coconut coffee blondies

Ah yes, the dawn of May. I realized we were nearing graduation when everything started becoming a "last" - last tutoring session with my third-grader, last piano competition after fourteen years of playing, last time witnessing crazy prom askings at our school.

Maybe it's just because everybody committed to their colleges this week but I can't help feeling sentimental :'(

But enough of that for now, let's talk food.

Blondies...the most ambiguous of baked goods.

I never know how to respond when people ask me what they are. Vanilla brownies? Square-shaped cookies? Chewy cake bars? At this point I usually just hand them a few slices and exit the conversation to avoid exposing my inexpertise.

Make them yourself to uncover their true identity!

Also, apparently it's a rule that every other recipe on this blog has to contain coconut...sorry to all you coconut-haters. I send you my love and a reconciliatory link.

Don't worry, the coconut flavor isn't too overpowering in this one, and the best part imho is the subtle coffee taste that settles in afterwards. These blondies are golden and soft with slightly chewy edges, which everyone knows are the best pieces (this might explain the missing edges in the photos). Enjoy with a glass of milk while you sit at your kitchen table and feel sentimental.

Coconut Coffee Blondies

Recipe from Heather Christo

makes 2 dozen bars

1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
3 tablespoons espresso
2 and 2/3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup shredded coconut


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 9×13 pan with cooking spray and parchment.

In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs and the espresso and mix until creamy and well combined.

In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients and add to the batter. Add the coconut and mix until everything is well combined.

Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and spread evenly.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until they are cooked through in the middle. Let them cool completely before slicing.