Gluten-Free Dream Bars

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These chewy chocolate, nut, and coconut bars are a GF baker's dream come true!

Gluten-Free Dream Bars

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Yield: 24 bars
Published: 10/06/2010

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup soft butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 bag King Arthur Gluten-Free Cookie Mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup (3 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup (1 7/8 ounces) pecan pieces
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut

Directions

1) Preheat your oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a 9" x 13" pan.

2) Combine the butter, extract, and cookie mix; the dough will be crumbly. Remove 1 1/2 cups of crumbs and reserve for streusel topping.

3) Add the egg to the remaining mix and blend until smooth. Spread dough in an even layer on the bottom of your prepared pan.

4) Drizzle dough with sweetened condensed milk. Sprinkle evenly with chocolate chips and pecans. Lightly mix the coconut with the reserved crumbs and sprinkle evenly over the chips and pecans.

5) Bake the bars for 26 to 28 minutes, till they're golden brown. Remove from the oven, cool for 30 minutes, then cut into squares while still warm. Cool completely before serving.

Yield: 24 bars.

Reviews

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  • star rating 04/22/2015
  • Sue from Falmouth, Me
  • These bars tasted great and my whole family loved them. On day three they still are moist and taste great. I will definitely make these again and look forward to trying mixing in different ingredients. Thank you King Arthur Flour for creating great Gluten Free recipes!
  • star rating 12/01/2012
  • Julie from Salem, MA
  • I was asked to make a Gluten free dessert for the first time and boy what a great first time recipe (and next time recipe) this is!! I would make this again in a heart beat.
  • star rating 12/27/2011
  • seamist25 from KAF Community
  • Simply fabulous! Prepared exactly as directed. The bars were moist, a tad of a crumble, but that was mostly the cocoanut. I cut them as directed then wrapped in single servings in 'Stretch Tite Wrap" Today is day 5 and they are just now getting a bit dry. I did freeze some , so will see how they held up in a few weeks. My guests devoured them no one had a clue they were GF.
  • star rating 02/25/2011
  • catiebaker from KAF Community
  • These were fabulous fresh, warm or cold. Now, what is the best way to store these crumbly delights? Are they freezable? Thanks.
    These are best stored air tight at room temperature. You can freeze them for up to three months. ~Amy
  • star rating 02/25/2011
  • catiebaker from KAF Community
  • I was working up a recipe using the cookie mix as a bar cookie and as I was working out proportions and what I wanted to include, wow, KAF, you published the recipe! thanks! I made these bars for a friend's movie night as a pairing with the Almond Cloud cookies. As she is "glutenivorous" (love that!), I wanted something she would enjoy too. I lined my pan with parchment paper to make it easier to transfer the bars out. It worked well. I used a bit of butter to hold the paper in place, in the dark, nonstick pan. I baked them at 25 degrees lower as per pan instructions. They baked for the original recommended amount of time. I used part double dark chocolate chips along with the semi-sweet, about the same amount. As I found my regular sweetened coconut unusable, I substituted the KAF toasted coconut. It made a nice addition, giving the bars a slightly toasted, caramel flavor. I have made lots of bar cookies in the past and I will try this one again, with additions. I would like to make them again with the regular coconut. I would like to add some whole grains to the base and top to increase fiber and nutrition. It worked well in other recipes I have made. Overall, in spite of my unintended changes, the bars were excellent. As I had to take them warm, out of the oven, I cut off a chunk to take on a plate, thinking I would cut them into bars bit later.. she had no plans to wait. She grabbed them up warm, so I tried a bite too. WOW, I think these would make excellent dessert bars, warm with ice cream, some night after dinner. Like a warm, melty chocolate chip cookie, irresistible!
    Thank you so much for sharing your ideas with us. Keep experimenting and exploring your creativity! ~Amy
  • star rating 02/05/2011
  • DSS77 from KAF Community
  • My entire family, including the glutenivorous members, loved these bars. Thanks for the great recipe!
  • star rating 01/06/2011
  • Britt from St. Louis
  • These bars were a huge hit. Very sweet, so if sweet isn't your thing, this isn't for you. These bars are slightly chewy and a little bit crumblu on the top. Very easy to prepare, and wowed my friends. Something I will definitely make again!
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