California Dream Bars

    50 mins

    Dreamy bars with a rich brown sugar crust and a chewy coconut and walnut topping.

    26 people made this

    Makes: 16 bars

    • Crust
    • 70 g brown sugar
    • 125 g all-purpose flour
    • 110 g margarine, melted
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • Filling
    • 145 g brown sugar
    • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 115 g chopped walnuts
    • 75 g flaked coconut
    • 30 g confectioners' sugar for dusting

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease an 8x8 inch square baking pan.
    2. In a medium bowl, stir together 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1 cup flour. Stir in the melted margarine and vanilla until well blended. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan.Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven.
    3. Prepare the filling while the crust bakes. In a medium bowl, beat eggs until light and foamy. Blend together the brown sugar, flour, baking powder and salt; stir into the eggs. Mix in the walnuts and coconut. Pour over the crust and return to the oven.
    4. Bake for 15 more minutes in the preheated oven, until set. When cool, cut into squares. Dust with confectioners' sugar.

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    Back in the fifties when I grew up, dream bars were an actual fad. My mom was a professional baker and made the best dream bars ever. Unfortunately, I don't have her recipe and my mouth was watering when I found this one. However, it was a huge disappointment. It is nothing like the original which were chewy and not so terribly sweet and sticky. I believe this recipe has too much sugar and not enough flour. The base has so much sugar that it gets too hard. The other ingredients are probably about right. I would like to see someone come up with one of the more satisfactory old recipes. I'm sorry to have to call this one a flop.  -  17 Mar 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    These bars turned out just fine....but the flavor was lacking - non-descriptively just "sweet". Next time, I'll add some sort of "chips" - choc, pb, or cinnamin perhaps.  -  28 Jul 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    These were wonderful! I'm so glad I tried this recipe......they're like little pecan pie husband loved them! Very quick and easy....thanks!  -  11 Feb 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)