A paler version of your classic brownie, Drunk Blondies earned their name with a couple spoonfuls of bourbon and two cups of brown sugar. Mixing in toasted coconut, pecans and chocolate chips yields a recipe that does the The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook proud.
Tips: If you plan to include the coconut, toast flakes of it in the oven. Bake at 350°F for 5 to 8 minutes, keeping an eye out for when they turn golden-brown. Feel free to throw the pecans in there to toast, too.
Tweaks: With a recipe this simple, you can always mess around with inclusions. If coconut isn't your thing, leave it out. A half tablespoon of cinnamon would be a nice replacement. You could also replace the sweetened coconut with unsweetened and the semisweet chips with bittersweet chips to tone down the sugar intensity.
Reprinted with permission by Cheryl and Griffith Day. Copyright © 2012. Published by Artisan Books. Available wherever books are sold. All rights reserved.
- Yield:makes 12 large or 24 small bars
- Active time: 15 minutes
- Total time:45 minutes
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder, preferably aluminum-free
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
- 2 cups packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons bourbon
- 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut, toasted
- 1/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking pan and line with parchment, allowing the ends of the paper to hang over two opposite edges of the pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
Put the butter and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl and stir with a spoon until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla, and bourbon, and mix until thoroughly combined. Stir in the flour mixture, followed by the pecans, coconut, and chocolate chips.
Put the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with an offset spatula. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool completely on a wire rack. Cut the blondies into bars. The blondies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.