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Angel Slices

This recipe is said to have sold "many a copy of Joy of Cooking", for Jenni Field it is recipe that brings back memories of her Aunt, Christmas, and scary, scary basements.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Christmas, Dessert, Dessert Bars, Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
Cuisine: American
Servings: 48 bars
Calories: 72kcal



  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup sifted flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • 2 eggs ,beaten
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Glaze - Jenni's favorite version

  • 1 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • Lemon juice


  • Heat the oven to 350˚F.
  • With a stand mixer or hand mixer on low speed, beat the butter for 30 seconds until creamy and whipped.
  • Add the sugar and beat on high until the mixture is pale yellow and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl periodically.
  • Turn the mixer to low and add the egg and vanilla and beat until well combined
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in three parts, mixing well after each addition.
  • Pat the dough evenly into a 9 x 13 baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes.
  • In the meantime, in a large mixing bowl combine the filling ingredients stirring to combine.
  • Pour over the crust and bake for 25 minutes.
  • Cool completely. Remember this is an important step to ensure that your bars look as beautiful as Auntie Ev’s.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the powdered sugar and enough lemon juice to create a spreadable glaze. Jenni says it is about the consistency of Elmer’s glue.
  • Spread over the completely cooled bars and cut into 1 x 2 inch oblongs.


Serving: 1bar | Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.9g | Protein: 0.8g | Fat: 2.5g | Saturated Fat: 1.6g | Sodium: 27mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 9.2g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.4mg