Soft and Chewy 7-Layer Cookies

Don’t hate me for wondering if the texture and flavor of classic and delicious 7-layer bars could be transferred into cookie form. These are the types of things that keep me up at night and I knew I wouldn’t get a lot of rest until a 7-layer cooke recipe had been made, perfected and of course, quality-control tested.

Soft and Chewy 7-Layer Cookies

With a one track mind to perfecting a 7-layer cookie, I went straight to one of the oldest cookie recipes on my site – these Chocolate Chip Treasure Cookies. Have you made them? I’ve never met a softer, chewier cookie. They are unique and absolutely delicious (egg-free, the base of the cookie is built upon graham cracker crumbs and sweetened condensed milk).

Since that ancient recipe already started with two of the staples for 7-layer bars, I had a feeling they’d morph quite well into a true blue 7-layer cookie. And my gut feeling was right.

Soft and Chewy 7-Layer Cookies

These chewy little creamy cookies packed with coconut and chocolate chips and graham cracker crumbs and butterscotch chips (and nuts if that’s your thing) are unbelievably yummy. I’ve made them several times now and in an effort to unload the goodness on others and not save it all for my hips alone, each time I take them somewhere, they become the star of the show (relegating poor unfortunate plain ol’ brownies to the back of the table).

You’ll have to make them yourself if you want to really believe me. They are more than your everyday chocolate chip cookie stuffed full of 7-layer ingredients. They are a magical 7-layer cookie, that’s what they are. Chewy, soft and absolutely fabulous.

Soft and Chewy 7-Layer Cookies

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Soft and Chewy 7-Layer Cookies {Not Bars…Cookies!}

Yield: Makes about 3-4 dozen cookies

Soft and Chewy 7-Layer Cookies {Not Bars…Cookies!}

The recipe can be easily halved (or doubled!).


  • 3 cups (13.5 ounces) graham cracker crumbs (about 27 rectangles finely crushed)
  • 1 cup (5 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cans (14-ounces each) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup (8 ounces, 2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) chocolate chips
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) butterscotch chips
  • 2 cups (7 ounces) sweetened or unsweetened shredded coconut


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the graham cracker crumbs, flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a large bowl with an electric mixer (handheld or a stand mixer), cream together the sweetened condensed milk, butter and vanilla until creamy. Add the dry ingredients with the chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and coconut. Mix until combined.
  4. Scoop the dough into heaping tablespoon-sized balls onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Recipe Source: adapted from my much-loved Chocolate Chip Treasure Cookies recipe after I got the hankering for a 7-layer bar in cookie form

49 Responses to Soft and Chewy 7-Layer Cookies {Not Bars…Cookies!}

  1. Laura says:

    I can’t wait to try these! My dad loves 7 layer bars and I think he will love these. You mentioned we could add nuts, any suggestion about how many?

  2. Bridget G says:

    These were awesome! Thanks for the great recipe.

  3. Cassie says:

    Hi. What if I can’t find shredder coconut? Can I use dessicated or just skip it?

  4. Tina says:

    These cookies are scrumptious! I’ve made three batches and they all disappear in less than a day. Instead of butterscotch chips I’ve been using toffee pieces and I’ve toasted the coconut before adding to the batter. (The egg-free dough is also fantastic.) Thanks for another winning recipe!

  5. Cyndi B says:

    Excellent cookies! I gave a bunch of these to my husband to bring to work (afraid of eating them all) and he said they were gone by 9:30 am. Thanks for all of your hard work on this blog!

  6. michelle says:

    I have 2 non coconut lovers so I used oatmeal instead….it worked….I plan to try them with coconut at some point….

  7. Sharon D says:

    I made these and used them as an excuse to try browned butter. Delicious! My husband took them to work and one guy said “you know, I don’t like coconut or butterscotch but these cookies are GOOD”! That statement was made as he was eating his fourth cookie of the day.

  8. Teri says:

    Made these yesterday! Super easy, little mess and delicious! Will definitely make again. I halved the recipe. Already had EVERTHING except the sweetened condensed milk in the fridge & pantry, even the Butterscotch chips! Didn’t change anything in the recipe. One cookie will satisfy your sweet tooth. My hubby has a habit of sitting down and eating 5-8 cookies at a time! Even he could only eat 2 of these at a sitting. Super satisfying!

  9. Annalisa says:

    These were FANTASTIC!! Seriously… I never should have made them because now I can’t stop thinking about them.

  10. Stephanie says:

    Made these today. They were delicious! I love 7 layer bars, and basically anything that has graham cracker crumbs in them. Great recipe, thanks!

  11. Shannon says:

    I halved the recipe (I had to, I have no self control with yummy cookie dough) and the dough was so soft and sticky. Once baked they were very soft and hard to remove from the pan, but the flavor was great. I think I will add a little more flour next time and see if that helps them hold their shape. Or I may crush the graham crackers finer since I didn’t this time. Thanks for sharing your brainchild!

  12. Bri says:

    Mel’s cinnamon rolls broke the engine in my professional kitchen aid. Luckily I got it at Costco, and used that credit to get a bosch. I will never look back! Mel, I’m making these tonight for a Blessingway (a more meaningful baby shower). Hoping I love them!

  13. karen says:

    I am a huge fan of frozen cookies and these are the best frozen cookies I’ve ever had! Unbelievable! I wouldn’t recommend doubling the recipe though. I have a professional sized Kitchen aid mixer and my bowl was overflowing…huge mess. My mixing paddle even snapped in half and I still think the cookies were worth it. Thanks Mel!

    • Mel says:

      Oh, Karen – I can’t believe your paddle broke. Ugh! I’m glad the cookies were worth it but that is not fun and had to be kind of frustrating. For what it’s worth – I’ve doubled it in my Bosch but I think it has a bit more space than KitchenAid mixers so your note is helpful for those who might be wondering.

      • karen says:

        Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry for posting the same thing twice. I couldn’t find my first comment and thought I’d forgotten to add it. I still say they were worth the broken paddle. I’ve been indulging in frozen ones all week!!!

  14. karen says:

    Do not, I repeat, do not try to double this recipe…..unless you have an industrial sized mixer. I just tried it in my professional sized mixer and it’s a huge mess. I think I saved it by scooping out half and estimating and such. The tough is delicious so I am certain you did it again Mel!

  15. Jill says:

    We live at higher elevation, and I’ve all but given up on cookies. They fail every time. I made these today since my friend says she never has trouble with the sweetened condensed milk/graham cracker crumb variety. I ended up having to add an additional 1/3 c. flour to get them to hold their shape and not run all over the pan. I also added pecans and no butterscotch chips. Thanks for the great recipe, they really are delish!

  16. Cheryce says:

    Mel, you are my best friend in the kitchen! I’m trying to pick your moistest/most teen-friendly/durable cookie to send in care packages to campers. These look like a winner. Do you think they qualify?

  17. I’ve never actually had a 7 layer bar (or cookie!). Clearly that needs to change because these sound (and look) fantastic!

  18. Amber says:

    Thanks for dreaming up these…they look amazing. I LOVE 7-layer bars, especially when they’re made with a cornflake crust rather than graham cracker. Do you think this recipe would translate well with replacing some of the graham crumbs with cornflake crumbs? Thanks!

    • Mel says:

      You could certainly try – the graham cracker crumbs act as a binder (replacing some of the flour) so the finer ground the cornflakes are the better.

  19. Brittany C says:

    Oh, Mel, these are straight up trouble! I can’t wait to try them!

  20. Jenn W says:

    You are a genius!!

  21. Bri says:

    Do you use milk chocolate or semisweet with this recipe?

  22. Dixie says:

    My kids just saw this and nearly died and are now begging me to make them. Hey, I wouldn’t want to disappoint the kids! 🙂

  23. lauren says:

    what an exciting way to spend this Monday morn–making these beauties! I’m so thrilled that they look exactly like the picture & that they taste like the most delish cookie imaginable. (this recipe is perfection.) I can’t wait to serve them tonight to some people stopping by to visit!

  24. Nicole H says:

    I forget about how much I like butterscotch chips in cookies until I see a recipe like this. They look amazing!

  25. Helen says:

    Thank you a million times thank you… This week is crunch time and I am commited to making 4 dozen rolls and 6 dozen cookies every day so that I will be ready for the missionary send off on Sunday .. I am adding these to the list of cookies I will be making!! If you have any recommendations on which roll recipe is your favorite for making in large volume (I’m thinking the French bread rolls) or favorite crowd pleasers for cookies I’m taking input from you … And any other readers that see this. The baking begins today !!! Thanks for being here … You will be saving me this week because I already have so many to choose from thanks to you

    • Mel says:

      Good luck, Helen! You’ll do great. I highly recommend those French Bread rolls – they are the ones I would choose!

      • Helen says:

        16 dozen French bread rolls made today. I’m going to do at least that many more. Getting started tonight on cookies.. For a little diversion. Have you tried freezing these cookies (7 layer cookies) ? Do they freeze ok?

  26. Christine says:

    Personally, I’m dying to try these with peanut butter chips instead of butterscotch, although I’m sure butterscotch are delicious too!

  27. Barb says:

    Hi Mel What would you think of those brickle bits in these? I think my gang would like that. Also- our 4th of July was great, thanks to your menu planner. I made the patriotic layered drinks in those tall slim mason jars with striped straws. absolute hit!

  28. Laurel says:

    The award for super genius cookie maker goes to…. Mel! You’ve out done yourself with this one. Wow! Totally making these right now! I love the bar form. I’m applauding you right now.

  29. Nicole Hunn says:

    Ooooh I like the way you think, my friend. These look amazing….

  30. meg says:

    This is everything I love stuffed and transformed into one cookie! Can’t wait to try them!!

  31. Kim in MD says:

    These look amazing, Mel!

  32. These look like everything a cookie should be! Yum. Pinning.
    Have a beautiful Monday Mel!

  33. Karina says:

    These look so delicious! Do you think there is any substitute for butterscotch chips? I don’t think I can get them where I live. Thanks so much for this recipe!

  34. Sheila says:

    Do you really think I am going to be glad that you get a good night’s sleep now after creating such a delicious looking cookie?? 🙂 We had such a wonderful 3 day weekend gathering with family and friends with your dishes being up front and center. My family and friends thank you for your giving heart.

    • Sheila says:

      The recipes you create are superb! I purposely made these for a camping trip because cookies are my least favorite dessert and I wouldn’t be tempted to indulge. Well that strategy “flew right out the window” (or should I say oven) when these came out of the oven. They are everything you stated and more! We leave tomorrow and I am not sure there will be any left to go with us. 🙁 How can I sincerely say thank you when I am “not a happy camper” nor will my crew be if there are no cookies for the camping trip? First time I have ever been tempted to indulge in cookies.

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