Hawaiian Joy Bars Recipe
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Hawaiian Joy Bars Recipe

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This is like a trip to the islands with the hint of rum and the nuts and coconut. I served them to my family and at my work and church, and I always hear murmurs of appreciation.—Jennifer Neckermann, Wentzville, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup rum
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 package (10 to 12 ounces) white baking chips
  • 1-1/2 cups flaked coconut
  • 1-1/2 cups macadamia nuts, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon shortening
  • 1 ounce white candy coating, melted

Nutritional Facts

1 bar equals 429 calories, 25 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 40 mg cholesterol, 252 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, stir the butter, brown sugar, eggs, rum and vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to butter mixture. Stir in 2 cups chocolate chips, white chips, coconut and nuts.
  2. Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. In a microwave, melt shortening with remaining chocolate chips; drizzle over bars. Drizzle candy coating over bars. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Hawaiian Joy Bars in The Taste of Home Cookbook 2011, p92

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Reviewed May. 19, 2013

"If you are hesitant to try this recipe because no one has rated it, don't be! I prepared this for a Tea Luncheon of 50 people and was asked for the recipe by HUSBANDS afterwards. It is simple to make, delicate but delicious in flavor and you can always cut back (or omit) the coconut if you are not a fan. I'd give it a 10 stars if I could!"

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