I had no idea that they were not an 80s kid thing but actually had been around for quite a long time. Commenters chimed in having had them in the 70s, 60s, and even the 40s! Wow!
A Bite from the Past shares that they are a depression era recipe.
I had several requests for the recipe peeking out behind. Dream Bars are apparently a much loved favorite!
Dream Bars I found this recipe in the box I bought at an estate sale. The recipe is in two parts.
- 1/2 C butter
- 1 C sifted flour
- 1/2 C brown sugar (firmly packed)
Mix well – press mixture evenly and firmly into bottom of an ungreased shallow baking pan (9×13). Bake 15 minutes or until delicately browned. 350 degrees.
- 2 eggs
- 1 C brown sugar (firmly packed)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 C shredded coconut
- 1 C corn flakes
- 1 C chopped nut meats
Beat eggs well, add brown sugar and beat. Add rest of ingredients and mix well. Drop by spoonful into the bakes crust. Spread evenly.
Bake 25 minutes or until done. 350 degrees. Cut into bars while warm.
I finally made them! And boy oh boy they are delicious! I did skip the nuts and add in white chocolate chips. These will be a regular treat here.