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Decadent Bars Recipe

Decadent Bars

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"You won't be able to eat just one."

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Original recipe makes 2 dozen Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, cream the shortening and brown sugar. Mix in the egg, orange juice and zest until well blended. Gradually add the dry ingredients, stirring constantly. Stir in the butterscotch chips and coconut. Pour the dough into greased baking pan.
  3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until top is golden brown. Let cool before cutting into squares.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 29, 2002

I have used this recipe three times now. I find it easy, quick and delicious. It is a great recipe to take for potluck gatherings and any place where you might wish to donate food--bake sales, funeral receptions, etc. It travels well. It's not real fancy but tastes delicious and the absence of a rich frosting or topping appeals to my family.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 07, 2011

These were okay. The orange, butterscotch combination just didn't go together for me very well. I think that these need a little orange extract to boost the orange flavor. I also think that white chips would be a better choice in these bars.


15 Ratings

Nov 05, 2008

I LOVE this recipe. Everytime I go home on leave, my family asks me to make it. Also, its a HUGE hit at potlucks. The only thing I changed was a added a splash of almond extract and a splash of vanilla extract. Like one of the other reviewers mentioned, I too made this recipe without shortening the first few times. I just put half butter and half vegetable oil. It worked like a charm and it was a little easier to mix than plain shortening alone.

Apr 04, 2007

...Wow! these have an amazing, "addictive" flavor, said my husband. Very moist, sweet but not too sweet, maybe a little bit cakey, but I might have overmixed the batter. I didn't have all the ingredients so I had to change a few things, but I guess I got lucky because they were delicious! I had no shortening so I used 1/2 cup butter and 1/4 cup of half vegetable oil, half whipping cream. Used sliced almonds instead of butterscotch chips and included 1/4 cup powdered almonds (removed 1/4 cup flour). Baked 23 minutes. I love how the orange, coconut and almond flavors blended together, the result smelled and tasted quite delicate and refined. Will make again.

Aug 29, 2002

These are excellent. They reminded me of my aunt's orange cookies. And I have to agree after eating 1/4 of the can't eat just one!!

Aug 09, 2010

This recipe is good except it's not wow. The orange flavour is excellent but it's still missing something. Mine almost was more of a cake than bars.

Aug 09, 2007

I almost decided not to make this recipe. I only made it because it was quick. Wow. Very little work..but excellent results. It was delicious and great for a picnic or cookie tray.

Dec 24, 2013

Made these YUMMY brownie bars today to bring to my families Christmas Eve party. They will NOT be a dissapointment. I made a couple changes. I added orange extract in place of the orange peel to give it a stronger orange taste about a tsp. And added about a 1/2 tsp. Or so of almond extract. I also substituted the butterscotch chips for white chocolate chips. My son do sent like coconut and my husband doesn't like white chocolate anything. They couldn't keep their hands off of them. This has now become one of my favorite bar recipes. Dried cranberries would add a festive touch to them and go fantastic with the orange and coconut flavor!


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  • Calories
  • 188 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 23.5 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 8 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 9.6 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1.5 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 83 mg
  • 3%

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

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