When it comes to food, I firmly believe that, as long as consideration is given to the proportions of the good, the bad, and the downright sinful, the stars will align and reveal happiness gastronomique.
Exhibit A: exquisitely nutritious meals loaded with vegetables, healthy fats, and light flavors (see examples 1, 2, 3, and 4)
Exhibit B: decadently delicious treats that spare no caloric expense and serve as a reminder of all good things (example 5)
It is time to add to exhibit B, my friends.
In the name of balance, I bring you Almond Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
I have been looking for various ways to use up two giant bags of sweetened, shredded coconut ever since J bought way too much for a failed pina colada recipe (almost a year ago!). After a thwarted attempt at making a coconut almond birthday cake, I finally settled on this recipe: Almond Joy Cookie Bars by Heather Christo. My version is only minimally adapted. I *may* have also copied her "worn-in baking sheet" back drop for my photos. Neat trick.
These guys puffed up a bit during the baking process, but they stayed within the margins of the pan and didn't overflow. Don't worry.
Don't you just love the transition from lovely afternoon sunlight to dining room overhead incandescent??
Chewy coconut. Crunchy almonds. Creamy chocolate. These cookie bars are sweet and rich.
Can't go wrong, man.
I recommend cutting these into 32 small squares - about three bites each. There will be more than enough to share. Take them to work. Or a potluck picnic. Or an Easter egg hunt. No matter what you do, you'll probably at least burn a few extra calories from all of the coconut mastication (especially when you go back for your fourth and fifth bites).
I don't make cookie bars very often, but I am wondering why not!? These are easier to make than individual cookies, don't require multiple cookie sheets, and I'm not held responsible for producing evenly sized dough balls. Righteous. Anyone out there have a favorite cookie bar recipe to share? Hit me up in the comments. I'm all ears (or eyes, whatever)!
Happy Easter weekend, friends!