Well, folks, my summer break has officially ended. I was meeting with the 90 some teachers and staff at my school this past week for the second full day meeting in a row. As my group of teachers and I were finishing up our lunch, I busted out these rich morsels of joy. I ran off to deliver one to a couple friends of mine that were elsewhere in the office, and when I came back, the teachers all demanded the recipe. Some comments they said: top notch, a bite of heaven, amazing, I could only take one bite for fear of death by sugar. Oh, yeah. These are slightly similar to the Girl Scout Cookies Samoas (caramel delights) in bar form. They've got toasted coconut, shortbreadish cookie, chocolate and caramel. Honestly though, how can you go wrong with that combination in any form?
source: King Arthur Flour website (one of my favorite go-to sites for good baking recipes)
1/2 stick butter
1 1/2 c brown sugar
2 t vanilla
1 lg egg
1 1/4 c flour
1/2 t salt
1/2 t baking powder
2 c shredded coconut
8 oz caramel sauce
To toast the coconut, preheat the oven to 350. Spread teh coconut in a 9x13 pan in an even layer.
My husband and I had, no devoured, one of these bars about an hour after they were sitting out. The next day, I kept them in the fridge, and the chocolate on top was more like a milk chocolate Hershey's bar on top. I personally liked the bars a little better when the chocolate was soft. They just melted in your mouth.
As an added dose of glory, you can add some chopped pecans on top. Unless, of course, you're delivering them to someone that has a nut allergy. If that's the case, leave the nuts off. :)