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Chocolate Coconut Bars Recipe

What’s better than summer vacation?

How about coming home from vacation and having your house clean and a box of these Chocolate Coconut Bars on your counter?

Thank you, Mom.  You’re the best!

Here’s the recipe for my favorite chocolate and coconut cookies.

Chocolate Coconut Bars Recipe

Brownie Base
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
3 1/2 tablespoons cocoa
1 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional

Coconut Layer
1 can (14 ounce) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup coconut

1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
1 tablespoon butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy.  Beat in eggs, one at a time.  Stir in cocoa, flour and nuts.  Spread in greased 9×13-inch plan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Combine sweetened condensed milk with coconut; spread carefully over brownie crust.  Bake an additional 15-18 minutes or until toasty on top.  In a small sauce pan, melt chocolate and butter.  Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.  Add powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. Beat until smooth.  Spread on brownies immediately after removing from oven.  When cool, cut into squares.  Makes about 36 cookies.

Adapted from Colorado Cache Cookbook

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  1. mandie 08/09/2012 at 11:53 am

    There has to be something missing with the frosting.. its completely dry with those few ingredients. Is it more milk or something else? Please let me know.. I just made it and am excited!

    • Amy Allen Johnson 08/10/2012 at 7:18 am

      Hi Mandie,
      You can always double the milk or butter to be more like a buttercream. When I make it, it’s a really thick, stiff ganache and it melts a bit when you put it on the hot cookies. Does that help? Hope they were yummy!

  2. amy! 08/02/2012 at 11:36 am

    There’s at least one thing missing in your recipe – how much cocoa goes in the brownie base? Is there anything else missing? Thanks!

    • Amy Allen Johnson 08/03/2012 at 4:06 pm

      Whoops! I must have accidentally erased “cocoa” when I was editing. The “3 1/2 TBS” line was for cocoa. That’s all! Enjoy!