Brown Butter Blondies with Macaroon Topping

Your favorite bar and cookie have joined forces in this indulgent blondie bar topped with a layer of chocolate and piled high with toasted macaroon.

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 10 min
  • Servings 32

Blondie Layer

3/4
cup butter (do not use margarine)
1
pouch Betty Crocker™ chocolate chip cookie mix
1/4
cup packed brown sugar
1
teaspoon vanilla
2
eggs
3/4
cup dark chocolate chips

Macaroon Layer

1/4
cup granulated sugar
3
teaspoons water
1
bag (7 oz) sweetened shredded coconut (about 2 3/4 cups lightly packed)
3/4
cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut
2
oz cream cheese, softened
1
egg white, slightly beaten

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Line bottom and sides of 9-inch square pan with foil, leaving edges of foil hanging over 2 sides of pan for easy removal later.
  • 2 In 1-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Cook 8 to 11 minutes or until butter is light golden brown, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 3 In large bowl, stir together cookie mix, brown sugar, vanilla, 2 eggs and cooled brown butter. Spread in pan.
  • 4 Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted 1 inch in center of pan comes out almost clean. Immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips; let stand 5 minutes. Spread evenly over bars.
  • 5 Meanwhile, in small microwavable bowl, mix granulated sugar and water. Microwave uncovered on High 30 to 60 seconds or until sugar is dissolved.
  • 6 In large bowl, place sweetened coconut and unsweetened coconut. Pour sugar mixture over coconut; beat with electric mixer on low speed until well mixed. Add cream cheese and egg white; beat on low speed until blended. Spoon and gently press macaroon mixture onto partially baked blondie layer.
  • 7 Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely before cutting, about 1 hour 30 minutes. Cut into 8 rows by 4 rows. Store at room temperature, lightly covered, up to 1 week.

Expert Tips

Be sure to cool the brown butter completely to prevent the chocolate chips from melting and turning your blondie into a brownie.

Perfect for gifting! This bar holds up well and makes the perfect gift. Wrap it up tight with plastic wrap, and place in a gift box with a copy of the recipe.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
200
(
Calories from Fat
100),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
12g
12%
(Saturated Fat
8g,
8%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
25mg
25%;
Sodium
125mg
125%;
Total Carbohydrate
21g
21%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
8g
8%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.