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These Dream Bars Will be Your New Addiction

Dream Bars are everything you dream about in a bar: balanced sweetness with a flaky crust and a filling that makes you immediately realize these will be your new addiction!

These Dream Bars Will be Your New Addiction

I have been making these Dream Bars since I was a kid.

The recipe was handed down to me from The German; I have no idea where it originated, but am grateful that someone somewhere invented these bars.

They’re making me drool just writing about them.

As a kiddo, I looked forward to these every Christmas almost as much as the coming of Santa.

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These days, I don’t save them solely for Christmas; I make them whenever I need a bit of fancy. And now you can too!

Perfection for any occasion.

Easy to make, easy to eat! (A little OMT! oddness: I store mine in the freezer and eat them straight from the bag with little to no time allowed for thawing. Chilled goodness!)

On to the recipe!




1/2 cup shortening (I use butter)

1/2 cup 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



Heat oven to 350°.

Mix shortening and sugar thoroughly.

Stir in flour.

Press and flatten to cover bottom of ungreased 9×13 pan. (1)

Bake 10 minutes.

Spread with topping. (2)

Return to oven and bake 25 minutes (or a bit more or less) until golden brown.

Cool slightly, then cut into bars.


Mix eggs, sugar and vanilla.

Mix flour, baking powder and salt together and then add to egg mixture.

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!

Happy New Addiction, Y’all!

Tired of searching for a popular OMT! recipe?

Rest yer weary fingers.

Except to click on the image.

You still have enough strength for that.



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Tuesday 29th of January 2019

I remember these well! They were called Tom Thumb bars in my neck of the woods. Sugar coma! Thanks for the memory!

Patti Tucker

Wednesday 30th of January 2019

Soooo, delicious.

Kathy Shea Mormino

Sunday 2nd of December 2018

Hey girl, thanks for linking up with The Clever Chicks! (do a quick check of your ingredients're missing some measurement specs, eg: 1/2 cup of butter or pound?)

See ya next week!

Patti Tucker

Monday 3rd of December 2018

You saved me! Thank you.

Calleen Petersen

Thursday 29th of November 2018

Looks yummy! Visiting from #ThursdayFavoriteThings

Patti Tucker

Thursday 29th of November 2018



Wednesday 28th of November 2018

For thr crust, is it 1/2 Cup butter and 1/2 Cup brown sugar? Can’t wait to make them for Christmas!

Patti Tucker

Wednesday 28th of November 2018

Yes! Let me know what you think!

Lee MacArthur

Tuesday 27th of November 2018

These sound so easy to make. Thank you so much for sharing.

Patti Tucker

Tuesday 27th of November 2018