Chewy coconut filling layered onto a buttery shortbread crust; this recipe is so simple to make I have been making it since I was a child. This is my grandma's recipe (one of only a few that she made) and if you are a coconut lover, these can not be beat.
I hadn't made these bars in years and when I baked this gluten free version of the Coconut Chews and took them to some friends and family they were an enormous hit. I have a well known love of coconut and these bars are some of the best coconut treats I make.
It's a funny thing the way blogging has changed the way I think about baking and cooking. When I'm focused and working on new recipes, I tend to forget about the older family favorites. I fell in love with these bars all over again when I made them for our guests a few weeks ago. They were the most talked about dessert and definitely one that I'll be making again, sooner than later.
COOK'S NOTE: Doubling this recipe will perfectly fill a 9x13 pan. Add an additional 5-10 minutes baking time for the crust a doubled recipe and an additional 5-10 minutes for the filling.
Grandma's Coconut Chews
Yield: 12 servings
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour *
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour *
1 cup shredded coconut
* Gluten Free Substitution:
2/3 brown rice flour (crust)
1/3 cup potato starch (crust)
2 tablespoons brown rice flour (filling)
Mix together the filling ingredients and pour over the crust. Bake 20 minutes more (25 minutes for the doubled recipe). Let cool completely before slicing. Enjoy!
Here are some more coconut desserts you might like:
Pineapple Coconut Bars by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Black Bottom Coconut Squares by The View from Great Island
Coconut Cream Lush by Melissa's Southern Kitchen
Mini Coconut Pound Cakes by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Pineapple Coconut Cake by Baked By An Introvert
Lime Coconut Snowballs by Two Peas and Their Pod
Coconut Lovers Oatmeal Cookies by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Ultimate Coconut Cream Pie by Cook Crave Inspire