Sunday, February 16, 2014

Black Bottom Coconut Bars

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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