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Coconut Bars

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Using condensed and evaporated milk keeps these sweet treats moist and chewy.

  • Yield: Makes 4 dozen
Coconut Bars

Photography: Victor Schrager

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January 2004

Ingredients

  • Vegetable-oil cooking spray
  • 1 pound grated fresh coconut or unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk

Directions

  1. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Stir together remaining ingredients in a large saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring almost constantly, until mixture thickens and forms a cohesive mass, about 30 minutes.

  2. Pour mixture onto prepared sheet. With an offset spatula, spread 1/2 inch thick; shape into a 12-by-13-inch rectangle. Let cool completely, then cut into 1 1/2-by-2-inch rectangles.

Cook's Notes

The bars can be stored in an airtight container for up to one week.

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  • blessedme_merdz
    18 JAN, 2017
    I made this without adding sugar since I used 397 g. sweetened shredded coconut. I pour the evaporated milk into a non-stick pot and stirred in the condensed milk, 1/4 tsp salt, and then the coconut. Stirring the mixture occasionally and added a box of raisins as it starts to thicken. Cooking time is 45 mins over med. fire. It came out golden brown and so good! I uploaded the photo in my instagram account-Merdessa Abellanosa
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  • Mmarie72
    11 MAR, 2014
    I too used sweetened coconut but I used a bit extra and cut the sugar down 1/4 cup. I started it on mid-low and then raised the temp, kept stirring and lowered it when it started to boil. I had it on the element for 40 mins and kept raising and lowering the heat. Just before the timer went off it started thickening real well. By the time the timer went off it was nice and thick. I used a 9x13 cake pan. It was very sweet but really good.
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  • TikkiTok
    11 SEP, 2013
    While making these, I realized I used sweetened coconut and the full amount of sugar...Eek! Like some the others have mentioned, it was not turning into a cohesive mass so I cranked up the heat to high, stirred constantly and crossed my fingers. It turned a warm caramel-y brown (although not like the picture, I did not mind) and I wasn't sure about the thickness but I put it in the pan to cool anyway. Long story short, they turned out AMAZING...just not the same color. Just crank the heat!
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  • LindsiW
    19 FEB, 2009
    I will have to try these!! They sound yummy!! I will pour dark chocolate over the top--like a mounds bars :) Sounds good. You have to make sure that you keep it over the heat long enough - till thickened....can't wait!!
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  • shortytalker
    4 JAN, 2009
    this recipe was so easy to make, my family loved it, thank u
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  • mrsammieb
    27 DEC, 2008
    I made these too thinking maybe I could get it to work even though many other people did not. It never hardened. So we used it as icing on a german chocolate cake. It was great as icing! I wonder where it went wrong?
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  • marsie11
    25 DEC, 2008
    This is NOT a simiple recipe.... did not firm up as others have indicated.. something is wrong... waste of money, and food... and I have no dessert.. they don't work Martha and company...
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  • nitlyn
    23 DEC, 2008
    I too had problems with this recipe After 45 minute, they never got thick. I let them set, tried baking them and finaly ended up throwing them in the trash, Never again will I make a Martha recipe without checking the comments. Martha should delete this one from the web site.
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  • Wishintobemartha
    20 DEC, 2008
    These bars sounded delicious and they are but I can't cut them into bars. I put them in the refrigerator to harden but they are still sticky. I'm not sure what I will do with them. Maybe roll them in balls and dip in chocolate so that they have some sort of shape. They are similiar to the inside of a mounds candy bar. Something is definately not right with this recipe.
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  • artichokeannie
    18 DEC, 2008
    These were a disaster for me...so sad, after 45 minutes of stirring. (I poured them in the pan after 30 but they were so runny I put them back in the pot and stirred some more.) A lot of time and good ingredients to throw in the trash. It sounded so simple; I don't understand why they didn't work out.
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