Five Star Bars

Posted on Nov 27 2012 - 10:06am by Barry C. Parsons

Five Star Bars are more a confection than a cookie bar with coconut and graham crumbs suspended in chewy caramel like base, topped with chocolate. Make and bake them in only about a half hour; a real Newfoundland favourite, especially around the Holidays.

Five Star Bars

Five Star Bars

Again today, Rock Recipes is featuring another cookie by request, these scrumptious Five Star Bars. Over the last couple of years in our annual cookie march to Christmas, I have received several requests for a recipe for this particular bar cookie.

It is a local favorite here and I have seen them in many local bakeries for years but never had made them before. I don’t know why? …they couldn’t be easier to make or be more soft, chewy and caramel-y delicious. They freeze really well too.

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Five Star Bars


Five Star Bars
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Five Star Bars are more a confection than a cookie bar with coconut and graham crumbs suspended in chewy caramel like base, topped with chocolate.
Recipe type: Cookies/Bars
Serves: Anout 2 dozen squares or bars.
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut
  • A 10 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
For the top
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (use your preference of milk chocolate, semi sweet or dark)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix together the butter, graham crumbs, coconut, condensed milk, and vanilla.
  3. Press into a parchment paper lined 9 x 9 pan.
  4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or until firm.
  5. As soon as they come out of the oven, sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top of the hot cookie bars.
  6. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes to allow the chocolate to melt, then spread evenly over the top.
  7. Allow the bars to cool to room temperature before cutting into cookie bars or squares.
  8. Store in an airtight container. These cookie bars freeze well too.


19 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Anonymous November 28, 2012 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    What do you think I can substitute for Graham Crumbs???

  2. Barry C. Parsons November 30, 2012 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    I’d try digestive biscuit crumbs or vanilla wafer crumbs.

    • rose January 19, 2015 at 10:26 pm - Reply

      Would any type of cookie crumbs be a good replacement for the graham crumbs…I was thinking of crushing 2 cups of coconut cookies.

  3. Sheila uk December 17, 2012 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Thank you for such a fab recipe. I’ve made it twice now and it has become a firm favourite.

  4. Robin November 29, 2013 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Just like Nan’s. Thank you!! I made two batches, both with semi sweet chocolate chips but one batch with about a tbsp of coconut oil. It made the chocolate crunchy when cold, like that hardshell ice-cream topping stuff. Yum!!!

  5. Candace Schultz December 10, 2013 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    My bf who is from the rock told me to substitute graham crumbs with oreo crumbs if you really like chocolate. plus he suggested putting rice crisps in the melted chocolate on top of the bars. AMAZING !!

  6. Anonymous February 28, 2014 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    I’ve been making these for my son ever since he was a little boy. He is 28 now and I have just passed the recipe on to his wife. Instead of the chocolate, I use eight Aero bars and I make them in a 13 x 9 pan.

    • odette November 4, 2014 at 8:47 am - Reply

      If you use a 13×9 pan, do you double the recipe?

      • Barry C. Parsons November 4, 2014 at 9:48 am - Reply

        No. As a rule, when going from a 9×9 to a 9×13 pan I always make one and a half times the recipe.

    • susan September 17, 2016 at 8:27 pm - Reply

      5 star squares would, t be the same if you used a different cooker or crumb,the graham wafers make them what they are .

  7. Meghan October 28, 2016 at 9:21 am - Reply

    Can I use medium sweetened coconut instead of unsweetened?

  8. Shellyanne November 17, 2016 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    My mother always makes these and uses aero bars on top. Very good ☺

  9. ReneeMichelle December 23, 2016 at 6:00 am - Reply

    These are delicious. I add skor bits on top as well as crunched up butterfinger bars.

  10. Ann February 10, 2017 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    Barry, what a great idea. Do you know if they still sell the bar in NL? It was my childhood favourite bar but alas, I don’t remember what they taste or look like.

  11. Carolyn April 2, 2017 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    Growing up I loved the 5 Star bars. I have searched for them everywhere I could think of and found this recipe in the process. I have tried it several times and didn’t like it. I did not find it tasted at all like the bars of my childhood. One day I ran across a recipe for making a pie crust which substituted digestive cookies crushed for graham cracker crumbs. I decided to try it in this recipe. The result was simply fantastic!!! They tasted a whole lot more like the bars I remembered.

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