Sunday, July 24, 2011

Chocolate-Coconut Joy Bars

Sometimes you feel like a nut - sometimes you don't!  I guess I fall into the "nut" category for putting my oven on in this heat, but it's much better today.   This is a sneak preview of one of the new Fall/Winter recipes from The Pampered Chef Season's Best collection.  These bars have the flavor of the popular candy bar and are so easy to make!

You will need:
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 bag (14 oz.) sweetened, flaked coconut, divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups Devil's Food cake mix (1/2 box)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1-1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels, divided
  • Toasted sliced almonds for garnish
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Finely chop almonds.  Combine almonds, 1 cup of the coconut, flour, 1/2 cup of the brown sugar and baking soda in a medium bowl.  Mix well.  Add butter;  and mix until combined.  Press mixture onto bottom of  11 x 15 sheet pan.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until light golden brown.  Let cool slightly.

In a medium bowl, combine cake mix, remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar, egg and water;  whisk 1 minute or until smooth.  Pour batter over warm crust; carefully spread to edges.  Sprinkle batter evenly with 1/2 cup of the chocolate morsels and remaining coconut.
Bake 10-12 minutes or until coconut is toasted.

Place remaining 3/4 cup chocolate morsels in 1 cup glass bowl.  Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH 1 minutes or until mostly melted.  Stir to fully melt chocolate.  Spoon melted chocolate into resealable plastic bag.  Twist top of bag; trim corner.  Drizzle chocolate over toasted coconut topping.  Garnish with toasted sliced almonds.  Cut into 24 bars.  Serve warm or at room temperature.
~Source:  The Pampered Chef  Season's Best Fall/Winter


  1. Very pretty Patti, they look great! I'm still baking too, just not as much:@)

  2. You may have felt like a nut while baking these beauties, but you came out looking like a genius!

  3. Fantastic, Patti. This looks so good, I wish I could your reach out and grab one. Thank you for sharing at Joy of Desserts. :-)

  4. These look amazing! New follower from hop. Hope you would stop by and follow back.

  5. here is my direct link. Sorry I forgot to post it for future reference.

  6. These do look delicious! I love Almond Joys. I'd love to try one. Thanks for sharing on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.


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