Yesterday I posted the recipe for my first attempt at dream bars. It was extremely tasty, but not the dream bars that I was looking for.  Today is my second shot.  I wanted to make the crust chewier and more moist.  I wanted the top to be chewy but not cookie like.  So I changed things up a bit today.

Dream Bars II
Dream Bars II

The crust is perfect.  The top is almost there, but not quite.

Dream Bars #2

  • Crust
    • 6 tbs butter – Room Temperature
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup rolled oats
    • 1/2 cup flour
    • pinch of salt
  • Topping
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1 tbs flour
    • 1/2 cup coconut
    • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • 1/2 chopped pecans

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together the butter and the brown sugar.  When light and fluffy add the oats, flour and salt.  Press the crust into a 8×8 pan.  I am using a smaller pan for this as I want a nice thick bar instead of a puny little bar.

Press into a pan
Press into a pan

Place the crust in the preheated oven and cook for 10 minutes.

While the crust is blind baking, mix the eggs and brown sugar in a bowl.  Stir in the flour and vanilla.  Mix well.  Then finally fold in the nuts and coconut.  Don’t worry this will be a bit runny.  I decided to remove some of the flour and all of the baking powder as I did not want the bars to have the consistency of a cookie.  The Dream Bars from Pot Belly are moist and chewy.  Hopefully this change will help.

Mix up the filling
Mix up the filling

Place the chocolate chips over the pre-baked crust.  Then spread the topping mixture over the top of the pre-baked crust.  Spread it out evenly.  Place the pan back into the preheated oven for another 12-15 minutes.  Remove when the top turns golden brown.

Spread out the filling
Spread out the filling

Let cool before cutting.

Let cool before eating
Let cool before eating

These are my closest try so far.  Not quite there.  The crust was perfect but the topping still needs a little work.  The topping was not as chewy as I hoped.  The layer of chocolate in the middle is nice, but does not follow the dream bars that I am trying to re-create.  I think these tasted better than the Dream Bar I recipe, however, neither fits the bill for the pot belly dream bars.  Any thoughts, let me know.

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  1. I love Potbelly dream bars and have been trying to recreate them myself. I even saved the ingredients sticker once! I will keep checking back to see if you come up with a winner. 🙂

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