Coconut-Spice Bars

This bar cookie recipe features a cooked spicy frosting that's so full of coconut and pecans that a small piece will satisfy.

Coconut-Spice Bars
Servings: 32 Yield: 32 bars Prep 5 mins Bake 350°F 18 mins to 20 mins Cook 5 mins

Ingredients

Batter:
  • 1 18 1/4 ounce package spice cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
Frosting:
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 12 ounce can evaporated milk or evaporated skim milk
  • 3/4 cup butter, cut into pieces
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 3 14 ounce bag sweetened flake coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Make It

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Batter:

2. In large bowl, mix together cake mix, butter, egg and milk. Beat until thick but smooth, 2 minutes. Spread in prepared pan.

3. Bake in 350 degrees F oven until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cake cool in pan on a wire rack.

Frosting:

4. Meanwhile, in medium-size saucepan, stir together sugar, evaporated milk, butter and egg yolks. Bring to simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly; simmer, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in coconut, pecans, cinnamon and cloves.

5. Pour frosting over lightly cooled bar; smooth frosting to edges of pan. Let cool completely, about 2 hours. Cut into 36 bars and serve immediately. Or store bars in airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 32; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 267, Fat, total (g): 17, chol. (mg): 67, sat. fat (g): 8, carb. (g): 27, fiber (g): 1, pro. (g): 3, sodium (mg): 158, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.