Tobins' Tastes: White Chocolate Macadamia Magic Bars

Monday, February 11, 2013

White Chocolate Macadamia Magic Bars

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My sister and I teach at the same school. I taught there for two years and then she came to work there at the beginning of my third year. I actually got married the summer before she came to work at my school and so I came back for the next school year with my new married name and she became the new Ms. C. Everyone knows we are sisters. Well at least I thought everyone knew.

One of my freshman students was using a pair of my scissors in class the other day. He came up to my desk and said, "Why do you have Ms. C's scissors in your room?" I explained to him that they had been labeled before I got married and so they still had my maiden name on them.

He looked at me like I was crazy and then asked why Ms. C and I had the same last name. "Uhh, because they are related!" screamed other student. The original student's jaw dropped and he was like, "Whaaaaa? She is your sister?!?" He was mindblown and it took him the remainder of the class to get over the fact that we were related.

That's how I felt when I realized that there were other kinds of magic bars other than the original Magic Cookie Bars. I came to this realization slowly. I noticed another blog had a variation of the tried true favorite. Then another. Then it became clear that these "magic bars" were a full on culinary trend. I felt like an idiot.

How did I really think that my mom's Magic Cookie Bars were only a family thing? Apparently you can pour condensed milk on anything and call them magic bars. Which is perfect for me because I am always looking for reasons to pour condensed milk on things. Like these White Chocolate Macadamia Magic Bars.

Justin has been requesting that bake something white chocolate macadamia nutty for his fire station for about three months. I don't really have any good recipes for the cookies so I had been stalling. We were walking through Publix awhile ago and Justin saw the Pillsbury break and bake version and told me that I could just make those for his station.

The scratch baker in me was conflicted. I didn't just want to bring break and bake to the station (yummy as they are!). So I needed to do something more.

So I disguised them. I used the break and bake cookie dough for the crust of the magic bars, topped it with more white chocolate chips, crushed macadamia nuts and dumped an entire can of condensed milk on top. Bake for 25 minutes and you have heaven in a 9x13 pan. All without dirtying a single mixing bowl.

Which means that instead of washing dishes you can google more magic bar recipes. Because apparently there are one million versions of them. Or you could just check out the recipes below from some of my favorite bloggy friends. Which would give you more time to eat said magic bars. We're all about efficiency here. And calories. And condensed milk. But they're the same thing, right?

White Chocolate Macadamia Magic Bars
  • 2 packages of Pillsbury White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookie dough
  • 1 bag of white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup of crushed macadamia nuts
  • 1 can of condensed milk
1.) Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper and lightly spray it with cooking spray. Place the break and bake cookie dough in the pan until the whole pan bottom is covered. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

2.) Remove the half cooked dough from the oven. Sprinkle with white chocolate chips, then crushed macadamia nuts, then pour the condensed milk over the entire thing.

3.) Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until the condensed milk just starts to brown. Let them cool completely before trying to cut. Share with friends so they will love you forever.

Looking for more Magic Bar recipes? Check out these delicious variations from my friends:
Cookies & Cream Magic Bars from Crazy for Crust
Peanut Butter Pretzel Magic Bars from Sweet Twist of Blogging
Lemon Magic Bars from Inside BruCrew Life
Hazelnut Magic Bars from Lemons for Lulu
Chocolate Cherry Magic Bars from What's Cooking, Love ?
Magic Turtle Bars from Chocolate, Chocolate and More
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