Pineapple Coconut Bars

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We all need a Hawaiian get-a-way or a day at the beach this summer.  These pineapple coconut bars are an Island adventure for your kitchen.  I was inspired to make lemon bars for work, but wanted to add a twist.  After the summer sun that has skyrocketed Arizona heat, a taste of an imaginative vacation is all I need.

Normal lemon bars are usually graham cracker crusts layered with a gooey, lemon center and topped with powdered sugar.  These pineapple coconut bars are a play at each topping.  While the original recipe of inspiration called for raspberry preserve, I swapped them out for pineapple.  I decided to take a whole Island theme to fit with
summer vacations.

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Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  1. You can use any type of preserve that you want paired with coconut.  My suggestions are pineapple, apricot, or raspberry.
  2. Use a food processor to mix the flour and butter.  A food processor is able to grind the butter up and create the crumb texture.
  3. After adding the water slowly, the crust should not be crumbly, it should be processed enough to form a dough and easily spread in an un-greased in one piece.
  4. The eggs will be frothy and bubbly after 30 seconds on high.
  5. Slowly add sugar so that the eggs do not seize up and they incorporate evenly.
  6. Spread as much preserve as you’d like onto the top of the bars.  The more you add the thicker your center will become.
  7. It will take about 10-15 minutes on high for the mixture to become thick and a pale yellow.  Test the thickness with the tip of a spoon.  As soon as you can’t see the spoon tip, you’ll know that the mixture is thick enough.pineapplecoconutbars3
  8. Add the coconut flakes in batches so that you can stir them easier.  I used about a bag and a half
    of coconut.
  9. Let the bars sit after cooking to solidify and hold their shape when cutting into them.

Take them to work or a party with friends.  Everyone will enjoy a taste of vacation with these sweet island treats.  Try different variations to see which one you enjoy best.  Add different toppings to replace the coconut or add nuts to the filling.  There are numerous ideas that can work to please your taste buds.

Leave a message with which flavors you like best.  Follow my Pinterest for more delicious recipes.  Check back next Wednesday for more tips and tricks from The Cooking Bug.

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