Saturday, April 19, 2008

No-chocolate recipe: coconut butterscotch bars

If you think a dessert without chocolate lacks rich flavor, this recipe will prove you wrong. These bars start with a rich shortbread bottom layer. You can get as creative as you want to with the top layers. Here's how I make it:


1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 1/3 cups coconut flakes
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Beat the butter, powdered sugar, and flour together in a bowl. When they are well-mixed, press the mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 9-inch square baking pan. Bake it for around 15 minutes (until lightly browned).

Combine the remaining ingredients, and spread the mixture over the baked layer.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until the top layer is light brown around the edges. The center will not appear to be set, but don't worry. Let the bars cool completely before cutting.

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