Canteen Cookie Bars


1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons flour
1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup sifted flour
1-1/2 cups shredded coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup nuts, coarsely chopped


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Combine shortening and salt. Add ½ cup of the brown sugar and cream well. Add the 1 cup flour and blend. Spread in a greased 12x8-inch pan. Bake for 20 minutes, or until firm and golden brown. Add remaining 1 cup brown sugar and the vanilla to the eggs, beating until thick and foamy. Then add the 2 tablespoons flour, baking powder, coconut, and nuts and blend. Spread over baked mixture. Return to oven and bake for 25 minutes. Cool and cut into small bars.


2 dozen 2-inch bars

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from what i have read about

from what i have read about canteen bars is they were actually called tray bakes in England, and from the history i have read they have been around a very long time. the history is very obscure on these. try tracing back tray bakes, might find more info on them.

I would guess the bars may

I would guess the bars may have been made for "canteens" set up for soldiers during WWII shipping out from home or on the way back.

I make something similar to

I make something similar to these called Dream Bars. Instead of shortening you use butter. They are awesome! But I do not know the history of the Canteen Bars.

Does anyone know the history

Does anyone know the history of this cookie: Canteen Cookie Bar

Thanks! if you do let me know.