Guava Cookie Bars Recipe

Guava Cookie Bars

Makes 2 Dozen Cookies

2023 Holiday Cookie Recipe Contest Winner

Submitted by Naomi P.

“These are always a big hit and easy to make. It's a bit of the tropics to brighten a grey northwest day. Guava reminds me of family trips to Mexico, walking through the beautiful mercados and bringing home bags of tropical fruit.” – Naomi P.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 (14-ounce) package guava paste
  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line a 9 x 9-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and beat until incorporated.
  4. Add flour and salt. Mix on low until dough comes together.
  5. Press half the dough onto bottom of prepared pan, smoothing it until base is even. Set aside remaining half.
  6. Slice guava paste 1/4-inch thick. Arrange guava slices in an even layer atop the dough.
  7. Make streusel topping: To remaining dough, add oats, coconut, 2 tablespoons flour, and dark brown sugar. Mix to combine. Sprinkle topping evenly over guava slices.
  8. Bake until top is golden, about 40 to 45 minutes. Once cool, remove from pan by lifting parchment and transfer to cutting board. Cut into squares.


Amount Per Serving (based on 24 servings)
Calories: 190 undefined
Fat: 8 g
Saturated Fat: 5 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 20 mg
Sodium: 50 mg
Carbohydrates: 27 g
Fiber: 1 g
Sugar: 17 g
Added Sugars: 17 g
Protein: 1 g
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