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December 16, 2015

Coconut Blondies

If you're looking to make your life easier this holiday season, make these Coconut Blondies! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Life is all about managing expectations. After many years of doing this whole Christmas thing, I can say with confidence that things are bound to go wrong.  Last year I had a whole slew of packages stolen from our mailbox and spent hours on the phone with Amazon. This year, I rushed our holiday cards to our house, paying extra for the service and they came to our house looking perfect, except that our cards were from The Hudson Family, instead of the Benjamin Family. The situation got itself worked out. Cards come later this week and I have to rework my calendar & my expectations. It’s cool though, we have it covered. I knew something would go wrong, but my reaction to these things has changed.

If you're looking to make your life easier this holiday season, make these Coconut Blondies! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

I’m all about making the holidays easier. I don’t have time to pull butter out to let it soften to room temperature. I don’t have the patience to scoop out cookies on a baking sheet. But I DO love being in the kitchen baking during the holidays and I DO have the time for one bowl recipes that require melted butter, no mixer and bit of oven time. I can totally make time to cut blondies into squares and eat a few while I’m at it….

If you're looking to make your life easier this holiday season, make these Coconut Blondies! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

These Coconut Blondies are quite exceptional and they really don’t take much time to execute. If you’re a fan of German Chocolate Cake, these blondies will satisfy you. They’re a cross between a cookie, a bar, a macaroon and they’re so buttery they almost taste like baklava. When your cards come late and when your packages get stolen, at least you can make some blondies. Life is sweet, you just have to make it that way.

Let’s gather our ingredients:

If you're looking to make your life easier this holiday season, make these Coconut Blondies! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

First we toast some pecans. 350F for 5-10 minutes. Done.

If you're looking to make your life easier this holiday season, make these Coconut Blondies! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Butter is melted.

If you're looking to make your life easier this holiday season, make these Coconut Blondies! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

It goes into a large bowl with brown sugar & vanilla.

If you're looking to make your life easier this holiday season, make these Coconut Blondies! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Eggs enter the picture. One by one.

If you're looking to make your life easier this holiday season, make these Coconut Blondies! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Hey pecans and coconut. WHAT UP.

If you're looking to make your life easier this holiday season, make these Coconut Blondies! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Yo, flour. How YOU DOIN’?

If you're looking to make your life easier this holiday season, make these Coconut Blondies! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Hey batter batter. Saaaahwing batter!

If you're looking to make your life easier this holiday season, make these Coconut Blondies! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Coconut shreds on top.

If you're looking to make your life easier this holiday season, make these Coconut Blondies! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Off to the oven.

If you're looking to make your life easier this holiday season, make these Coconut Blondies! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Done. I covered mine with foil half way through because I was scared of coconut burning.

If you’ve ever burnt coconut, you don’t ever want a repeat performance.

If you're looking to make your life easier this holiday season, make these Coconut Blondies! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Welcome to my OCD brain. This picture pleases me just as much as cutting blondies into perfect squares.

If you're looking to make your life easier this holiday season, make these Coconut Blondies! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Look at that inside.

If you're looking to make your life easier this holiday season, make these Coconut Blondies! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

It looks like baklava, huh?

If you're looking to make your life easier this holiday season, make these Coconut Blondies! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Pecan lovers rejoice!

If you're looking to make your life easier this holiday season, make these Coconut Blondies! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Coconut lovers too!

If you’re on the blondie train this year, try these Chocolate Chunk Blondies! Coconut lovers you’re gonna love these Coconut Lime Bars too!

Coconut Blondies

makes 32 squares

recipe slightly adapted from Gourmet Magazine

  • 2 sticks (1/2 lb.) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans, toasted & cooled
  • 2 cups sweetened flaked coconut, divided

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9x 13 baking pan with cooking spray, line with parchment paper and set aside.

Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl. Whisk brown sugar and vanilla into the butter. Whisk in eggs 1 at a time until mixture is glossy and smooth.

Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt, then whisk into butter mixture. Stir in pecans and 1 1/2 cups coconut.

Spread batter in pan. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup coconut. Bake until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 35 minutes. If you find that the coconut has started to brown prematurely in the oven, cover with aluminum foil for the rest of the baking cycle. Let blondies cool in pan and cut into 32 squares.

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  • Jane M

    OH MY! These blondies look fandamntastick! Glad you’re not fretting the XMAS card debacle! Happy Holidays!

  • Patri

    OMG!!! I’m making these as soon as I get home tonight! They look amazing!!!

    Also, I’m so sorry someone stole your presents last year… How mean do you have to be to do that???
    Here in Spain you have to sign for the messenger guy to give you the parcel. They don’t leave it at your door because FOR SURE ALL PACKAGES would be gone by the time people get to their houses.

    Anyway… let’s forget about bad stuff and go back to these blondies…. I’m in loooooooooooove!!!!

  • Karen

    THANK YOU!! I’m definitely making a lot of these to gift and to eat!

  • India

    Yum! I love the picture that shows the layers of these. Our packages got stolen last year too. This year we thought the same thing happened, my husband was so disappointed, but it turned out it had been misdelivered & the next day it showed up. Gave us a good laugh. Enjoy the next few weeks, may you enjoy all that you bake & craft!

  • Megan@Cozy Eats

    Yum!!! Do you think I could sub unsweetened coconut and maybe bump up the sugar a bit? My mom gave me a bag so I am trying to use it up. :)

  • Cayla

    These look fantastic! Do you think they’d taste good with almonds or walnuts instead of pecans? Or are pecans the ideal nut for this?

    • Tracy

      if anything, i would sub walnuts for the pecans- but the pecans help make it super buttery/rich.

  • Kate

    Oh my lawd! These look amazing! Also, this is my first time commenting since the site redesign and I am loving this font!

  • Gaby Dalkin

    this might be the best narration of adding ingredients in a recipe ever. I was cracking up the whole way through the recipe!

  • Laura

    These are so awesome! One bowl for the win.

    Your site is one of my favorites: great food, stunning photos, and your humor. Thanks for another year of excellent posts! Merry Christmas!

  • Carrie

    It makes me sad to even type this, but because of nut allergies I’m wondering if I could lose the pecans, Sob. Do you think they’d still be good without? Thanks and happy New Year!

  • Leah

    I made these! At the last minute, I realized I didn’t have pecans, so I used half cashews, half chocolate chips. These were delicious! Love desserts with coconut.

  • English Sweets

    I have a massive sweet tooth and these look divine!

  • Laurie

    If I wanted to halve this recipe, what size pan would you suggest?

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