with yourself.

Christmas Magic Cookie Bars are truly a strange recipe in that there is no traditional mixing of dough. It magically comes together to create a wonder bar cookie. I know, it sounds silly but trust me here!

Christmas Magic Cookie Bars

Magic Cookie Bars have been around longer than I can remember and the trick is Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk. It binds all the layers and flavors together making a ooey gooey bar cookie.

Ingredients Christmas Magic Bars

Ingredients for Christmas Magic Cookie Bars

  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1 1/2 Cup Crushed Graham Crackers
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 1/2 Cup Sweetened shredded Coconut
  • 2 Cup Chocolate Chips (Dark Chocolate)
  • 1 Cup White Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Cup Pecans – Millican Pecans
  • 1 Cup dried cranberries or Craisins

How to make Christmas Magic Cookies Bar

  • Preheat Oven to 350 F
  • Melt the Butter and Mix melted butter into Crushed Graham Crackers
  • Press Gram Cracker mixture into the bottom of a 9×13 greased pan
  • Pour the Sweetened Condensed Milk over the Crust
  • Top with Chocolate Chips, Coconut, Pecans, and dried cranberries
  • Bake at 350 F for 25 Minutes
  • Let cool completely before cutting
  • Store in Sealed Container

A few tips, tricks and suggestions. The crust may seem thin. It’s perfect. Just make sure to press the crust into the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. It makes all the difference to have the crust pressed into the bottom of the pan.

Gram Cracker Crust

I like to pour Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk over the crust. This gives me a nice base for the other ingredients to stick to. However, you can also pour sweetened condensed milk on top after all the other toppings too. Either works fine

Cool Completely. I know it’s tempting to dive into this recipe but it will be an ooey gooey mess if you do. By allowing all the ingredients to cool it’s much easier to cut into nice bars. I’m always impressed with a cooled cut bar especially when I bit in and taste all the flavors combined. It’s Yummy!

Christmas Magic Cookie Bars

In this recipe I have used Millican Pecans. They are fresh and a perfect choice when baking. They are harvested fresh and shelled with precise quality control. Millican Pecans deliver a very high quality, fresh product for you.

How to Store Christmas Magic Cookie Bars

Keep your bar cookies stored inside of an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Any longer and they may dry out too much to enjoy.

Can I substitute Pecans for Walnuts?

Yes of course! You may even find that you enjoy it one way or another! Try them both ways to see for yourself.

Do Magic Cookie Bars need refrigerated?

These cookies do not need to be kept stored inside of the fridge, but you can keep them in the freezer for longer storage- they last up to 3 months in there if kept properly contained.

Can I freeze Magic Cookie Bar Recipe?

Of course you can. Freeze in a sealed container for up to 3 months. To Thaw place on the counter until Magic Bars reach room temperature

Can you make cookies in a glass pan?

You can make these cookie bars inside of a 9×13 glass baking dish, just make sure that its greased well.

How do you cut desserts cleanly?

The trick for cutting these bars cleanly is to either freeze the uncut cookie for a few minutes to solidify or to continually clean the knife after every cut. You can also do a combination of the two.

Magic Cookie Bars

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Cranberry Chocolate Magic Cookie Bars

Dark Chocolate Cranberry Magic Bars are a perfect blend of flavors and textures for your holiday baking
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 428kcal


  • 1/2 Cup Butter Melted
  • 1 1/2 Cup Gram Cracker Crumbs About 11 rectangle crackers
  • 1 1/2 Cup Shredded Sweetened Coconut
  • 2 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Cup White Chocolate chips
  • 1 Cup Pecans Millican Peans
  • 1 Cup Cranberries Dried


  • Preheat Oven to 350 F
  • Melt Butter and Mix melted butter into Crushed Graham Crackers
  • Press Gram Cracker mixture into the bottom of a 9×13 greased pan
  • Pour the Sweetened Condensed Milk over the Crust
  • Top with Chocolate Chips, White Chocolate Chips, Coconut, Pecans, and dried cranberries
  • Bake at 350 F for 25 Minutes
  • Let cool completely before cutting
  • Store in Sealed Container


Calories: 428kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 143mg | Potassium: 312mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 1mg
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Friday Christmas Cookie Recipes

Welcome to #ChristmasCookies week where more than 25 bloggers are sharing cookie recipes perfect for your holiday celebrations. Hosted by Ellen from Family Around the Table, Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures and Heather from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks, we invite you to not only check out the recipes but enter the amazing giveaway.


Don’t miss one delicious cookie recipe! Follow along on Pinterest.


Prize 1: Tower of Treats from Millican Pecan Company

Assorted Pecan goodies in a tin.

Originally founded as the West Texas Pecan Nursery in the late 1800’s, Millican Pecan is now in 5th generation ownership. Located in San Saba, TX, the family continues the tradition of pecan farming while also branching the business into the online world. The family also enjoys educating people about pecans. One winner will receive The Tower of Treats Gift Tins. The tower includes 3 decorative gift tins stacked on top of each other. The bottom tin includes our 2 lb. Chocolate Pecan Sampler, the middle tin is our Flavored Pecan Sampler and the top tin is an 8 oz. tin of Milk Chocolate Caramillicans (similar to Turtles). An $80 value.

Prize 2: An Assortment of Flavored Extracts from Adams Extract and Spices

Adams Extract Logo

 In January 2013, Adams, one of the oldest continuously operated companies in Texas and one of oldest spice and extract companies in the United States, celebrated its 125th birthday and was awarded the Texas Treasure Business Award, an award sponsored by State Bill 920 that recognizes the accomplishments of Texas businesses that have provided employment opportunities and support to the state’s economy for at least 50 years and pays tribute to the state’s well-established businesses and their exceptional historical contributions toward the state’s economic growth and prosperity.

Today, Adams proudly manufactures and markets under several Adams Brand banners, including Adams Best®, Adams Extract®, Adams® Seasoning & Spice, Adams Reserve®, Flavor King™, Pantry Basics™, Sear-n-Crust®, ClearVan™, Carniceria®, Cocina del Rey®, Naturals™, and Urban Canner™ along with the Adams Frozen Skillet Desserts and Adams Premium Ice Cream lines. In addition, Adams is proud to manufacture for some of the nations most respected Private Label Brands as well as other legacy Regional Seasoning Brands and is used to flavor many commercially produced food products around the nation.


Prize 3: A Set of Baking Pans from Anolon

Baking pans

Established in the 1950’s, Meyer Manufacturing started by making and selling flashlights. In 1971 they started their journey into selling cookware. By 1986 they released the world’s first hard-anodized nonstick cookware which revolutionized the world of home cooking. Their nonstick surface didn’t flake or scratch easily.

Today they sell bakeware with nonstick interior and exterior made with a special sapphire-reinforced blend that is triple coated. NOTE: Color may vary from the photo above.

Prize 4: An Assorted Baking Box from Sweets & Treats

Sweets & Treats Logo

Make Sweets & Treats your one-stop shop for all your holiday sprinkle needs. In addition to fun, festive and colorful sprinkles, Sweets & Treats offers cupcake liners, edible glitters, sugars, and more.

Founded in 2010 by Shannon Harvey out of an industry need for bold, bright cupcake liners and baking supplies that are the life of the party! Based in Louisiana, Sweets & Treats is a designer cupcake liner manufacturer and party supply company that creates exclusive greaseproof cupcake liners, sprinkles, sprinkle mixes, paper straws, and other baking supplies. 


Four (4) winners will be selected. The prize packages will be sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. Bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Winners have 24 hours to respond once notified by email, or they forfeit the prize and an alternate winner will be chosen. The #ChristmasCookies bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members living in the household cannot enter or win the giveaway. Entries will be verified. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Giveaway open to US Residents only who are 18 years of age or older to enter giveaway. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social channel mentioned in the #ChristmasCookies posts or entry.

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