Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars

Chocolate and coconut is one of my all-time-favorite flavor combinations. When I saw this recipe, it reminded me of a coconuty combination of chocolate chip cookie bars and gooey bars, so I knew I had to try it out.

Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars

I really enjoyed the fact that the coconut was present, but not overpowering. I love the texture the flaked coconut gave to these bars. Now I know some people are not fans of coconut. It’s kind of like cilantro. Some people love it, others, not so much.

Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars

I took these bars to a friend’s house for a cookout. Luckily no one there was a coconut hater. Or if they were, they didn’t say anything about it. Store these bars in the fridge, but let them come to room temperature a bit before serving them.

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Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars

Yield: 25 bars

Ingredients:

For the Base
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chocolate chips

For the Topping
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons butter
1 egg
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup crisp rice cereal
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Heat the oven to 350 F and spray an 8×8-inch baking pan with non-stick spray.

In the work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, butter, egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Mix until it just forms a cohesive mass then add the chocolate chips and stir until they are evenly distributed. Press this mixture evenly into the prepared pan.

In the same bowl combine the cream cheese, butter, egg, flour, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Mix until very smooth and creamy, then stir in the crisp rice cereal, coconut, and chocolate chips until well mixed.

Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the base then bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown all over, puffed, and just set at the edges while the center is still just a little wobbly. Cool completely in the pan then chill for at least two hours. Once chilled run a thin knife around the edges of the bars and turn out of the pan. Cut into squares.

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16 Responses to “Chocolate Whiskey and Beer Cupcakes”

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    yumventures — March 10, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Mmmm amazing! I love all of the different flavors in each part of the recipe! Perfect for the 17th…maybe even with a drop of green food coloring =)

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    Sunshine — March 10, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    I’ve been wanting to make a version of htis for awhile and almost did this weekend. Now my plan is tackle them for St. Pat’s. Thanks for reminding me to do this.

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    Jes — March 10, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    My husband and his Army buddies LOVE these cupcakes! I get requests for them almost weekly!

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    Cara — March 10, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    sounds so good!! I could go for one now 🙂

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    nutmegnanny — March 10, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Well I love Irish Car Bombs so in dessert form I know I would love it even more!

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    Carly — March 10, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Wow – I am dying to try these. They look amazing!

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    Xiaolu — March 10, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Wow these look amazing. That looks like the perfect amount of frosting, too.

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    Joanne — March 11, 2010 at 12:17 am

    I made these for a friend’s birthday last month and absolutely fell in love with them. They are the perfect St. Patty’s day cupcake. Or any day really. My friends proclaimed them the best they had ever tasted. Yours look fantastic!

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    Brisbane Baker — March 11, 2010 at 8:07 am

    What a wonderful recipe! And just in time for St Pats 😀

    BB

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    Kerstin — March 12, 2010 at 3:17 am

    Mmm, they look amazing and are so perfect for St. Patty’s Day – yum!

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    Samantha Kate — March 12, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Wow these are some fancy looking cupcakes! Great job 🙂

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    Shayna — October 9, 2010 at 2:34 am

    I’m still in the process of making these…(Have yet to Ice and taste) But My ganache didn’t come out right…I stayed runny even when completely cooled and I can’t figure out what I did wrong 🙁

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    Jen — October 11, 2010 at 12:47 am

    Shayna – So sorry to hear the ganache didn’t set up. Did you try putting it in the fridge? I’ve never had that issue…

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    Richele McHenry — March 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I am ready to make these but I do not have enough bittersweet chocolate for the ganache. Can I use semi-sweet or unsweetened chocolate? Will it still taste okay?

    • beantownbaker — March 16th, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

      Sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner. Semisweet would work ok, I wouldn’t use unsweetened.

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    Kristina — July 24, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Have you ever made these into a cake? I have made them multiple times and love them but was hoping to make this into a cake for a birthday. Any thoughts?

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