Crunchy Bars

With brown sugar, oats, and coconut. Reminds me a bit of the dream bars from Joplin, Missouri.

From a box sold in River Forest, Illinois.

Crunchy Bars

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup shredded coconut
1-1/2 tsp. instant coffee powder
2 squares semi-sweet chocolate
1 Tablespoon shortening

Combine first 5 ingredients–mix well. Press into lightly greased 11″ x 7″ x 2″ pan. Bake in moderate oven (350 deg. F.) about 30 minutes. Cool on cake rack. Then, with sharp knife, cut in 24 bars.

Melt chocolate and shortening together and drizzle on cookies. Refrigerate to harden. Makes 2 dozen.

Cookies can be made several days before eating, but add chocolate one day before serving.

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