Coconutty Oat Bars

January 10, 2019Teresa

Coconutty Oat Bars are fabulous cookies that are delightfully chewy. These scrumptious cookie bars are filled with oatmeal, coconut, dates and pecans. While I make them frequently for the Christmas holidays, they can be made any time of year. We love the chewy texture of these bars. The coconut and dates keep them sweet, while the oatmeal and pecans keep them slightly crunchy.

I’m one of those folks who loves dates. The first time I ever had dates was Thanksgiving dinner 1978. My mother-in-law baked her delicious Skillet Cookies (Coconut Date Balls). My mom never used dates in any cookie or cake recipe that I can remember eating. I have several recipes using dates on this blog. My favorite Date Squares are irresistible. I have another oatmeal cookie with dates that’s terrific. My favorite Bran Muffins include dates as well. Yes, I love eating dates. I even like them plain.

I’ve made these bars a lot of times over the years. I will offer a couple of suggestions. Be careful not to overbake the cookies. It’s a little hard to tell when they are done. If you overbake them, they become so crumbly they will fall apart when cutting. It’s actually a little better to take them out of the oven early rather than late. That way the cookies retain their chewiness rather than become hard and too crunchy. They will also finish baking in the pans.

I made these delectable jewels for our mini Christmas Cookie Extravaganza this year. I made several platters of cookies for John’s office. Each platter contained my favorite Potato Chip Cookies, Rocky Road S’Mores Bars, Best Sugar Cookies, Pumpkin Toffee Cookies, Coconut Date Balls, Oreo Cookie Meltaways, and Oreo Nutter Butter Cookies. I always try to mix and match flavors so I don’t have all chocolate or all lemon or all cranberry stuff. This year, I tried to make up cookies with stuff I had on hand rather than doing a lot of extra grocery store runs. The cookies and bars were a hit with everyone, including these goodies.

If you enjoy the flavors of oatmeal, dates, coconut and pecans, then Coconutty Oat Bars are for you! If you don’t overbake them, they are absolutely mouthwatering. We’ve always enjoyed these lovely cookies and hope you will too.

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Coconutty Oat Bars are a family favorite.

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I’ve made these cookies frequently for our Christmas Cookie Extravaganzas over the years.

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Coconutty Oat Bars are irresistible.

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients.

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Soften butter. Add brown sugar, egg, vanilla, baking powder and salt.

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Cream with an electric mixer until ingredients are smooth.

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Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods. Add oatmeal, dates, coconut and pecans.

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Stir ingredients well with a wooden spoon to combine.

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Grease a 12×17″ cookie sheet. Press ingredients into prepared cookie sheet. (I had to keep my hands moist to do this).

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Bake at 350 about 20-30 minutes or until set.

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These delicious bar-type cookies are chewy, scrumptious and addictive!

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If you enjoy dates, oatmeal, coconut and pecans, you’ll love Coconutty Oat Bars.

Here’s the recipe.

COCONUTTY OAT BARS

(Adapted from a magazine, circa early 1980s)

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Coconutty Oat Bars are rich, chewy & oh, so scrumptious. These cookie bars contain coconut, dates, pecans and oatmeal. They're absolutely terrific for Christmas Cookie Exchanges, tailgating parties, potlucks or backyard barbecues. Every bite will have you coming back for more!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Beat butter, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, baking powder and salt until light and fluffy.
  2. Add flour, dates, coconut, pecans or walnuts and oatmeal.
  3. Stir with a wooden spoon until very well combined.
  4. Spread into well-greased 12 ½” x17 1/2” cookie sheet.
  5. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Cool; cut into bars.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Can substitute craisins or raisins for dates, if desired.

NOTE: Spread the cookie mixture so that it covers the entire bottom of the pan with no gaps or holes. You may have to keep your hands moist to accomplish this.

NOTE: I had four pans of bars in the oven at the same time. My bars took about 40 minutes to cook completely, rotating the pans every ten minutes.

NOTE: Be very careful not to overbake this mixture. The mixture needs to be just barely set. If you overcook the bars so they become brown, the bars will crumble trying to get them out of the pan.

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Coconutty Oat Bars are great for tailgating parties, too.

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The dates provide a real pop in flavor.

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Coconutty Oat Bars are terrific for Christmas Cookie Exchanges. But you can make these jewels all year round. Yay!

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