Coconut Raspberry Bars
Coconut Raspberry Bars are sensational. No kidding. We love coconut. We love raspberries. We love pecans or walnuts (or almost any kind of nuts). And, we love vanilla chips! Yay! There’s just nothing to dislike about this bar. It’s a wonderful blend of flavors that’s easy to make, delicious to eat, and elegant to serve.
This fabulous Taste of Home recipe is one we have used in our Christmas cookie baking extravaganzas in the past. It is loaded with flavors we love. It is great any time of year but it’s also a terrific holiday baking item.
This is an elegant bar that we found in the Fall Baking, 2009 edition cookbook, but it is also listed in the Country Woman, 1999 cookbook. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a delicious fruit filled bar with pizazz! You and your family will love them!
For that matter, Coconut Raspberry Bars are beautiful and festive treats that are great for any holiday, special occasion, Baby Shower, or backyard barbecue! Every time we’ve made these amazing cookies they get rave reviews and everyone wants another! If you’re looking for a dynamite cookie to serve your family or friends, be sure to consider Coconut Raspberry Bars. You’ll be so glad you did!
I initially posted this recipe right after my blog began in mid-June 2012. Then I remade the recipe in February 2013 but my camera was still an iPhone at the time so the pictures were not particularly clear or displayed well. This bar is quite gooey so it needs a white plate and plenty of space between each bar to show off particularly well.
I recently remade this recipe for friends (April 2015) and retook the pictures with my Canon. It’s so much easier to see the beauty of these cookies with a better camera. I think you will love making Coconut Raspberry Bars for yourself!
Don’t these Coconut Raspberry Bars look luscious? These bars are so elegant — yet they are relatively easy to make.
Coconut Raspberry Bars are a great dessert for company or holiday baking.
Coconut Raspberry Bars are ooey, gooey and delicious!
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients.
Soften butter and put in mixing bowl. Add sugar, egg, vanilla and baking powder.
Whisk or mix with an electric mixer until smooth.
Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods. Add coconut and nuts. These are pecans but the original recipe calls for walnuts, I think.
Stir together ingredients with a wooden spoon. Don’t use your mixture unless you want everything to be tough!
Spray a 9×13″ baking pan with cooking spray. Add 3/4 of the dough and spread into bottom of pan to form a crust layer. Press down crust into pan. You can use the back of a spoon or your hands.
Spread raspberry preserves over top of the crust. Try to spread the raspberry preserves over the crust as evenly as possible so it’s not clumpy in sections.
Sprinkle vanilla chips and then coconut over top of the raspberry preserves.
Crumble the remaining dough over top of the other ingredients.
Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes. Mine took 40-42 minutes. Cool pan completely before cutting into bars.
Cut Coconut Raspberry Bars into squares and serve.
Coconut Raspberry Bars are beautiful as well as delicious!
Here’s the recipe.
COCONUT RASPBERRY BARS
(Recipe adapted from Taste of Home Fall Baking, 2009)
- ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp. vanilla
- 2 cups [url href=”http://www.goldmedalflour.com/” target=”_blank” title=”gold medal flour”]Gold Medal [/url]UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
- ¼ tsp. baking powder
- 2 cups coconut, divided use
- ½ cup chopped [url href=”http://www.fishernuts.com/” target=”_blank” title=”fisher nuts”]Fisher[/url] pecans or walnuts
- 12-oz. jar [url href=”http://www.smuckers.com/” target=”_blank” title=”smuckers”]Smuckers[/url] Red Raspberry preserves
- 1 cup [url href=”http://www.hersheys.com/” target=”_blank” title=”hershey’s “]Hershey’s[/url] premiere white chips (creamy vanilla flavor)
- In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar, egg, vanilla and baking powder with a whisk or an electric mixer until well combined.
- Add flour, 1 ¼ cups coconut and the nuts.
- Press three-fourths of the dough into a greased 9×13” baking pan.
- Spread evenly with preserves.
- Sprinkle with chips and remaining coconut.
- Crumble remaining dough over the top; press lightly.
- Bake at 350˚ for 35-45 minutes or until golden brown.
- Cool on a wire rack.
- Cut into bars.
Every bite of Coconut Raspberry Bars is breathtaking. This is one marvelous cookie.
Coconut Raspberry Bars are great for holiday entertaining but easy enough to make all year round.