Sunday, 20 January 2013

Coconut Chews

These chewy rich bars have been a family favorite for more than thirty years.  You can try them with or without the icing or top them with a scoop of ice cream. 



3/4 cup shortening (half butter or margarine)
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup flaked coconut
Orange Lemon Icing (below)



Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Cream shortening, butter and confectioners' sugar.  Blend in 1 1/2 cups flour.  Press mixture in bottom of ungreased 9" x 13" baking pan.  Bake 12 to 15 minutes.  Mix remaining ingredients; spread over hot baked layer.  Bake 20 minutes longer.  While warm, spread with Orange-Lemon Icing.  Cool; cut into bars, about 3" x 1". 

Orange-Lemon Icing

Mix 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted, 3 tablespoons orange juice and 1 teaspoon lemon juice until smooth.



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