Mrs. Fields Coconut Mud Bars

READY IN: 25mins
YIELD: 24 bars




  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Lightly butter a 9x13-inch baking pan.
  • To make the bottom layer, stir together 1 1/3 cups flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, pinch salt and the brown sugar.
  • Use a pastry blender to add the 1/2 cup of butter (in small pieces), until the mixture is crumbly and coarse.
  • Press into the bottom of the baking pan.
  • Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes, then place pan on rack to cool.
  • Leave oven on.
  • Next prepare the chocolate ganache.
  • After the chopped chocolate is placed in a medium bowl, bring the cream to a simmer in a small saucepan.
  • Pour the cream over the ganache, and wait 5 minutes before stirring.
  • The ganache will be smooth when ready to refrigerate and set (15 minutes in the refrigerator).
  • To prepare the topping, cream the remaining butter in a bowl.
  • Add the granulated sugar, and extracts.
  • Beat until blended, then beat in the eggs; then stir in coconut and nuts.
  • Drop the topping by spoonfuls evenly over the ganache and spread with a spatula or a knife.
  • Bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Set pan on rack to cool before cutting into bars.