Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wonder Bars

About 5 years ago, before we had even met her, my oldest son's then-girlfriend, now wife, bought a cookbook published by her college, and told him to give it to me.  I thought that was really nice, and I've used it a couple of times.  Well, in August, after Ryan took up complaining about how boring it was to have cake all the time (and I had to discard the last quarter of a cake, because it went stale when no one ate it!), I returned to Ashleigh's cookbook for a few desserts.  This was one that everyone particularly enjoyed.

WONDER BARS:

CRUST:
1 stick butter or margarine, melted
1 box yellow or vanilla cake mix
1 egg at room temperature (drop it in a cup of very warm water for 5 minutes)
FILLING:
2 eggs at room templerature
1 tsp vanilla extract
8 ounces cream cheese (regular or low fat)
3 cups confectioners sugar
3/4 cup flaked coconut
3/4 cup chopped nuts(I used walnuts)

Generously grease or spray a 15"x10" jelly roll pan.  Stir together the yellow cake mix, butter and 1 egg, and press into the pan (the mixture will be fairly dry).  Beat the eggs, vanilla and cream cheese for a minute, then add the confectioner's sugar, and beat until very smooth.  Stir in the coconut and nuts, and pour over the crust.  Bake at 350F for 45 to 50 minutes until lightly browned.

These are very rich.  They are very delicious.  Even my nut-hater and coconut-haters enjoyed them immensely.  I suspect that Ryan would like me to put some in a care package to college one of these days!  (Yes, I send him baked goods, because I can.  And because on Tuesday he commented that he always thought I was a good cook, but he especially appreciates my food now.)

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

8 comments:

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altadenahiker said...

Speaking of a big fat surprise -- that's what I'd be if I had these anywhere near me. (I think it's pretty darned sweet that your son has been gone for only a week and he's already getting care packages. What a mom.)

SissySees said...

One of my father's favorites. I can't believe I've never made them for the Knight. I bet he'll love them too, and I'll right that wrong tomorrow!

Pam said...

I know I will send care packages to my kids when they go to college too.

I think the bars look and sound tasty - I love anything with coconut!

Nichole Burke said...

mmm... sound delish!

Sue said...

Oh those sound good. I think I have to print out that recipe.

~~louise~~ said...

I love those fundraiser cookbooks Marjie. They usually have "real" recipes in them and this sure does sound like one of them!!!

I think it's adorable that Ryan is missing your cooking but, I', also glad you are sending him some care packages too. I keep on thinking of those "starving student" cookbooks, lol...

Thanks for sharing, Marjie...

grace said...

i thought the title said wonder bras. ha! i've seen this before but not for many many years--thanks for refreshing my memory!