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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Dream Bars

Hello friends!

I have a fantastic recipe for you today. Prepare yourself because this one is pretty exciting. And simple. And dreamy.

Being the baker of my friends, I was the one who brought dessert for our 4th of July barbecue. Being myself, I predictably waited until the last minute to bake. With only two hours before I had to leave (I really procrastinated this time) there was no way I could get ingredients for a recipe. Therefore, my pantry and I became best friends. The friendship bracelets are in the mail.

Luckily, I found some coconut and chocolate chips hiding behind my overstock of baking soda and brown sugar. Do you know what that means? If you were thinking, "Liz eats four handfuls of chocolate chips", then you are correct. However, it also means dream bars. Which translates into, "Liz eats four dream bars".

These come together in less than an hour and promote such gluttony that I'm surprised they aren't listed as one of the seven deadly sins. Regardless, make them!

Dream Bars


1/2 Butter
1 1/2 cups Brown Sugar
1 cup plus 2 tbsp Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 1/2 cups Sweetened Coconut Shreds
1/2-1 cup Chocolate Chips
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 eggs


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix 1/2 cup brown sugar, butter, and flour. Press into a 9x13 pan and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

While the crust bakes, mix the eggs, brown sugar, baking powder, flour, and vanilla extract until smooth. Fold in the coconut and chocolate chips.

Spread over the baked crust and smooth evenly.

Bake for 20 minutes, until the top is slightly browned. Let cool completely before cutting into squares. Or rush it like I did and get melted chocolate everywhere.

Adapted from: www.southerfood.about.com


  1. Oh, yum! They definitely do sound dreamy!

  2. These look fabulous...except that I am not a fan of coconut. I think these would be just as delicious without though and I might just give it a try!

  3. Those DO look like a dream!! I am a huge fan of coconut. Like, incredibly huge. I think these will be making an appearance in my life sometime soon!

  4. Oh this is so easy, but sound freakin' amazing. Dreamy indeed!

  5. Oh my those look so good! I definitely need to make these!

    And I just so happen to have some coconut I need to use :)