This recipe comes from Tom's sister, and it is one of my favorites. I love these crunchy bars with the orange frosting. This is May's installment in Margaret's boyfriend's birthday present.
Frosted Dream Bars
Mix together into a crumbly mass:
1/2 cup soft butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup flour
Pat into a 9 x 13 pan, covering it evenly.
Bake in a 350 F. oven for 10 minutes.
Set aside to cool.
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
In a separate bowl, mix together:
2 Tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
Add and stir well:
1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
1 cup chopped nuts
Add dry mixture to egg mixture and blend well.
Pour mixture onto the baked crust, spread evenly, and bake at the same temperature for 20 minutes.
Cool slightly. Use a sharp knife to cut into bars.
Note: the original recipe calls for brown sugar, but as I have mentioned, I use Sugar in the Raw for any sugar called for in a recipe.
Cream 1/4 cup soft butter with 2 cups confectioners' sugar.
Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and about 1/4 cup orange juice.