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Come Party With Me: Engagement Party — Dessert

Since the cake is a huge part of your wedding day, when planning the engagement party, select a dessert that is not cake based and totally different from what you want to serve on the big day.

For Ronda and James's Latin-inspired affair, I'm making caramel-coconut shortbread. Cut into rectangles or squares, it's ideal because no utensils are necessary. Although this dessert has several components, it's far from intimidating and comes together quickly. Get the easy recipe when you,


Caramel-Coconut Shortbread

Caramel-Coconut Shortbread

Caramel-Coconut Shortbread


  1. 1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  4. 1 3/4 cups flour
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 14 ounces soft caramel candies
  7. 5 tablespoons heavy cream
  8. 2 cups shredded coconut, toasted
  9. 1 cup chocolate chips, melted


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Using a mixer, beat the butter and sugar on high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in the vanilla.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt, then add to the butter mixture. Mix on low speed just until the dough comes together.
  4. Press evenly into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Using a fork, prick the dough at 1-inch intervals. Bake until golden, 20 to 22 minutes.
  5. In a medium saucepan, melt the caramels with the cream and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt over medium heat. Stir in the coconut, then spread over the shortbread.
  6. Using a spoon, drizzle the chocolate on top. Let cool completely before slicing.

Makes 24.

Spectra Spectra 8 years
Oooh, this looks so naughty!! I'm going to make it for my dad...he loves those Girl Scout cookies that have the caramel and the coconut on them. He'd absolutely flip for these!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i tried making the recipe that resembles the "claresquares" but i kinda f-ed it up...the chocolate was way too hard and so when i cut it it just looked like a mess...well maybe i didn't f it up, maybe the recipe was just not the best...but i think this sounds way more appealing! by drizzlnig the chocolate you have the same effect but much easier!
smileyface smileyface 8 years
Oh my God this sounds delicious! Will attempt this soon!
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
oh NO I was already craving a sweet snack, this is devious!!!
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 8 years
This looks like a "must try"! Excuse me as I try to not drool on my keyboard. :drool:
Food Food 8 years
Sounds right up my alley.
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