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mandarin orange coconut bars for mother's day

(1 rating)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Kyle Dalakas
Akron, OH

What mom doesn’t love breakfast in bed for Mother’s Day? This is a yummy recipe for breakfast bars that can double as dessert. Simple and delicious, these can be made and baked in about an hour. Calling all dads! Here is a great recipe to make with the kids for mom. So easy, just a little dad help is all that is needed. Serve mom these lovely mandarin orange breakfast bars topped with luscious coconut walnut topping with her coffee, tea, or juice on Mother’s Day morning. I guarantee this recipe will soon become a family favorite. Easy and delicious!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Surprise mom with this sweet treat on Mother's Day. Easy to make, even a beginner baker can whip them up. The bars are soft, tender, and have a burst of fresh orange flavor. After baking, the coconut and walnut topping caramelizes a bit and add sweetness. These are delish!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(1 rating)
yield 12 servings
prep time 15 Min
cook time 35 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For mandarin orange coconut bars for mother's day

  • 1 can
    mandarin oranges (15 oz)
  • 1/3 c
  • 1/2 c
    cane sugar
  • 1 tsp
  • 1
  • 1 1/2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 c
    flaked coconut
  • 1/3 c
    brown sugar
  • 1/3 c
    chopped walnuts
  • 3 Tbsp
    butter, melted

How To Make mandarin orange coconut bars for mother's day

  • Reserving mandarin orange syrup.
    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 7″ x 11″ baking dish. Drain mandarin oranges, reserving the syrup.
  • Butter, sugar, and vanilla creamed together.
    Cream butter, cane sugar, and vanilla.
  • Egg mixed into the butter.
    Add egg and beat well.
  • Sifting flour and baking powder.
    Sift together flour and baking powder. 
  • Flour and syrup added to the batter.
    Slowly add flour to creamed mixture alternately with the reserved syrup.
  • Half the batter spread into the baking dish.
    Spread half of the batter into the prepared baking dish.
  • Oranges arranged over the batter.
    Spoon mandarin oranges evenly over.
  • Remaining batter spread over the oranges.
    Spoon the rest of the batter over, smoothing with a spatula.
  • Coconut, brown sugar, walnuts, and melted butter in a bowl.
    Combine coconut, brown sugar, walnuts, and melted butter.
  • Coconut mixture sprinkled over the batter.
    Sprinkle evenly over the batter.
  • Coconut bars baking in the oven.
    Bake at 350 degrees 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Mandarin orange coconut bars cooling.
    Let cool 10 minutes and cut into squares, 12 servings.