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Fudgy Macaroon Bars

Anyone with a sweet tooth will make a beeline for my dessert tray when these rich squares show up. They're attractive on the platter and delectable with fudge and coconut. —Beverly Zdurne, East Lansing, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • FILLING:
  • 3 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  • In a microwave, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Stir in the sugar, flour, salt, vanilla and eggs. Spread half of the batter into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan.
  • In a large bowl, combine the filling ingredients. Spoon over chocolate layer. Carefully spread remaining chocolate mixture over filling.
  • Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until the sides pull away from the pan. Immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips. Allow chips to soften for a few minutes, then spread evenly over filling. Sprinkle with walnuts. Cool completely before cutting.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 219 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 108mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • cindiak
    Feb 22, 2021

    They were fantastic! I lined the pan with non-stick foil and refrigerated them. Let the foil overhang the pan by about an inch and you can pull them right out.

  • Rose
    Dec 2, 2020

    They tasted great, but they stuck to the bottom and were very gooey. I even refrigerated them, but still couldn't get them out of the pan very well.

  • Jasmine
    Mar 8, 2019

    Read the reviews, tried a smaller pan to make thicker bars as others suggested and all I have to say is there’s a reason it’s a larger pan in the recipe!! They flopped big time, did not cook properly in the centre while the edges got hard, had to cook them at least an hour and the centre STILL turned out a bit undercooked, they look nothing like the picture, HOWEVER despite the cooking mishap the taste is still on point!! I would definitely try to make them again but in the suggested pan size. Otherwise great recipe! I am still happy with the turnout. Mine are ugly but delicious. Even with gluten free flour, which is what I made mine with. I think they would be great with extra coconut sprinkled on top with the walnuts :)

  • dschultz01
    Jan 8, 2019

    These were awesome! Made them for a Christmas family gathering, and everyone loved them. I just used an entire 14 oz pkg of coconut. Mine definitely didn't look as pretty as the ones in the picture (they stuck to the bottom of the pan), but they still tasted great!

  • Lisa
    Nov 19, 2018

    I was so excited for these, but they didn't quite turn out as I had hoped. Utilizing a 13X9 pan did not yield bars that looked anything like the picture. They were much thinner and the coconut mixture was not as nicely distributed. The dessert itself was far too sweet for me. I was hoping that the unsweetened chocolate would tone it down, but combined with the chips on top and condensed milk, it was too sweet and yielded a very almond-y flavor despite a reduced amount of extract. I don't see myself making this again.

  • tennis-twin
    Jul 12, 2018

    DELICIOUS!! Was a big hit at a family gathering. Added a little extra coconut and the bars turned out just like the picture!!

  • Lisa
    Apr 8, 2018

    This recipe is easy to make and very delish!

  • TrishtheDish1
    Feb 3, 2018

    Overall, I'd have to give these a 5 star rating. I was a bit disappointed by the fact that they didn't turn out as thick as the picture shows. I think you'd have to make them in a smaller pan to get them to turn out thick like in the picture. I added a full teaspoon of almond extract, and used sliced, toasted almonds on top instead of walnuts. I was hoping that these were going to taste like an Almond Joy candy bar, but they really don't. They are good though, just different than what I expected. You'll need a glass of milk with these.

  • Rhonda1969
    Dec 24, 2015

    Love these bars and everywhere I take them people just love them. So easy. I made the recipe exactly how it is and so good.

  • lottieda
    Mar 1, 2012

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