Gingerbread Magic Cookies

December 8, 2013
Love magic cookies?  Then you'll go crazy for this gingerbread Christmas version of the classic!  That's right, it's Gingerbread Magic Cookies, complete with a gingerbread crust, cinnamon chips, and white chocolate.  It's just as good as the original ... hmmmm, perhaps even better!

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It just so happens that classic 7-Layer {Magic} Cookies are a staple of my mother-in-law's Christmas day cookie tray.  So when I decided to mess around with the original classic magic cookie recipe to create a more "Christmas-y" version, I braced myself to catch some grief from my husband.

I mean, mess with a classic from his Mom?  What was I thinking, right?

Well, apparently I was thinking great things.

When I decided to mess around with the original classic magic cookie recipe to create a more "Christmas-y" version, I braced myself to catch some grief from my husband. 

Because this gingerbread version of magic cookies received absolutely rave reviews from the hubby.  And, dare I say, they even received rave reviews from my mother-in-law herself.

I'm always a little nervous to give out the first bite of a new creation I'm developing ... and then, I'm always so relieved and happy to get a positive reaction.  And these cookies, my friends, got a very positive reaction indeed.  

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As you probably know, the original, classic version of magic cookies uses graham cracker crumbs as the base.  The crumbs are then topped with layers of coconut, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and chopped pecans.

All this is held together by an ooey-gooey layer of sweetened condensed milk that's oh-so good.

When everything bakes up, the ingredients "magically" come together into the gooey magic cookie deliciousness we know and love.

The cinnamon chips play up and enhance the fabulous gingerbread flavor, while the white chocolate chips bring great sweetness.

For this gingerbread version, I used crushed gingersnaps in the crust layer instead of the traditional graham crackers.  I also used a different crust preparation method to make the crust a little bit thicker.

Then, I changed out the chocolate and butterscotch chips for cinnamon and white chocolate chips.  The cinnamon chips play up and enhance the fabulous gingerbread flavor, while the white chocolate chips bring great sweetness.

All of this, of course, is still bound together and oozing with the original layer of ooey-gooey sweetened condensed milk.

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The result?

I'm thrilled to say, the combination turned out mmmmm, mmmmmm delicious ... hubby and mom-in-law approved.

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Yes, we're in love with this Christmas version of the classic magic cookie, complete with its gingerbread crust, cinnamon chips, and white chocolate chips.  They're the perfect little bite for all those Christmas cookie exchanges and cookie trays.

And I'm thinking this year our family's Christmas day cookie tray might just have to include both the classic and gingerbread magic cookies.

They're both so good, I don't think anyone will mind.

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Gingerbread Magic Cookies
Source:  A Tracey creation
(Printable recipe)
  1. Cream butter with an electric mixer; stir in gingersnap crumbs, flour, and baking powder. Press evenly into the bottom of a 9x13" baking dish coated with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Sprinkle coconut evenly over gingersnap crust; repeat with cinnamon chips and white chocolate chips. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly on top. Sprinkle chopped pecans evenly over the condensed milk.
  3. Bake at 325 degrees for about 30 minutes. Let cool completely in the baking dish. Cut into small squares.
*Process gingersnap cookies in a food processor, or crush in a zip-top bag with a meat mallet.


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  1. No one will object! These sound like such a yummy twist!!!

  2. These look so good! I LOVE Magic cookies, and just got the recipe from my mother-in-law to make them for my husband this year! I love your spin on them!!!! They sound so good!

  3. I love this Christmas-y twist on magic cookies. They sound so good and look beautiful, too.

  4. Tracey, these look so amazing!! Pinning and can't wait to try soon. ~Erin

  5. These are magical! Thanks for sharing on the Monday Funday link party!

  6. Just made these yummy treats. Will definitely be one of my Christmas favs from now on!

  7. These sound perfect for my baking list! I love the cutting board! I need one!! Thanks for taking the time to come over and link up! Hope to see you back tomorrow!

  8. Those look delicious! I printed your recipe and plan to make these for our New Year's party! :-)

    I really enjoyed browsing your site, lots of good recipes and good pictures too. Visit my site sometime if you get a chance.

    Happy new Year!

    Michael :-)

  9. What a fabulous recipe, and I love the cutting board too! Your photos are absolutely beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing these scrumptious bars with us at Saturday Night Fever :)

  10. My family's winter gathering is Dec. 17; my brother-in-law, who loves every kind of sweet treat available, is going to love these--as in, I'd probably better make two pans of them so that the rest of us get some, and he can have a pan for himself (sharing a little with my sister, of course...AHEM!). I love gingerbread and gingersnaps, so will enjoy this, too :-)

  11. Oh my! Can this really be as delicious as it sounds? Gonna give this a try.

  12. Hi! If you make these in advance (say on a Tuesday night for a party that's on Thursday night) how would you keep them? Refrigerated? Room temp? Or should I freeze them? I can't wait to serve these to my coworkers- I know they'll love them! Thanks!



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