Hello Friends! At the end of August this year my Grandma, one of the strongest women in my life, suffered a massive stroke. She is slowly recovering the ability to speak but as of right now is unable to do much without assistance. My family is working very hard to help get her home and as a by product of that I found her stash of old recipe cards. I thought that one way to help me feel closer to her during this time would be to start a feature on Happy Apple to try out these old fashioned recipes.
The first recipe I tried is called Dream Bars. I didn’t get much past the name of the dessert before I knew I wanted to make these. I didn’t even read the ingredients till I was leaving for the grocery and I realized the recipe called for coconut…I don’t even like coconut. But I was committed so I went ahead and they are delicious. The coconut isn’t overpowering and it doesn’t have the texture of coconut that I don’t care for.
Ingredients : 1/2 cup butter, 1 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 1/8 cup sifted flour, 2 eggs, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 cup pecans, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 cup shredded coconut, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder.
Cream butter, add 1/2 cup brown sugar and beat well. Blend in 1 cup of flour the spread this mixture in a 9×13″ greased pan. Bake this at 325 degrees for 15 minutes.
Beat the eggs, add 1 cup of brown sugar and the vanilla, mix lightly. Then add 1/8 cup of flour, baking powder, and salt, beat well. Next fold in the coconut and pecans. Spread this mixture over the baked mixture. Return to the oven and continue baking at 325 degrees for an additional 25 minutes. Once cool cut into rectangles.
I was really surprised with how much I enjoyed these considering I don’t like coconut. They were really chewy and very tasty a perfect dessert for your upcoming holiday get togethers!