DREAM BARS ... " rich, luscious topping on a shortbread-type base"
Author: Mrs. Butterfingers
Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 40 mins
Total time: 1 hour 10 mins
DREAM BARS is an old-fashioned recipe from a small Robin Hood cookbook. I started baking from it more than 53 years ago. Then it disappeared to the Land of Forgotten Recipes.
  • Base:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2½ tbsp icing sugar
  • ½ cup butter (or best quality hard margarine if your diet requires it)
  • Topping:
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ scant cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 generous cup of coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup of cocoanut.
  1. Base:
  2. In a large bowl mix together the flour and icing sugar. Blend in the butter with your fingertips, or cut in until very fine mealy with a pastry blender. Pat the mixture firmly into a greased 8 inch square pan. Bake in a slow oven at 300°F for 20 minutes.
  3. Topping:
  4. Beat the eggs well with a whisk and add sugar. Whisk again.
  5. In a small bowl add flour, salt and baking powder and stir to blend. Add this to your egg mixture and blend. Now add the vanilla, nuts and cocoanut.
  6. Spread this over the base and return to oven. Bake in a slow oven (300°F) for 30 to 35 minutes.
The topping is very soft when removed from the oven but becomes firm as it cools. DO NOT TRY TO CUT OR REMOVE from pan until cold. Cut into squares or bars. Drift a little icing sugar over the top.
Recipe by Mrs. Butterfingers at http://mrsbutterfingers.com/?p=938