Coconut Layer Bars

    55 minutes

    This three layer bar consists of a coconut and walnut base then a lighter layer with vanilla and cinnamon then finally a sweet glaze.

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    Serves: 24 

    • Base
    • 1 1/4 cups (300g) white sugar
    • 3/4 cup (125g) brown sugar
    • 2 cups (250g) plain flour
    • 125g butter, softened
    • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
    • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
    • Centre Layer
    • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 egg
    • 1 cup (250g) buttermilk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • Top Glaze
    • 1 cup (155g) icing sugar
    • 1 tablespoon milk

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Grease a 22x32cm cake tin.
    2. Base: In a medium bowl combine the sugar, brown sugar, flour and butter. Continue to blend until the mixture is in coarse crumbs. Remove 2 cups of the mixture to another bowl and reserve the rest.
    3. Stir the coconut and walnuts into the 2 cups of the sugar mixture. Pat firmly into the greased tin.
    4. Centre Layer: Stir the bicarb soda, salt and cinnamon into the reserved mixture. Then mix in the egg, buttermilk and vanilla until well blended. Spread this over the crust in the tin.
    5. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven or until firm. Allow to cool.
    6. Top Glaze: Make a glaze using icing sugar and enough of the milk to give it a drizzling consistency. Drizzle over bars before cutting into squares.

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    Very good recipe and a great way to get rid of extra buttermilk! I wouldn't call these "coconut bars" though - to me, it was more of a spice cake. Mine baked in 30 minutes (even at 350 with an oven thermometer), so I'd recommend watching the baking time. I omitted the glaze and it was just fine. Thanks for the recipe!  -  05 Jun 2001  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    These were wonderful and made EVEN BETTER with a layer of chocolate chips between the crust and the cake! I doubled the coconut and omitted the glaze also. Thanks!  -  27 Jul 2004  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    These were awesome! I will definitely make them again. I made a few small changes - I reduced white sugar to 1 cup, omitted walnuts and used 3/4 cup coconut instead, and omitted glaze. Unless you don't like coconut I can't imagine anyone not liking this recipe!  -  29 Jul 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)