Gooey Coconut Pie Bars

We can all just say I’m crazy for coconut, especially after making these Gooey Coconut Pie Bars!

Gooey Coconut Pie Bars - this easy bar recipe has a shortbread crust topped with a gooey coconut filling. The perfect gooey coconut bar!

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Whenever I say my blog name to people who are not bloggers and not in the food world, they say, “Oh, you sell pizza?” It constantly boggles my mind that people do not think about pie crust as much as I do.

I think about crust multiple times a day. I think about what pie I can make next. I think about what dessert I can make into pie. I think about what recipe I can give a crust that doesn’t have one.

You could say I’m crazy for crust, obviously. My goal in life is to give every single dessert a crust at some point, and to turn every pie I love into something else that’s secretly getting pie into every other dessert.

The goal for these Gooey Coconut Pie Bars was to turn my favorite coconut pie into a bar cookie with a shortbread crust.

Mission accomplished.

Gooey Coconut Pie Bars Recipe

I think my other goal in life, as I mentioned last week, is to make as much coconut dessert as I want all year long. I cannot believe I went 34 years of my life thinking I hated coconut.

These bars are like a gooey bar married a coconut pie married shortbread bars married pie bars. You know, if food could marry more than one thing at a time.

The base recipe is from these Chocolate Almond Toffee Shortbread Bars, that have a buttery shortbread crust and a gooey sweetened condensed milk filling. I took out the chocolate and almonds and toffee and added COCONUT.

The result? A gooey shortbread bar that tastes like coconut pie.

Gooey Coconut Pie Bars - this easy bar recipe has a shortbread crust topped with a gooey coconut filling. The perfect gooey coconut bar!

Don’t tell anyone, but I think I love making pie bars more than I love making traditional pie. One, it’s easier to cut. Two, it’s easier to eat – no fork! And three, it’s easier to store, freeze, and package for giving.

In other words, these bars are perfect for anything – a party, a potluck, giving to a friend, or just because you love coconut and it’s Tuesday. You must try them if you love coconut!

Did you make this recipe?

Gooey Coconut Pie Bars

These Gooey Coconut Pie Bars are an easy dessert recipe! They have a shortbread crust and a gooey coconut filling. Perfect for coconut lovers!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 2 cups shredded sweetened coconut

Directions:

  1. Line a 9×13” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place butter, flour, salt and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or use a hand mixer). Mix until smooth a cookie dough forms.
  3. Place shortbread in the prepared pan. Spray your hands with cooking spray and press to a thin layer in the pan. Bake shortbread layer for 15 minutes.
  4. While the crust is baking, stir together sweetened condensed milk, egg, and coconut extract. Stir in coconut. After 15 minutes of baking, pour the milk mixture carefully over the hot crust. Continue baking for about 17-19 minutes until the sides start to look golden brown.
  5. Cool completely before cutting into bars. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to one month.
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Check out all of my pie crust recipes for even more inspiration, and my gooey bar recipes too!

Almond Toffee Shortbread Bars

Chocolate Toffee Almond Shortbread Bars (4 of 8)

Cherry Pie Bars

Almond Chocolate Cherry Pie Bars (4 of 4)

Coconut Sugar Cookie Bars

Coconut Sugar Cookie Bars (2 of 5)

Sweets from friends:
Blackberry Pie Bars by Mariah’s Pleasing Palate
Cherry Pie Bars by Julie’s Eats and Treats
Key Lime Pie Bars by Mandy’s Recipe Box

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39 comments

  1. Pie crust is SO much more exciting than pizza crust! I get very excited when dessert has crust. Pastry, shortbread, graham cracker, you name it. I am there!
    These are so incredibly clever! Coconut pie fans the world over will be so happy!

  2. I can literally sense the smell of coconut through the photos! Great recipe!

  3. I am behind you 100% on how much you think about pie and pie crust. 😉 My dad’s absolute favorite pie is coconut cream. I think this might have to make an appearance on Father’s Day. And yes, hooray for non-traditional pies that are easier to cut!

  4. I’ve been having a mega coconut craving lately!! I can’t get over all the textures in this. Flakey shortbread, gooey coconut custardy stuff….snowy flakes on top. I’m just dreaming of this as an after work snack with a cold glass o’ milk.

  5. Pie bars are awesome – there’s no rolling of the crust required, so it makes it an easier (to make) dessert!

  6. These coconut pie bars look so ooey gooey and delicious! I”m loving all the coconut flavor in here, pinning! And whenever I see your blog name, my mind ALWAYS jumps to sweet pie, not pizza- so we’re on the same page 😉

  7. GIVE ME. All of my favorite flavors!!! And can I just say, whenever someone says they don’t like coconut, I’m all like WHYYYYYY

  8. “I think about what recipe I can give a crust that doesn’t have one.” lol Dorothy!!! Doin it right. This is why you are the best dessert blogger ever. 🙂

  9. Pie bars definitely trump full pies for me, for all the reasons you said! Cutting, storage, and easier to eat! 

    I love that these are gooey bars because gooey bars are the best kind of bars…and with coconut worked in!

  10. Oh my word!  Can I just say that sweetened condensed milk makes everything amazing and this is the perfect blend of coconut and yum!

  11. You can never go wrong with a coconut dessert, especially these bars! So creamy good!

  12. that’s funny about the pizza crust!!! and hey, making every single dessert a crust sounds great to me! I love these gooey coconut pie bars!!! love me some coconut! 

  13. Haha yes you are definitely crazy for crust! And that’s a delicious thing! These pie bars sound so good, Dorothy! Wish I had a few for breakfast!

  14. I’m crazy for coconut! Thanks for the recipe! I don’t think we have coconut extract or sweetened coconut in Finland though (shredded coconut like that we do have). Anything I could replace them with?

    • I think they’ll be perfectly sweet with regular coconut. As for the extract, try amazon! Otherwise they’ll still be good, just not as much of a punch of the flavor. Use vanilla instead!

  15. Oreos, lemon, and coconut. <<< my three loves. And I think you already know how much I want these. Sharing later today!

  16. I life without coconut would be so sad 😉 So glad you had a change of heart cause these bars are phenomenal!

  17. I’d say you are winning in the dessert crust department! Love these pie bars. So coconut-y and gooey!!

  18. I love love pie crust too! And turn coconut pie into bars with crust is just genius!!

  19. Wonderful recipe. Thanks a lot for sharing this. I will certainly try it and post the feedback here.

    Regards
    Archana

  20. Since we are having easter fasting time. Pinned it for march 27th special on easter day. Thanks dear for sharing a wonderful lovely recipe😌😊😊

  21. Sold! And I just so happen to have all those ingredients on hand! I l o v e coconut and these bars sound heavenly!
    Question: How do you store the bars? Not that they will actually last more than a day.

  22. Just made these and the cinnamon roll blondies for a graduation party. They were both incredible. Can’t say which I liked better as I LOVED them both (and the crowd choice was about 50/50). Those who liked coconut went for the coconut bars, but I guess some people (not me!) don’t like coconut. Thanks Dorothy for the great recipes!

  23. This is delicious. 5 star to this post for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  24. AWESOME!!! I’ve been craving a yummy coconut something or other for about a month now. I had even purchased certain ingredients in anticipation of the perfect recipe and just happened to have everything I needed when I found it. Rather than pressing down the crust with my hands though, I put a piece of wax paper over it and used a rolling pin. The paper peels off perfectly and the crust is smooth and even. Thanks for the great recipe.

  25. I just want you to know besides your amazing recipes…you are freakin funny!! I love how entertaining you keep things. I think if your recipes were not even good I would come just to read your stuff ! Because your lines make me laughout loud 🙂
    Like this line~These bars are like a gooey bar married a coconut pie married shortbread bars married pie bars. You know, if food could marry more than one thing at a time. I grew up in New York and we married everything together…My daughters use the line also…Love it. You need to do a cooking/comedy show or at least be the writer..Really

  26. mouth-watering recipe…i will surely try this… looking delicious as from images you shared…

  27. Thanks I did it with pear butter since I didn’t have apple butter yet.out of this world.

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