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

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


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 of these Gooey Coconut Pie Bars? 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!

Gooey Coconut Pie Bars Are Perfect For Any Occasion

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 Gooey Coconut Pie 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!

Close up shot of three gooey coconut pie bars stacked on eachother

Gooey Coconut Pie Bars

4.82 from 11 votes
These Gooey Coconut Pie Bars are an easy dessert recipe! They have a shortbread crust and a gooey coconut filling. Perfect for coconut lovers!
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 24 bars
Serving Size 1 Bar


  • 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
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  • Line a 9x13” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cool completely before cutting into bars. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to one month.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1Bar | Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 874mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Click here to see more of my ULTIMATE COCONUT recipes!

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

Cherry Pie Bars

Almond Chocolate Cherry Pie Bars

Coconut Sugar Cookie Bars

Coconut Sugar Cookie Bars

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


Dorothy Kern

Welcome to Crazy for Crust, where I share recipes that are sometimes crazy, often with a crust, and always served with a slice of life.

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  1. Excellent. Used almond extract as I didnt have coconut extract. Suggest adding 1/2 tsp salt to coconut filling.

  2. DELICIOUS. Added dollop of whipped cream on top. Better than coconut cream pie. Final bake was 18 minutes, (I turned the tray once after first 9 minutes). The crust was so easy, I only had frozen butter, so I grated it and made the mixing easier and faster. I spread crust out on a 10×13 inch cookie sheet, it worked perfectly! Thank you for all the work you put in to bring this recipe to us.

  3. Do not overtake. I went 19 minutes and should have taken it out at 17. My only complaint is the filling was a little light. I love crust too, but needed a little more filling. Delicious! 😊

  4. Ur recipes are all like exactly my style!! I cant wait to try these! Do you think it would work in a 9×9?? I know they’d obviously be thicker and would need a longer baking time and maybe slightly lower temp and all that but i guess im asking if you think these would still be good if they were thicker?