“You did good”. Those three words are ones I will never hear from him again. He said them to me on many occasions through the years. When I finished my first and only piano recital, when I cooked a ham and all the fixings after I was married, and when I hosted so many family celebrations, he would let me know how pleased he was with those three words. Simple words that made me feel ever so proud. I miss my dad so much.
I made golden coconut bars in my dad’s honor. He loved coconut. I can’t tell you how many times he requested a coconut cake. He was delighted when my mother-in-law would make self-crust coconut pie. My mom made ambrosia countless times to satisfy his cravings. Now with him gone, I can only imagine how much he would have enjoyed these sweet sticky bars. They are similar to a macaroon with the added golden molasses color and flavor from brown sugar.
My dad had an incredible green thumb. He could grow almost anything whether it be inside, outside, in a garden, or in a flower pot. One of the most striking plants at my parent’s home is this giant hydrangea. He would bring me some of the flowers when it was blooming. Now I have my own small blue hydrangeas that were planted last year. This year they are doing so well. I’m sure it is because he helping in some sort of way. I look out the window and think of him knowing he is watching over me, my mom, and the rest of my family.
How do you celebrate your dad? Today the Sunday Supper bloggers are showing their love for fathers and sharing recipes in celebration too. Scroll down to see all the goodies from main dishes to desserts. My treat is Golden Coconut Bars. I only wish my dad was here to taste them and say “You Did Good”.
Golden Coconut Bars
For the crust:
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter cut into small pieces
For the filling:
- 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups sweetened coconut flakes
For the crust:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-inch square baking pan. Line the bottom only with parchment paper. Lightly grease parchment paper.
In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a knife blade, add the flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and salt. Pulse until combined.
Add the butter pieces and pulse until it resembles a coarse meal.
Spread and press the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
Bake for 15 minutes.
For the filling:
While the crust is baking, whisk together 1 cup brown sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
Whisk together the eggs and vanilla in a small bowl. Pour into the large bowl with the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
Stir in the coconut flakes.
Pour mixture over the warm crust.
Bake for 20 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
Cut into squares.
A recipe for Golden Coconut Bars. These rich and sweet bars have a golden color and extra molasses flavor from brown sugar. They are a real treat for coconut lovers.
Recipe adapted from one in the Southern Living 1984 Annual Recipes cookbook. (Affiliate link to Amazon)
More Father’s Day recipes! Take a look at what the wonderful Sunday Supper bloggers are sharing for this event:
Dad’s Favorite Main Dishes:
- Father’s Day Ribs by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Chorizo Burgers by La Cocina de Leslie
- Whiskey Sliders by Cravings of a Lunatic
- Beer Can Chicken by Crazy Foodie Stunts
- Pesto Shrimp Roll Sandwich by Growing Up Gabel
- Cast Iron Filet Mignon with Wine Sauce by I Run For Wine
- Grilled Tilapia with Blueberry Mango Salsa by Runner’s Tales
- Chicken Wings for Dad by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Fish with Black Bean Sauce by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Spaghetti with Homemade Meatballs by Curious Cuisiniere
- Tamale Pie Ring by Treats & Trinkets
- Grill-Roasted Chicken & Vegetables by Foxes Loves Lemons
- Grandma Papina’s Lamb Stew by Webicurean
- Barbecue Beans and Ribs by Food Lust People Love
- Skillet Meat Lasagna by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Panko Crusted Snapper by Supper for a Steal
- Gluten Free Bourbon Honey Grilled Pork Chops by No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
- Boiled Shrimp for Father’s Day by The Catholic Foodie
- Dad’s Famous Baby Back Ribs by Family Foodie
- Turkey Stuffed Peppers by Ruffles & Truffles
- Lightened Up Fish Biriyani With Fresh Dill by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Cauliflower, Potato, and Cheddar Pierogi by Healthy.Delicious
Dad’s Favorite Appetizers and Sides:
- Spicy Caramelized Bacon Wrapped Smoked Oysters by Noshing with the Nolands
- Tuna Pasta Salad – Dad’s Recipe by Juanita’s Cocina
- Grilled Bok Choy by Shockingly Delicious
- Bacon-Cheddar Potato Salad by Home Cooking Memories
- Couscous Tabbouleh by Soni’s Food
Dad’s Favorite Desserts
- Dad’s Cheesecake by Table for 7
- Cheese Crackers by The Urban Mrs
- Coconut Cream Pie by Cookin’ Mimi
- Chewy Oat Cookies with a Banana Bread Influence by What Smells So Good?
- Homemade Nutter Butters by Pies and Plots
- Shoot for the Stars Chocolate Cupcakes by Ninja Baking
- Golden Coconut Bars by Magnolia Days
- Classic Oatmeal Raisin Cookies by NeighborFood
- Velvet Cookies by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Pecan Pie by Small Wallet Big Appetite
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