Delicious Bars ~ Coconut Chews!


I love coconut—
the more,
the better!




A sweet coconut filling layered on a buttery shortbread crust, spread over all, a tangy orange-lemon frosting…

This is a simple bar to make for any coconut lover, and is one of the best treats for this time of year that I can think of.






They're simple, easy to make, chewy, nice and sweet, and loaded with coconut.

If you have a yen for coconut, you can’t go wrong making these!



Coconut Chews

Ingredients:

¾ cup powdered sugar
¾ cup shortening (half butter, softened)*
1½ cups flour
2 eggs
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup chopped walnuts
½ cup flaked coconut

Method:

Heat oven to 350°.
Mix powdered sugar and shortening.
Stir in 1½ cups flour.
Press in ungreased oblong 13” x 9” pan.
Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.
Mix remaining ingredients.
Spread over baked layer.
Bake 20 minutes, cool.
Frost with Orange-Lemon Frosting, recipe below.
Cut into bars, about 3” x 1”.
Makes 32 cookies

*Use 6 tablespoons shortening, and 6 tablespoons of butter.  
That's 12 tablespoons total to equal 3/4 cup.


Orange-Lemon Frosting

1½ cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
3 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Mix all ingredients until smooth and spread over cooled bars.
Printable recipe

Enjoy!






25 comments:

  1. Me too...the more coconut, the merrier! These chews look wonderfully delicious, Pam.

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    1. Woo hoo, Angie! Coconut rules! Thanks!

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  2. Coconut in all its forms (oil, milk, flour) is very IN as it has many health benefits. In Israel we refer to it by the name of 'cocos'. Cocos cookies are very popular at Passover as an alternative to wheat flour/starch flour cookies.
    Your white powdered coconut bars on a red plate are a delight to the eye.

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    1. Yes, I'm happy that it is filled with benefits. Yes, that's a great thing for Passover, very good! Thanks, Duta!

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  3. These look great.....I'm going to make these this week. Will you explain the butter to me? Would I use 3/4 cup butter?
    I'll let you know how they come out.... Yay!!

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    1. Sorry, Shug! I changed it above in recipe. Use 6 tablespoons shortening and 6 tablespoons butter. Looking forward to hearing about yours! Thanks so much!

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  4. Pam, What's not to like about this recipe! These coconut chews with brown sugar, coconut, walnut and that orange-lemon frosting is a 'cant't miss' winner! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. They're really delicious, Dave! The flavors all blend together perfectly! Take care

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    1. Thanks, Melinda! Have a great rest of the week!

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  6. I must try these wonderful cookies! They look fantastic and sound delicious. Merry Christmas Pam!

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    1. Thanks, Tricia! It's coconut love! Merry Christmas!

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  7. Yup, coconut gets me every time. EVERY SINGLE TIME! :D These look terrific -- thanks so much.

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    1. Thanks, John! They taste good too. Take care

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  8. Dear Pam, I love anything coconut!!! I would love these bars!! Take good care my friend. xoxox Catherine

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    1. Coconut is so good! Glad you like these bars, Catherine. Have a good rest of the week! xoxo

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  9. I do love coconut too! These sounds wonderful, Pam!

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    1. Thanks, Susan! Coconut is a wonderful thing! Take care

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  10. These bars are perfect , I wish I had some right now.

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    1. Thanks, Gerlinde! We really like them!

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  11. Holiday baking is the best. I do love coconut and wold gladly enjoy these bars!

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    1. Hi Evelyne! Yes, it's the best! Glad you like these!

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  12. Omigosh! These sound and look delicious, Pam!

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  13. Thanks, Debra! Have a great week!

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  14. coconut is the best, and this is a treat i haven't seen before! keeping this recipe for ANY time of year!!

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