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Tropical Blondies

Makes: 12  servings
Serving size: 1  bar
Yield: 12 bars Prep 20 mins Bake 350°F 45 mins


  • 1 1/2 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2 cup  butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups  packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons  vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup  toasted and chopped macadamia nuts, divided
  • 4 ounces  semisweet chocolate squares, chopped


1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with foil. Grease foil. Set aside.

2. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter and sugar in large mixer bowl on medium-high speed 5 minutes, until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, scraping side of bowl with a rubber spatula. Beat in vanilla. At low speed, gradually add flour mixture until combined. Stir in 1/3 cup of the nuts and the chocolate. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle remaining nuts over top of batter. Bake 45 minutes, until top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. Cut into 12 bars. Makes 12 servings.

Make Ahead Tip

  • Cookies can be made ahead. Store in an airtight container 2 days at room temperature or freeze up to 1 month.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 12
  • cal.(kcal)315,
  • Fat, total(g)16,
  • chol.(mg)56,
  • sat. fat(g)8,
  • carb.(g)41,
  • fiber(g)1,
  • pro.(g)4,
  • sodium(mg)188,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet