But… I’m ready for fall. I can’t help it. I’m dreaming of pumpkin spice cakes, cozy sweaters, and homemade kettlecorn. I’m dreaming of baked cinnamon things, stomping on leaves, nutmeg in my coffee, and picking out pumpkins.
I’m dreaming of seven, sun, sand, and ocean-filled days in Hawaii.
Oh and hot chocolate picnics… this should totally be a thing.
One of these things is not like the other.
Pumpkin patches… cinnamon and nutmeg … beaches?
Yes. This is real! In between pumpkin spice scones and cozy sweaters, I’ll be spending a week in Hawaii this fall and to be honest, I will be absolutely useless until then… unless it involves coconut, sundresses, new wedge sandals, summer beach reads, and, you know, important stuff, like figuring out how to twist my hair into a beachy side-braid or the exact amount of tequila it will take to dull my fear of flying.
Without ending up in a scene out of Bridesmaids.
That was awkward.
These no-bake bars are kind of like Hawaii in the fall. Graham crackers and pecans… totally fall flavors. And coconut!
Let’s take a peek.
Slightly soft graham crackers sandwiched around a crunchy, sweet coconut-pecan-graham cracker filling, all topped with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting.
And it all starts with graham crackers.
This is how you know you’re off to a good start.
Now top those graham crackers with a buttery, sweet mixture of coconut, chopped pecans, and crushed graham crackers.
It’s kind of like a tropical pecan pie filling.
… I’m liking all these words.
More graham crackers. Good things are happening here.
Good things like sugary cream cheese frosting. You’re worth it!
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the cream cheese frosting, place cream cheese in a bowl and soften using a rubber spatula. Gradually add butter and beat together until smooth and creamy. Sift in powdered sugar and continue beating until smooth. Add vanilla and stir to combine.
Spread frosting over graham cracker bars evenly. Or not. No big deal.