Easy Weekend Baking: Chocolate Coconut Cookie Bars

It’s a foggy day today. The weather is gray, and everyone in our house is moving slowly. Perhaps it’s because we just finished the first week back at school and work following the holidays, but by the time we made it to Friday, we were all ready for another vacation.

So, today has been lazy and a perfect baking day.  This recipe is sweet and easy, something you can easily make with children.  The only taxing requirement is waiting until the bars have cooled before eating – and trying not to eat too many at once.

Coconut Chocolate Bar Cookies

Chocolate Coconut Cookie Bars

These are rich and sweet, so cut in small squares. Makes 30.

1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar, packed
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 F. (180 C.)
Butter an 8″ x 8″ baking pan. Line with parchment.  Butter parchment.
Combine 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1 cup flour, salt and butter in a bowl.  Mix well to combine. Press batter into pan, smoothing to even out.  Bake in oven 10 minutes.

Combine remaining sugar and flour, 1 1/4 cups coconut, chocolate chips, eggs, vanilla and salt in bowl. Mix well to combine. Pour evenly over the baked cookie base.  Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup coconut. Bake in oven until golden brown, about 30 minutes.  Remove and cool completely in pan on rack. Cut in squares and serve.

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