Newfoundland Five Star Cookie Bars

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Christmas, Newfoundland, North American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 16 bars
Calories: 289kcal
Author: Lord Byron's Kitchen
A deliciously simple cookie bar which uses the most inexpensive ingredients; this traditional Newfoundland confection earns a five star rating every single time!
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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 cups graham crumb
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut, fine or medium shred
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk, canned
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 5 whole Aero chocolate bars

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line an 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper.  Set aside.
  • Add the butter, vanilla, and sweetened condensed milk to a bowl.  Blend together with a hand-held mixer.  You are not beating these ingredients!  At this point, we are basically stirring them together well. 
  • Add the coconut and graham crumbs.  With the mixer on low speed, incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet.
  • Transfer this mixture to the parchment lined pan.  Press the mixture flat and into the corners.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • While the bars are baking, unwrap the Aero bars and break them into chunks.
  • As soon as the bars are out of the oven, sprinkle the Aero chunks evenly over the surface.  Allow the bars to sit for 5 minutes.
  • Use an offset spatula to evenly spread the now soft Aero Bar chunks over the top of the bars.
  • Allow the whole thing to cool to room temperature - at least 3 hours!  
  • Lift the bars out using the parchment paper.  Cut into 16 squares.  Store in food-safe container in the fridge.  Can be frozen too!

Nutrition

Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 130mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 3.1% | Vitamin C: 1% | Calcium: 8.2% | Iron: 4.6%