Peanut Butter Coconut Blondies Recipe

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I hear you… when you think about flavors that pair well with peanut butter, coconut isn’t the first one to come to mind. Or it didn’t come to your mind at all. It wasn’t even in the top 100.

Yes, yes, chocolate, bananas, marshmallow. All the usual suspects. I almost forgot to include jelly. Although, does anyone really eat peanut butter with grape jelly anymore? For the most part, people prefer strawberry jam to grape jelly these days, right?

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If the coconut flavor in these bars was really strong, I could see how it would compete or overtake the peanut butter, or even downright clash with it. Instead, it accentuates it. I learned this about coconut after I tried this recipe for chocolate peanut butter protein balls out of a magazine. The recipe called for a little coconut extract. I thought it was strange and I almost left it out. What could that add to chocolate and peanut butter, a duo that is already top notch and tough to beat? The answer is: EVERYTHING.

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Okay, not everything. Again, chocolate and peanut butter are a stellar combo. Still, the coconut extract really made these protein balls stand out in a sea of a million other chocolate and peanut butter snacks!

I was shocked at the difference that the coconut flavor adds to those little energy balls, and it got me thinking that I should base an entire peanut butter dessert (because I don’t have enough of those) around the idea of combining the two.

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Starting with a buttery and brown sugary blondie base, adding a boatload of peanut butter, and some shredded coconut, you end up with a thick, soft, and chewy peanut butter blondie bar with a touch of coconutty goodness. Topped with rich and creamy peanut butter buttercream, and a smattering of shredded toasted coconut, you have the perfect balance of peanut butter and coconut flavors.

My S.O. was initially a skeptic about the flavor combination in these blondie bars, but he was a quick convert once he tried them, and he truly couldn’t stop eating them. As with most desserts in this household, they disappeared quite quickly!

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Peanut Butter Coconut Blondies Recipe

Sarah Grossett
Peanut Butter Coconut Blondies will become your new peanut butter favorite. Watch them disappear!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 30
Calories 373.76 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1.25 Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 0.5 Butter
  • 1 Brown Sugar Packed
  • 0.5 Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Egg
  • 1 Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1.5 Coconut Extract
  • 1.75 Flour
  • 1 Baking Powder
  • 0.5 Milk
  • 1 Shredded Coconut
  • 0.75 Butter Softened
  • 1.25 Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Heavy Cream Or milk
  • 1 Shredded Coconut

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, butter, brown sugar, and sugar.
  • Beat in eggs, vanilla, and coconut extract.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour and baking powder.
  • Add it to peanut butter mixture alternately with the milk.
  • Mix in the shredded coconut.
  • Spread batter into a greased 9×13-inch pan.
  • Bake at 325°F for 28-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean, and edges are golden brown.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, peanut butter, vanilla, powdered sugar, and milk.
  • Beat until light and fluffy, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Spread over blondies.
  • Scatter coconut on a baking sheet.
  • Bake at 325°F for 3-5 minutes, or until coconut is pale golden brown.
  • Sprinkle the toasted coconut on top of the frosted blondies. Cut and serve!

Nutrition

Calories: 373.76kcalCarbohydrates: 32.63gProtein: 7.14gFat: 24.09gSaturated Fat: 7.32gSodium: 4.86mgFiber: 1.33gSugar: 24.78g
Keyword Baked, Baking, Bar Desserts, Blondies, Coconut, Desserts, Easy, Party Food, Peanut Butter
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