Monday, April 18, 2011

Hula Girl Blondies and a Free Printable


My brother and his family have lived up north for a few years. On one of their recent visits, they brought me a sampling of brownies from a bakery that is located in a nearby town. Now, I soon came to discover, this bakery was not just any ole’ bakery. This bakery was Sugar Daddy’s.  And Sugar Daddy’s, if you’re not familiar with them, was in a Throwdown Brownie Battle with Bobby Flay on the Food Network. OK, so you know, not just everybody does battle with Bobby Flay. He picks the 'cream of the crop' to try to out cook, or bake, as the case may be. And, even so, most of the time, Mr. Flay is the winner. But, not with Sugar Daddy’s! They were deemed the “ Best of the Best.“ So, the brownies  I sampled were not just good, they were divine.
 But of course, if you want divine brownies/blondies that are baked by popular people that have been on the Food Network...well, the price starts getting steep. So steep that they sell the brownie scraps from their suave edgeless brownies,  in little baggies and call them “Pocket Change” for us folks that are not willing to dole out the full price for their fabulous round brownies. The “Pocket Change” is twenty bucks, just in case you're interested. Or you can throw caution to the wind and get 8 of the 3"round brownies for $55... Not saying they’re not worth it, just saying I’m cheap....And, if anyone wants some of my brownies, I only charge $45;) Hahahaha!

Ok, now that we've all had a good laugh...My brother’s favorite from Sugar Daddy’s was a tropical version with loads of coconut, pineapple, cashews and both white and semisweet chocolate. This is my version of that blondie. I call them Hula Girl Blondies. They are seriously good. I’m not sure Bobby Flay will be beating my door down for a Thowdown (which, Mr. Flay, just so you know, I never answer my door if Mr. Sweets is not home or unless I know you're coming. Call me paranoid:) or that  they are an exact duplicate of Sugar Daddy’s, but hey, they will be kinder to your pocketbook for sure!

Oh, and since I've been slacking on my posts a bit lately, I've made a 'Hula Girl Blondie' tag to try to bribe you to keep reading my blog :)
You know I have no problem with bribery...Use these tags when you decide to gift these lovely brownies to your kids teachers, your neighbors or your co-workers.
They probably won't mind being bribed either.
You can download the tags here

Enjoy!


Hula Girl Blondies
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup butter, melted
2 eggs
4 tsp. vanilla
1  cup shredded sweetened coconut
1 cup chopped cashews
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried pineapple, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
In another bowl, whisk together brown sugar and butter until combined. Add eggs and vanilla to mixture and mix well. Fold flour mixture into wet ingredients until combined.
Fold in coconut, cashews, chocolates, pineapple and into batter. Pour batter into prepared baking pan and smooth out to edges of pan. Top with extra coconut, chocolate and cashews if desired.
Bake for about 25-28 minutes, or until top light golder brown on the top. Do not over bake. Look for color rather than texture. Cool completely before slicing.




17 comments:

cajunlicious said...

LOVE this! Just found your amazing blog & am a new follower!
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What A Dish! said...

These look really good! I love all of those flavors.t

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Wow , this look really good and presentable, bookmarked immediately!

Shelby said...

LOL you are too cute! I love to watch the throw down shows! I would be willing to buy the pocket change! These look delicious! Thanks for dropping by and for the comment!

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peachkins said...

I'm currently crazy about coconuts!~love this

Mom Daughter Style said...

Looks so yummy! thanks for the recipes.

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Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

There is nothing in the world that beats a good brownie. I wish I had seen the Bobby Flay show. I'm surprised he won.
Sam

Crunchy Frugalista said...

These look amazing. I am your newest follower from the Tuesday blog hop! I can't wait to see more recipes. Hope to see you soon at crunchyfrugalista.blogspot.com

Tina said...

OMG - what yummy goodness...I have become your newest follower and fan and will be back to try out some of your recipes...

would love it if you could stop by and follow me back.

xo
tina
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Tiffanee said...

YUM!! These have some wonderful ingredients. Gotta make some and soon!!

Foodness Gracious said...

Great photos! and the recipes look amazing.
Thanks for sharing...

Mary said...

These really sound amazing, as does the concept of spending $55 for brownies. I'll take yours anyday. I always enjoy my visits here. I hope you and those you love have a wonderful holiday. Blessings...Mary

Little Brick Ranch said...

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These look heavenly!! I love the Hawaiian twist!! If you have a sec, feel free to pop over now to enter my GIVEAWAY!

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Angela said...

I made these and brought them to my sisters for easter...they were delish!! Thanks!!! I will definitely be making them again!

Susan at www.ugogrrl.com said...

Can't wait to try this combination! Love the cute tag too!