Friday, May 2, 2008

Coconut Pecan Bars

These are great if you want to have a tasty dessert handy to put in the lunch box. The recipe is from Betty Croker, so you know you can't go wrong with it.:) I love both coconuts and pecans, so I had to give it a try.

I usually don't change things in the recipe if it involves baking, so I haven't touched this one either. Although if you read the recipe it does seem hard, it's very easy to make.


COCONUT-PECAN BARS

Ingredients:

6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions:
Heat oven to 350ºF.

In small bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Stir in 1 cup flour. Pat in bottom of ungreased square pan, 9x9x2 inches. Bake 12 to 17 minutes or until very light brown.

Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat eggs slightly with wire whisk. Stir in vanilla. Gradually beat in brown sugar just until blended. Beat in 2 tablespoons flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt; mix well. Stir in coconut and pecans. Carefully spoon coconut mixture evenly over baked layer.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and filling is set. Cool 10 minutes. Run knife around edges of pan to loosen. Cool completely, about 1 hour. For bars, cut into 4 rows by 4 rows.

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