Raspberry Coconut Magic Bars

Raspberry Coconut Magic Bars are easy to prepare and are sure to delight the coconut lover in your life!

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My Dad celebrated his 60th birthday on Friday.  My brother celebrated his 30th birthday on Friday.  Confusing?  Well get this…they have the same name too!  And quite typically {as in always} they really don’t have the same vision for what they want to do on their birthdays.  Solution?  We party for a couple days straight!

My Dad is a big coconut fan so anything I make with coconut he loves. I knew I was going to make up a batch of Raspberry Coconut Magic Bars for his birthday but he surprised me with a request for a German chocolate cake {usually it’s my Nana’s Carrot Cake}.  I had my Nana’s German chocolate cake and frosting recipe so I whipped that up…and had totally forgotten how addictive the frosting is.  Totally.  Addicting.  Bryce found out that he L-O-V-E-S coconut!  And frosting.  He ate, by the spoonful, and I am not joking here, about a half a cup of German Chocolate frosting before it made it to the cake.  Seriously.


When I took it away from him, he asked me, and I quote, “Can I have some for snack then?”  Oh my goodness.  I explained that it was supposed to go on Grandpa’s cake to which Bryce responded, “I don’t want cake.  I want frosting!”  I hear ya honey – I hear ya.  How do you explain to a four year old that the sole reason for cakes is so that we can eat the frosting?  It’s simply not dignified to eat frosting by itself.  Now, of course, if you’re alone…totally different story.  Or, if you’re four…


Anyways, the cake and most of the frosting made it to my sister’s house for after dinner.  My Dad had fun trying to blow out the sparkler candles and then the boys stepped in and giggling away, attempted to blow them all out as they kept re-lighting.  Good times!


I guess you’re wondering when the Raspberry Coconut Magic Bars came into play right?  Well Saturday we had a BBQ at my house for my brother and he requested fruit salad instead of a cake.  I saved the bars for Saturday so we would all have something sweet to snack on.  Well, most of the bars were saved for Saturday…


If you have a coconut lover in your life – these bars are PERFECTION!  They start out with a graham cracker crust and lots of coconut.  The magical ingredient, sweetened condensed milk, is poured over the top and then it’s thrown in the oven.  Layer on your favorite flavor of preserves {blackberry is super good too!}, some chopped nuts of your choice {we went with pecans} and then drizzle on some chocolate.


If you’ve got bored kids around – this is a great recipe for them to help out with.  Bryce was able to spread the preserves and sprinkle on the pecans…


Let the bars chill for a bit and cut ’em up!  Magical isn’t it?

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Raspberry Coconut Magic Bars
  • 1⅔ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 stick {1/2 cup} butter, melted
  • 2 Tbls sugar
  • 3 cups sweetened, flaked, coconut
  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup seedless raspberry preserves {or the flavor of your choice}
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ⅓ cup white baking chips
  • 1 tsp shortening
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, butter, and sugar in a small bowl.
  3. Press into a lightly greased 9x13 baking dish.
  4. Sprinkle the coconut over the crust and drizzle the sweetened condensed milk over the top.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until coconut is lightly browned.
  6. Let cool completely.
  7. Spread the preserves over the cooled coconut crust and sprinkle with pecans.
  8. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave and stir until nice and smooth. Drizzle over pecans.
  9. Melt the white chips in the microwave and add shortening. Stir until nice and smooth. Drizzle over the top.
  10. Let chocolate firm up in the fridge or on the counter and cut into bars.
  11. Makes 36 bars.


Some more recipes we love:


Turtle Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate Cherry Marshmallow Crunch Bars Recipe

Chocolate Cherry Marshmallow Crunch Bars


Reese’s Peanut Butter Mini Cheesecakes

Carrot Cake

To-Die-For Carrot Cake

Magic from friends:

Fudge Mint Magic Cookie Bars from Something Swanky

Almond White Chocolate Magic Bars from Crazy for Crust

Magic Turtle Bars from Chocolate, Chocolate, and More

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  1. The Raspberry Bars look wonderful but so does the German Chocolate Cake.Could I have one of each? Thank you for sharing your family and recipes. Family and Food…close to the heart.

    We may have met by chance…but we become friends by choice.

  2. Trish these look insane! I love how all of your recipes look so yummy and so beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us this week at the Monday Funday link party!

    Take care,


  3. OMG Trish. I MUST make these. I can see doing them blackberry for my dad, he’d LOVE that!

  4. Oh wow, these look fantastic! I am going to have to make these one day!

    Stopping by from Make the Scene Monday. Have a fabulous week! :)

  5. Trish these bars look FABULOUS !!
    I love the combination of flavors :)

    It’s morning here, and I might not be fully awake yet, but I can’t see the coconut in the recipe…..

  6. Oh my gosh, Trish!! How beautiful are these?! Raspberry is one of my faves and these look fantastic!

  7. Wow is all I can say. I would love to have German Chocolate Cake recipe too. My son in law’s favorite cake and his birthday is 4th of July. I love carrot cake recipe that is my favorite cake in the world. So can’t wait to try it too and who doesn’t like magic bars?
    thanks bunches,

  8. It really is all about the frosting-I’m totally with Bryce! I love German chocolate frosting! Love the idea of using fruit in a magic bar. Raspberry was the perfect choice!

  9. OH MY…not only do these bars look absolutely scrumptious with all the coconut…but your little Bryce SO made me smile today! (Your dad does NOT look his age!)

    • Oh thank you so much Gloria! Bryce is definitely my little helper {and taste-tester} in the kitchen ;) I will pass along your comment to my Dad – I’m sure it will make him smile :) Hope you have a wonderful week!

  10. Those are downright magical looking!! Man, now if I only had a bowl of frosting and a few bars like that to dive into while I am all alone today!!! Love your cute little helper!!

  11. Oh, heavens! These bars ARE magical …. they looks absolutely gorgeous :)

  12. These look sooo good! This is a fantastic project! Would you consider linking this up at my Pinworthy Projects Party? I hope to see you there!

  13. Your cakes looks soooo yummy and delicious, I hope you will post the recipe for the German Chocolate Cake an your Nana’s frosting! I’m from germany an try to learn English AND baking/cooking…and your blog ist fantastic to read. I would like to know, if your German Cake ist like “my” German Cake. :o)
    I like to read more…
    (Sorry for my grammatical errors…)

  14. Magic bars indeed! These look amazing! Thanks for linking up to Monday Funday!

  15. Oh, my…those raspberry coconut bars look amazing! Actually they are making me want one right now:) I can’t wait to try these. Thanks for sharing another wonderful recipe!

  16. Can’t wait to try these, Trish! And all your other recipes look just as amazing! I’d better get busy baking. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a wonderful day!

  17. What a fun twist on magic bars! My hubby loves raspberry & coconut (and I do too!)! This would be an awesome treat for us. Thanks for sharing!!

  18. Pinning this! These look awesome! And Bryce is a cutie pie!

  19. Hi Trish! Oh my goodness, these are beautiful! I love making magic bars and anything involving raspberry has me running to the kitchen. They look unbelievable and put me in the mood for summertime.

  20. Jennifer says:

    I agree, I would love the recipe for the german cake. looks delicious!!

  21. Oh wow, these look fantastic! Yum, can’t wait to try them, thanks for sharing!

  22. These look delicious! Magic cookie bars are some of the most beautiful creations on the planet. Your German chocolate cake has me drooling, too

  23. Stopping by from Chef-In-training’s party! Pinning these cause they look amazing =)

  24. These were amazing. Thank you!

  25. These look utterly delicious! Yum! I definitely want to try these! Stopping by from Somewhat Simple’s Linky Party!

  26. LOVE the look of those raspberry bars! Pinning for later ;-)

  27. Yum Trish! These look outstanding!

  28. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured later today!
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, and join me this evening for Make the Scene Monday #67!

  29. Congratulations on being featured at the Melt In Your Mouth Monday Blog Hop! The photo of these bars was so beautiful, I had to stop by. I love raspberries and coconut…this dessert is just my style.
    New follower, fan, etc. ♥
    Would love it if you’d visit my site, especially for Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. Would you please add this post as one of your links? My readers will love it.

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  30. Trish, I had to come back. As I was out and about, running errands, I was thinking about these bars. HOW….please tell me HOW you cut them so perfectly? I have improved my technique with brownies but bars such as this tend to be sticky. How do you get such a clean cut?

  31. These were the best bars ever!!! I made them for Easter and everyone couldn’t stop talking/thinking about them! I substituted regular graham crackers for gluten free ones and also subbed the white sugar in the crust for coconut sugar and they were absolutely delicious!!!!

  32. Lookie-dee–these are popping into my oven right now! I really can’t wait for them to come out. The color in your photos is absolutely gorgeous–and so is your family :) I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog. Such sweetness! It really put a bright spot in my day.

  33. Holy COW!! Those bars look ridiculously good! I really need to make these. I love the raspberry and coconut together and oooo, those pecan on top. Yum!!

  34. Michele says:

    I was just wondering if anyone has tried putting all the layers together for the coconut raspberry bars & baking all at once instead of baking the bottom & microwaving the top? I know that standard matrimonial bars have the chocolate, coconut & nuts all layered, then topped with sweet & condensed milk before baking. Just wondering if maybe it had to be separate because of crunch or something.

    • You absolutely could Michele but it would alter the taste and texture slightly. By putting that first time – the coconut gets nicely toasted which contributes to the overall flavor and texture of the dessert. Hope that helps!

  35. OH holy cow! These look dangerous, but in a good way.

  36. Diane R. says:

    Wow! These are yummy!

    I baked these today, and am trying to resist the urge to eat another one before hubby gets home from work. (Oh, what the heck, he’ll be eating more than his fair share, I’m sure of it!)

    I substituted toasted slivered almonds in place of the pecans, and forgot to grease the baking dish, and had no problems.

    Thanks for sharing this terrific recipe, Trish.

  37. Oh.Man. These look and sound so decadent!
    I was chuckling at the frosting bit. It’s not dignified…unless you’re alone…or 4. :)
    It’ll be our secret.

  38. Trish you are so talented! These look amazing, and I would love for you to join me at the Pretty Things Link Party (live now) hope to see you there :)

    xo, Tanya

  39. These look fabulous!!! Yummm!

  40. LOVE these! raspberry and coconut ate two of my favorite flavors

  41. These look absolutely amazing! I just pinned these look absolutely amazing! I mean you have chocolate and raspberries and coconut! Man, I can’t wait to have a bite! :) Krista @ A Handful of Everything

  42. There are so many “magic bar” recipes out there that I usually don’t read them but you caught me at “raspberry”. I was also intrigued at the amount of coconut and how you baked it then finished assembling it. They turned out fantastic and even the men I served them to loved them! I did have a little trouble drizzling the melted chocolate chips but not the white chocolate chips which had the shortening added. Do you think it might help to add the same amount of shortening to the chocolate chips or is there some reason not to?
    Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Thank you Patty! If your chocolate isn’t melting you can always add a little bit of shortening to it and it will make it drizzle easier. I always have issues with white chocolate which is why I added it here but it works for either. I’m so glad you gave the recipe a try and thank you so much for stopping back by to leave me a comment! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  43. Candace says:

    Made these and they were wonderful. I used apricot instead of Raspberry. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  44. I made these last night and my family can’t stop raving about them. I may or may not have had some for breakfast! ;) Can’t wait to try them with other flavors of jam–although raspberry is always my favorite. Thanks for sharing such a fabulous recipe.
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  45. Holy cute photo! Hahah
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  46. Can you please please please post the German cake recipe? My birthday is coming up and I want to make my own birthday cake and I love coconut! Both look amazing! Thanks! :)

  47. Hi!
    Do you think I could use some fresh or frozen berries instead of the jam? Maybe pour the condensed milk, berries on top, and into the oven?

  48. These look awesome! My only problem was wondering what I could sub for the pecans as we have a walnut/pecan allergy in the family. Thanks for posting about the toasted almond slivers, Diane–just the info. I needed!

  49. LOVE these bars! My cousin made them for Easter and I couldn’t get enough. Question – can I substitute coconut oil for the shortening? I’ve never purchased shortening and don’t want to start now! Thank you! :)

  50. Hello! I’m going to make these for my office cookie exchange this week. I’m wondering if you think that Raspberry Cake & Pastry Filling would work in place of the preserves? I’m trying to use up what I can in my pantry and I stumbled across a few cans of that.


  51. Hi Trish..A Question for you..Here in Canada,Eagle Brand only comes in one standard size..A 300ml can which is 1 1/4 cups and/or about 10 Ounces..This recipe is calling for 14 Oz..Where are you getting these Super sized cans?At 14 Oz,that’s close to 1 3/4 cups,that be pretty sweet..Clue me in,Thanks,Merry Christmas

  52. Hi. I was wondering if it is possible to make magic bars without any crust at all, and just let the coconut layer be on the bottom.

  53. Any idea if these freeze well? I’m trying to create a dessert bar for my son’s wedding and I’d have to make them in advance. I’ve asked you about several of your recipes already. So many of them look incredible! Thank you!

  54. I am making these now and they smell so heavenly!! MMMmmmm!

  55. I love your recipes…you are amazing!! I can’t seem to print off your recipes..the print button doesn’t work for me. What am I doing wrong?

  56. Absolutely love these Raspberry Coconut Magic Bars but having a hard time to drizzle choc, & vanilla bits. Do you have any suggestions?

    • Are you having a problem melting the chocolate or drizzling? I usually just use a fork to drizzle. Drizzle from about 8 inches up for more even coverage. Hope that helps!

      • I had a hard time the first batch, too. I found if I melt the chocolate in a double boiler rather than the microwave, it melts much nicer and can be drizzled.

        • I went back and made second batch and must have been thinking about another cookie. I also had trouble melting chocolate chips to “drizzle” and think you would have to use melting chocolate.

          Also, I had the dickens of a time getting these out of the pan, and I did butter the baking pan first. Any suggestions?

  57. I can’t wait to try this! I just got a gluten free graham cracker, so I will have to see if that works for this.
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  58. susanne morse says:

    The raspberry coconut bars are fantastic! Made them to rave reviews!

    Here’s my question: Is the instruction correct to let the crust completely cool before topping with the jam? When I wait for it to be COMPLETELY cool the jam stays too runny and gooey ~ but if I allow the bars to cool SLIGHTLY and then spread with jam, the jam spreads beautifully and even and also develops a bit of a “skin” on top so that the jam is not runny and really holds the chopped nuts. Thoughts?

    • I am going to try this. I made a recipe of these and they were so sticky! They were still beyond delicious! Everyone thought so!

  59. Heading to the store for some raspberry jam as soon as I finish this! It may be the best twist on “Magic Bars” EVER. Still looking for your Nana’s German Chocolate Cake recipe, though (sigh).

  60. I made your raspberry bars at Christmas and they were a huge hit!! For Easter I am doing your recipe with a slight twist. A graham cracker/ginger snap crust and lemon curd in place of the raspberry….so a ginger coconut lemon magic bar. Fingers crossed this works.

  61. I love chocolate cake yummy
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  62. Is there a way to make slightly more without actually doubling?

  63. I just took these to a Cookie Exchange party and I won “Best Tasting” prize! I followed the recipe exactly and they were delicious! Thank you!!

  64. Bernice Stapleton says:

    Hi Trish, are these raspberry cookies frezzer friendly? I am looking forward to making these for Christmas

  65. Thanks for this magical recipe dear my wife is a big fan of this website and all the recipe’s you post here she tries them all at home . So delicious
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