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Coconut Raspberry Bars

While mixing a batch of plain bars, I was inspired to add raspberry preserves and flaked coconut to the dough…and wound up with these yummy treats, now a family favorite. —Amanda Denton, Barre, Vermont
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) raspberry preserves
  • 1 cup white baking chips

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in 1-1/4 cups coconut and walnuts.
  • Press 3/4 of the dough into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Spread with preserves. Sprinkle with chips and remaining 3/4 cup coconut. Crumble remaining dough over the top; press lightly.
  • Bake until golden brown, 30-35 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 bar: 253 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 81mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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