Gelt Magic Bars
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Recipe courtesy of Amy Stevenson for Food Network Kitchen

Gelt Magic Bars

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 50 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 20 bars
These sweet Hanukkah treats come together quickly and are easy to transport to a party or school event. The bars are quite gooey so be sure to let them cool completely before cutting. There are a lot of fun holiday sprinkle blends available online or you can make your own.



  1. Position an oven rack on the lowest position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving overhang two opposite sides (to help remove the bars later) and butter the foil.
  2. Combine the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter in a medium bowl. Toss together with a fork to coat evenly, then press into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the top and spread gently with the back of a spoon or an offset spatula so as not to disturb the crust. Arrange 20 of the gelt pieces in a 5-by-4 grid (5 on the long end of the pan, 4 on the short). Sprinkle with the walnuts, then the white chocolate chips, coconut and finally the sprinkles. 
  3. Bake until set, golden around the edges and the coconut is lightly toasted, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and arrange the remaining 20 gelt pieces in another 5-by-4 grid on top, pressing gently. Bake just until the gelt softens and adheres to the coconut, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool completely, at least 2 hours (see Cook's Note). Remove from the pan using the overhang and place on a cutting board. Cut into 20 bars, so each has a piece of gelt on top.  

Cook’s Note

Hanukkah sprinkle blends are labeled as such and easy to find online during the holiday season. Or you can mix up your own blend using assorted blue and white sprinkles, nonpareils and sanding sugar. Once cooled, the bars can be refrigerated up to 2 days, either before or after being cut.