Black Bottom Coconut Bars

Sometimes I feel like a cooking challenge. A technique or ingredient I haven’t used before – pushing myself to get better. Learn something. Blah blah blah.

And then other times? I want to eat something sweet and chewy. Right. Now. Saturday was one of those times. Luckily, I have roommates to eat all of the delicious things I make. And since once of them loves the coconut/chocolate combo, may I present…

When these came out of the oven, I had no words. None at all. It was exactly what I needed – chewy brownie on the bottom, and essentially a perfect coconut macaroon on top. It made me smile. And the roomies approved. BIG TIME. And with the Olympics going on, I figure this joining of two very separate things kind of symbolized the coming together of all the countries… ok, I may have just made that up. I just really wanted to mention the Olympics.

Anywho, enjoy! And lets power through this week. Go Team!

Black-Bottom Coconut Bars from Martha Stewart

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 package sweetened shredded coconut (7 ounces), 1/2 cup reserved for sprinkling


  1. For chocolate base: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving a slight overhang; butter bottom and sides of foil (not overhang).
  2. Place butter in a large microwave-safe bowl; melt in microwave. Add sugar and salt; whisk to combine. Whisk in egg, then cocoa and flour until smooth. Spread batter in prepared pan.
  3. Bake just until sides begin to pull away from edges of pan, 10 to 15 minutes (do not overbake). Let cool slightly while preparing coconut topping. Keep oven on for topping.
  4. For coconut topping: In a medium bowl, whisk eggs with sugar and vanilla. Gently mix in flour and coconut (except 1/2 cup reserved for sprinkling).
  5. Drop mounds of mixture over chocolate base; spread and pat in gently and evenly with moistened fingers. Sprinkle with reserved 1/2 cup coconut.
  6. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs attached, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan. Lift cake from pan, peel off foil, and cut into 24 bars. Store in an airtight container 3 to 4 days.

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