LUSCIOUS COCONUT CHEESECAKE BARS

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Ellen Bales

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This tropical dessert calls for raw chip coconut, which can usually be found at natural or health food stores, but you can also use regular unsweetened shredded coconut, though be careful because it may brown a bit faster.
Recipe & Photo: Better Homes & Gardens

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Serves:
Makes 16 bars
Prep:
25 Min
Cook:
25 Min

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c
    raw chip coconut (or regular shredded)
  • 3/4 c
    graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp
    granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp
    finely shredded orange peel
  • 1/4 c
    (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 pkg
    (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 c
    granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c
    orange juice
  • 1
    egg
  • 1
    mango, halved, seeded, peeled, and chopped

How to Make LUSCIOUS COCONUT CHEESECAKE BARS

Step-by-Step

  1. Spread the coconut in a 9x9x2-inch baking pan. Bake, uncovered in a preheated 350-degree oven for 4 to 5 minutes or until toasted, stirring once. Cool.
  2. For crust, place 2 tsp. of the roasted coconut in the bowl of a food processor. Transfer remaining coconut to a bowl; cover and set aside. To the food processor add graham cracker crumbs, the 2 Tbsp. sugar, and the orange peel. Gradually add melted butter, processing with on-off turns until mixture begins to come together.
  3. Press mixture into the bottom of the 9x9x2-inch baking pan. Bake 10 minutes. Cool slightly on a wire rack, about 15 minutes.
  4. For filling, in a large mixing bowl beat the cream cheese, the 1/3 cup sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer until combined. Add orange juice, beat until smooth. Stir in egg. Pour mixture over baked crust. Bake about 15 minutes or until center is just set. Cool on wire rack. Cover and chill at least 2 hours.
  5. Cut into bars. Spoon on mango and sprinkle with reserved roasted coconut.

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