Chewy Double Chocolate Coconut Blondies

 

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Dear Daniel,

Remember a few nights ago when I woke both of us up at 3am, shouting, “I’m so thirsty I’m going to die!!”?

Hard to forget.

 

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Well, remember how you ran to the kitchen to fetch me a glass of water? How when you brought it to me I spit it back in the cup and said it “tastes like poison!”? And then remember when I asked that you please, PLEASE!, just toss in a splash of pomegranate juice?

I thought you might.

Well, thanks for that. The pom really made the water palatable. Especially because you forgot ice. Listen, no harm done. I don’t blame you. I might have forgotten it too had I been woken from slumber with a threat of my love near death from thirst. But really, ice is important.

No, like, really important.

 

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Where was I? Oh yes, thank you. Thanks for waking in the dead center of a sleep cycle and appeasing me with a drink. A spritzer, no less.

What would I do without you?

 

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(Well, to start, I’d always have ice in my drink, but that’s really beside the point. No, I’m sorry. I promise I won’t harp on the ice any longer. Just know that I missed the ice. Dearly.)

 

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But anywho, you know I’m a giver.

I baked your favorite sweet. A thank you gift, really. The chewiest, gooey-est blondies with melting chunks of dark chocolate, creamy white chocolate, flakes of sweet, sweet coconut, and toasted nuts. I know you already love them. I do too. One bite is a fleeting moment of bliss. A feeling of intensity and pure, pure pleasure.

So please enjoy them.

Thanks for taking sweet care of me.

And loving me even though I like to read grocery sale circulars in bed on Thursday night while making lists. (I can’t be the only 26-year-old doing it.)

And rubbing my shoulders even when your thumbs start to hurt. (I do think you can build strength if you keep at it, though.)

 

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And laying on my side of the bed while I brush my teeth at night, so that when I tuck under the covers, the spot will be warm. (I hate cold sheets.)

And thanks for telling me I’m a dead ringer for Jay Leno when I wear that denim shirt; the resemblance really is uncanny. (I respectfully disagree that Jay wears it better, however.)

Oh! And thanks for emailing me articles about quinoa because you know I’ll find them interesting. (I do.)

Thank you.

Love love love,

Andrea

P.S. These aren’t all for you.

 

Double Chocolate Coconut Blondies

makes 24 bars

1 ½ cups flour

1 ¼ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

¾ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled (1 ½ sticks)

1 ¼ cups packed brown sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

½ cup white chocolate chips

1 cup toasted walnuts, chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13×9” baking pan with foil, leaving an overhang so that you can easily remove the bars when they’re cooled.

Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.

Beat the melted butter and brown sugar until well combined, about 1 full minute.

Beat in the eggs and vanilla.

Stir in the flour mixture, being careful not to overmix.

Stir in the coconut, both types of chocolate chips, and the walnuts. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for about 23 minutes, or until the top is shiny and looks firm.

Let the pan cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into 24 bars.

Nutrition info for 1 serving: Calories: 218, Fat: 12.7g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Carb: 30.9g, Fiber: 1.1g, Sugars: 22.3g, Protein: 2.5g

Comments

  1. says

    I promise you, you are not the only 26-year-old (well I’m 25 but close enough) girl that lays in bed on a thursday night reading the grocery store circular and writting lists…I have a list problem really.
    P.S. Daniel totally deserves all of these my BF would laugh his head off at me if I asked him to do half of those things! (although he is wonderful and support don’t get me wrong…I’m still training him..)

  2. Karen says

    You’re adorable! That’s all I’ve got to say! You and Daniel sound like you guys have a fun and loving relationship. And the blondies are yama!

  3. Jenn says

    Not only do your recipes make me want to lick my screen, your writing is so clever and witty — always a joy reading your blog posts!

  4. says

    i love your relationship. you guys seem so cute. and you’re also hilarious.

    ps, i’m making these. never have i drooled over chocolate and coconut than i did in these pictures. oh me oh my.

    pps, i’ve made so much off your blog it’s not even funny.

  5. johnny says

    The blondies look fantastic, a must do. We all need a little TLC, get it while your relationship is still young and vibrant! :)

  6. says

    I also read the grocery circulars at age 26, too! :-) And my husband’s thumbs get tired from massaging. I like your “build strength” argument. I’m going to have to try that.

  7. says

    My husband always tells my I put too much ice in my drink. Too much ice…
    I can’t even dignify his comments with a response. I mean, is there such a thing?

  8. says

    hahah! Love it! What a great writing style you have and it keeps getting better.
    My bf’s brother has a tendency to wake his gf up in the middle of the night … but he drags her out of bed yelling that the house is on fire. Ah late night comedy.

  9. says

    hahah! Love it! What a great writing style you have and it keeps getting better.

    A friend of mine tends to sleepwalk but is considerate enough to involve his gf…
    he drags her out of bed yelling that the house is on fire and remembers nothing of it.

  10. says

    I use these as a base for blondies a lot. Thank you :)

    I removed the chocolate & coconut last night, and replaced with a bag of PB M & Ms.

    Yum.

  11. Danielle Esparza says

    I love the beginning of this post! I’m one of those people who needs ice in their drinks. All the time. A lot of it. If the cubes are floating around in the liquid – it needs more ice. I’m always having to refill my glass a bunch of times because it’s 3/4 ice and only 1/4 actual drink!

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