These coconut candy bars come together easily with graham cracker crumbs, butter, semisweet chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, and lotsa, lotsa love. The result? Sorta like Mounds bars, for those of you who can remember those.
These coconut candy bars taste like a mash-up of Mounds candy bars, peanut butter, and a graham cracker crumb crust. Indulgence on the cheap.–Renee Schettler Rossi
Coconut Candy Bars
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter melted
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
- One (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
- 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
- Stir together the graham cracker crumbs, butter, and sugar in a medium bowl. Spread the crumb mixture on the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and gently press with your fingertips to form an even layer.
- Bake until just golden around the edges, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool slightly.
- Dump the coconut and condensed milk in a bowl and stir well. Spread the coconut mixture evenly over the warm graham cracker crust in the baking pan. Return to the oven and bake until golden brown around the edges, 15 to 17 minutes. Let cool completely.
☞TESTER TIP: Use the same bowl for the sweetened condensed milk and coconut as you did for the crumb mixture for super easy clean up.
- When the coconut layer has cooled, in a medium pan over medium-low heat, stir together the chocolate chips, vegetable shortening, and peanut butter and warm, stirring constantly, until completely smooth, 2 to 4 minutes.
- Pour the chocolate mixture over the cooled coconut layer and use a spatula to spread it into a thin, even layer. Let cool completely.
- Cut into 24 squares. Serve immediately or layer between sheets of wax paper in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. If the bars have been refrigerated, let rest at room temperature before slicing and serving.
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Recipe Testers’ Reviews
These bars are quick and easy to fix. I had everything in my pantry so I thought I would give them a try.
I used boxed graham cracker crumbs, which made it super easy to measure—no crushing crackers! After combining the butter, sugar, and graham cracker crumbs, the mixture spread very easily into my 9-by-13-inch baking dish. The total bake time for mine was about 12 minutes. I used the same bowl for the sweetened condensed milk and coconut as I did for the crumb mixture for super easy clean up.
Spreading the coconut mixture was a little more difficult, but just take your time and it will work out fine. Total bake time for the coconut mixture on the crust was 17 minutes. That will give the edges of your coconut layer time to turn a nice golden brown! Pour this over the slightly cooled coconut and spread all over the get all the edges covered. It seemed a little runny, but was very easy to spread. I placed it on the cooling rack until the pan was cool to the touch, about 40 minutes. The chocolate was still very liquid, so I popped it in the fridge for a few hours and it firmed right up. I cut mine into small squares—close to 3 dozen little pieces.
These treats are super sweet and rich, so a little square or two is a perfect snack to take to the office or a Super Bowl party!
This coconut candy bars recipe was a hit with my extended family. I liked the flavor. I thought the addition of the peanut butter was odd. Iʻm not sure itʻs needed. Iʻm also not sure that the bars need to be absolutely completely cool before spreading the chocolate. It yielded 30 squares. To hasten the cooling, you can stick the pan of bars in the fridge.
Originally published February 13, 2021
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Mary Kate K.
These delicious coconut candy bars were the perfect little chewy bites of goodness! Not too sweet with the tiniest bit of peanut butter and just the right amount of chocolate. Plus the candy still had enough sweetness to satisfy that after-dinner craving. I’d consider this more of a cookie than a candy—either way, it was really delicious. This recipe was a real crowd-pleaser, and my family was more than happy to eat the final product.
I used 15 graham crackers to get 2 cups processed crumbs. The pan could benefit from some cooking spray. The coconut mixture gets a bit sticky after baking, making the candy difficult to get out of the pan. I also must have stamped my graham cracker crust too much because the candy was hard to cut, but it was not at all difficult to eat.
I’ll be keeping this recipe handy in the future—it was a big family hit!