After getting your new Kitchenaid stove, you may be tempted to try some new cooking recipes or even do a little bit of baking. If you are looking for a sweet, delicious treat that every member of your family will love, you’ll find these praline coconut bars are perfect. Not only are they easy to make, but they will also satisfy any sweet tooth craving you have.
Praline Coconut Bars Recipe
In a large, non-stick saucepan, combine the following ingredients:
- 1 lb. light brown sugar
- One-half cup of heavy cream
- Two tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1 tablespoon ginger
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Bring these ingredients to a rolling boil on your Kitchenaid stovetop, using medium-to-high heat and stirring constantly. Check the mixture regularly with a candy thermometer. It is done when it reaches at least 234 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Once it gets there, remove the saucepan from heat and allow to cool for around 20 minutes. At the end of that time, beat the mixture vigorously with a large spoon for approximately five minutes or so or until it begins to look creamy.
- Wait another five minutes and then stir in 3 ½ cups of sweetened flake coconut and 2.5 cups of chopped pecans. Mix these items thoroughly until they are evenly distributed throughout.
- Place a layer of waxed paper or aluminum foil on a cookie sheet. This will prevent the bars from sticking to your cookie sheet, ensuring they do not crumble when you remove them. Spraying the cookie sheet with non-stick spray is not recommended, as it could affect the flavor of your bars.
- Drop candy by rounded tablespoons approximately an inch or so apart onto your cookie sheet. Shape your dropped candy into bars while the mixture is still warm if you desire perfectly-formed squares; otherwise, you may leave them as is. Allow to stand until completely cool, which should take around 30 minutes or so.
- Once your praline bars have set, you are then free to enjoy them right away. Any uneaten bars should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature. These coconut praline bars will remain fresh for approximately one week, so long as they remain covered. This recipe makes approximately 36 one-inch bars.
You may substitute the coconut in these bars for anyone of the following:
- Chocolate, butterscotch, or vanilla baking chips
- Plain or yogurt-covered pretzels, crushed
- Raisins, cranberries, or other dried fruits
This recipe also works well when you substitute almonds for pecans. Some people will substitute all of the pecans for almonds, while others prefer to use a 50/50 mix or even a variety of mixed nuts.
If you desire a bit of extra sweetness, place a few miniature marshmallows on top of each bar while it is still warm, or add just a dab of marshmallow cream. This will make the bars slightly gooey and less crunchy.
Ways to Enjoy
These praline coconut bars are delicious on their own (or dipped into a glass of milk); however, there are other ways to enjoy them as well. For example, you may:
- Crumble them and place on top of ice cream, pudding, or yogurt
- Drizzle with chocolate, maple, or caramel syrup (very tasty if you have added marshmallows or marshmallow cream as above)
- Break into chunks and add them to a trail mix containing M&Ms, peanuts, and raisins
Praline coconut bars are a tasty treat for times when you need some quick energy or just want something sweet to snack on.