Happy Labor Day Weekend! These bars are perfect for your weekend bbqs this holiday weekend. Buttery crust, crumbly top and ooey, gooey, caramelly middle . . . care for a bite? Decadent yet simple and easy. You can customize them however you want with the topping - I used coconut and sprinkles, but you can use nuts or chocolate chips. I chose some red and white and blue sprinkles in honor of Labor Day. Enjoy!
Yield: One 13x9 Pan
3/4 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Sugar
2 Cups Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
4 Ounces Cream Cheese
1/3 Cup Butter
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup Coconut (I used unsweetened toasted coconut)
1 (1.7 ounce) Container of Sprinkles
Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the crust until well combined and crumbly. Remove 1 scant cup of the mixture and set aside. Press the remaining mixture into a 9x13 pan. Set aside.
Step 2: In a bowl, mix together filling ingredients. Beat until well combined. Spread evenly over the patted crust in the pan - but don't go all the way to the edges. Leave about a 1/2 inch of 'naked' crust around the edges. Bake for 5 minutes.
Step 3: After the bars have baked for 5 minutes, remove from the oven and top with the coconut. Then, sprinkle the remaining reserved crust mixture over the bars. Lastly, top with sprinkles. Return to the oven for 25-30 minutes or until browned.