Coconut Dream Bars

By Posie (Harwood) Brien
March 18, 2015

Author Notes: This classic back of the box recipe (adapted from the Baker's Angel Flake coconut bag) gets a modern makeover with flaked unsweetened coconut.Posie (Harwood) Brien

Makes: 9 bars

For the shortbread layer

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

For the coconut layer

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat your oven to 350° F and line a 8-inch square pan with a parchment sling. Grease the parchment liberally (YOLO).
  2. Mix together the softened butter, flour, and brown sugar. Press the dough into the base of your pan, making sure to keep the layer even. Prick the dough in several places with a fork.
  3. Bake the bottom layer for 15 minutes.
  4. In a stand mixer, beat the two eggs on high until very pale and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Add the brown sugar and beat for several minutes, until light and thick.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Add it to the egg mixture along with the coconut, vanilla, and nuts. Mix until thoroughly blended.
  6. Pour the coconut mixture over the shortbread crust. Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly golden brown around the edges. Let cool, then slice and remove from pan.

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Reviews (10) Questions (0)


Gabriela December 25, 2016
Excellent! Even better when you substitute chocolate chips for the walnuts.
Vicki April 28, 2016
I'm back to say it worked. I baked them an additional 8 minutes and pressed the bars down. Now they are more like cookies, crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle. Lovely!
Vicki April 28, 2016
The bars have a nice flavor, but came out too sticky and have an under cooked taste? I'm going to try baking the cut bars some more hoping to make them more dry and crunchy. I did the full baking time on both parts of the recipe and my oven is perfectly calibrated.
Jeffrey B. March 30, 2016
Made this the other day. The only change I made was I added melted 4 oz chocolate bakers to the top. Nice little candy bar
Trav W. February 16, 2016
My grandmother used to make these & they were my favorite. Been looking for a recipe. Thank you!