Macaroon Cookie Bars

"Rich chocolate base and creamy coconut filling....what more could you ask for?"
photo by LAURIE photo by LAURIE
photo by LAURIE
Ready In:
1 13x9 pan




  • Combine cake mix, butter or margarine and 1 egg on high speed of mixer until crumbly.
  • Press into greased 13x9 pan.
  • Set aside.
  • Mix together, milk, vanilla and remaining egg well.
  • Stir in 1 cup coconut and nuts.
  • Pour over chocolate crust. Spread evenly.
  • Top with 1/4 cup coconut.
  • Bake 350° for 30-40 minutes.
  • Middle of pan may still be loose but will settle on cooling.

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  1. PanNan
    Ooh, sooo delicious. Nice combination of thick brownie like crust, with a gooey, coconut rich center. Five star, all the way! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe, Laurie.
  2. Aunt Cookie
    Well, I have to admit that I screwed up the instructions and added both eggs to the batter (I used a third egg for the topping). However, if anyone else happens to do this, don't worry - the results are delicious. My accidental version tasted like a brownie version of German chocolate cake. We ate it warmed with ice cream. Thanks for the recipe...I'll add to this review after I make it the correct way.
  3. stephanierndos
    This recipe was very easy and good, I did use semi sweet chocolate chips also, about 1/2 Cup - which I sprinkled over the top before baking. 1 suggestion though, it does not take 30-40 minutes (almost burns at 30 minutes) - instead, I'd say 20-25 minutes is all it should take. I would probably make this again, but - it is very rich & I am not big on rich deserts.
  4. pammyowl
    Good, but very sweet. Lbakedthem for 30 minutes. Perfect!
  5. Sweet PQ?
    I have to agree with one of the other reviewers about baking time. I removed it after 30 minutes and the outer portion turned out very dry. The inner portion was delectable! Next time I make this, I'll reduce the oven time to 20-25 minutes.


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