Every time I go to my parents for a visit, I always seem to come back home with a car full of food. During the summer it’s usually items from their garden- green beans, tomatoes, okra, squash, peppers.

This time, my mom and dad had gone apple picking a couple of days before my arrival, so there was a big bag of apples waiting for me. While I enjoy eating a plain ‘ol apple every now and then, I knew that most of these would be getting baked up into something.

As luck would have it, last month’s Southern Living had a whole section on apple desserts, one of which I had bookmarked to try when I had the time. A twist on what I’ve always known as “Magic 7 Layer Bars”, this recipe adds apples as an 8th ingredient! Apple Hello Dolly Bars (or Magic 8 Layer Bars, whichever you want to call it) are a rich, decadent treat.

And well, I made it even more decadent by busting out some Bourbon Burnt Sugar ice cream to serve on top. Holy moly, they were great without the ice cream, but with it, I’m on cloud 9. Now, about this ice cream…. Have you heard of High Road Craft Ice Creams ? An Atlanta based, chef-driven ice cream & sorbet company, they just released their pints in the regional Whole Foods markets. My advice: go buy some if your local store sells it. Then make these Hello Dolly Bars. Dollop the ice cream on, and forget all your worries.


Apple Hello Dolly Bars

Makes 20- 24 bars. From Southern Living.


2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 (12 oz) package semisweet chocolate morsels
1/2 (12 oz) package butterscotch morsels
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
2 cups peeled and finely chopped, crisp apples (about 1 lb.)
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk


Preheat oven to 350º. Stir together graham cracker crumbs and butter; press onto bottom of a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch pan. Layer semisweet chocolate and next 4 ingredients (in order of ingredient list) in prepared pan; drizzle with sweetened condensed milk.

Bake at 350º for 40 to 45 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 1 hour). Cut into bars.

14 Responses to “Apple Hello Dolly Bars with Bourbon Burnt Sugar Ice Cream”

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    Allyn — October 24, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    Those look so good! I love cooking with apples in the fall.
    Made this: http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/breakfast/recipe-weekend-apple-pancake-013112
    over the weekend and it was heavenly!

    • Beth replied: — October 24th, 2011 @ 9:45 am

      Wow, that looks great. My husband loves to have pancakes from time to time, so I might use some of my remaining apples to make it for him this weekend!

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    danielle — October 24, 2011 @ 9:14 am

    These look great – Im definitely saving this recipe!

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    Emmely — October 24, 2011 @ 9:51 am

    The perfect treat to celebrate my daughter’s upcoming audition for her school play. You guessed it-Hello Dolly :)

    • Beth replied: — October 24th, 2011 @ 9:53 am

      Oh fun! You MUST make these for her!!

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    Stefani — October 25, 2011 @ 4:34 am

    just got into the fall baking craze..this looks so good, it HAS to be next on my list!

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    Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking — October 25, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

    Wow these sound amazing and the ice cream sounds awesome. I will be in Franklin tomorrow so I think I need to swing by Whole Foods!!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — October 26, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

    This sounds like an amazing combo!

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    Erin @ The Speckled Palate — October 28, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

    Well, if I was wondering what to bake for the weekend, I certainly know what I’ll be making now! This sounds incredible, and I am crossing my fingers that the local Whole Foods here in BR has some of this ice cream!

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    Anne — October 29, 2011 @ 9:11 am

    This sound soooo good:)

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    Mimi — October 31, 2011 @ 2:47 am

    oh gosh, this looks delicious!!! :D

    <3, Mimi

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    Norma Dominguez — November 1, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    I made these for a work event and everyone loved them, they turned out so yummy! I also made a batch just for me and my friends at home :)

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    Apple do-twittle do bar « alternativeeating — November 6, 2011 @ 3:45 am

    […] My husband love these little sweets. Serve this with some ice cream on the side or on the top, and you are ready to go. This sweet, but so good treat, with the mixture of the apple, coconut and chocolate, melts in your mouth. Who needs a chocolate bar when you have this. I served mine with coconut sherbet. UThe original recipe I found here. […]

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    Sally @ sally's baking addiction — February 24, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    OMG. I think i just died and went to heaven. i’ve never attempted hello dolly bars! what am i waiting for?? your recipe sounds perfect. :)

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