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

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!

Yield: 24 bars


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


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.
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.
To make the filling, combine coconut and cream of coconut in a medium bowl; set aside.
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.
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. The bars can be refrigerated in an air-tight container for up to 5 days.

20 Responses to “Coconut Dream Bars”

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    Junia @ Mis Pensamientos — April 11, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    mmmm coconut bars sound delicious right now~~~ :)

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    simplynutritiouskate — April 11, 2011 @ 10:19 am

    I love coconut and these bars look totally dreamy 😉

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    Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 — April 11, 2011 @ 10:50 am

    That gooey coconut topping looks incredible.

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    freshandfoodie — April 11, 2011 @ 11:34 am

    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.

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    KitchenGeisha — April 11, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    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. 😀

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    Michelle — April 11, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

    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!

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    Susi's Kochen und Backen — April 11, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

    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!

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    Amy — April 11, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

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

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    Jenny — April 11, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

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

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    Ellie — April 11, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

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

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    happywhennothungry — April 11, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

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

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    sweetlife — April 11, 2011 @ 6:40 pm

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


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    Kankana — April 11, 2011 @ 7:53 pm

    I am drooling on it .. such a mouthwatering dessert :)

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    katshealthcorner — April 11, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

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

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    Livy — April 11, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

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

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    Maria — April 11, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

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

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    Honey @ Honey, What's Cooking — April 11, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

    This looks amazing… i love coconut bars.

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    Sara — April 12, 2011 @ 10:14 am

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

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    alisueonthemove — April 12, 2011 @ 11:25 am

    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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