Coconut desserts are commonly served on Easter in the South. Coconut desserts are also popular around Christmastime. I’m not too sure why some desserts are associated with certain times of the year in the South, but all I know is: don’t mess with it. If you make a fruit pie at Christmas, we’re gonna look at you funny and assume you’re from up north. Along those same lines, it’s a sin if your 4th of July dessert doesn’t involve blueberries and strawberries (most commonly in the form of a flag cake). This unspoken tradition of food pairing goes for meals, too. If you really want to make my Mom raise her eyebrow, serve unconventional sides with barbecue. Peas and brisket? No thanks! “Where’s the potato salad?,” she’ll ask. Of course, my Mom is a true Southern belle and would never say a bad word about anybody, but she just might question your upbringing silently to herself.
Hello Dolly bars are great for Easter because they’re quick and easy to make. It might seem odd to pour ingredients on top of a crust and bake without stirring, but go with it—you’ll be rewarded with rich cookie bars that will soon become your new favorite dessert.