Oh, Sweet Failure!
These cookie bars started off as a coffee cake idea I was working on. Well, as you can see they didn’t really come out the way I had them pictured in my mind, but the end results were not a complete failure. In fact, they turned into a sweet surprise. My hubby said, “man, that is a yummy recipe fail”. If I must have kitchen fails and believe me I will then I wish they would all be as great as this one.
Have you even had that happen? You have a recipe in mind and you think ‘”oh yeah, I will just throw that together right fast and it will be amazing”. Only to get it made and feel like it was a total waste of ingredients? Or maybe it tastes okay, but it looks NOTHING AT ALL like you wanted it to? If you haven’t experienced one of those scenarios then you are rocking it in the kitchen, but as for this food blogger and baker, I can totally relate to both of those things. More so than I am willing to admit here today.
Easy Mix and Bake!
The cool thing about these bars is that they come together in your mixer quickly. I had these mixed and in the oven in under 10 minutes. The one key to having good baked goods is beginning with the ingredients at room temperature, so make sure you set your eggs and butter out on the counter either the morning or night before so they will be ready when you are.
To make your batter begin by creaming your softened butter, eggs, and sweetener together in your mixing bowl. Once the mixture is smooth and whipped nicely you will add in your dry ingredients and the vanilla and combine thoroughly. At the end, you will fold in your nuts, toasted coconut and chocolate chips by hand. After you have completed your batter add it to a greased 8×8 baking dish and make sure to spread it evenly around your pan before baking it in a preheated 350-degree oven. These bars will bake for around 25-30 minutes. You want the bars to be browned on top and but still soft and just set. Over cooking could dry the cookie bars out.
I suggest letting these bars cool completely before cutting them into squares. The cookie bars will be really fragile until they cool. Cutting into them early could cause them to crumble, not that they wouldn’t make tasty crumbs, but who wants to eat cookie bars with a spoon? However, I will tell you which recipe is good when eaten with a spoon, my Grain Free Granola Cereal. We love this stuff and that granola recipe it is what inspired the recipe that became these Granola Cookie Bars!
I hope you guys give this Granola cookie bar of mine a try soon because I think you will love them just as much as I do. I think I will sneak the last one for breakfast in the morning if I can manage to hide it about from that cookie monster husband of mine, ha!
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For the non purist these chocolate chips work great too!
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