Island Cookie Bars

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Serves: 32
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Cooking Method: Bake


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

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Emily Glover Recipe
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Lawrence, KS (pop. 87,643)
Member Since Feb 2012
Emily's notes for this recipe:
These bars bring back memories of my honeymoon in the Bahamas. Naturally, I love every bite!
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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.


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.

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user Karla Everett Karla59 - Feb 10, 2012
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user deb baldwin messinthekitchen - Feb 10, 2012
These sound and look good..I think I even have the ingredients. A save and print for me!
user Kitchen Crew JustaPinch - Feb 22, 2012
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
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user deb baldwin messinthekitchen - Feb 22, 2012
Whoo Hoo! Looks like you got your first blue ribbon. Congratulations Emily. I haven't even had time to get this one made yet.

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