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A delicious marmae bar, dessert bar with chocolate, coconut, nuts, etc.
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Marmae Bars

Nutty, coconutty, chocolate-y, and frosting covered, these Marmae Bars are a classic dessert passed down from my mother-in-law. And perfect for the holiday season.
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate dessert, marmae bars
Servings: 9
Calories: 646kcal
Author: Rachael


  • 1 2/3 cup finely chopped graham crackers
  • 1 cup coconut shreds
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup butter divided
  • 1/4 cup sugar + 1 Tbs divided
  • 5 Tbs cocoa powder
  • 2 cups confectioner sugar
  • 1 large egg

Peppermint Buttercream

  • 1/2 pound 2 cups of Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Butter Salted Sweet Cream Butter
  • 1/2-1 Tablespoon Milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Peppermint Extract
  • Green food coloring if desired


  • 2 ounces chocolate
  • 1 Tbs granulated sugar


  • Finely chop graham crackers and walnuts, then in a small bowl combine chopped graham crackers, coconut, and walnuts.
  • I have this 1 1/2 cup food chopperthat I use for small jobs and it is perfect to use in this recipe.
  • Grease a 9 inch square cake pan, and press graham cracker mixture into the bottom.
  • Chill 15 minutes
  • In a medium sized saucepan over medium high heat, combine 1/2 cup butter and 1/4 cup sugar, and 5 Tbs cocoa powder, and cook, stirring constantly until smooth and thick.
  • While chocolate mixture is still hot, beat in 1/4 cup butter, 2 cups confectioner sugar, and 1 egg. (the hot chocolate mixture should be sufficient to make the egg safe to eat)
  • Pour over the graham cracker mixture, and chill for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, mix peppermint buttercream frosting ingredients together in a medium sized bowl, using a hand mixer, and when completely mixed, spread over the graham cracker and chocolate mixture.
  • In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate squares, and stir sugar in, keep stirring until sugar melts, drizzle over top.
  • We all know that brand Pyrex because it has been around forever. Pyrex Bowls are my go to for using in the microwave.
  • Enjoy


Calories: 646kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 346mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 65g | Vitamin A: 815IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1.8mg