Monday, October 5, 2015

Chocolate Oatmeal Coconut Almond Bars

I've been wanting a dessert today, but nothing sounded good. I've made a version of these bars before that was good, but it wasn't knock your socks off good. So, I thought I'd tweak the recipe a bit to answer my chocolate craving, but include a few other of my favorite goodies, namely coconut and almond. Now, if you don't like almond extract (I could seriously drink it), you can use vanilla extract, but the almond extract does add something a little special to this bar. Feel free to adjust as appropriate according to your cravings!

Chocolate Oatmeal Coconut Almond Bars
1 cup AP flour (AP = all purpose)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
1 & 1/2 tsp almond extract
1 egg
1 & 1/4 cups quick cooking oats
1 pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 cup sliced almonds (for the top)

1. Beat butter, sugars and almond extract in mixing bowl until creamy.

2. Beat in egg.

3. Add flour and cinnamon, gradually.

4. Stir in oats, 3/4 cup chocolate chips, and the coconut.

5. Spread into greased 9X13 inch pan. You may need to use your fingers to help spread this out.

6. Bake in 350 degree oven for 23 minutes.

7. Immediately, sprinkle with the remaining chocolate chips; let stand for 5 minutes (they will be shiny).

8. Spread with a knife or an uneven spatula, and then sprinkle with almonds.

9. Let cool - chocolate will harden.

10.Cut into bars.

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