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Friday, June 15, 2012

Tropical Tahiti Blondies

Tropical Tahiti Blondies

This treat is probably one of my favs when I am craving something rich, decadent and cake-y.  It has both white and dark chocolate, pineapple, coconut and cashews.  Yes, just slightly decadent... makes a good gift when you want to impress.   The pineapple bits and shredded coconut keep these bars so moist and the buttery cashews & chips and brown sugar base make this treat so rich.  Making a cup of coffee a must.

Tropical Tahiti Blondies
1 1/2 cup whole wheat white flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 1/2 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup butter, melted
2 large eggs
4 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 cup cashews, chopped
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup pineapple tidbits, well drained & squeeze out any liquid
extra coconut, chocolate and (whole & chopped) cashews -- for the topping!

Preheat oven to 350º F and line a 9 x 13 baking pan with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.

In another bowl, whisk together brown sugar and melted butter until well combined. Add eggs and vanilla to mixture and mix well. Fold the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until combined.  -- Don't over mix!
Fold in coconut, cashews, chocolates, pineapple and into batter. Try not to over mix. Pour batter into prepared baking pan and smooth out with a spatula or spoon. Top with extra coconut, chocolate and cashews.

Bake for about 25-28 minutes, or until top light golder brown on the top. Do not over bake! Cool to room temperature before cutting.

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