As I mentioned in the previous post, I am always looking for a fun new bar recipe. I came across this one on Pintrest. This is a Martha Stewart recipe and involves chocolate and coconut. I knew it would be a winner. I loved it - but Chris and Meg didn't love it. It isn't very sweet. Martha Stewart describes it as "a rich chocolate brownie and a chewy coconut macaroon". I agree with Martha - just not very sweet. However, I loved them and I managed to eat more than my fair share!
Black-Bottom Coconut Bars (adapted from Martha Stewart)
Ingredients for chocolate base:
1 stick unsalted butter (I used salted - that is what I had on hand :)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup all purpose flour, leveled
For Coconut Topping:
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour, leveled
1 (7oz) pkg sweetened shredded coconut (reserve 1/2 cup for sprinkling)
For chocolate base, preheat oven to 375. Line a 9 inch square pan with foil - with a slight overhang - butter or spray the bottom and sides - not overhang. Place stick of butter in large microwave safe bowl - melt in microwave. Add sugar, salt and whisk to combine; whisk in egg - then cocoa and flour - until smooth. Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake just until sides begin to pull away from edges of pan - 10-15 minutes. Do not over-bake. Let cool slightly while preparing coconut topping.
For coconut topping - in a medium bowl, whisk eggs with sugar and vanilla; gently mix in flour and coconut. Drop mounds of mixture over the chocolate base - spread and pat gently - with moistened fingers. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup reserved coconut.
Bake until golden or toothpick inserted comes out clean - 25 - 30 minutes. Cool completely. Lift out using foil handles, peel off foil and cut into 24 bars. Enjoy!
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