These coconut blondies, also known as yum-yum squares, are made with vanilla, coconut, and walnuts. They are obscenely rich, fudgy, and every bit as impossible to stop eating as the name suggests.
- Quick Glance
- 15 M
- 35 M
- Makes 16
Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and just 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Stir in the flour.
Press the mixture into an unbuttered 8-inch square pan.
In another bowl, combine the eggs, salt, vanilla, and the remaining brown sugar and mix well. Stir in the coconut and walnuts, if using, and pour the mixture on top of the crust, smoothing the surface so it’s even.
Bake for 25 to 29 minutes, until the top is a rather rich shade of golden brown and a tester inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs clinging to it.
Place the pan on a wire rack and let the mass of coconutty goodness cool slightly before slicing it into 16 two-inch squares. (We mean what we say about letting them cool somewhat. If you try to slice the bars while they’re still too warm, you’ll have a gooey mess on your hands.) You know what to do from here. Originally published June 22, 2012.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
Holy yum! I think the title is missing about 1 million more yums! The squares were so flavor-packed; my family said these were reminiscent of pecan pie. Pecan pie is much more labor-intensive than these gems. These squares are incredibly easy to prepare! The crust bottom tasted like a shortbread. The topping divides itself into a gooey center with a coconut/walnut crust.
These magical texture combinations meld together well! I will make these again and again; perhaps changing up the nuts if I feel like it, though walnuts were delicious. I might try baking the crust part for 5 or so minutes next time, as it was a bit crumbly. Delicious as written, though I can see endless opportunities with this one in the future!
Yum yum is the verdict on these squares. They are very easy to rustle up with pantry staples, making them perfect for unexpected company or rainy days.
The coconut and walnuts make for a nice texture combo. Visually, the colors go from a light tan to a dark brown in the middle to a lighter brown on top, making it very attractive looking. This will be a regular in my home for all the sweet tooths in my family.