I have a Betty Crocker recipe book from 1982 that my grandma gave to my mother.  It’s so awesome and I love this cookbook.

Anyway, I decided to try some of the recipes from the book, including this one for coconut chews.

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup shortening (half margarine or butter softened)
  • 1 1/2 cup of flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 TBSP flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnut
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut

Heat oven to 350.  Mix powdered sugar and shortening.  Stir in 1 1/2 cup of flour.  Press in an ungreased 13×9 pan.  Bake until golden brown, 12-15 minutes.

Betty Crocker Coconut Chew Dough

Mix remaining ingredients.  Spread over baked layer.  Bake for 20 minutes; cool.  Cut into bars about 3×1.  32 cookies. 

Betty Crocker Coconut Chew Dough  Betty Crocker Coconut Chews  Betty Crocker Coconut Chews

There is a recipe for a frosting with the chews, but I didn’t make it because the bars were rich enough without.  They are seriously awesome. 

Heads up — for the second baking, you may want to bake the bars only 15-20 minutes.  You’ll need to check it so the ingredients don’t get overbaked.