Coconut Dream Bars

These rich and nutty Coconut Dream Bars truly are a dream come true! Buttery shortbread crust with a gooey coconut and rich chocolate topping, it doesn’t get much better than this! These dream bars are unbelievably easy to make just. I whipped these up for my coworkers last week as a Thursday pick me up. Everyone loved them and they were gone before lunch time!

Coconut Dream Bars

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For the Crust: 

  • 2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces and chilled

For the Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup cream of coconut (you can find this in the baking aisle)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9 by 13 inch metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up two sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.) Butter the parchment.
  2. In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, process the flour, sugar, pecan and salt until the pecans are coarsely ground, about 10 seconds, Add the butter and pulse until the mixture looks like coarse meal, about 10 seconds. Press the mixture into the prepared baking pan, pressing it down firmly. Bake for 20 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. Cool for 20 minutes before adding the filling.
  3. To make the filling, combine coconut and cream of coconut in a medium bowl; set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder, vanilla and salt until smooth. Add the pecans and chocolate chips and stir until combined. Spread the filling over the cooled crust. Distribute the coconut mixture in dollops over the filling. Spread into an even layer.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until topping is a deep golden brown, 30-40 minutes. Let cool completely in pan.  Once cool lift out of pan using the parchment and cut into 24 pieces.

Source: 52 Kitchen Adventures originally from America’s Test Kitchen

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20 Responses to Coconut Dream Bars

  1. mmmm coconut bars sound delicious right now~~~ 🙂

  2. I love coconut and these bars look totally dreamy 😉

  3. That gooey coconut topping looks incredible.

  4. Shortbread AND coconut?! Now you’re talking. I’ve always loved coconut, although it seems to be one of those things that you like or you don’t. These look fantastic.

  5. OOH! I wish I had seen these before I made my cookies today! As my youngest is nut allergic I can’t use the nuts, but that shouldn’t matter too much with the overall taste. These look amazing.. Now I want one. 😀

  6. Michelle says:

    Yum, I love how many coconut recipes you have. I think I’ve bookmarked every single one. Now I just have to get baking!

    PS… I added you to my blogroll today. Yay!

  7. You can never go wrong with coconut in my book and these bars do look dreamy. I’m printing them out asap, they are making my mouth water!

  8. Amy says:

    Looks like you’re on a coconut kick! Pretty great idea. These look sooo decadant. Yum 🙂

  9. Jenny says:

    Omg those cookies look so decadent. I love how they have pecans, those are most definitely my favorite nuts 😀

  10. Ellie says:

    yummy~~it looks delicious girl! kinda looks like Hannah’s bars 😀 of course, different ingredients.

  11. Wow! I’m loving all your coconut recipes lately. They definitely put me in the mood for warm weather. Looks delicious!

  12. sweetlife says:

    lucky co workers, I love coconut but with pecans and chocolate…heaven!!

    sweetlife

  13. Kankana says:

    I am drooling on it .. such a mouthwatering dessert 🙂

  14. That looks AMAZING!!! 😀 I LOVE COCONUT! 😀

  15. Livy says:

    omg these really do look like dream bars! I absolutely LOVEanything with coconut…and pecans, these really look bomb!

  16. Maria says:

    I’m obsessed with coconut lately! Love these bars!

  17. This looks amazing… i love coconut bars.

  18. Sara says:

    A Thursday pick-me-up? Wish I had that. These look wonderful and so chewy!

  19. I wish that I would have seen this yesterday! I was craving coconut and make peanut butter/coconut cookies and they did not turn out too well. I will be putting cream of coconut on my shopping list and these will be made hopefully on Thursday! Thank you so much, LOVE you blog!!

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