Chewy Chocolate Chip Coconut Bars

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I made these bars for a bake sale the other week. When I was looking for recipes, I found this one at Allrecipes.com and thought these would be just the thing to make! I made some changes, though, mainly substituting butter for the shortening and using more semi-sweet chocolate chips and coconut. These are soooo rich and chewy and chocolatey! The coconut is not overpowering, so even people who aren’t crazy about coconut would probably still like these. I cut my bars into big squares for the bake sale, but these are so rich, you’ll probably want to cut them into smaller bars!

CHEWY CHOCOLATE CHIP COCONUT BARS by NancyCreative, adapted from Allrecipes

Makes a 9 x 13″ pan of bars

  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (I used unbleached flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut (also called coconut flakes)

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease a 9 x 13″ baking pan; set aside.

In large bowl, cream the softened butter and brown sugar; then blend in eggs and vanilla extract, mixing well.

In small bowl, blend flour, baking powder, and salt; slowly blend in flour mixture to butter/sugar mixture, mixing everything until well blended. Fold in chocolate chips, chopped pecans or walnuts, and shredded coconut. Spread the mixture evenly in pan.

Bake at 350˚F for 23 to 28 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting into bars.

For a fancier dessert, cut them into bigger bars like I did and top them with a scoop of ice cream, hot fudge sauce, and a sprinkle of coconut flakes!

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What’s your favorite treat to make for a bake sale?

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