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Seven Layer Cookies: A Special Holiday Treat!

Updated on September 6, 2014

I've prepared a lot of recipes lately that I've considered my favorite - and I have to say, these 7 Layer Cookies are an absolute contender for my favorite sweet treat. They are what every guilty pleasure should be - rich, decadent...and unbelievably easy to make. And here is a special tip - if you limit your indulgence to only the holiday season, then these cookies will be that much more special and satisfying.

While I will occasionally bake a batch of these to stay in the house, they are best used as a gift or for a dinner party dessert. I've made these when hosting my book club, as dessert for Thanksgiving Dinner, and as part of a holiday cookie tray - and each time, they are a huge hit.

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 20


  • 1 1/2 cups crushed graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 bag chocolate chips
  • 1 bag butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 14 oz. condensed milk
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Completely melt the butter and pour into the bottom of a 13x9 baking dish.
  3. Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs over the butter. You can use a spatula to evenly spread if you need to.
  4. Evenly sprinkle the chocolate chips over the graham cracker mixture.
  5. Evenly sprinkle the butterscotch chips over the chocolate chips.
  6. Evenly spread the shredded coconut over the chips.
  7. Carefully pour the condensed milk over the coconut. Be careful to not pour too quickly so that the mixture is even.
  8. Sprinkle the chopped walnuts over the condensed milk.
  9. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.Let cool for a few hours before cutting. I will often make these a day ahead of time to ensure they have plenty of time to cool.
  10. Enjoy!
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4-Piece Cookie Box with Carry Handle, Red and Green Stripes
4-Piece Cookie Box with Carry Handle, Red and Green Stripes

If you're planning on bringing cookies to your next party, why not dress them up a bit? A nice holiday box can really add to the presentation of your holiday treats.

Wilton White Rectangle Boxes, 3 Count
Wilton White Rectangle Boxes, 3 Count

Plain and simple. Let the cookies be the showcase!


What is your favorite holiday treat?

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      three michi 4 years ago

      looks delish!

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      Oooohhh... I used to make these when I was first married. They were to die for. How did I forget them? Thank you for bringing them back to mind. My mouth is watering. :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Yummy. We call these "Hello Dolly" cookies. I am not sure why but I do know that they are delicious.

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      HaveItDipped 4 years ago

      Its midnight, i'm hungry, and I just happen to land on your lens showing these very delicious looking 7 layer cookies... Damn you Walmart for being so close. These look great. Going to get the ingredients now.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      These look so yummy. Great lens.

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      The_Kelster 4 years ago

      These look amazing! My boyfriend would LOVE these. I am definitely going to make soon :) Thanks for the recipe!

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      tarunksureja 4 years ago

      Thank you very much for sharing such a yummii Item.

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      Lynn Klobuchar 4 years ago

      One of the bars my sons love the most. I swap out the nuts and butterscotch chips for chocolate covered toffee bits. Never can have too much chocolate. But these look so delicious I may have to try the butterscotch "traditional" approach. Thanks for sharing.

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      danieldruzak 4 years ago

      @mel-kav: I know right. It look so good, It has to be wrong! haha.

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      danieldruzak 4 years ago

      This looks soooo good. What are you trying to do make me fat. Just kidding. I'm skinny to begin with. Great Joc.

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      mel-kav 4 years ago

      These look sinfully delicious. I've got to make a batch of these for this evening. Thanks for sharing.

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      TanjaCrouch 4 years ago

      I love these--dangerous to have around our house because I could eat and eat them! Thanks for sharing.

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      Zdiddle 4 years ago

      These always sounded so good, but I don't like coconut. Can you suggest anything to substitute?

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      Hannah Writes 4 years ago

      I used to make this all the time...and I used to eat it all up!

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      CrazyHomemaker 4 years ago

      Nut roll. I LOVE nut roll for any occasion. This recipe is one of my second favorites. Nice lens.

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      Dawn 4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      Oh My Gosh! I'm so happy to see this recipe here. The Mister was just asking about a recipe that I had (and lost) a few years ago. Someone had given me cookie mix, the dry ingredients were in one container (a jar?) and the condensed milk and that batch of dry ingredients were all in a Christmas tin. The recipe was included. I lost that printed recipe. the cookies were wonderful and it was an awesome gift to receive like that. I can't wait to make these again.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      looks very nice to eat

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      sierradawn lm 4 years ago

      Your cookies look so scrumptious!

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Boston

      I love bar cookies. So easy to make and always gooey and yummy.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      Theses are very yummy! I make them all the time! Merry Christmas!

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      tonitric10 4 years ago

      Made these last night and they were sooooooooo rich and yummy. Definitely can't eat more than one! I think that if I make this again I may bake the graham cracker crust a little bit before adding the rest of the ingredients. It cooked fine, I just would have preferred of a "harder" crust!

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      MissLivvy 4 years ago

      I will most definitely be making these at some stage in the holiday season!

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      seahorse60 4 years ago

      Your cookies look delicious and are a great combination of flavors. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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      gwtsian 4 years ago

      Looks yummy

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      jen17 lm 4 years ago

      They look delicious!

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Looking good ... they meet everyone's taste don't they. Giving it a tweet cuz' it's so sweet :)

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      One of my favs! Yummy!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Any kind of pie works for me. Your recipe does look delicious.

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      RoadMonkey 4 years ago

      Hey, I think these might become my favourite holiday treat, they sound REALLY tasty and very easy to make. Must give these a try.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I haven't made or eaten these in years. Wow, I forgot how delicious they look! I guess my favorite holiday treat is simple decorated sugar cookies. My husband always love having those around during Christmas. Congrats on your cookie lens win!

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      lewisgirl 4 years ago

      My grandma used to make whiskey balls, still trying to find tat recipe. Nice lens, beautiful photo!

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      mommyplus3kids 4 years ago

      Can't wait to try these! They look delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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      chrisilouwho 4 years ago

      Mmm, these remind me of a recipe my mother used to make for family reunions, thanks for sharing!

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      gottaloveit2 4 years ago

      These look really yummy. I'm trying them.

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I love these. My Gram used to make these. I love every flavor of every ingredient. They're rich; I can never eat as many as I wish I could!

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      DebW07 4 years ago

      My mouth is watering . . . looks yummy!

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      tonyleather 4 years ago

      Never seen these seven layer cookies before! They look lovely!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I make something very similar to these myself at Christmastime. Yum!

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      sousababy 4 years ago

      When I was a kid, I tried a cookie with butterscotch chips and thought it was fantastic. These look sumptuous.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Oh yes, these are always one of my favorite desserts at holiday bashes. So delicious!

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

      Yummy and easy to make, thanks for sharing.