Saturday, February 23, 2008

Black Bottom Coconut Bars


I love any kind of cookie bar and so when I see one I haven't made before it immediately gets printed and put in my massive to make binder. So these looked fantastic and it doesn't hurt that I love coconut. They were good but were lacking in coconut flavor for me so maybe next time I would add some coconut extract. The Black Bottom part how ever was fantastic just enough chocolate flavor and nice and tender.

Ingredients for the Base
1 stick of unsalted butter
1/2 cup of sugar
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 egg
1/4 cup of cocoa powder
1/4 cup of AP Flour

Ingredients for Coconut Layer
2 eggs
3/4 cup of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 cup of AP Flour
7 oz of shredded coconut plus 1/2 cup for sprinkling over the top

Preheat oven to 375. Line a 9 x 9 with aluminum foil leaving an over hang so that you can remove them from the pan later. Spray the foil with non stick spray.
Melt the butter in the microwave then add sugar and salt and stir to combine. Add in the egg, cocoa and flour and mix til combined then spread into the pan. Bake until just beginning to pull away from the sides about 10-15 minutes. Let cool slightly while making the coconut layer.
For the coconut layer mix the eggs, sugar and vanilla together. Once combined mix in the flour and the 7 oz of coconut. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture of the crust and press so its even. Its easier to do if you moisten your finger tips. Once the coconut layer covers the whole top sprinkle with the remaining coconut. Bake for 25-30 minutes and cool completely in the pan and once cooled lift out with the help of the foil. Remove the foil and cut into bars, store in an airtight container.



Adapted from Black-Bottom Coconut Bars from Martha Stewart's Everyday Food.

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