Dreamy bars with a rich brown sugar crust and a chewy coconut and walnut topping.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 bars
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease an 8x8 inch square baking pan.

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  • In a medium bowl, stir together 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1 cup flour. Stir in the melted margarine and vanilla until well blended. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan.

  • Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Prepare the filling while the crust bakes. In a medium bowl, beat eggs until light and foamy. Blend together the brown sugar, flour, baking powder and salt; stir into the eggs. Mix in the walnuts and coconut. Pour over the crust and return to the oven.

  • Bake for 15 more minutes in the preheated oven, until set. When cool, cut into squares. Dust with confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition Facts

221 calories; protein 3g 6% DV; carbohydrates 25.5g 8% DV; fat 12.4g 19% DV; cholesterol 23.3mg 8% DV; sodium 139.4mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (20)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2003
These were wonderful! I'm so glad I tried this recipe......they're like little pecan pie bars...my husband loved them! Very quick and easy....thanks! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/20/2007
Back in the fifties when I grew up dream bars were an actual fad. My mom was a professional baker and made the best dream bars ever. Unfortunately I don't have her recipe and my mouth was watering when I found this one. However it was a huge disappointment. It is nothing like the original which were chewy and not so terribly sweet and sticky. I believe this recipe has too much sugar and not enough flour. The base has so much sugar that it gets too hard. The other ingredients are probably about right. I would like to see someone come up with one of the more satisfactory old recipes. I'm sorry to have to call this one a flop. Read More
(17)
26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 1 stars
03/20/2007
Back in the fifties when I grew up dream bars were an actual fad. My mom was a professional baker and made the best dream bars ever. Unfortunately I don't have her recipe and my mouth was watering when I found this one. However it was a huge disappointment. It is nothing like the original which were chewy and not so terribly sweet and sticky. I believe this recipe has too much sugar and not enough flour. The base has so much sugar that it gets too hard. The other ingredients are probably about right. I would like to see someone come up with one of the more satisfactory old recipes. I'm sorry to have to call this one a flop. Read More
(17)
Rating: 3 stars
08/16/2003
These bars turned out just fine....but the flavor was lacking - non-descriptively just "sweet". Next time I'll add some sort of "chips" - choc pb or cinnamin perhaps. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2003
These were wonderful! I'm so glad I tried this recipe......they're like little pecan pie bars...my husband loved them! Very quick and easy....thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/29/2005
We made them in my culinary arts class at my high school and they turned out awesome! dont eat too much though... tummy ache! Just remember that the crust doesnt have to be set to put the filling on. These also make great with freezing for snacks later... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2008
This was excellent!! Very Very rich eat in small amounts. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/15/2008
A big hit with family and friends! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2013
These are awesome. Making another batch today. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/03/2010
The top of these bars are like pecan pie and very good. I was not happy with the crust it tasted good but was a little hard and so greasy I had to take them out of the pan and put them on paper towels! Next time I will use less marg. and a little more flour. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/16/2003
I thought these were just ok but my mom and grandmother went wild over them. Mine dried out a few days after I made them so next time I would definitely eat them within 2 days. Thanks for sharing. Read More
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