Yum Yums – Coconut, Pecan & Brown Sugar Bars

Delicious coconut, pecan & brown sugar bar recipe. The name says it all.

Really, the name says it all. Yum Yums have been a family favorite for generations. From my great-grandma down it has survived the years, albeit with a few changes. My mom uses walnuts verse pecans and argues that a dessert spoon of brown sugar equals a teaspoon not a tablespoon and at some point, someone added cherries on top (eww). But enough about that. On to the recipe.


The name says it all. Made with coconut, pecans and brown sugar, these bars are a family favorite that has been passed down through at least four generations and will hopefully be made for many more.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 bars



  • 1 ¼ cup flour
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar aka "dessert spoons"


  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (or other nuts)


  • Preheat oven to 375°
  • Mix base ingredients together until crumbly. Then pack into a shallow 9×9 inch pan.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together eggs, brown sugar, salt and vanilla. Then stir in coconut and nuts until fully mixed in.
  • Pour mixture over the base.
  • Bake for 25-30 mins or until browned on the bottom (if you use a glass dish and can see) or till the top is a little toasty. In the end, it should end up with a flakey crust on the bottom, gooey middle layer and then a crispy top.   
  • Let cool completely before cutting into squares.

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2 Replies to “Yum Yums – Coconut, Pecan & Brown Sugar Bars”

  1. Is the butter melted, softened or hard?
    My Memere and Mom made these but left that detail off the recipe.

    1. I like to use softened. Melted all the way makes it settle a bit too much but using soften still makes easy enough to pack down into a crust without having it all seep out.

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