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Fancy Sugar Cookie Bars

Looking for a quick and easy way to transform plain old refrigerated cookie dough into something special enough for unexpected guests? Try this treat from Shirley Dehler in Columbus, Wisconsin. "I dress mine up with chocolate chips, coconut and whatever nuts I have on hand for these fancy, mouthwatering bars in just minutes."—Shirley Dehler, Columbus, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1 tube (16-1/2 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans


  • Let dough stand at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to soften. Press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Sprinkle with chocolate chips, coconut and pecans. Bake 10 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 137 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 88mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • mamaknowsbest
    May 23, 2015

    It is a fancy cookie bar! Took the advice of others and melted the chocolate chips on the hot cookie then topped with toppings. Also made a second pan with almonds instead. Tasted like an Almond Joy candy bar!

  • mrsc76
    Dec 18, 2012

    These tasted wonderful! I did have a problem keeping the topping on like the previous reviewer, but will try the suggestion when making them again. Definately an easy, tasty treat!!

  • mybugisgreen
    Mar 27, 2011

    These were the easiest cookies to make, and they were a big hit. My husband was upset that I took them to school and didn't save some for him. I used a packaged sugar cookie mix instead of refrigerated cookie dough. I didn't measure any of the toppings and I added butter scotch chips. I would love to make these again.

  • JessBella6
    Sep 2, 2010

    The sugar cookie and chocolate chunks are the best part

  • Amy the Midwife
    Mar 19, 2010

    Simple and good!

  • darlacrogg
    Feb 1, 2010

    The topping of chips, coconut and nuts fall off the cookie! I would strongly suggest melting chips only on crust first and spreading them like a frosting and then sprinkling the coconut, nuts and some chips on after. This way the melted chocolate holds the topping on. I also drizzled some melted chocolate chips over the bars for some extra hold!

  • gapeach55
    Jan 15, 2009

    This looks so good and easy. People will think you really went the extra mile with these.