Tom Thumb Bars (Coconut Specialties) Recipe
- ½ cup shortening
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 ½ cups coconut
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 eggs
step 1: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
step 2: In a medium bowl, mix together the shortening and 1/2 cup of brown sugar until smooth. Stir in 1 cup of flour and salt until well blended. Press into the prepared pan.
step 3: Bake the crust for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until delicately browned. After removing the crust from the oven, increase the heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
step 4: Make the filling while the crust is baking. In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup brown sugar, baking powder, and 2 tablespoons of flour until well blended. Mix in eggs and vanilla, beating until thick and foamy. Stir in the coconut and chopped nuts. Spread over the warm crust.
step 5: Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until bars are lightly browned and puffy. Cool completely, and cut into small bars.