Chewy Coconut Bars

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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!

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!


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


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!


  • 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


  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.

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50 Responses
  1. Cathy Almeida

    Very sweet and much too gooey! Wish I had read the tweaks from the reviewers. I decided to convert the gooey mixture into oatmeal cookies.. I mixed in rolled oats with great difficulty .. too sticky… so I add 1/4 cup flour and then 1/2 cup rolled oats.. then baked 1 tbsp of cookie batter for each cookie… it was perfect..crispy and golden .. not too sweet. I baked on parchment paper at 370 F Tasted like lace cookies. I didn’t have the energy to do so many batches of cookies… so I froze some of the cookie mixture. I will make the cookies again!

  2. I made these for my daughter’s yearly cookie exchange. I wanted to make something simple as I am not a baker.
    After reading some of the comments, I cut the sugar down to 1 1/2 cups, used 1 tsp. Vanilla instead of 2. Also used unsweetened coconut flakes instead of the sweetened..
    I had a small 8×12 oblong pan and baked it for 30 mins. After letting it cool, I made the cut and tried one. They were delicious! They were sweet enough with all the above changes.
    Thank you for such an easy and yummy recipe. Will definitely make these again with my 4 year old Granddaughter!

  3. Jen

    I made these in a 375 oven, in a 9×9 glass pan, for 30 minutes, and they came out great. They are very, very sweet, even though I used unsweetened coconut. I imagine decreasing the sugar too much would change the texture, but I’d encourage people to try 1 3/4 cup sugar to start with. I also used only 1 tsp vanilla, since 2 seems like a lot. (My vanilla is has a very robust flavor.) Alternatively, look for a blondies recipe with less sugar, and trade some of the flour for coconut.

  4. Sandy

    I made these today! Great flavor but even after baking an extra 10 minutes! They stay gooey. We ate them anyway but couldn’t cut them into bars. Any thoughts as to why? I followed the recipe exactly.

  5. Joy

    I wonder if adding oatmeal or substituting for some of the flour would completely change the consistency? Looking for some tasty oatmeal coconut bars.

  6. Caroline

    These are really easy and taste delicious – chewy and flavourful – a great alternative to brownies. I made the recipe “as is” (and cooked it for 20 minutes) except that I used unsweetened coconut, and the bars were plenty sweet enough. I had two kinds of unsweetened coconut on hand – shredded and large flakes (Bob’s Red Mill) – and the combination gave a great texture. They are already gone 🙂

  7. Nicole S

    I just made these but only had 1 cup of coconut so I reduced the recipe. I also used half coconut flour and half AP flour. Really yummy and rich! I baked them for 28 minutes.

  8. Laura

    I tried them and they are delicious. I found that I needed to bake them for 30 minutes as my oven must bake at a lower temp. Otherwise perfect!

  9. Jeanne

    I made these last night in an 8×8 pan. Added 5 minutes bake time. Delish! Like a perfect chewy brownie but not chocolate. The brown butter and brown sugar make these. I think even those that say they don’t like coconut would love these. I used dark brown sugar so my cue for done was when the batter puffed. Good job! Thanks for the great recipe!!!

  10. L Harr

    I make coconut milk every week and I’m always looking for recipes to use of the coconut after the milk is made. I doubled this recipe and added an extra egg. I used whole wheat flour, 4 cups of coconut and NO BUTTER (the no butter was an oversight but it turned out great! Saved a ton of fat and calories.) . Delicious!

  11. I made these last night. I didn’t get a chance to try them last night. Here’s why. I baked them according to size of pan, temperature of oven and baking time according to the recipe.
    I let them cool for a couple of hours because they were to be for dessert after dinner. When I cut them, they were pretty much uncooked. The edges were cooked like shown in the picture and they were golden brown but unfortunately they were not cooked. I tried to salvage them by heating my oven again and returning them to bake. I left them in for another 20 mintues.
    Today, after work, I came home and cut them. They were okay even after double baking.
    They tasted very good.
    I suggest a longer baking time and a bit browner than golden brown so that you don’t end up with the same dilemma that I had

      1. Andrea

        Made these and they were a HUGE hit. I even have a coworker who doesn’t like coconut love them and wanted another. I always bake double… one for work and one for home. Doubled the recipe and made a 9×13 and an 8×8. Baking time was longer as I expected it would be but they came out great. Will be making these again.

  12. I’ve tried mixing in Splenda or other sugar substitutes with my sugar before adding to the mix and this has helped maintain the consistency and feel of the sugar. And it cuts down on the amount of sugar needed.

  13. Toni

    Oh my gosh! These look SO good! I love coconut. Would it be really bad to add some chocolate chips too? I am sure they are super good without, but chocolate and coconut are partners in my book!

      1. Suzi McFarland

        I just realized I’m a little short on coconut. I’m doubling the recipe and only had 2 1/4 cups. Should I add some oatmeal, extra flour, or do you think they’ll be fine with less coconut?

  14. Cyndi

    They look so delish…but I have 2 allergic to coconut people in my house…is there anything that can be used as a substitute?

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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