Island Cookie Bars
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|1 3/4 c||whole-wheat pastry flour|
|1/2 tsp||baking soda|
|1/2 c||brown sugar, firmly packed|
|3/4 c||natural peanut butter|
|1/4 c||crushed pineapple, juices drained|
|1 1/4 c||white chocolate|
|1/2 c||sweetened flaked coconut|
Lawrence, KS (pop. 87,643)
Member Since Feb 2012
These bars bring back memories of my honeymoon in the Bahamas. Naturally, I love every bite!
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together sugars, peanut butter, pineapple, buttery spread and vanilla. Beat in the egg. Gradually stir in the flour mixture until completely combined. Fold in 1 C of the white chocolate chips, saving remaining 1/4 C.
With dampened hands, press the dough into a greased 9 x 13" baking pan. Sprinkle with remaining white chocolate chips and press them down lightly.
Bake bars in a 350 degree oven for 22-25 minutes, until a wooden skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Put baking rack on the middle level. Turn oven to broil. Sprinkle coconut on top of the bars. Broil for 30-60 seconds, until coconut begins to brown. Be careful not to burn coconut!
Allow pan to cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into 32 bars.