You could not believe how long it took to decide what to make! I have never before complained about the number of decadent desserts out there in the world, but now I know: the are TOO MANY! Let me explain: I can never decide what to make anymore. My computer is over-run with tabs for different recipes and my baking bookmark folder is close to exploding, truly.
At least today I had help from my friend and lovely baking assistant Chandler. She and I still had some difficulty narrowing down our options (fruit or chocolate? cookie or pie?) but once she decided that coconut was the ingredient of choice it was smooth sailing. I found the recipe we used somewhere on the interwebs, but I don’t recall exactly sorry! I’m sure you are all proficient enough in the use of Google to do some detective work and find the recipe.
The bars were a kind of variation on chocolate dipped coconut macaroons, and I have to say they passed the taste test with flying colors. The bottom brownie layer was SO delicious, not too sweet and very moist, and was the ideal partner for the chewy coconut macaroon topping. The whole package was sweet, toasty, and magically delicious.
In related news, these little bites of heaven are no longer welcome in my home: they tend to inspire (in moments of weakness) a feeding frenzy that is both unexpected and extremely satisfying. I am very happy to say that they are making there way to people who deserve a treat. My dad had the wonderful idea to take the leftovers from my baking experiments to the non-profit New Directions. This non-profit is located at the VA (Veterans Assistance) Center near my house and is dedicated to helping veterans, many of whom are homeless and/or disabled, rebuild their lives in LA. I’m very happy that I can do something, even if it’s very small, for the people at New Directions.