Arabic Sweets (aka Baklava) Magic Bars


3 1/2 cups coarsely chopped Arabic sweets (baklava)

2 ounces unsalted butter, melted

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

2 cups white chocolate chips

1 1/3 cup coconut flakes

1 cup pistachios, toasted



Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (325 if using a glass dish).  Spray dish with non-stick spray. 

Coarsely chop up Arabic sweets (don't use a food processor, by hand is fine.  The crust should be somewhat chunky) and transfer to a medium sized bowl.  Add the melted butter and sugar.  Mix to combine. 

Firmly press crust mixture into the bottom of the prepared dish.   

Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over the crust.  Use a spatula to ensure it reaches the corners and sides of the dish. 

Evenly layer the white chocolate chips, coconut, and pistachios over the milk. 

Using the back of a fork press down firmly to compact. 

Bake for 20-25 minutes until slightly golden.

Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.  I find these are much easier to cut when cool.  Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes prior to serving.

 recipe adapted from Eagle Brand