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Dream Bars Cookie Recipe

Updated on July 27, 2017

Dream Bars Vintage Cookie Favorite | Gotta Love Coconut And Nuts

The vintage bar cookie, Dream Bars, goes back to at least the 1950s.

They are easy enough to make, and if you like their rich, buttery goodness, you won't care that you have to cut them small.

It's the butter, as well as coconut and nuts, that make them delicious. For a special treat, enjoy them slowly and remember when.

Pour a cup of your favorite tea or coffee, and enjoy these vintage favorites, one small, luscious bite at a time!

Photos by kimbesa.

Dream Bars Feature Coconuts And Nuts

Coconuts and walnuts are Dream Bars ingredients
Coconuts and walnuts are Dream Bars ingredients

Dream Bars Ready To Eat

Let Dream Bars cool before cutting
Let Dream Bars cool before cutting

Are Dream Bars rich or what?

Dream Bars Recipe

It must be that whole stick of butter, in a recipe that makes one 8x8 inch square pan of bar cookies. Then the brown sugar gives them a butterscotch flavor. These are awesome!

If you wish, sprinkle on a little extra confectioners sugar after they are baked. Just make sure they are completely cool first.


  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup moist shredded coconut


  1. Line the bottom of an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream the butter, confectioners sugar and cake flour together. Spread evenly over the parchment paper, and bake for about 25-30 minutes. Keep an eye on this to make sure the edges don't get too brown.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the eggs and brown sugar. Beat until smooth. Add the dry ingredients, blending well. Fold in the coconuts and nuts.
  4. Remove the baked crust from the oven and pour on the nut mixture. Return pan to the oven for another 30 minutes. Cool in the pan and cut into small bars with a sharp knife. Makes about 24 bar cookies.
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A Vintage Cookbook Favorite - Reproduction - Just Like Mom's Or Grandma's

New Cook Book : 1953 Classic Edition (Better Homes & Gardens)
New Cook Book : 1953 Classic Edition (Better Homes & Gardens)

One of grandma's favorite cookbooks.

Look for the original Dream Bars recipe on about page 32.


Why Dream Bars Are Dreamy

If you've never made these luscious bar cookies, here's what you can look forward to:

  • Savor the buttery intersection of cookie, coconut and nuts.
  • Melt in your mouth goodness, and complementary to a hot cup of coffee or tea, or a cold glass of milk.
  • Remember days gone by, when Mom or Grandma made these for special treats.

Are Dream Bars For You? - What Are Your Favorite Vintage Cookie Recipes?

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      These look really good, I love to bake and anything with coconut is a hit with kids. I've bookmarked this recipe so I can try it out. :)

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      clouda9 lm 5 years ago

      Happy Thanksgiving and nom nom to your dream bar cookies!

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 5 years ago from Central Florida

      They look delicious. I love coconut.

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      Mary Stephenson 5 years ago from California

      Your Dream Bar sounds really good, probably really bad for me to. But might just try it.