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Tropical Crunch Bars

Tropical Crunch Bars

Tropical Crunch Bars

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Tropical Crunch Bars
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Course: BarsDifficulty: Medium



A nutty bar with crunchy toffee and tropical nuts.


  • For the toffee:
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup

  • or, skip this step and use 1/2 cup toffee bits

  • For the crust:
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • For the filling:
  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup flaked coconut

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped, toasted unsalted cashews

  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped Brazil nuts or macadamia nuts


  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 13 x 9″ baking pan and a rimmed cookie sheet.
  • To make toffee:
  • Melt butter in small, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Stir in sugar, water and corn syrup. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture is deep golden brown and reaches 290F (hard-crack) on candy thermometer, about 10 minutes. Pour onto prepared cookie sheet and cool completely. Chop toffee into small bits; measure out 1/2 cup and set aside. (Reserve the rest for another use). You can also skip this step and use purchased toffee bits.
  • To make crust:
  • Beat butter and sugar in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in flour until crumbly. Press evenly into prepared 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Bake 12 to 15 minutes until golden. Cool on wire rack.
  • To make filling:
  • Beat eggs with brown sugar and vanilla in large bowl until blended. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt until combined. Stir in coconut, nuts and chopped toffee. Spread over baked crust. Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown (CAREFUL – it burns FAST!). Cool, cut into 2-1/2 x 1-1/2″ bars.


  • From Ladies’ Home Journal, June 1994


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Very easy to make and everyone loves it!
- SuzAnne

It was okay. Needs work, though. ):
- Lorena
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