Almond Joy Bars (With or Without the Almonds)



Ingredients

10 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature

3/4 C light brown sugar, packed

2 1/2 C flour

1/2 tsp fine sea salt

28 oz sweetened condensed milk

28 oz shredded coconut

1 tsp vanilla extract

5 c bittersweet chocolate baking chunks (loosely placed in the cup)

Directions

1 Preheat oven to 350° F . Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil and coat with canola or vegetable spray. NOTE: I use a 13×9 inch pan because I prefer them thicker. You can adjust the size of the pan to your preference. You can use 1/2 the recipe if you do not need as much.

2 In a small bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until combined. Add the flour and salt. Carefully mix to combine until it resembles chunky breadcrumbs. Transfer into the prepared pan and evenly press the batter into an even layer. Bake for 8 minutes. Cool on a wire baking rack while preparing the coconut topping.

3 In a large bowl, combine the condensed milk, coconut, and vanilla. Spread over the crust and bake for another 20-25 minutes, until it begins to brown.

4 Melt the chocolate over a double boiler. Stir until melted and smooth. Pour over cooked coconut bars and spread into an even layer. Allow cooling then refrigerate until hardened, about 1 hour. Cut into 36 squares.