Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Chocolate drizzled pineapple-coconut bars

The ever present smell of tropical
sunblock in the summer gives me a
hankering for some treats, specifically
of the pineapple-coconut kind.
This recipe was given to me by a friend
(thanks, Kelly) and she warned me to put
aside a few of the cookies for myself
after they were made because they
wouldn't last. She was not kidding.
32 cookies gone in 24 hours, I swear!

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup flaked coconut
1/4 cup well-drained crushed pineapple
3/4 cup toasted chopped macadamia nuts
Six squares semi-sweet baker’s chocolate

Preheat oven to 350°.Blend crust ingredients together well; pat into a greased 9-inch square or 10 x 7-inch oblong baking pan. Bake crust for 10 minutes, until just barely browned; set aside.
Sift 1/4 cup flour with baking powder and salt. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs with brown sugar; stir in flour mixture then coconut, pineapple, and toasted nuts. Spread topping mixture over the baked crust; bake 25 to 30 minutes, until set. Cut into bars while warm. Makes about 32 bars.
Once the bars have cooled, melt the chocolate squares in a double boiler or microwave. Stir with a fork and use the fork to drizzle the chocolate over the cookies. Chocolate will harden once cooled.



And now to celebrate the upcoming release of THE LONG QUICHE GOODBYE,
Avery is hosting our next exciting contest!

Avery's "You Be The Sleuth" Contest!

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Here is the link to Avery’s website to help get you started.


  1. We love anything with pineapple in it in this house! And you're right about the sunblock, Jenn..It lingers in the air! Thanks for sharing this with us.

  2. Oh yes, I'm in. These look scrumptious and I happen to have pineapple in the house. Now I just need some coconut and these are being made! Feeling the sweet this week!


  3. The smell of sunblock. LOL What a refreshing recipe.


  4. Just reading this recipe makes me feel like I've had a trip to the tropics -- going into my keeper file. :) Thank you Jenn (and Kelly).

    ~ Cleo
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  5. Oh, Jenn, these sound fabulous! Love the smell of sunblock, and I'm in such a pineapple mood these days. These are on my must try list!

    ~ Krista