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Coconut Raspberry Bars

While mixing a batch of plain bars, I was inspired to add raspberry preserves and flaked coconut to the dough…and wound up with these yummy treats, now a family favorite. —Amanda Denton, Barre, Vermont
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) raspberry preserves
  • 1 cup white baking chips

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in 1-1/4 cups coconut and walnuts.
  • Press three-fourths of the dough into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Spread with preserves. Sprinkle with chips and remaining coconut. Crumble remaining dough over the top; press lightly.
  • Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
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  • Susana
    Mar 23, 2020

    This was amazing!! I read the reviews saying it was too sweet so I added less a quarter cup less sugar to the dough and only half cup of white chocolate.. I did not add the nuts.. But it's a keeper for sure....

  • rebertsch
    Oct 23, 2016

    Made this per recipe the first time and everyone liked it but thought it was too sweet with the raspberry. Made it the second time with blackberry preserves and it was just right, not too sweet. Family liked it much better.

  • martylb
    Apr 29, 2015

    These are soooo yummy. A definite keeper.

  • herdhele12
    Mar 25, 2014

    I loved it just as it is. No adjustment was necessary. The cutting into the squares was what I was worried about but that was not difficult as I had thought. The squares were perfect. I got lots of compliments and the plate was soon empty.

  • schade
    Aug 14, 2013

    Just made these this past weekend and my family is asking for the recipe. These are a big hit! Love'em !

  • grbaker
    Feb 3, 2013

    These were Great! I thickened my own raspberries with sugar and cornstarch and omitted the nuts. Turned out delicious!Thanks!

  • Tigerlily61
    Sep 18, 2012

    I made this for a pot luck supper at work. Everyone raved about it. Its so easy to make. I will definately make them again.

  • Tigerlily61
    Sep 18, 2012

    I made this for a pot luck supper at work. Everyone raved about it. Its so easy to make. I will definately make them again.

  • Bean Q
    Oct 18, 2011

    These are good but very sweet. Next time I would need to figure out where to cut back on sugar or maybe low sugar preserves

  • yummydesserts
    Nov 4, 2010

    Bars were great, but the 2nd time I made them, I left out the white chocolate chips. They were much better.