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California Dream Bars  Recipe
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California Dream Bars

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"Dreamy bars with a rich brown sugar crust and a chewy coconut and walnut topping. "

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Original recipe makes 16 bars Change Servings
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Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease an 8x8 inch square baking pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1 cup flour. Stir in the melted margarine and vanilla until well blended. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Prepare the filling while the crust bakes. In a medium bowl, beat eggs until light and foamy. Blend together the brown sugar, flour, baking powder and salt; stir into the eggs. Mix in the walnuts and coconut. Pour over the crust and return to the oven.
  4. Bake for 15 more minutes in the preheated oven, until set. When cool, cut into squares. Dust with confectioners' sugar.
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  • PREP 20 mins
  • COOK 30 mins
  • READY IN 1 hr
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Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 19, 2003

These were wonderful! I'm so glad I tried this recipe......they're like little pecan pie bars...my husband loved them! Very quick and easy....thanks!

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 20, 2007

Back in the fifties when I grew up, dream bars were an actual fad. My mom was a professional baker and made the best dream bars ever. Unfortunately, I don't have her recipe and my mouth was watering when I found this one. However, it was a huge disappointment. It is nothing like the original which were chewy and not so terribly sweet and sticky. I believe this recipe has too much sugar and not enough flour. The base has so much sugar that it gets too hard. The other ingredients are probably about right. I would like to see someone come up with one of the more satisfactory old recipes. I'm sorry to have to call this one a flop.

 

23 Ratings

Aug 16, 2003

These bars turned out just fine....but the flavor was lacking - non-descriptively just "sweet". Next time, I'll add some sort of "chips" - choc, pb, or cinnamin perhaps.

 
Jan 28, 2005

We made them in my culinary arts class at my high school and they turned out awesome! dont eat too much though... tummy ache! Just remember that the crust doesnt have to be set to put the filling on. These also make great with freezing for snacks later...

 
Nov 15, 2008

A big hit with family and friends!

 
Feb 21, 2008

This was excellent!! Very Very rich, eat in small amounts.

 
Jul 22, 2013

These are awesome. Making another batch today.

 
May 11, 2010

WOW! These are amazing! Very rich dessert! If you love coconut then you will love these! They are nice and chewy. I made these last night & they turned out perfect. I was looking for something different to make & these really hit the spot, I will be making these again soon. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. :)

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 221 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 25.5 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 26 mg
  • 9%
  • Fat
  • 12.4 g
  • 19%
  • Fiber
  • 1.2 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 3 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 139 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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