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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Thursday Recipe - Caramel Coconut Bars

How many of you love lemon bars? I adore them, but they're a pain to make and I can't eat them anymore because of my weird diet. Did you know that older cookbooks have lots of variations on this kind of cookie? Modern cookbooks have just lemon bars, if you're lucky enough to have a cookbook that contains recipes, not just instructions on how to use boxed mixes.

This version is based on one from an old Betty Crocker cookbook. The copyright pages are missing, along with the covers and index, but I think it's from the early 60s. These come out chewy and rich.

Caramel Coconut Bars

Crust:
1/3 c. butter
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 c. flour

Blend and press into a 9x13 baking pan. Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes.

Filling:
2 eggs
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 t. vanilla
2 T. flour
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 c. shredded coconut
1 c. chopped nuts (optional)

While crust is baking, beat eggs until frothy. Add sugar, vanilla, flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat well. Stir in coconut and nuts. Pour over hot crust. Bake 25 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes or so before cutting.