There’s just nothing like a good bar. No you lushes… not the kind you go get snockered in… the rich, chewy kind that come out of a pan and get cut into pieces that are never quite big enough. I’m talking about dessert bar recipes like cookie bars, and brownies, and those tasty goodies that fit somewhere between a cookie and a cake. In fact, I think bars were created for people that don’t have the patience to roll or cut cookie dough, or the where-with-all to finish a cake with frosting and all that timely fluff.
I do love a good bar, and so I’m sharing one of my favorites with you that’s unexcusably easy and undeniably good. It’s the perfect blend of all things that make a bar delicious – sweet and chewy with a hint of saltiness and a mixture of flavors that just wouldn’t be the same if one was missing. I give you The Daydream Bar… they’ll have you dreaming of sweet goodness while you wait for them to cool, and the kitchen will smell divine.
Daydream Bars Recipe
- Butter (melted) – 5 ounces
- Graham Cracker Crumbs – 1 1/2 cups
- Sweetened Condensed Milk – 1 can
- Semisweet Chocolate Chips – mini chips preferred – 1 1/3 cups
- Shredded Coconut – 1 2/3 cups
- Chopped Pecans – 1 1/3 cups
- Spray or grease a 9×13 pan and line the bottom with parchment for easy removal.
- Mix melted butter and graham cracker crumbs.
- Press crumbs into baking pan to cover bottom of pan evenly.
- Loosely crumble coconut over crust to cover evenly.
- Sprinkle pecans over coconut.
- Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over top.
- Drizzle 1 entire can of condensed milk back and forth over toppings for even coverage.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, turning at 15 minute mark. Check for light brown/caramel color when done.
- Cool completely before cutting.
Makes about 12 bars (3×3 size) or quarter cut them into smaller 2-bite pieces perfect for party trays.
For a faster process, you can toss the coconut, chocolate and pecans together in a bowl and spread evenly over crust before drizzling the condensed milk, but I like the chewy coconut middle layer that comes from distributing each dry ingredient separately. Feel free to add or sub other goodies such as M&Ms, pretzel bits, butterscotch morsels, etc.