Pacific Island Pear-Coconut Bars

Makes 24 Bars

INGREDIENTS

  • COOKIE BASE:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • TOPPING:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 can (15 ounces) Bartlett pears, drained and diced
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut (optional)
  • METHOD

    For cookie base, in bowl combine flour, butter and brown sugar. Cut butter into dry ingredients until small crumbs form. Press into bottom of lightly greased 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Bake in 350°F oven for 15 minutes. Meanwhile for topping, combine eggs, brown sugar, flour, baking powder, vanilla and salt. Beat until well blended. Stir in 1 cup coconut. Spread topping evenly over baked crust. Sprinkle diced pears evenly over topping; lightly press pears into topping. If desired, sprinkle with additional coconut. Bake in 350°F oven for about 20 minutes or until topping is puffed up around pear pieces and top is lightly brown. Cool on rack. Cut into 24 bars.

    NUTRITION (Per Serving)
    Calories: 201
    Carbohydrate: 33g
    Fiber: 1g
    Protein: 2g
    Fat: 7g
    Sodium: 120mg
    Cholesterol: 33mg