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7 Layer Cookies (Healthy)

7 layer cookies are an indulgent treat that combines ingredients like cashew nuts, coconut, chocolate chips, and coconut cream. Each bite offers the perfect balance between sweet and nutty elements. Whether you’re baking for a special occasion or just craving something sweet, these healthy cookies won’t disappoint!
Course:Dessert
Cuisine:American
Keywords:7 layer cookies, baking recipes, Cookies, healthy, Hello Dolly cookies, magic cookies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cooling time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16 cookies
Calories258.8 kcal
Cost $ 0.75 per cookie

Equipment

  • 1 large baking sheet
  • 1 Ice cream scoop
  • 1 large mixing bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups cashew nuts You can use almonds or walnuts as an alternative.
  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened coconut flakes Shredded coconut can also be used.
  • ¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips and/or dark chocolate -- for a vegan recipe, use a vegan chocolate -- other options are a mix of butterscotch chips or peanut butter chips with the chocolate chips but try to keep the ¾ cup measurement as the total.
  • cup almond flour You can also try gluten-free oat flour!
  • 1 cup coconut cream NOT cream of coconut which is also known as Coco Lopez – If you make this healthy version with coconut cream, add one large egg, at room temperature, to this recipe to act as a binder. However, if you prefer to make the old-fashioned version of the magic cookie bar recipe use the same amount of sweetened condensed milk (or for a vegan/dairy-free version, sweetened condensed coconut milk) but skip the egg.
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract Almond extract can be used for a nuttier flavor.
  • 5 tablespoon light brown sugar or Swerve brown for a low-carb version – If using either sweetened condensed milk or coconut sweetened condensed milk, skip the sugar.

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and reserve.
  • In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together very well. TIP: If you adding an egg to this recipe, add the egg to the bowl first, whisk it with the vanilla very well for a few seconds, and then mix in the remaining ingredients with a spatula or wooden spoon until homogeneous. This will prevent your cookies from tasting eggy!
  • The mixture will be sticky! Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the cookie mixture onto the lined baking sheet, making sure to keep each about 2 inches apart. Gently flatten their tops with the palm of your hand.
  • Bake for 20-28 minutes or until lightly golden brown or top and set. After baking, if the condensed milk has spread, take a spoon and gently push it towards the cookie.
  • Transfer the baking sheet to a rack and let the cookies cool for at least 10 minutes: otherwise, they will fall apart. Gently remove them with a metal spatula and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Storage 
If you have extra 7 layer cookies or want to make them ahead of time, here’s how to store them: 
  • Fridge: Store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. 
  • Freezer: Freeze them for up to one month.

Nutrition

Calories: 258.8kcal | Carbohydrates: 15.6g | Protein: 4.8g | Fat: 21.2g | Saturated Fat: 12.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4.3g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 0.5mg | Sodium: 6.9mg | Potassium: 224.9mg | Fiber: 3.2g | Sugar: 8.2g | Vitamin A: 4.2IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 26.4mg | Iron: 2.2mg

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