Thursday, April 24, 2014

Golden Coconut Bars

It was only until recently I started liking coconut. Growing up, I think I might have lumped it in the same group as broccoli and cauliflower.

But now, I'm really digging it. I've always liked the flavor, but the texture of the coconut bothered me. Even though I will probably still pass on a piece of coconut cake, I would never pass on Samoas cookies. I mean, those are "hide the box" kind of cookies for me. Mmmmm.

So when I saw this recipe for Golden Coconut Bars, I thought by adding some chocolate I could kinda re-create that famous Girl Scout cookie flavor that I so love. While it's not the exact thing, it's pretty close.

Golden Coconut Bars
Recipe slightly adapted from The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion 

For the crust:
4 tablespoons butter, unsalted
1/4 cup brown sugar
Heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
1 cup all-purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x9-inch pan. Set aside.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, salt, baking powder and coconut extract. Add the flour and beat until combined. The dough will be stiff. Press the dough into the prepared pan and bake the crust for 10-13 minutes, until it's a light and golden brown. Remove it from the oven and set aside.

For the topping:
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
Heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups shredded sweetened coconut, lightly packed
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1 cup mini chocolate chips
3/4 cup chopped toasted salted pecans

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat the brown sugar, eggs, and salt together. Then stir in coconut, flour, extract, and chocolate chips. Spread the topping on the crust, spreading it out as best as you can. Next, sprinkle with the pecans.

Return the pan to the oven and bake for 25 minutes, or until the topping starts to bubble along the edge of the pan. Remove and cool slightly, then cut into bars for serving.



  1. Adding chocolate is always the best idea! Especially with coconut. Also, I nominated you for the Liebster award - you don't have to participate, but I wanted to let you know!

  2. My daughter is a coconut lover - this sounds great!

  3. I'm a total coconut addict. I love these bars!!!

  4. I love coconut! These look so good. Thank you for sharing!

  5. These bars look incredible Shannon! I am a coconut lover and these bars are definitely calling my name especially since they have toasted pecans too! Sounds so awesome!

  6. Coconut has always been my favorite... these bars have me drooling!

  7. Shannon, you are too funny... I have become the same! I have a new love for coconut, too! Now, I'm dying to try these decadent bars!

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