Friday, December 10, 2010

Karla's Chewy-Gooey Coconut Praline Bars - Count Down to Christmas Cookie Recipes



Monday Morning Post


What's Christmas with out cookies?  The name of these says it all.   Easy to make.  Delicious to eat.  Santa loves these (and so do we!)

To freeze, put baked cookies in a sturdy container with plastic wrap between layers (or wrap individually) so they don't stick together. Stack no more than 3 or 4 layers high. You don't want these treasurers to squash.

Makes 1 (9 X 13) pan of 28 - 2 inch bars

Crust
1/2 cup butter (margarine not recommended)
1/2 cup brown sugar (light or dark - packed)
1 cup all purpose flour

Position oven rack so cookies will bake in lower 1/3. Preheat to 350 degrees. Pulse crust ingredients together in food processor until they come together into a ball - about 45 seconds.

Pat evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 9 X 13 inch pan. (It doesn't look like there is going to be enough dough but there will be. Just keep spreading it out as you press it in the pan.) Bake in preheated oven 15 - 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Meanwhile, prepare filling.

Filling
1 cup brown sugar (light or dark-packed)
2 lareg or extra large eggs (1/2 cup)
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Pulse filling ingredients together then by hand stir in:

1 1/2 cups coconut
1 cup walnuts (coarsely chopped)

When crust is done baking, remove it from the oven and cool 2 minutes so crust deflates. Reposition oven rack to center and lower temperature to 325 degrees.

Portion filling over crust in small dollops. Lightly spread filling (so you don't damage baked layer) covering entire crust. Return cookies to oven and bake until filling is set to a light touch - about 20 minutes.

Remove from oven. Cool 5 minutes then cut into squares by pressing down with a knife rather than dragging knife through cookies. Clean knife between cuts. Let cookies cool completely (at least an hour) before removing them from pan.

Baker's Tip:  No food processor?  Use a heavy duty mixer for the crust or cream the ingredients together with a sturdy spoon. Whisk filling ingredients together then stir in coconut and walnuts.

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