Friday, May 6, 2011

Coconut-y Caramel-y Cookie Bars

I am one of the only people in my house who like coconut. The smell, taste, and texture all can send me into a tailspin of overeating faster than the stress of a high school reunion.

There had been a bag of coconut sitting in my cupboard for almost two months. I had originally bought it to make some cute Easter treats, but since I am one of the only people in my house that like coconut, it sat unopened. Every time I opened the door to get any baking supply it would call my name. So today I embraced my cocnut fever and made these cookie bars. When baked, the center of these bars come out somewhat gooey and caramel-esque in flavor, therefore the name of the post.

I hope you enjoy making these as much as I enjoyed eating them!

1 ½ to 2 cups of coconut
2 cups of packed brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp sea salt
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup butter
Cooking spray
3 beaten room temp eggs

First thing you will do is make your cookie’s crust. Preheat your oven to 350. Add ½ cup of the brown sugar, the flour, and butter in a large mixing bowl. Beat with a mixer on low speed until the mix becomes fine and smooth. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray, and using a spoon or spatula, press mixture into the bottom of the pan, coating as evenly as possible. Bake this for 10-15 minutes, until nicely browned.

While this is baking, combine your eggs, the rest of the brown sugar, vanilla, salt, baking powder, and coconut together in a mixing bowl. I use a mixer to combine everything together besides the coconut, preferring to add it last with a spoon to keep the texture of the coconut.

Using your spatula or spoon again, spread the coconut mix over the cookie crust.

Bake an additional 20-25 minutes. You will need to wait until this is cool to the touch to cut, and make sure that you are using a sharp knife, or your pieces will come out wonky. (Then you will have to make the ultimate sacrifice for your family and re-cut them all, eating the scraps so that they look perfect!)


  1. Yummy!BTW, Happy Friday Blog Hop! I am your newest follower, hope you could visit mine and follow as well, tnx!

  2. Hi! I'm a new follower from Alexa's Blog Hop! Hope you follow back. :)
    YUMMY!!!! I love all things coconut!

  3. This looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe. New follower from 'TGIF' blog hop. Hope you can come by & follow my blog at
    Many blessings, Barbara

  4. Now these are just naughty but look incredibly divine!

    Found you on TGIF blog hop.

    CJ xx

  5. This looks absolutely divine! I am going to have to try this recipe! I love coconut! Glad I found you from the Alexa hop!

    Crunchy Frugalista

  6. Yummy!
    I am a new gfc follower from the Feed Me Friday Blog Hop
    stop by and visit me at ~Mommy's Moments~


  7. I am sure they are delicious but ever since I was little I hated coconut it made me feel like I was eating grass. ;) But again I'm sure they are wonderful.
    I am following you via TGIF blog hop. Please follow me.

  8. I luv coconut too but rarely ever get the chance to eat it because I'm the only in my house that likes it as well - this recipe sounds delicious :D
    Saying thanks for stopping by WynnieBee and joining in on Foto Friday.

    Have a wonderful weekend !

  9. This looks so yummy! I would put coconut on anything and eat it :)
    Visiting from a blog hop,
    Following you from

  10. Stopping by to say hello and I double checked to make sure I was following you on all ways possible and I am. I would appreciate it if you could check to see if you are following me on Facebook. That is my greatest weaknessa and could really use the help. Thanks so much for the help!


  11. hello following from the hop great blog look forward to reading more of your posts

  12. Yummy! I love coconut so much I doubt it would've survived in my cupboard for two months. I would've been snacking on it the whole time and had none left to actually cook with.

  13. WOW - if these dont look divine I don't know what does!! :)
    This would be perfect for my Foodie Friday linky party - pop on over to link up!

  14. mmmmmm...looks great and would go perfect with a cuppa joe!

  15. I'm finally catching up on Mel's Fancy Friday Blog Hop and have followed you via GFC.
    Happy Mother's Day! :-)

  16. Hola! My grandma used to make something yummy like this. Now I have found a great recipe for them! Thanks :)

    BTW' I found you at Stalk Hop Friday. Darling blog you have here.

    Flora Loveday

  17. Mmmm! That looks delicious! My husband loves coconut!

  18. Hi! I'm a new follower from the TGIF hop! Thanks for participating. If you aren't already following me I would love it if you would!

    PS. Those look SOOO good!

  19. These look really good! I want some now, lol. Thank you for linking up at NOBH. I hope you will grab a button for your sidebar. Have a wonderful day.

  20. I am your newest follower from the blog hop! Please follow me back :o)

  21. This looks so good,Im sure Im missing out being Im allergic to coconut! I am your newest follower from no ordinary blog hop.I hope you will follow back

  22. I love coconut and cannot wait to try these. They look incredible.

  23. Those look *fantastic*! I <3 cookie bars :) Will HAVE to try this recipe and, of course, follow you! :D

    I really like your blog - I'm trying to get mine off the ground and was wondering if you could come check it out and consider following.

    Hope you have an *amazing* day! :)


  24. Oh my god, these look incredible!! So good, I'll have to try them! Found you from the All Week Blog Hop and am glad I did! Am a happy new follower!