This is an old time South Dakota recipe. Cocoa is an optional ingredient. This recipe is made in two parts.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
1 - 9x13 inch pan
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar until smooth. Stir in the 1 1/2 cups of flour. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan. Bake the crust for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden.

  • In a medium bowl, mix together the eggs and 1 1/2 cups brown sugar. Stir in the vanilla. Combine the 1/4 cup flour, cocoa (if desired), baking powder and salt; stir into the egg mixture. Fold in the coconut and walnuts. Pour into the pre-baked crust.

  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until firm. Cool and cut into squares.

Nutrition Facts

192 calories; protein 2.9g; carbohydrates 25.4g; fat 9.5g; cholesterol 33.4mg; sodium 86.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2007
This recipe we've always known as ITALIAN BROWNIES... Not sure where that name came from... Mom makes these every year at Christmas. One nice adition is to sift powdered sugar over the top... for a pretty display. (also sweetens 'em up a bit)... 3 eggs 3 Tbsp. flour 1/2 tsp. baking powder 2 1/4 C light brown sugar 1 C chopped nuts 3/4 C flaked coconut is my Mom's amounts but Dream Bars II turns out really delicious too... and less sugar..:) (makes up with the flaked coconut which is loaded with sugar) so either way it's about the same. Thanks for a good recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/26/2005
Not as tasty as I had hoped. A little bland but I think changing the ingredients slightly would help a lot. Something needs to make it sweeter. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2007
This recipe we've always known as ITALIAN BROWNIES... Not sure where that name came from... Mom makes these every year at Christmas. One nice adition is to sift powdered sugar over the top... for a pretty display. (also sweetens 'em up a bit)... 3 eggs 3 Tbsp. flour 1/2 tsp. baking powder 2 1/4 C light brown sugar 1 C chopped nuts 3/4 C flaked coconut is my Mom's amounts but Dream Bars II turns out really delicious too... and less sugar..:) (makes up with the flaked coconut which is loaded with sugar) so either way it's about the same. Thanks for a good recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2011
I used the cocoa version and loved the flavor! I liked the coconut in it as well. Really yummy but to be honest I prefer brownies over these. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/26/2005
Not as tasty as I had hoped. A little bland but I think changing the ingredients slightly would help a lot. Something needs to make it sweeter. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/31/2004
made these for a few gatherings and they have been a big hit. Several have asked for the recipe. (made them without the cocoa) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2013
Increased all the ingredients by 1/4 to make a jelly roll pan for a potluck. Also added a package of butterscotch chips. Baked the crust for 10 minutes and the bars for 20. They were fantastic! Thank you for a great recipe!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2009
My husband loved this! Was looking for a particular Swedish dessert he liked that incorporated coconut and cocoa and found this. Not the same one but he loved it all the same! Quick and easy to make. Whipped some cream and added some vanilla sugar and sugar into it to make really sweet. Used cocoa in this one. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2012
I made these today for the first time and love how easy and fool proof they are. These hold together well and taste great -- two requirements I have for a good bar cookie recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2012
This is a recipe my mother made when I was very small. when she sold her house a recipe book with many "handwritten " recipes were lost this was one of them Thank you from the bottom of my heart. We were from Missouri I wonder where the recipe started. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2015
My daughter made these for me for my birthday just wanting something different my grand daughters and I wiped these out in one night they were so good I was amazed they were definatly a hit in this house Read More
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