The day after Thanksgiving, a bunch of friends and I are getting together for a Turkey Day celebration of our own. I am so excited beyond words to see my two out-of-state girlfriends!! It will definitely be a good time.
I decided to make these Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars along with sweet potatoes for Friday's event. The sweet potatoes are a really good recipe from my Great-Aunt Jane - we've been using her recipe for years now. If you're lucky, maybe there'll be a post about those in the very near future.
Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble, gobble. :)
Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars
Altered from Spiced Apple Caramel Bars
Base and Topping
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups oatmeal
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup coconut, shredded
1 1/2 sticks butter
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare base and topping: mix dry ingredients together, except chocolate chips. Cut butter into the mixture until you have a coarse, mealy texture. Pat two thirds of this into an 8x8-inch square baking pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
In saucepan, stir together cinnamon, sugar, and water. Bring to a simmer over medium low heat. Simmer about five minutes. Stir to prevent burning. Stir in vanilla, and pour and spread evenly over base. Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over caramel layer, as desired. Crumble remaining mixture over chocolate chips.
Bake for about 20-30 minutes. Devour.