Dulce De Leche Bars


A creamy center fills a shortbread-like buttery crust with a crumble-pecan coconut topping. This is a favorite with my family, boyfriend and at my workplace (a bakery!). Best served cool or room temperature.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
1 8x8-inch pan


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

  • cup white sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 (12.5 fl oz) can dulce de leche

  • 1 cup shredded coconut

  • ¾ cup pecans, toasted and chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8x8-inch baking pan thoroughly.

  2. Blend butter and sugar with an electric mixer until combined and creamy. Add egg and vanilla extract; beat until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat again. Combine flour and salt. Add to the butter mixture and mix until a ball of dough forms.

  3. Press 2/3 of the dough into the bottom of the baking pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until set and light brown, about 20 minutes.

  5. Pour dulce de leche over the crust, trying to keep the edges mostly bare.

  6. Add coconut and pecans to the remaining dough and mix until incorporated. Crumble mixture over the dulce de leche, pressing it lightly over the top.

  7. Bake until lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into bars.

Cook's Note:

Dough can also be made in a food processor.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

472 Calories
28g Fat
52g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 472
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 35%
Saturated Fat 15g 74%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 169mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 111mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

You’ll Also Love