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December 2008

The Q Worldly Barbeque
Pecan Coconut Dessert Bars

Crust

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 24 tablespoons (3 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla 1 ½ cups flour

Preheat oven to 350˚.

Mix together sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla. Add flour, and mix until dough comes together. With hands dusted in flour, press dough into the bottom of an 8 x 8 baking pan. Bake crust until golden, about 15 minutes. Cool.

Filling

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 ½ cups pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes

Combine eggs, sugar, bourbon, vanilla, and flour. Mix well, and stir in pecans and coconut. Pour filling over crust, and bake for 30 minutes. Cool before cutting into bars.

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