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Two Peas and Their Pod: Black Bottom Coconut Bars

Friday, April 10, 2009

Black Bottom Coconut Bars

I hope everyone is enjoying their Easter Sunday! We are celebrating with the Dewey family today. We will do an egg hunt with the kids and enjoy a tasty dinner later on.

So Wicked was AWESOME yesterday. LOVED IT! We sat in the third row, ten feet from the stage. It was perfect. I loved it from start to finish. It was a very fun day! My hubs is the best!

I am sure you all have your Easter dessert menu taken care of, but if you are looking for a last minute treat, I have a good one for you, Black Bottom Coconut Bars. The bottom layer tastes like a brownie, that alone makes this treat divine, but the goodness doesn't stop there, it only gets better. The top is sugary coconut heaven! There is a nice thick layer of coconut, and the top gets toasted in the oven. I love toasted coconut. This bar has it all!

I am going out of town tomorrow for work. I will be in Vernal, Utah all week. I am NOT excited. Vernal is a very small place so I don't know if I will have internet access much. So if I am not around, you know why! I will try to be in touch when I can! Have a very Happy Easter!

Black Bottom Coconut Bars
Adapted from Everyday Food

(Printable Recipe)

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 package sweetened shredded coconut (7 ounces), 1/2 cup reserved for sprinkling
    1. For chocolate base: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving a slight overhang; butter bottom and sides of foil (not overhang).
    2. Place butter in a large microwave-safe bowl; melt in microwave. Add sugar and salt; whisk to combine. Whisk in egg, then cocoa and flour until smooth. Spread batter in prepared pan.
    3. Bake just until sides begin to pull away from edges of pan, 10 to 15 minutes (do not overbake). Let cool slightly while preparing coconut topping. Keep oven on for topping.
    4. For coconut topping: In a medium bowl, whisk eggs with sugar and vanilla. Gently mix in flour and coconut (except 1/2 cup reserved for sprinkling).
    5. Drop mounds of mixture over chocolate base; spread and pat in gently and evenly with moistened fingers. Sprinkle with reserved 1/2 cup coconut.
    6. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs attached, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan. Lift cake from pan, peel off foil, and cut into 24 bars. Store in an airtight container 3 to 4 days.
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    Blogger Erica said...

    Looks great! The coconut is perfect for easter :) Hope you guys have fun with the egg hunt!

    7:35 AM  
    Blogger vanillasugarblog said...

    OK I must try these. I love coconut and this is it.

    7:48 AM  
    Blogger LizNoVeggieGirl said...

    Loooovely bars!!

    We're doing an egg hunt here today too :-) Have a blast and Happy Easter!!

    7:57 AM  
    Blogger Unknown said...

    I love toasted coconut too so these look fabulous! So many recipes I want to try and so little time :)

    8:04 AM  
    Blogger Megan said...

    These bars look so good. Everything you make looks so goods and I want to make it too. Stumbled!

    8:23 AM  
    Blogger Risa said...

    You can tell from my recent posts I love toasted coconut too. These bars look great.

    8:40 AM  
    Blogger Jodi said...

    The bars look incredible. I love coconut!

    9:35 AM  
    Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

    A wonderful treat! Great combo!



    9:38 AM  
    Blogger Victor said...

    Looks good. Great job!

    9:57 AM  
    Blogger Lori Lynn said...

    Your coconut bars look awesome. Been eating a lot of coconut macaroons around here (for Passover).

    Wishing you and Josh a fabulous Easter!
    Lori Lynn

    10:01 AM  
    Blogger Kerstin said...

    I love the super thick coconut layer on top! I'm glad you had fun at Wicked and Happy Easter!

    10:03 AM  
    Blogger Unknown said...

    aah, Wicked was great :) have fun hunting and eating these bars!!

    10:43 AM  
    Blogger Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

    these look scrumptious!!! coconut are so good for treats!!!
    happy Eater! :)

    11:55 AM  
    Blogger Mumsy said...

    Oh, yes...I will be making those soon. Very soon.

    1:24 PM  
    Blogger Susan@LunaCafe said...

    Yuuummm... Two of my favorite food groups in one convenient mouthful. :-)...Susan

    1:46 PM  
    Blogger Pearl said...

    coconut? mm! have a wonderful Easter :)

    2:20 PM  
    Blogger Monica H said...

    happy Easter to you too!

    2:39 PM  
    Blogger NKP said...

    Delicious looking bars, I love coconut.
    I have read Wicked, but none of Gregory Maguire's other fantasy books - let me know if you recommend any.
    So glad you loved the play, I saw it a couple of years ago with my daughter, but we were in the back of a large venue.

    3:22 PM  
    Blogger heather said...

    Gosh, these are pretty! Yes - a "gosh"-inducing dessert... chocolate and coconut are a perfect pair.

    Cheers and Happy Easter,


    5:01 PM  
    Blogger Leslie said...

    Easter is not the same without something coconut. Looks divine

    5:38 PM  
    Blogger priscilla joy said...

    Looks completely and totally amazing. Happy Easter Maria!

    6:22 PM  
    Blogger Sharon said...

    Have a safe trip and Happy Easter! Those bars look amazing...I love the color contrast!

    6:35 PM  
    Blogger Elyse said...

    Vernal, Utah? I wish you could come to San Francisco instead. These black bottom coconut bars look amazing! Hope you had a great Easter with the Deweys. Oh, and I so want to go see Wicked now!

    7:29 PM  
    Blogger Ingrid_3Bs said...

    Happy Easter! Hopeyou guys had a great one!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. They do look good!

    Btw, have a safe trip!

    7:35 PM  
    Blogger Heather said...

    i LOVED Wicked! glad you had so much fun! black bottom anything makes me happy :)

    8:14 PM  
    Blogger Darius T. Williams said...

    Looks like a perfect sweet ending (or beginning - lol)

    4:52 AM  
    Blogger Meghan said...

    These bars look fantastic! Glad you liked Wicked :)

    5:40 AM  
    Blogger Donna-FFW said...

    These bars look absolutely decadent. Love the combo of chocolate and coconut..

    5:40 AM  
    Blogger A_and_N said...

    The bars look wicked cool :)

    6:16 AM  
    Blogger Veron said...

    I am not one to favor coconut immediately in a dessert but I find I am always surprised at how tasty they could be and they are mighty tasty with a healthy dose of chocolate!

    6:17 AM  
    Blogger La Bella Cooks said...

    Ooooh, these are divine! I love the combination of chocolate and coconut. Perfect!

    8:50 AM  
    Blogger pinkstripes said...

    Those sound awesome. Thanks for sharing.

    9:46 AM  
    Blogger Daziano said...


    Happy Easter - Buona Pasqua!!!

    10:20 AM  
    Blogger stephchows said...

    These look amazingly decadent! For some reason I totally associate shredded coconut with this holiday... must be all the fake green grass :)

    10:20 AM  
    Blogger Kristen616 said...

    YUM these look fabulous!!!

    11:33 AM  
    Blogger Jessica said...

    Oh, these look so wonderful! I have been on a huge coconut kick lately and I will definitely have to try these.

    12:41 PM  
    Blogger Angela said...

    Now I know what to do with all my left over coconut. Yum.

    12:49 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I love coconut too, especially toasted. Paired with chocolate I am really in trouble!

    1:14 PM  
    Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

    Oh yum! I hope you had a good Easter!

    1:17 PM  
    Blogger BitterSweet said...

    Oh I love coconut- These sound amazing!

    2:29 PM  
    Blogger Katie said...

    Yum! I love these! Yours turned out fantastic!

    3:01 PM  
    Blogger Steph said...

    The brownie bottom with coconut sounds delicious!

    3:22 PM  
    Blogger Lori said...

    I'm loving your coconut recipes! These sound so great. I definitely have to try them for my Dad. He loves coconut even more than I do!

    3:51 PM  
    Blogger Pam said...

    These look sinfully delicious. You can't beat coconut with chocolate.

    I am glad you liked Wicked - I really want to see it.

    4:52 PM  
    Blogger Debbie said...

    I've made something similar and all I can say is that coconut and chocolate are a winning combo!! They look fantastic!

    5:09 PM  
    Blogger Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

    These sound delicious! Wasn't WICKED amazing!?!

    6:22 PM  
    Blogger Peter M said...

    This is one of those treats I would savour and eat slowly in layers.

    6:52 PM  
    Blogger Annie said...

    I'm drooling right now...
    Glad you had a happy Easter. :)

    7:29 PM  
    Blogger Bunny said...

    This looks so moist, I bet it was to die for!

    7:36 PM  
    Blogger Snooky doodle said...

    oh I love chocolate and coconut and these must be so delicious :)

    12:22 AM  
    Blogger Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

    Looks very good. Chocolate and coconut where can you go wrong. Safe trip.

    4:42 AM  
    Blogger eatme_delicious said...

    Yumm! I made these a long time ago. Your photo reminds me I should make them again...

    6:37 AM  
    Blogger grace said...

    really, the only way to improve upon the wonderful flavor of coconut is to toss in some chocolate. lovely. :)

    6:41 AM  
    Blogger Allie said...

    Yummy I would love one of these right now! Have a safe trip!

    7:49 AM  
    Blogger Teanna DiMicco said...

    Wicked is my FAVORITE!! So glad you enjoyed it! Those coconut bars look AWESOME!

    8:35 AM  
    Blogger Lincoln said...

    Ladies and Gentleman....Fans of Two Peas and Their Pod.

    The latest post was this one, Friday the 10th. Maria spent the weekend watching "Wicked" and than bringing her cookery mastery to my house.

    Yes its true, I am Lincoln Dewey and often get to experience Josh and Maria's cooking first hand.

    I jokingly told Maria that I would take care of the blog while she was away at work for the week. I dont have authority to post on the blog directly....but I can post comments just like the rest of you folks.

    So Never fear I will dazzle and entertain right here in the comment section of "Black Bottom Coconut Bars"

    If Maria returns I will go dark...but keep your eyes peeled right here for the next week.

    9:35 AM  
    Blogger Dewi said...

    Oh wow, what a treat I love coconut, never made anything like this, sounds like a great recipe to try.

    11:19 AM  
    Blogger Reeni said...

    How scrumptious!! I love the combo!

    7:15 PM  
    Blogger Melanie said...

    These look divine!

    Isn't Wicked amazing??!! I've seen it 3 times (Seattle, LA, NYC) and loved it every time. Glad you could experience it.

    10:57 PM  
    Blogger Remealsurdelsur said...

    Este postre se ve delicioso, soy una enamorada del coco, así que seguro me encantará.


    11:34 AM  
    Blogger Katrina said...

    The coconut bars look divine! Sorry you're sick. Hope you feel better soon!

    6:09 PM  
    Blogger Pamela said...

    Oh, I'm quite jealous that you got to see Wicked! I really want to see that show. Glad you enjoyed it! These bars look fantastic! Hope you had a great Easter.

    6:54 PM  
    Blogger Tangled Noodle said...

    I can't describe how much I love coconut! I even brought back a coconut scraper thingamajig from the Philippines so that I can have it freshly grated. This is a perfect combo of two loves - coconut and chocolate.!

    12:48 PM  
    Blogger Becky at VintageMixer said...

    mmm. I love coconut anything.

    2:28 PM  
    Blogger Mermaid Sews said...

    Wow, these look amazing. Coconut and chocolate, that's gotta taste great.

    8:52 AM  
    Blogger Colleen said...

    These look amazing - I love the blend of coconut and chocolate together.

    7:45 AM  
    Blogger Unknown said...

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    Well done, keep up the great work and I look forward to seeing more of these wonderful recipes come swimming down my tweetstream.

    Happy cooking,


    1:13 PM  

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