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Chewy Coconut Bars

These Chewy Coconut Bars are so simple, sweet, perfectly chewy and loaded with natural coconut flavor. I love them so much I could eat one every day!

A stack of Chewy Coconut Bars

So I bake a lot. It’s not really a huge secret. And BECAUSE I bake so much I feel like my family has a skewed version of dessert reality.

IMPRESSING my kids and husband with sweet treats has become decidedly more difficult over the years. Not that everything I make is a total winner. Of course not. But the sheer volume of dessert in my house is probably a little larger than the average home. It’s the nature of the beast.

Anyhow, what I mean to say is that when something I make, makes everyone go back for seconds (or thirds) I know I done good. Which bring me to these Chewy Coconut Bars.

They’re total simple in flavors (and prep) but undeniably delicious…crackly on the top, perfect chewy edges and loaded with coconut!

The crazy best chewy coconut bars!

The batter goes together in a pinch.

And I know I will get questions here on this about the amount of sugar in these. There is 2 full cups. Some of you will ask if you can reduce that…the answer is yes and no.

Yes, you can reduce the sugar down, and use, say, 1 1/2 cups…but the sugar also affect the chewy texture of these bars too. So if you want the full chewy effect the answer is no. Get it?

The crazy best chewy coconut bars!

Also note, that the bars tend to rise a little higher on the outside and sink a touch in the middle when they bake. It’s ok…actually it’s preferred. Those edge pieces are golden, and this is coming from an “I hate brownie edges” girl. So believe.

The crazy best chewy coconut bars!

If you can stand it, let them cool all the way before you slice them.

The crazy best chewy coconut bars!

There won’t be a crumb left. There never is in my house!

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Chewy Coconut Bars

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 20 bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These Chewy Coconut Bars are so simple, sweet, perfectly chewy and loaded with natural coconut flavor. I love them so much I could eat one every day!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×9 baking dish with foil and coat with nonstick spray.
  2. In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium-low heat. Once butter is melted, continue cooking until it boils, swirling the pan constantly so the butter doesn’t burn. Slowly the butter will begin to brown. Once it has reached an amber color remove from the heat and stir in the brown sugar until completely combined. Using a rubber spatula stir in the eggs, vanilla, salt and baking powder.
  3. Next stir in the flour until incorporated and then finally the coconut.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes. The edges will be golden and the center will be almost set.
  5. Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting into squares.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 144
  • Sugar: 17 g
  • Sodium: 115.2 mg
  • Fat: 5.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 22.5 g
  • Protein: 1.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 18.6 mg

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98 comments on “Chewy Coconut Bars”

  1. I had to bake this recipe another 5-8 minutes because it wasn’t done
    using your time. It still wasn’t done although there was more of a crust but the rest was still sticky and gooey. I won’t ever make this again.

  2. Baked for 20 minutes inside was raw.
    Almost doubled the back time and the inside was still very mushy but the top was starting to get too hard.
    Might but it in a 9×13 so it isn’t as thick

  3. Oh my goodness! I was just looking for a recipe using coconut and I found this one! These bars are decadently chewy, sweet and satisfying and very easy to make, too!

  4. My go to favorite recipe for a dessert! Have made it many times. The only thing I do different is cook it for 35-40 minutes instead of 20. Perfect every time!

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