Gooey Bars have it all, a solid buttery base topped with a gooey filling that is better than any seven layer bar. Awesome flavor without sweetened condensed milk. Perfect for a bake sale or sending with your kids, whether it’s to school or the great unknown!
1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line a 9 X 13 pan with parchment and spray the sides with cooking spray.
In a food processor, add flour, salt, and sugar and combine. Add cold butter cut into pieces. Process until it forms large chunks, it will take 30 seconds or so, just keep processing. When it starts to form large chunks, place it into the prepared pan and press it evenly in the bottom of the pan. Use the bottom of a glass to tap it down and make it smooth. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until it’s golden brown throughout. (Don’t take it out too early or you won’t get a crunchy bottom.)
While the crust is baking, prepare the filling. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat until it is slightly brown throughout, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add sugars and salt. Let cool slightly, then whisk in eggs one at at time. Add vanilla. Stir in oats, coconut and chocolate chips and whatever other filling you are adding.
4. Add filling to the crust and smooth it with an offset spatula or knife. Return to oven and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes. You want the top to be golden brown and the filling set.
5. Let cool before cutting.
Add nuts or dried fruit with the chocolate chips if desired.