Toasted Coconut White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bars

Today I’m sharing a little treat to get you through the rest of the week. I present to you Toasted Coconut White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bars. These cookie bars have a trifecta of ingredients that make them of so irresistible: toasted coconut, white chocolate, AND macadamia nuts. Now tell me you’re not craving Toasted Coconut White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bars now? ;)

Toasted Coconut White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bars



I love White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies, but recently when I had a craving for them I wanted something more. More spring-like and dare I say, decadent! Adding toasted coconut, making them into bar cookies, and slathering them with melted white chocolate just seemed like the right thing to do. And I am SO glad that I did because these came out incredible. white_chocolate_macadamia_bars


These bars would work beautifully for bake sales, lunch boxes, parties, etc. They’re such a pleasant change to chocolate-laden desserts, and their bright flavors make them perfect for spring.

Cook’s Note:

I used Ghirardelli white baking chips in this recipe.

This recipe calls for toasted, shredded coconut. To toast the coconut heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the coconut and stir frequently, until the coconut is mostly all golden brown, about 3-6 minutes.

Macadamia nuts are pretty pricy. When they go on sale I tend to stock up. They only keep for about 6 months in the pantry, so to ensure their longevity I freeze them in freezer-safe storage bars as they’ll keep for up to 2 years this way…but I ensure you you’ll use them before then–especially if you add these bars to your repertoire.

Toasted Coconut White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bars

Serves 24
Meal type Dessert
Misc Pre-preparable
Website A Food Folks and Fun Original!
Toasted Coconut White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 Cups sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
  • 1 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups packed light brown sugar
  • 12 Tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

Topping

  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup macadamia nuts, roughly chopped

Directions

Step 1
Move the oven rack to the middle position and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13-inch baking pan with foil, leaving about an overhang on all sides. Spray with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
Step 2
Into a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl add the brown sugar and butter, whisk until combined. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until combined. Using a wooden spoon, add in the flour mixture and mix until combined. Fold in 1 cup white chocolate chips, 1 cup macadamia nuts, and the toasted coconut until evenly distributed.
Step 3
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth into an even layer. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Topping
Step 4
As soon as the bars come out of the oven, sprinkle 1 cup white chocolate chips over the top. Let them sit for 5 minutes, then smooth in an even layer to cover the tops of the bars. Press 1/3 cup chopped macadamia nuts over the top of the bars.
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To Finish
Step 5
Chill the bars in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Use the foil overhang to lift the bars from the pan. Cut into 24 squares and serve. Bars can be stored in an air-tight container for up to 5 days.

 

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About Jillian

Hi, I'm Jillian. I'm a teacher turned stay-at-home mom. I miss the creativity teaching provided so I'm always trying to find time to exercise my artistic abilities. Mostly that means cooking and baking. My blog is dedicated to providing restaurant-quality recipes for the home cook.

Comments

  1. YAmiiiiiiiiii

  2. RICHARD HICKS says:

    I would love to try these. They look so yummy

  3. Love White Chocolate! Love macadamias! Want this NOW! :)

  4. Melissa Marinho says:

    Mmmmm, my tummy rumbled when I clicked on this. I definitely cannot say I’m not craving these now. Must.Make.Immediately. :) This does look very decadent. I LOVE all 3 of the main ingredients. My mother is MORE obsessed with Macadamia Nuts than me, so these will be a GREAT surprise to make for her. Thanks so much for the post and pics!!

  5. these look so delicious

  6. Jennifer Daniell says:

    Oh holy cow, I need these in my face like, immediately. Seriously.

  7. These sound amazing! Thank you for sharing.

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