Oatmeal Coconut Raspberry Bars

Photo by Lisa Hubbard Photography.

1 ½ cupsSweetened flaked coconut
1 ¼ cupGiusto's Snowflake All-Purpose Unbleached Flour
¾ cupsPacked light brown sugar
¼ cupGranulated sugar
½ teaspoonSalt
1 ½ sticks (3/4 cup)Cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 ½ cupsOld fashioned oats
¾ cupSeedless raspberry jam


Preheat oven to 375�F.

Spread 3/4 cup coconut evenly on a baking sheet and toast in middle of oven, stirring once, until golden, about 8 minutes, then cool.

Blend together flour, sugars, and salt in a food processor, then add butter and blend until a dough begins to form. Transfer to a bowl and knead in oats and toasted coconut until combined well.

Reserve 3/4 cup dough, then press remainder evenly into bottom of a buttered 13- by 9-inch metal baking pan and spread jam over it.

Crumble reserved dough evenly over jam, then sprinkle with remaining 3/4 cup (untoasted) coconut.

Bake in middle of oven until golden, 20 to 25 minutes, then cool completely in pan on a rack.

Loosen from sides of pan with a sharp knife, then lift out in 1 piece and transfer to a cutting board.

Cut into 24 bars.

Bars can be made 3 days ahead and kept in an airtight container at room temperature.

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