Friday Fare: German Chocolate Coconut Bars

I almost missed Friday’s Fare! My bad.  😉 

This week, I was introduced to a wonderful treat by my good friend, Iris. She was kind enough to ask me to lunch at her fantastic home, the Neighbour House in Long Valley, NJ. Before I share this scrumdilicious recipe, I have a fun story to share with everyone regarding when I first met Iris. My husband wanted me to meet one of his best friends. So, he arranged for us to meet at their house. Long Valley is a beautiful place. When people think of New Jersey, they think of Snooki or Tony Soprano.

Well, when I think of New Jersey, I think of Long Valley with its quaint shops and restaurants in old 1700s and 1800s buildings. I also think of this house: 

The Neighbour House in Long Valley, NJ


Now, you have to admit that THIS house is not your typical image of New Jersey, right? Well, I have long admired this house. For years, I drove by it and tried to imagine what it looked like on the inside. How amazing it would be to actually live in this historic home from the 1800s. 

So imagine my surprise when my husband pulled up the long driveway that led to this house. I thought he was joking with me. But, despite having a hearty sense of humor (he has no choice…he married me!), he was completely serious that this house, this magnificent sparkling gem in Long Valley, belonged to his best friends, Raffi and Iris. 

Anywho, that’s my story about how I first met Iris. Since then, she has become a close part of my personal family. I encourage you to try to make this recipe. She’s an amazing cook (and that’s sincere, despite coming from the author who blows up chickens in the oven and burns cookies).  


  • 1 (18 1/4 ounce) package German chocolate cake mix
  • 1/3 cup butter or 1/3 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cups sweetened flaked coconut, divided
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsel, divided (or Swirled semi-sweet and white chocolate Morsels, divided)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Place cake mix in a large bowl; cut in butter and lightly beaten egg until mixture is crumbly.
  3. Press onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  4. Combine sweetened condensed milk, egg and vanilla extract in medium bowl; beat until well combined.
  5. Stir in 1 cup coconut, nuts and 1/2 cup morsels.
  6. Spread mixture evenly over base; sprinkle with remaining coconut and morsels. Lightly press down.
  7. Bake for 30 to 32 minutes or until center is almost set. (Center will firm up when cool.)
  8. Cool in pan on wire rack before cutting into bars.

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