Coconut Pecan Chocolate Chunk Bars {ModBak}

This is the last bar cookie recipe in the Cookies, Bars, & Biscotti section of the Modern Baker Challenge. If you don’t like coconut, you won’t like these bars. If you do, you’ll love them.

This recipe starts with a rich, buttery crust made from flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and lots of butter. After mixing up the ingredients, I pressed the dough gently into the pan, then baked it for about 15 minutes, until it just started to take on some color.

While the crust was cooling, I mixed up the topping, which consisted of brown sugar, eggs, granulated sugar, vanilla, sweetened shredded coconut, pecans, and bittersweet chocolate. I mixed all these ingredients together and spread the topping over the cooled crust.

I baked the bars at 350°F for about 25 minutes, until the filling was set and nicely browned. These bars smelled so good while they were baking, with the chocolate and pecans, and with the coconut getting nice and toasty.

I let the bars cool in the pan, then cut them into the recommended 2-inch squares. They were as good as they smelled. Rich, buttery, chocolatey, and with a wonderful coconut flavor.

The only thing I would do differently next time would be to cut them smaller, as they were insanely rich. I could easily see cutting the recipe in half and still having enough for the whole family. Or perhaps making the full recipe but freezing half of the slab before cutting it into bars.

Either way, I will definitely be making these again soon.

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6 Comments

  1. Pamela said,

    January 30, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    These sound just so delicious! Another one that I really want to try ASAP.

    • gaaarp said,

      January 30, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      They were really good! I’m a few weeks ahead in the Challenge, and I’m thinking of doing a few rewinds, including this recipe.

  2. Kayte said,

    January 30, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    These were a huge hit here and no one mentioned me cutting them into smaller bars…or if they did, it would just mean that they would be happy to take a handful rather than just one. Yours look wonderful.

    • gaaarp said,

      January 30, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      Thanks. We had them around during Thanksgiving, and there was so much sweet stuff that these seemed really rich. Maybe they wouldn’t if they were the only snack available.

  3. Abby said,

    January 30, 2012 at 10:40 am

    LOVED these!!! But perhaps my sweet tooth is too big because I cut mine into tiny pieces…..and then had to have 12 at each sitting. 🙂

    • gaaarp said,

      January 30, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      LOL. That sounds like something I would do.


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