One of my favorite recipes...you can't go wrong serving these bars.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr 5 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 the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch pan.

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  • In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, brown sugar, flour, and butter; blend with a pastry blender until the mixture is in coarse crumbs. Remove 2 cups of the mixture to another bowl, and reserve the rest.

  • Stir the coconut and walnuts into the 2 cups of the sugar mixture. Pat firmly into the greased pan. Stir the baking soda, salt, and cinnamon into the reserved mixture. Then mix in the egg, buttermilk and vanilla until well blended. Spread this over the crust in the pan.

  • Bake for 35 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm. Allow to cool. Make a glaze using confectioners' sugar and enough of the milk to give it a drizzling consistency. Drizzle over bars before cutting into squares.

Nutrition Facts

190 calories; protein 2.2g; carbohydrates 32.1g; fat 6.3g; cholesterol 18.4mg; sodium 148.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
Very good recipe and a great way to get rid of extra buttermilk! I wouldn't call these "coconut bars" though - to me, it was more of a spice cake. Mine baked in 30 minutes (even at 350 with an oven thermometer), so I'd recommend watching the baking time. I omitted the glaze and it was just fine. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/10/2003
This is a spice cake baked on a crust basically and I didn't think the two parts belonged together. No one thought it was a cookie they thought it was a cake. It was disappointing. Read More
(4)
75 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 48
  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
Very good recipe and a great way to get rid of extra buttermilk! I wouldn't call these "coconut bars" though - to me, it was more of a spice cake. Mine baked in 30 minutes (even at 350 with an oven thermometer), so I'd recommend watching the baking time. I omitted the glaze and it was just fine. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2004
These were wonderful and made EVEN BETTER with a layer of chocolate chips between the crust and the cake! I doubled the coconut and omitted the glaze also. Thanks! Read More
(24)
Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2003
These were awesome! I will definitely make them again. I made a few small changes - I reduced white sugar to 1 cup, omitted walnuts and used 3/4 cup coconut instead, and omitted glaze. Unless you don't like coconut I can't imagine anyone not liking this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2004
Great! A previous reviewer was disappointed that there wasn't more of a coconut taste. So I deleted the nuts and doubled the amount of coconut. I toasted the coconut while I preheated the oven. Mmm. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2003
I really enjoyed this. It's more of a coffee cake / crumb cake dessert rather than a bar. I used a little more coconut and did add some Cream of Coconut to the egg mixture. Good for brunch or an after school snack. Hmmm..I think I'm gonna get me a tall glass of milk. Thanks Vanessa. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2008
these bars are great!!! if coconut is your thing then add some to the batter. the bottom crust is super buttery good and can be used for may other layered bars. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/09/2003
This is a spice cake baked on a crust basically and I didn't think the two parts belonged together. No one thought it was a cookie they thought it was a cake. It was disappointing. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2009
Deelicious! This receipe is wonderful but just a little too sweet. I subtracted 1/4 cup of white sugar and 1/4 cup of packed brown sugar and use 1 cup of coconut flakes instead. This recipe is another hit from all recipes and it is sure to stay. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2004
Good recipe to bring for a crowd. It has a good basic cake/bar flavor that will probably be liked by all. Next time - I might add a drop of almond extract to the glaze before frosting. Read More
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