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!

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Chewy Coconut Bars

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


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Ingredients:

  • 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 Information:

144
17 g
115.2 mg
5.9 g
22.5 g
1.8 g
18.6 mg

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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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Darlene
May 14, 2022 10:33 am

My previous review yesterday gave these a 5*. I’m back today to tell you after these cooled my hubby and I each ate 2 large squares. (Yup I hear ya :-)) ) These are fantastic. After reading many of the reviews on here I just wanted to touch on” the baking time” of these squares. I’ve been baking for over 55 years. I tell everyone that when you read the baking time on all recipes take it as an estimate. Watch your goodies and judge accordingly, keeping in mind the authors tips. Let’s remember all ovens are different and there… Read more »

Darlene
May 13, 2022 7:02 pm

Oh my, delicious! I am waiting impatiently for these to cool. Yup cut 4 of them so they would cool quicker. Don’t do that, they really need to cool, haha. Took a nibble off one, they are so tasty. I absolutely love a googy square.
Such a quick and simple recipe to whip up too. They’re sweet but that’s the point. I think next time I’ll make a buttercream frosting for them, just because I love frosting.
Shelly thanks for sharing this recipe.

Karen
May 10, 2022 3:40 pm

Don’t make. Too sweet. Took forever to bake and then not all the way cooked — gooey. Throwing out

Anna
Apr 10, 2022 1:03 am

We made these for home ec class. My 6 year old learned about substitutions and omissions and how they can affect flavor. For example, we didn’t have enough butter, so we used coconut oil at a 1:1 ratio. We also mixed the recipe with just 1 cup of sugar, instead of 2 (This decision was based on our taste buds and how little sugar we eat.). We tasted the mixture right before transferring it to the pan and thought it tasted great. The husband asked for seconds. We all had to stop ourselves from eating the whole pan.

nikki
Mar 28, 2022 8:07 pm

My family has made something very similar except we add peanut butter instead of the oil and it has less sugar. It isn’t cooked just made like a cookie bar or brownie in the mixer. I ve never seen anything in a cookbook or on pinterest until this. no clue who made it up but its been in our family for three generations now .

Melissa
Mar 15, 2022 2:21 pm

Made this recipe today. Absolutely delicious! I cooked it about 10 minutes longer than the recipe called for. It still slightly jiggled when I took it out but I think that’s bc it has to cool and then the sugars set or firm up. A lot of comments were from people who said it wasn’t cooked. I think that’s where the disconnect is. Let it cool on the stove top or cooling rack and expect it to be gooey inside like a brownie and I promise you’ll love it!

Jayne
Mar 10, 2022 11:21 pm

I just made this recipe…what a waste of good ingredients, did not like it, greasy and no flavor

Carol
Mar 8, 2022 9:15 pm

When I saw this enticing pic, I knew I just had to make this recipe asap. It is so delicious!! I am visiting my daughter and her family ….kids are very fussy eaters and they love it!! They will always be soft and gooey because of the method of preparing them. I took them out at 20 mins, then put back in for another 5. I will definitely be making these again. Oh…I only made half the recipe bc I assumed I would be the only one eating them. I was wrong. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!… Read more »

Laura
Feb 28, 2022 10:40 pm

I used heaping cup of all purpose flour and heaping tsp of baking powder and baked for 30 minutes and they were perfection. So good!

Chris
Jan 15, 2022 8:20 pm

Way too sweet! I cut the sugar to 1 1/2 cups and it’s literally like I’m chewing brown sugar. They got tossed right out. Shame. Seemed promising.

Shelly McMahon
Jan 1, 2022 12:27 am

These looked great followed the directions I baked them for over a hour and still not cooked through I’m gonna end up throwing them out.

Daniella Gilboa
Nov 13, 2021 3:49 pm

Hi! These sound amazing, making with my toddler, would these freeze well?

Jenn
Oct 14, 2021 2:48 am

So I have a crazy controversial question. Would this coconut bar work without coconut? I know. I’m crazy. These bars look amazing but I can’t stand coconut!!!!! P.S. I also love chocolate chip cookies without chocolate chips.

Betsy
Jun 19, 2021 10:46 pm

I think the baking time needs to be adjusted for this recipe. 20 minutes is not correct. I had to bake mine 37 minutes. I will let you know in another post how I like them.

Jennifer
Mar 19, 2021 12:49 pm

Ca these be made with fresh coconut (we have a coconut tree and that’s the only kind of coconut I get here)?

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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