Dream Bars Recipe

Dream Bars Recipe

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Swapped at the 2011 Cookie Swap by Dulces / Let Them Eat Cake columnist Maria del Mar Sacasa

  • Yield:Makes 24 bars


  • For the crust
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup pecans
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons (1 ¼ sticks) unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces and chilled
  • For the topping
  • 1 ½ cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup cream of coconut
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped


  1. 1.

    For the crust: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350°F. Line 13- by 9-inch baking pan with heavy-duty foil lengthwise with one sheet, then crosswise with a second sheet to create a sling; coat with baking spray.

  2. 2.

    Process flour, brown sugar, pecans, and salt in food processor until pecans are coarsely ground. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Press mixture firmly into prepared baking pan. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Cool on wire rack 20 minutes.

  3. 3.

    For the topping: Combine shredded coconut and cream of coconut in bowl. In separate bowl, whisk eggs, brown sugar, flour, baking powder, vanilla, and salt until smooth. Stir in pecans, then spread filling over cooled crust. Dollop heaping teaspoons of coconut mixture over filling, then spread into as even a layer as possible with rubber spatula or back of spoon (it will be patchy).

  4. 4.

    Bake until topping is deep golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool in pan 20 minutes, then, use excess foil to pull out onto wire rack. Cool completely, about 2 hours.

  5. 5.

    Once cooled, remove foil and cut into 24 pieces. (Bars can be refrigerated in airtight container for 5 days.)