I am not going to complain here, but seriously, has everyone else’s December been as busy and whacky as mine has? Wow. I keep waiting for things to slow a bit and give me a bit of breathing room, but it just doesn’t seem to be happening.
Whew. Anyway, I promise, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, and I have even been baking, and have things to tell you about, but finding some time to get a post written that doesn’t just have a random picture and recipe has been a challenge this month.
So, here I am, and I finally have a few minutes to tell you about these Coconut Dream Bars we made the other day. I have been recording the Martha Stewart show the past few weeks and I was really happy I was when Amy Scherber was on the other day. Her latest book was their topic of conversation and I can’t wait til I have a bit extra in the budget to get my hands on it. From the book they made Lemon Bars and these Coconut Dream Bars.
I have to tell you, these are ridiculously easy to make, and you only have to have a few easy ingredients on hand. If you are looking for something easy and fun to make with your kids, this recipe is the one. I pretty much let my five year old make these. I didn’t have any chocolate chips on hand, so I just chopped some good chocolate. That was basically the most difficult part. Yeah. Awesome.
The only other thing I changed was to make only half the recipe, much to my dismay. The only reason I did that was because I couldn’t get to the store and didn’t have enough graham crackers to make the whole batch, which I have to tell you, is just very, very sad. This recipe is worth making the whole batch.
So, if you are stalling mon the decision to make these for some reason, then seriously, just go for it. These bars are not only easy, they are fantastic tasting too. If you want something fast and easy to make, but still want to impress someone, look no further. These even bumped some other items and made it onto my baking sheet for this year’s Christmas treats gifts. More on that soon!
Makes 20 bars
FOR THE CRUST
3 cups graham cracker crumbs (from about 20 crackers)
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
FOR THE TOPPING
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees with a rack in the center of oven. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking pan and line with parchment paper; set aside.
To make the crust: In a medium bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and salt. Pour mixture into prepared pan and press into bottom of pan using your fingertips.
To make the topping: In another medium bowl, mix together chocolate chips and coconut; sprinkle evenly over crust.
Pour condensed milk evenly over coconut and chips, covering the entire surface. Transfer to oven and bake, rotating pan halfway through baking, making sure the milk does not get too brown or bubble over in the pan, 26 to 32 minutes.
Transfer baking pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Cut into 20 squares. Serve immediately, or wrap each bar tightly with plastic wrap and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
Makes 20 bars