Friday, July 6, 2012

Coconut Chews - Gluten Free or Not

Coconut Chews - Gluten Free or Not recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
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 grandmother's recipe and if you are a coconut purist, these can not be beat. I hadn't made these bars in years and when I baked this GF version and took them to some friends and family they were an enormous hit.

Coconut Chews - Gluten Free or Not
(printable recipe)

Crust Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2/3 brown rice flour *
1/3 cup potato starch *

Filling Ingredients:
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons brown rice flour *
1 cup shredded coconut

* If you do not need a gluten free version, substitute 1 cup AP flour in the crust and 2 tablespoons AP flour in the filling for the items marked with an *.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the crust ingredients and press into the bottom of a buttered 8x8 pan or line the pan with parchment paper. (Doubling this recipe will perfectly fill a 9x13 pan.) Bake for 10 minutes, (15 minutes for a doubled recipe) remove from oven and let cool while finishing the rest of the recipe.

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!

Coconut Chews - Gluten Free or Not recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
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  1. I love the flavor of coconut but I usually can't get passed the texture - these might help get me over that hump! They look divine!!

  2. Coconut is always a welcome addition to desserts, especially when it is featured. These look terrific. Hope you have a nice cool(er) weekend!

  3. I go nuts for anything coconut. These sounds super good!

  4. I'm not a fan of coconut, but these look so good!

  5. Oh I think I will make these tomorrow!! They look delicious!

  6. Why is it I love everything you cook?

  7. Grandmother recipes are unbeatable. Thank you for sharing it! Thanks for including both the gluten free and the original recipe. I'll have to give it a shot sometime.

  8. I am new around your blog :) and I love it..
    I am your new happy follower :D


  9. These look delicious! I will never turn down anything coconut (just love it)!

    I also like that you listed both the gluten-free and regular recipe. Thank you for sharing this.

  10. What is AP Flour