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Friday, June 5, 2009

One Bowl Coconut Chocolate Chunk Blondies


I'm a nut for coconut. So much so, that I'm not even going to apologize for that awful play on words. I can remember loving coconut even farther back than I have a memory (which isn't all that far -- I have an awful memory). I know when I was a little girl that Mounds candy bars were in my Top Five Favorites. And my brothers always passed off their coconut nests to me at Easter. I always seem to be the only one in the family who loves it. Which is why I almost didn't make these blondies. My kids are very lukewarm on coconut, and I just don't get it. It's not really a texture thing, and how could it possibly be a flavor thing? I'm stumped. They were definitely not lukewarm on these blondies, however. They were all over them.

Coconut Chocolate Chunk Blondies

1 c. all-purpose flour
1/8 t. salt
1/2 c. butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
1 c. light brown sugar
1 large egg
11⁄2 t. vanilla extract
1 c. flaked coconut
1 c. chocolate chips or chunks

Preheat oven to 350° degrees F.
Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with baking spray.
In a medium bowl,
stir together the melted butter
and brown sugar until smooth;
beat in egg and vanilla extract until well blended.
Slowly add flour and salt until blended,
then stir in the coconut and chocolate chips.
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan
and smooth even with a rubber spatula.

Bake blondies for 25-30 minutes,
or until set in the center but still soft.
Do not overbake.
Cool completely before cutting into squares.

Use a bench knife for cutting --
straight down and straight up --
you'll get much better edges.



Jessica said...

Oh those look SO SO yummy!!!!

Anne said...

Those DO look good. But I'm trying not to bake extra sweets right now. If we had anyone around to share with it'd be a different story, but Peter and I end up eating ALL of it. Not good.

Completely unrelated: I don't know if you've ever posted that chicken nugget recipe that you sent to me, but you should!!! We love them. I usually end up baking them in the oven on oiled cookie sheets instead of frying them. They are so tender and oh so tasty! Thanks!

Jamie said...

Oh, my gosh!!! Those look soooo good, I can almost taste them from the picture!

Katy said...

Those look delicious!! I'll have to make some! Have you tried these chocolate coconut balls? I made some at Christmas and they are great! Then I somehow lost them in the fridge and they were still wonderful (even better I think) a few months later! Here's a link:

Michelle said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed these, they were a real hit with my friends and family as well! I agree that only 1/2 of the chocolate is needed for the drizzle.