Buttery Coconut Bars Recipe
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Buttery Coconut Bars Recipe

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My coconut bars are an American version of a Filipino coconut cake called bibingka. These are a crispier, sweeter take on the Christmas tradition I grew up liking. —Denise Nyland, Panama City, FL
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups flaked coconut, divided

Nutritional Facts

1 bar: 211 calories, 12g fat (8g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 166mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 13x9-in. baking pan with parchment paper, letting ends extend up sides.
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, brown sugar and salt; stir in 1 cup melted butter. Press onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 12-15 minutes or until light brown. Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack. Reduce oven setting to 325°.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the first seven filling ingredients until blended; stir in 3 cups coconut. Pour over crust; sprinkle with remaining coconut. Bake 25-30 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Lifting with parchment paper, remove from pan. Cut into bars. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Buttery Coconut Bars in Taste of Home December 2015, p68

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adoubler0626 User ID: 8320759 243466
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2016

"I brought these to work and have had many requests for more. They are wonderfully sweet, and just rich enough."

jenwarz1 User ID: 1119237 241331
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2016

"Wow--these are divine! I made them for my coconut-loving husband to take to a meeting but after sampling one, I'm not sure I want to share!"

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 240410
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

"Excellent coconut dessert! Easy to make, and everyone loved them at Christmas this year! I refrigerated them after cutting into bars to help them firm up a little."

wigs3 User ID: 5633383 239674
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2015

"These are superb! I followed the recipe exactly. They were a big hit at a recent Christmas cookie exchange party. Will make these again & again. YUM! Caryn W"

cogmom63 User ID: 1530963 239119
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2015

"I love anything coconut and this recipe caught my eye. I'm glad I made the bars! They are easy to put together and will be fantastic to serve at church or any family get together. I made no adjustments since I don't do that on the first time around. The only thing that I might do next time is drizzle them with chocolate but they certainly don't need any augmentation."

44auntie User ID: 6558981 237268
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2015

"My husband LOVED these and I used organic unsweetened coconut, otherwise followed this recipe to the "T"!!!"

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