May 06, 2015

chocolate coconut bars

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I made these bars a couple of months ago with two of my favorite things... chocolate and coconut.  If that's all I said, I think you'd get the picture.  These bars are similar to Hello Dolly Bars, a southern dessert, that may sound familiar.  To put it simply... they are amazing.  Straight from the oven they are warm, gooey, and have toasted coconut on top.  Are you heading to your kitchen yet?

When my husband ask me to make a dessert for a meeting I replied, "of course" after about 30 seconds, knowing that it would give me an excuse to make these bars.  I have been eyeing them for some time, but needed an excuse, because if they were just sitting around my kitchen I would eat a couple... or a lot of them!  Let's be honest.

Servings makes 20 bars
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS
  • 3 cups finely ground graham crackers (12 ounces) 
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, melted
  • 1 cup pecan pieces
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chunks
  • 1, 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut

INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2.  Lightly splash a 15x10 inch rimmed baking sheet evenly with water, then line with parchment paper.
3.  In a large bowl, stir together cookie crumbs, sugar, and butter until combined.

4.  Evenly press onto bottom and up sides of prepared baking sheet. Bake, rotating halfway through, until firm, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool for about 20 minutes.

5.  Sprinkle cooled crust evenly with pecans and chocolate. Pour condensed milk over the top, spreading to cover completely (do not let it drip over the edges). Sprinkle with coconut.

6.  Bake until coconut is toasted, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer to rack and cool completely. Cut into bars and enjoy!!!

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