Red Velvet 7 Layer Bars

Janet G.

These deliciously sweet bars from Janet G. are the Undeniably Dairy judge’s choice winner for the 2023 Holiday Cookie Recipe Contest! This holiday take on a classic 7 layer bar packs the perfect amount of real butter, cream cheese and milk into seven layers of red velvet goodness.
25 min Prep Time
55 min Cook Time
  • Prep Time: 25 min
  • Cook Time: 55 min
  • Servings: 3 1/2 Dozen Cookies

Servings: 3 1/2 Dozen Cookies


  • Cookies

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon red liquid food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Glaze

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted


Step 1

Heat oven to 350°. Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.

Step 2

Add butter and chocolate to a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave just until melted and smooth, stirring every 20-30 seconds. Whisk in sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, whisking just until blended, followed by food coloring and vanilla.

Step 3

Whisk flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Gradually stir dry ingredients into chocolate mixture until all combined. Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs when inserted into center of bars, about 25-30 minutes.

Step 4

While bars are baking, mix sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese together in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth.

Step 5

Remove bars from oven. Evenly sprinkle with coconut, white chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Pour sweetened condensed milk mixture evenly over the top. Return to oven and bake until top is just beginning to brown, about 20-25 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

Step 6

For glaze, beat cream cheese and butter together in a small bowl until well combined. Gradually beat in powdered sugar. Warm glaze in microwave, 20-30 seconds, until it is pourable. Drizzle over top of cooled bars and sprinkle with chopped pecans. Store in refrigerator. Serve chilled or at room temperature.