Dream Bars



Today I have for you an American classic bake – Dream Bars. Bonus: the recipe I found is exactly 89 years old today!


Created in the harsh years of the Depression, Dream Bars are still around today, both in their original form and as a whole host of other bar recipes with additional ingredients.

You may be forgiven for thinking these look a little ordinary, but I can assure you their flavour is outstanding – one of my husband’s colleagues even described them as the best thing they’d ever eaten!

The method, too, is also very straightforward: whizz together butter, flour and sugar for a shortbread base, whisk the wet ingredients together, stir in the nuts, pour over the base and bake. Total time required: about an hour!

Short and sweet, just like this post!

Dream Bars

115g unsalted butter
100g soft dark brown/muscovado sugar
115g plain flour

  • Heat oven to 175°C/155°C Fan
  • Line a 20cm/8-inch square pan with baking parchment.
  • Mix butter, sugar and flour in a food processor to breadcrumb consistency.
  • Pat evenly into prepared pan. Use the smooth base of a glass to press firmly.
  • Bake for 10 minutes and set aside to cool.

2 large eggs
200g soft dark brown/muscovado sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
2 tbs plain flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
90g dessicated/shred coconut
120g chopped nuts (walnuts/pecans)

  • Whisk eggs and sugar together till frothy.
  • Add vanilla, flour, salt and baking powder and mix in.
  • Stir in the coconut and nuts and pour over the cooled crust.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes until risen and set.
  • Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then cut into squares.
  • Allow to cool completely in the tin.