Butter Coconut Bars

Buttery, sweet coconut bars!

Butter Coconut Bars are for the coconut lover in your life. Buttery, sweet and packed with as much coconut as I could get in there!

I know coconut is one of those things people love or hate. From what I hear, it all comes back to texture.

I get it…I am not going to tell you how to live your life. But I, personally, think you’re wrong.

Also, I have been known to be a little bossy.

Anyhow, if you’re on the right side of this argument, the coconut side (obvi), you’re gonna be fully into today’s recipe. Let’s all live our best life, k?

Buttery, sweet coconut bars!

Also, let me just add, besides coconut, there is butter, sugar, and freaking sweetened condensed milk in these beauty queen bars. And while, if you’re just diving into the coconut world, these might not be the first step. Start with a pina coloda, then a Samoa, and you’ll be with me in no time.

These bars are definitely end-game material.

Are you with me yet?

The crust is a breeze to make. It’s just flour, brown sugar and butter!

Buttery, sweet coconut bars!

You’ll press that into a pan and bake it for a few minutes.

The coconut layer is simple too. No mixer required for this recipe.

Buttery, sweet coconut bars!

Once you have the filling mixed together, which is a custardy-coconut type situation you’ll pour it on top of the crust.

And then add more…coconut, of course.

Buttery, sweet coconut bars!

Pop it into the oven!

Buttery, sweet coconut bars!

And you’ll need to let them cool completely before cutting into bars. You could chill them too…they would be great cold.

Buttery, sweet coconut bars!

And then have a bite. You earned it.

Buttery, sweet coconut bars!

These are rich, and sweet, and perfectly delicious.


Butter Coconut Bars

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 30 bars 1x



  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup salted butter, melted

Coconut Layer

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 (14- ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salted butter, melted
  • 4 cups sweetened flaked coconut, divided (this equals one 14- ounce bag)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13 baking dish with aluminum foil and spray only the sides of the pan. Set aside.


  1. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar and butter. Press evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Reduce the oven heat to 325°F. Transfer the pan to a wire rack.

Coconut Layer

  1. While the crust is baking, in a large bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla, sweetened condensed milk, brown sugar, flour and butter until smooth. Stir in 3 cups of the coconut and spread the mixture onto the warm crust. Sprinkle the remaining cup of coconut evenly on top and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden and the center is set.
  2. Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting.


recipe slightly adapted from Taste of Home


31 Responses

  1. Mash

    Hi this looks so good – we don’t get sweetened coconut where I live just plain scrapped coconut do u think I should increase the sugar then

    1. Shelly

      That’s a great question! What you cold do it toss your coconut in some powdered sugar to coat it and use that. But even if you used unsweetened coconut it would still be great!

    2. Nan

      Hi Mash – using unsweetened would be fine – there is enough sugar in the recipe that you will hardly notice – in fact I am now only using unsweetened coconut in cookies and pie and it has not affected the recipe…

        1. bert small

          have no spray can I use shortening instead…..they look so good….first time for seeing your post….love all the pages…thank you for posting….going to try every last thing….

  2. Sallie

    Please if possible could you come up with recipes for dieters and those with diabetes? I am both but love coconut. And possibly add serving and calorie and nutritional count. Thank you very much.

  3. Kim D

    Looks delicious!!! Unfortunately I’m the only one who likes coconut in my house, can this recipe be cut in half and made in a 9×9 pan?

  4. I love coconut! I wish I knew more people who liked it so I could have someone to help me eat these. (I mean, not that I need help but it might not be good for me to eat them all…)

  5. Mary

    I just made these Butter Coconut Bars. The recipe is good except for one thing. The crust says to add 1 cup melted buter…no, no, no. You will end ou with a batter. Just add 1/2 cup butter (only 1 stick, not 2). I had to throw mine away and start over.

    1. Shelly

      Sorry you had a strange experience! I always make the recipe as written…with 1 cup melted butter in the crust.

    2. Arlene

      I had exactly the same problem. Very greasy gooey “crust”. And I baked it longer. My crust did not look crumbly like the photo.

  6. Meghan

    This looks insanely delicious, reminds me of a 7 layer bar without all the jam packed nuts and chocolate. Wondering if I could take out a third of the coconut and swap in some walnuts and chocolate chips. Thinking it might just become a gooey-er version of the 7 later bar. Excited to try!

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