Best Recipe: Vanilla Coconut Bar Cookies

Cook’s Note: I brought these bar cookies to two parties recently, and these were very popular at both events. In fact, someone asked for the recipe at each gathering. These Chewy Bar Cookies with all-white add-ins have a tropical flavor and are well-suited to a backyard gathering or picnic. Makes 32 to 40 bars.

See my list of other suggested bar cookie variations for more ideas.

1 sticks (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white chocolate chips (vanilla flavored)
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray.

With an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until smooth. Beat in the vanilla and eggs. Beat in the salt, baking soda, and flour until just combined. With the mixer on the slowest speed, beat in the white chocolate chips and coconut.

Press dough evenly onto the bottom of the pan. (I put on food-safe handling gloves and press it in by hand.) Smooth the top.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the edges are just the tiniest bit brown. Use a toothpick to check for doneness in the center. Cut into bars.

Source: Adapted from a recipe on Recipezaar