I haven’t baked in a long time ~ since well before Christmas. My daughter did all the Christmas cookie baking and I was thankful for that. She is an awesome baker/cook (she made the best Thanksgiving turkey I have ever had!)! I was looking forward to baking something and found this bar recipe as I was going through some cookbooks the other day. I had all the ingredients so I tried them. They are delicious!!! At first I thought I would leave out the coconut but the flavor is great ~ not overpowering like it can be sometimes.
I made the whole recipe in my mixer. Since the dough is thick, after mixing it up, spoon it into your prepared pan. I found it easier to pat it in the pan with my clean hand rather than a spoon or spatula. Also, don’t overbake.
Chocolate Chip, Coconut, Oat Bars
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup quick-cooking oats, uncooked
1/2 cup coconut
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Mix in the egg and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, soda and salt.
Add to creamed mixture, mixing well. Stir in oats and coconut; then add chocolate chips and pecans mixing until combined.
Pat dough into a lightly greased 13×9 glass baking dish.
Bake at 375º for 20 minutes.
Cool and cut into bars.
Makes 12-15 bars depending on how large they are cut.
Source: Where Hearts Gather