Peanut Butter Coconut Blondies Recipe

Sarah Grossett | The Gold Lining Girl Updated

Peanut Butter Coconut Blondies will become your new peanut butter favorite. Watch them disappear!

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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

    30 Servings

Ingredients

For the Blondies:
  • 1 1/4 cups Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Coconut Extract
  • 1 3/4 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Shredded Coconut
For the Buttercream:
  • 3/4 cup Butter, Softened
  • 1 1/4 cups Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Heavy Cream, Or milk
For Topping:
  • 1 cup Shredded Coconut

Directions

To Make the Blondies:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, butter, brown sugar, and sugar.
  2. Beat in eggs, vanilla, and coconut extract.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour and baking powder.
  4. Add it to peanut butter mixture alternately with the milk.
  5. Mix in the shredded coconut.
  6. Spread batter into a greased 9x13-inch pan.
  7. Bake at 325°F for 28-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean, and edges are golden brown.
  8. Cool completely on a wire rack.

For the Buttercream:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, peanut butter, vanilla, powdered sugar, and milk.
  2. Beat until light and fluffy, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Spread over blondies.

For the Topping:

  1. Scatter coconut on a baking sheet.
  2. Bake at 325°F for 3-5 minutes, or until coconut is pale golden brown.
  3. Sprinkle the toasted coconut on top of the frosted blondies. Cut and serve!

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Author: Sarah Grossett
Recipe Yields: 30 bars
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 30

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 193
Calories 374

% Daily Value*
37%
Total Fat 24g
37%
  Saturated Fat 7g
0%
Sodium 5mg
11%
Total Carbohydrate 33g
2%
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 25g
14%
Protein 7g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Sarah Grossett

About Sarah

Sarah has an affinity for shiny golden objects, hence the name of her blog: The Gold Lining Girl. Peanut Butter's the one thing she'd take to a desert island, so it's only right that she's our Peanut Butter Fanatic!