Shortbread Crust: (adapted from A Montana Table's Huckleberry Cobbler Crust)
*12 Tablespoons unsalted butter1 1/2 sticks, cold and cut into cubes
1 1/2cupsall-purpose flour
*1/2 teaspoon salt
*If you don't have unsalted butteruse salted butter, and leave out the 1/2 teaspoon salt.
1package brownie mixI prefer Betty Crocker's Fudge Brownies or Dark Chocolate Brownies
Wateroil, and eggs called for in the directions on the brownie box
1/4cuphot fudge ice cream toppingstraight from the jar, unheated
Coconut Caramel Layer
117 oz. jar caramel topping, Mrs. Richardson's Butterscotch Caramel is the only brand I use
Preheat oven to 300. Cover baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread coconut evenly over baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes to make sure coconut browns evenly. Set aside to cool.
Preheat oven to 350. Combine all crust ingredients and cut with pastry knife, or mix with mixer until coarse pea-sized lumps form. Press evenly over the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch glass baking dish. Bake until lightly browned.
Meanwhile, prepare brownie batter according to package directions, adding 1/4 cup hot fudge ice cream topping, unheated and straight from the jar. Make sure to follow the high altitude directions if you live at high altitude. Pour over shortbread crust and bake as directed, until a toothpick comes out nearly clean with only a few crumbs remaining.
When brownies are almost finished, scoop caramel topping into a heavy bottomed saucepan and heat over low until caramel is soft and easy to stir. Add toasted coconut and stir gently until evenly mixed. If brownies are not quite finished, keep this warm, stirring occasionally. Keeping the coconut caramel mixture warm will help it to spread evenly without tearing brownies apart.
Pour coconut caramel mixture over brownies and gently spread evenly over the top.
Place chocolate chips into a zip-loc baggie and put into microwave for 20 second intervals. Squish the bag with your fingers to mix and smooth the chocolate between intervals. When melted smooth, snip a tiny piece off of the corner of the bag and drizzle over bars. Cool.
I let these cool for a bit, probably half an hour, and then put them if the refrigerator to finish setting, after sneaking a taste, that is. They are super yummy warm, but cut much more neatly if you wait for them to set.