Gooey Crunchy Goodness Bars

makes about 36 bars

1/2 cup melted butter

1 cup + 2 Tbsp dark brown sugar, separated

1 1/4 cups flour

2 eggs

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup sweetened shredded coconut

1 cup salted, roasted peanuts, roughly chopped

Preheat the oven to 350°.

Mix together the butter, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, and flour until the mixture comes together to form little pebbles of dough.  Press the dough into an even layer in the bottoms of an 8" square baking dish.

In a medium bowl, stir together 2 cups brown sugar, eggs, salt, and vanilla; mix well.  Stir in the coconut and chopped peanuts.  Spread the mixture evenly over the crust.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.  Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack before slicing into bars. (It is important to let these cool before cutting them or you will come out with a big oozy mess.)