Among all of the desserts we’ve made so far, I think the Coconut-Macadamia Cookie Bars has got to be one of the easiest recipes we’ve made. Granted, you just have to have all of the ingredients, but the steps are ridiculously simple. My friend Huong was generous enough to bring me back some macadamia nuts from her trip to Hawaii, and seeing that we had coconut flakes in our cupboard, I thought it would be a great combination for a cookie. Instead of the typical round cookies, we opted to do cookie bars (another time-saving idea). This recipe is courtesy of The Cookie Muncher.
Did you know that macadamia nuts help lower cholesterol? Yeah, me neither.
Gather 1 cup of coconut flakes and about 4 oz. of the macadamia nuts (coursely chopped).
In a bowl, mix together 1 cup of softened butter, 1 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and 1 egg. Then stir in 2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour and 1 tsp of baking soda to make a stiff dough.
To that mixture, add the coconut flakes and macadamia nuts. Press the dough in an ungreased rectangular pan and bake in a 375-degree oven for about 25 minutes until golden brown.
Once it's cooled, cut into squares or small rectangles - up to you on how big or small you want each piece to be.
We brought these cookies to my friend Sarah's beach party and everyone enjoyed them. To be perfectly honest, neither Daniel nor I ate an entire cookie bar. We were satisfied with the crumbs and the happiness from our friends' faces.
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