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Monday, February 2, 2015

7 Layer Valentine Bars

These creamy, crunchy bars are a fan favorite. 
They'll be sure to please the romantic in you.
Cue the violins!  Happy heart day is on the horizon.  Do you celebrate?  Or does the holiday annoy you?  Either way these bars will not disappoint.
The husband's birthday falls two days prior to Valentine's Day so generally in the past {prior to kids} we shoved the two events together and just celebrated once.  Since kids, I'm lucky if we get a night out alone.  But we have made a point to let our kids know it is a day about being thankful for our loved ones.  The two older kids are already excited about their school Valentine's Day parties, and I am too as it is just plain fun to watch it through their eyes.
When I broke out the Valentine M&M's this weekend....you would have thought they won the lottery {if they knew what that was}! 
Nothing gets kids excited like holiday M&M's.
You might see other seven layer bars with a graham cracker crust, but I usually opt for the shortbread crust.  I just like it better?
The seven layers consist of this: shortbread crust, sweetened condensed milk {I know...}, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, pecans, coconut and M&M's.
And if you are counting right, you counted eight.  I listed the sweetened condensed milk, but really it doesn't count.  I don't want to get all technical, so lets just pretend there are seven.
Moving on.


Swap out these red, white and pimk M&M's for any holiday version and make these all year long!  I sent most of them to work with the husband and it sounds like they were a hit.  {And to think he didn't want to take them because he claimed only 80 year olds eat pecans in their dessert}.


Make them for yourself, you have a bit over a week until the big day!

7 Layer Valentine Bars
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Shortbread Crust:
3/4 c. unsalted butter, softened
3/4 c. sugar
1 egg yolk
1/4 t. salt
1 1/2 c. flour

1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 bag chocolate chips
1/2 bag butterscotch chips
1/2 bag white chocolate chips
1 c. sweetened coconut
1 c. chopped pecans
1/2 bag of Valentine M&M's

1.  Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
2.  Combine the butter and butter.  Add in egg yolk to combine.  Sift in salt and flour until dough forms.
3.  Press dough into a greased 9x13 pan.  Bake for 18 minutes.
4.  Remove from the oven and pour sweetened condensed milk over the hot crust.
5.  Sprinkle on remaining ingredients, leaving the M&M's for last {you don't want them to get buried}.
6.  Lightly press down the mixture with your hands.
7.  Turn up the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30 minutes or until edges are golden.
8.  Allow to cool and cut into bars.

Do you do anything special for Valentine's Day
or do you choose to ignore it?

Would you like to comment?

  1. Yum! Looks like a great recipe and one that is definitely a keeper!!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I may have eaten one....or four through out the night :) They were delish!

  3. Susie Gall/Simply SatedFebruary 2, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    These look delicious - great idea for Valentine's Day.

  4. Steph@Been There Baked ThatFebruary 2, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    You can't go wrong with a layer bar! We don't usually do anything special for Valentine's day, like you said, it's not very often we even get a night alone. But it is a fun day for the kids and I love making them special treats.

  5. These look delicious! My husband and I at least try to watch a movie on Valentine's Day night together after the kids go to bed, and I always make a fancier meal than normal on Valentine's Day with my chocolate melting cake for dessert!

  6. Ally, these look AHHH Mazing and I wish I had one right now with my coffee. It can't get much better than those ingredients for sure. Thank you so much for linking up to our Something To Talk About Link Party!! You're the best and I'll share these this week on Fb. have a great Monday, Lisa at Concord Cottage

  7. These look SO GOOD! I can't wait to try them. It's been forever since I've had a Valentine M&M but this makes me want to run to the store and pick up a bag. Hope you're having a great day, CoCo at The Crowned Goat

  8. Ally, just a reminder we'd love for you to link up again tomorrow (Monday) morning at 6 am est to our Something to Talk About Link Party. Hope you had a great weekend, Lisa at Concord Cottage.