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last tiny piece of Magic Cookie Bar left in the house
This is my 3rd and final example of desserts from the book Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. The PPK authors also have the recipe on their website found here.

This recipe you can make super sweet (as written) like regular cookie bars, or tone it down and keep them sweet but not overly so (then you can eat the whole pan--oops!).

My husband can't get enough of these. He even loves them in the lower sugar version I make (and he is a huge huge sugar fan). They seriously don't last long in our house! 


Magical Coconut Cookie Bars (pg 121 of Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar)

1 can of coconut milk
2/3 cup brown sugar (or 1/3 cup is plenty sweet enough)

2 cups of graham cracker crumbs**
2 Tbs sugar (I omit it)
1/2 cup Earth Balance "butter"

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
2 cups flaked sweetened coconut
1 cup of pecans or walnuts, chopped

In a saucepan, whisk the can of coconut milk and brown sugar together. Bring to boil and reduce to low and simmer for 10 minutes (this creates your "sweetened condensed milk"). Stir occasionally. Crush graham crackers (OR make flour mix below), add sugar and butter in a bowl. Press the crumbs HARD (the harder the better) into a pan lined with parchment paper. Pour coconut/brown sugar mixture on top. Spread chocolate chips evenly, then coconut flakes, then top with nuts. Bake at 350 for 28-30 minutes.


**If you don't have graham crackers or want to make it completely from scratch: use 1 tsp salt, 1 cup white flour, 1 cup white whole wheat flour. I actually like this better because it is more like a shortbread bottom than a graham-y bottom!


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yummy topping
 


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