Cream Cheese Bar Cookies

Coconut is a flavorful surprise in these creamy bar cookies!

Yield: 4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • Cream Cheese Topping:
  • 1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (16-oz.) package powdered sugar

Preparation

  1. Combine 2 cups flour, butter, 1/2 cup sugar and cornstarch with a pastry blender or 2 forks until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Press mixture evenly into an ungreased jelly-roll pan; bake at 350° for 18 minutes.
  2. Beat eggs, brown sugar, remaining 1/4 cup flour, baking powder and vanilla at medium speed with an electric mixer until well blended; stir in walnuts and coconut. Spread on top of crust.
  3. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack; spread with Cream Cheese Topping and bake 30 more minutes or until set. Cut into bars.
  4. Cream Cheese Topping:
    Beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating until blended. Makes 3 1/2 cups.
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