Emily Glover Recipe

Island Cookie Bars

By Emily Glover pursuit2health


Recipe Rating:
Serves:
32
Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Cooking Method:
Bake

Emily's Story

These bars bring back memories of my honeymoon in the Bahamas. Naturally, I love every bite!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This was a HUGE crowd-pleaser. Jam-packed with peanut-y flavor, they were a unanimous hit with everyone on the Crew. We had success making these with regular pastry flour in place of the whole wheat pastry which can be a little harder to find.

Ingredients

1 3/4 c
whole-wheat pastry flour
1/2 tsp
baking soda
1/4 tsp
salt
3/4 c
sugar
1/2 c
brown sugar, firmly packed
3/4 c
natural peanut butter
1/4 c
crushed pineapple, juices drained
2 Tbsp
butter
1 tsp
vanilla
1
large egg
1 1/4 c
white chocolate
1/2 c
sweetened flaked coconut

Directions Step-By-Step

1
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
2
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.
3
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.
4
Bake bars in a 350 degree oven for 22-25 minutes, until a wooden skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
5
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!
6
Allow pan to cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into 32 bars.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies, Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: American
Collection: Summer Desserts!
Other Tag: For Kids


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92 Comments

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Melissa Varady mvaradyteach
Jul 17, 2014
Yum! I may try with cashew butter. Congrats on the blue ribbon!
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Jul 15, 2014 - Cindy Smith Bryson shared this recipe with discussion group: Techno OR Not?
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Barbara Graff bearslovers
Jul 3, 2013
Can you use regular flour instead of wheat flour? We don't like wheat flour.
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Linda Houser Linnerwest
Jul 2, 2013
If you put nuts or peanuts in the recipe please add it to the keywords.
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Jen B mississinewalkergrl
Jun 22, 2013
This probably is a silly question, but what is pastry flour? I never see anything listed like that at the store. I see all purpose, self-rising and whole wheat and the likes, but nothing that says pastry.