Dream Bars

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WAKE UP!  You’re totally not dreaming, but these bars are what dreams are made of…sugar and spice and mmmmm, everything nice.

I know you’re starting to think about your holiday baking.  You’ve got cookies out the wazoo (yeouch!)  But do you have an easy and elegant recipe that you’ll want to hoard for yourself as well?!

Coconut Almond Dream Bars

OMGosh, so elegant! So hoard-worthy!

The German was and is an amazing holiday baker.  She would rarely let us in the kitchen to help (very very small house + 5 “helpin” kids = someone’s gonna cry), but one day she passed on of her favorite holiday recipes along to me. It’s been in the vault ever since until today.


I present….Dream Bars.

Dream Bars


  • 1/2 shortening (I use butter)
  • 1/2 packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup moist shredded coconut
  • 1 cup slivered almonds


  1. CRUST
  2. Heat oven to 350°.
  3. Mix shortening and sugar thoroughly.
  4. Stir in flour.
  5. Press and flatten to cover bottom of ungreased 9x13 pan. (1)
  6. Bake 10 minutes.
  7. Spread with topping. (2)
  8. Return to oven and bake 25 minutes (or a bit more or less) until golden brown.
  9. Cool slightly, then cut into bars.
  11. Mix eggs, sugar and vanilla.
  12. Mix flour, baking powder and salt together and then add to egg mixture.
  13. Stir in coconut and almonds.



1) I typically use my hand for flattening.

2) This may take some care as the crust isn't firmly baked yet. If you tear a piece, do the best you can to slap it back in place and keep on going!


Just in case you missed the nirvana from earlier:

Dream Bars


Happy Baking, y’all!



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  1. I’ve never heard of these before but they look divine! Adding this recipe to my holiday list (and to Pinterest, of course!).

  2. I’m a big fan of coconut and these sound delicious. I’ve been in the baking mood lately and I’m excited to try these out!

  3. Your sweet treats are always so amazing…Can you send me a care package? 😉 XOXO

  4. These look yummy – Love bars over cookies any day.
    I’ll be sharing later today on my Facebook page.

    Carole @ Garden Up green

  5. They sound bloody great

  6. How did you know I just purchased my Christmas baking shortening? How! These look amazing. I’ll be very, very selective with this years baking – lost and plan on losing more weight! So, if I’m gonna splurge, it has to be something that’s worth it. Totally, deliciously worth it. These sound like they might make the cut!

    • We ate some of these the day I baked them and then I stashed the rest in the freezer. Every time we pull a few out, I swear all you hear while we eat them is the soft moaning of approval. So. Worth. It.

  7. These sound divine! Thanks for sharing! Found you on A Stroll Thru Life link up!

  8. These look great!!!!

  9. Just to double check before I start baking this pan of delish, I’m assuming you meant 1/2 CUP each butter and brown sugar for the crust.


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