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Pina Colada 7 Layer Hello Dolly Bars

 “Pina Colada 7 Layer, Hello Dolly Bars are filled with macadamias, dried pineapple, white chocolate, coconut and rum. These decadent bars are better than drinking out of a coconut.”
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In my never ending quest to fill my body with as much sugar as I can before I die, (just kidding mom) I must admit to loving 7 layer, hello dolly bars. My mother didn’t bake many sweets other than a Heath bar cake, chocolate chip cookies and yes….7 layer magic bars. I think those might have even been my first introduction to coconut which I detested, until I devoured these.

I have lots of variations of 7 layer bars that I’ve baked over the years, but I’ve never done a tropical version. Last summer I found myself with macadamia nuts that needed to be used and dried pineapple leftover from some granola I had made. With company coming I concocted this quick dessert, served it with pineapple sorbet and it was a winner. Perfect after a BBQ; the kids enjoyed these 7 layer bars just like cookies.

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So why now am I sharing these tropical delights? Well, they are a perfect sweet in the dead of winter when one might be dreaming of warm Hawaiian breezes and sand in one’s toes. They also are a great bar to serve on a buffet and I suspect some folks out East may be planning something for the Super Bowl. Maybe out West, too! Easily assembled in 15 minutes or less, these are almost like biting into a pina colada. Yes, there is a bit of rum in there and yes, you can leave it out, but frankly I think it cuts the sweetness of the bars.

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These 7 layer bars are loaded with macadamias, white chocolate, dried pineapple and coconut. And yes…that touch of rum. Many recipes call for crushed pineapple and maraschino cherries but this isn’t the direction I chose to take. I like the crunch of the nuts, the chew of the pineapple and yes…that rum. These are sweet so I like using salted macadamias because it helps cut down the sweet factor just a bit. And the coconut? I prefer to use the dried coconut shavings but any coconut will do. Don’t have macadamias? Cashews will work and so will any other nut.

Give these a try. Aloha!

Here are a few more Pina Colada ideas:

Pina Colada Bundt Cake from Inside BruCrew Life
Pina Colada Sorbet from Tidy Mom
Coconut Pineapple Popsicles from Saving Room for Dessert

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A Few More 7 Layer Bars:

Yield: 1 13 x 9 PanAuthor: Abbe OdenwalderPrint Recipe

Pina Colada 7 Layer Bars

prep time: 15 MINScook time: 25 MINStotal time: 40 mins
Pina Colada 7 Layer, Hello Dolly Bars are filled with macadamias, dried pineapple, white chocolate, coconut and rum. These decadent bars are better than drinking out of a coconut.


  • 1 4 oz stick of butter
  • 1 3/4 c graham crackers crumbs
  • 1 14 oz can condensed milk
  • 2 T dark rum (optional)
  • 1 c white chocolate chips
  • 1 c dried pineapple chunks
  • 1 c chopped salted macadamias
  • 1 c flaked unsweetened coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Place 13 x 9 pan in oven with  1 stick of butter. Let butter melt in pan. This takes about 5 minutes. Don’t let it burn!
  3. Slide melted butter around pan and make sure pan is covered with butter. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs on top of butter and distribute evenly. Pat down gently as this will be your crust.
  4. Mix rum, (if using) into condensed milk. Pour mixture evenly over crumbs in pan.
  5. Sprinkle with white chocolate chips.  Sprinkle that layer with pineapple. Sprinkle pineapple with nuts. And finally sprinkle with coconut flakes.
  6. Bake about 25 minutes or until the edges of the pan start turning golden. The bars will be bubbly. I cool them in the fridge before slicing into bars.


I have been know to be generous with the toppings. If you think you want more chocolate or coconut or whatever, don't be afraid. It is perfectly acceptable to add more! Just remember the crust has to hold the weight...unless of course you want to eat these with a fork!
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  • Reply
    Tricia Buice
    January 31, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Wow! These sound fantastic! Makes me want to sit on the beach 🙂 Pinning!

    • Reply
      Abbe Odenwalder
      February 2, 2018 at 10:42 pm

      Thanks Tricia! Wish I was on the beach right now!

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    Kitchen Riffs
    January 31, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    Pina Colada 7 Layer Hello Dolly Bars? Wow, what a name! And what terrific looking grub, too. It was close to 60 today, but it's going to snow tomorrow. So I need some of these, and soon. 🙂

    • Reply
      Abbe Odenwalder
      February 2, 2018 at 10:43 pm

      Sounds like you do. Any 7 layer bar would hit the spot with me!

  • Reply
    Liz Berg
    February 1, 2018 at 12:12 am

    Oooh, any 7-layer bar gets my attention, but these Pina Colada bars are extra enticing!!!

    • Reply
      Abbe Odenwalder
      February 2, 2018 at 10:43 pm

      I so agree Liz. I am not picky when t comes to 7 layer bars!

  • Reply
    Holly @
    February 1, 2018 at 3:22 am

    Being generous with the toppings sounds like a great plan! I have a trip to Hawaii planned for later this year. These treats will have to do until then. : )

    • Reply
      Abbe Odenwalder
      February 2, 2018 at 10:44 pm

      Wish you'd throw me in the suitcase! It has been a long time since we've been there!

  • Reply
    Angie Schneider
    February 1, 2018 at 5:55 am

    These bars look super duper delicious and would be a hit at our home too.

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    Healthy World Cuisine
    February 1, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Really ready for anything tropical to help keep our mind off that white stuff on the ground. Looks so delicious and love macadamia nuts.

    • Reply
      Abbe Odenwalder
      February 2, 2018 at 10:45 pm

      I'm not sure these fall under Healthy World Cuisine, but they sure are good. And macadamia nut are pretty good for you, right?

  • Reply
    Chris Scheuer
    February 1, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Yum! I think these would be wonderful any time of year!

  • Reply
    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    February 1, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    Where's my ukulele? What a great spin on Hello Dolly bars, Abbe!

    • Reply
      Abbe Odenwalder
      February 2, 2018 at 10:46 pm

      Thanks Susan! I actually have a ukelele on my son's dresser!

  • Reply
    Ruby & Cake
    February 2, 2018 at 1:27 am

    These sound insanely delicious! I have never heard of hello dolly bars but I adore the name!!

    • Reply
      Abbe Odenwalder
      February 2, 2018 at 10:47 pm

      We always called them 7 layer bars or Magic Bars but it seems Google has other ideas! In any case, you are right! They are insanely delicious!

  • Reply
    Gerlinde de Broekert
    February 2, 2018 at 5:37 am

    I love the name and the looks of your Hello Dolly bars. Scrumptious!

  • Reply
    Sippity Sup
    February 2, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    Even as sophisticated adults with grownup palates it's those simple desserts that we loved as kids we will forever be most fond of. For me it's butterscotch pudding! GREG

    • Reply
      Abbe Odenwalder
      February 2, 2018 at 10:49 pm

      Jeez, you just reminded me that I always had to stir that pudding over the stove. Seems like it took forever. We did have that often! And the jello that split into three sections!

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    Gingi Freeman
    February 3, 2018 at 3:59 am

    Omg, these look so tasty good!!!! I want! <3 –

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    February 9, 2018 at 3:31 am

    I don't think you could get more decadent than this. These bars are awesome and quite dangerous for a sugar addict like me.

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