Guava Bars Recipe

Carrie Vasios

In these tropical bar cookies, a buttery shortbread base is topped with sweet guava paste, then finished with a lightly crunchy oat topping.

Recipe Facts

Active: 10 mins
Total: 60 mins
Serves: 12 to 24 bars

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For Crust:

  • 16 tablespoons (1 cup) unsalted butter

  • 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ouncessugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups (about 10 ouncesall-purpose flour

For Topping:

  • 16 ounces guava paste, sliced to 1/4 inch thick slices

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats

  • 8 tablespoons (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, diced

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar

  • 1 cup (about 5 ouncesall-purpose flour


  1. Grease baking pan with butter. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. For Crust: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or with a hand held mixer, beat butter and sugar together until fluffy, about 3 minutes, then add salt and flour and beat until dough comes together. Press dough evenly into prepared pan.

  3. For Topping: Cover dough with slices of guava paste. In the bowl of a food processor, combine oats, butter, salt, and sugar. Pulse 10 times. Add flour and pulse until mixture resembles wet sand. Sprinkle over evenly over top of pan. Bake until top is golden, about 45 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into bars.

Special equipment

food processor or electric mixer, 13- by 9-inch baking pan

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
222 Calories
12g Fat
26g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12 to 24
Amount per serving
Calories 222
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 136mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 43mg 216%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 119mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)