*This is a re-post but the recipe is slightly updated.
Does anyone else call these Hello Dollies??? I think most people call them Magic Bars but when we were growing up, cookie dough layered with coconut, chocolate, and nuts were known as Hello Dollies – SO YUMMY 🙂
In my grain and dairy free version I use my cookie dough recipe as the crust and made an easy sweetened condensed milk substitute by combining non-dairy milk with honey and then adding chia seeds to thicken it! Most Hello Dolly recipes call for butterscotch chips but I have yet to find dairy free butterscotch so I left them out, but I promise they are still just as good!
-If you have an almond flour allergy, simply replace my cookie dough batter with your favorite allergy free cookie dough recipe 🙂
-I’ve haven’t tried making this Vegan, but I’d imagine a chia egg would work well in this recipe.
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Coconut Cookie Bars AKA Magic Bars or Hello Dollies
- 2 Cups Blanched Almond Flour Honeyville Brand
- 1/2 C Arrowroot or Tapioca Flour
- 3/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
- 1/2 C Coconut Palm Sugar
- 1/3 C Melted Earth Balance Butter or Grapeseed Oil I have not tested this with coconut oil, however I'd imagine it would work fine
- 1 Egg
- 1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla
- 3 Tablespoons Non-Dairy Milk
Sweetened Milk Mixture:
- 1/2 C Non-Dairy Milk I used coconut milk in the carton
- 1/4 C Honey
- 1 1/2 Tablespoon Ground Chia Seeds
- 1 C Enjoy Life Dairy Free Mini Chocolate Chips
- 1 C Chopped Walnuts or Pecans
- 2 C Sweetened Coconut Flakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 7 x 11 inch glass baking dish with parchment paper and grease with coconut oil or cooking spray. Set aside.
Mix together the sweetened milk mixture in a small bowl and place in fridge to thicken.
Whisk together all of the dry ingredients for the cookie dough in a large mixing bowl - the almond flour, arrowroot flour, baking soda, salt, and coconut palm sugar.
Add in the egg, non-dairy milk, melted butter or oil, and vanilla. Mix well.
Now lets layer! Spread 1/2 of the cookie dough batter into the bottom of the prepared dish, using wet fingers or a spoon to spread and smooth the top.
Then, sprinkle the cup of chocolate chips and the cup of chopped nuts evenly over the cookie dough.
Spread the remaining cookie dough over the nuts and chocolate chips.
Spread 1 Cup of the coconut flakes over the cookie dough.
Then, pour on the sweetened milk mixutere.
Then top with the remaining cup of coconut, slightly pressing it into the milk mixture.
Bake 30 - 40 minutes or until starting to brown and center of cookie bars is no longer jiggly and starts to puff up. Rotate 1/2 way through baking.