Coconut Chocolate Blondies

I saw this recipe a few weeks ago on Maria’s blog, Two Peas and Their Pod. She posted them for her first wedding anniversary. Be sure to check out the post to see how absolutely adorable she is! I was drawn to the recipe for its simplicity and the fact that I had everything in my pantry to make them.

Maria makes some great recipes, so I decided to try them exactly how she made them, which is a very hard thing for me to do! I am usually one to play with recipe ingredients – tossing in a little extra something here, deleting something there.

This recipe could not come together quicker and that ease of preparation makes them perfect for the a mid-week dessert. I also found that they travel extremely well and think they would be a delectable treat to earn ya some brownie… I mean… blondie points at work.

These were such a hit at my house and at work, I have made them twice and making a recipe twice in my kitchen is not something that occurs often, especially within a couple of weeks! Next time I make these, I might leave out the coconut because my boss thinks these will be “the best” chocolate chip cookie bars.

If you have a little extra time this evening, whip these together and make someone in your life feel extra special!

Coconut Chocolate Chunk Blondies

Yield: 9 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25-30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chocolate chips or chunks
  • addtional coconut for sprinkling on the top of the bars


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Combine the flour and salt; whisk and set to the side.
  3. Stir together the melted butter and brown sugar until smooth and creamy; beat in egg and vanilla extract until well blended.
  4. Slowly beat in the flour and salt mixture until just blended. Next, stir in the coconut and chocolate chips. Scrape the batter into the pan. Make sure the batter is spread evenly, smooth with a spatula. Sprinkle extra coconut on top of the bars.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until set in the center but still soft. Do not overbake the bars. Let cool slightly before serving. Cut the bars into squares.

33 Responses to “Coconut Chocolate Blondies”

  1. health is wealth — July 10, 2009 at 8:08 am


  2. Maria — July 10, 2009 at 8:08 am

    So glad you liked them. It looks like they turned out perfectly! Thanks for the kind words. You are the best!

  3. Alianna — July 10, 2009 at 8:49 am

    I love blondies! I'm always looking for a good recipe. These look delicious!

  4. Ingrid — July 10, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Well, you know I love blondies so it won't surprise you to hear that I'm going to follow your example (& Bri's suggestion to leave out the coconut) and give these a try!

    Happy Friday, Jamie!

  5. Shortcake and Company — July 10, 2009 at 11:06 am

    I just printed out the recipe now…looks like I'll be eating these shortly. Yay!! Thanks for doing such a fantastic job on your blog…I love it!

  6. sherri — July 10, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Blondies have more fun! Love em!

  7. Faith — July 10, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Wow, these look amazing! They remind me of Almond Joys…yum!

  8. Sweets T — July 11, 2009 at 5:47 am

    Newish reader here- You have no idea how long I've looked for a good "dream bar" recipe. I can't WAIT to try these!

  9. Kevin — July 11, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Those blondies look so good! Such a great flavour combination!

  10. Amanda — July 11, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    These look so tasty. They remind me of the limited addition coconut M&Ms I found in the grocery store the other day. They are surprisingly good!

  11. Eliana — July 12, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Thanks so much for posting. These look incredible.

  12. Jessica H — July 13, 2009 at 8:05 am

    YUM! Made these Friday night and they came out great – really easy and everyone loved them. Thanks!

  13. Pamela — July 13, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    I was thinking of making blondies tomorrow! These look very tempting.

  14. Michelle — July 14, 2009 at 9:18 am

    So glad you enjoyed these! They were the first blondie I made and thought they were fabulous!

  15. N.D. — July 14, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    these look amazing. I just made some samoa ones, it looks like the same recipe but different topping at the end. I'm going to try these next!

  16. N.D. — July 14, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    btw I love your blog look. Super cute

  17. Caroline — August 11, 2009 at 11:37 am

    I'm feeling guilty about not having posted on your blog yet. I got really into cooking this summer and discovered your blog in June. I am obsessed! These blondies are in the oven for a UNC back to school party later tonight and smell delicious. I've cooked so many things off of your blog this summer, and can't believe I haven't said thanks yet! I saw Julie and Julia yesterday so I now understand the woes of blogging–if you are like Julie you want comments! So anyway, thanks for blogging these fantastic recipes, and I'll be sure to comment more often from now on!

  18. Bobbie — July 22, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Baked these Thursday. Funny thing is, that I don’t like coconut, however the picture looked so good, I couldn’t resist trying them. I thought they were great….especially right out of the oven. And I didn’t really taste coconut…it was just buttery chocolatey goodness. Thanks for another great recipe.

  19. Niki — September 29, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    I just made these and they are fantastic!!! I baked them for 26 minutes and they came out perfectly. Thank you!!

  20. Kate — March 20, 2013 at 9:59 am

    This recipe was my introduction to Blondies & foodie blogs 3 years ago…fitted the billed for a grad school end of term pot luck party. So quick & easy to make with what’s in the pantry, and transportable, holds up well, so addictive! I sprinkle more coconut on the top after baking for 27 minutes. Since then I’ve only made then once a year for get-togethers to avoid eating then all! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Souzie Boerema — June 26, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    So delish! Worked out perfectly! thanks for the recipe, ill be making these again!

  22. Chloe — March 22, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    These look so delicious! I’m entering a baking contest next month and came across this delicious recipe! I think I have a great chance of winning if I enter these blondies. I have one quick question for everyone who made them. Does the coconut burn in the oven, because I know lots of people who’ve had coconut burn when they put it on top of cakes and such. Also, a good tip is to put parchment paper on the pan before adding the batter, and letting it hang over the sides. this makes for a quick and easy removal of the blondies with no stick :)

    • Jamie — March 23rd, 2016 at 8:52 am

      Hi, Chloe! It’s always a good idea to watch coconut in the oven so it doesn’t burn. And parchment is your choice–it does make a quick and easy removal! Good luck at the baking contest. Let me know how it goes!

  23. Chloe — March 24, 2016 at 12:50 am

    sooo great! I’m entering these in a baking contest next month!

    • Jamie — March 24th, 2016 at 9:36 am

      Let me know how it goes–good luck!

  24. Lisa — June 12, 2016 at 1:56 am

    Hi Chloe,

    Thanks so much for the recipe! :) i made this yesterday and my family loved them. They turned out very well and tasted delicious. They didnt last long. My husband even asked me to make some more again today. :) looks like ill be trying more of your yummy recipes.


    • Jamie — June 12th, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      Thank you, Lisa! That made my day!

  25. Lisa — June 12, 2016 at 1:57 am

    Oppa i meant jamie!! :)

    • Jamie — June 12th, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      No worries!

  26. Anisa Kendall — July 28, 2016 at 2:07 am

    Hi Jamie,

    I made these tonight but they didn’t exactly turn out….though super tasty, they keep falling apart every time I try to cut and pull them out. Hopefully, by morning they will have cooled/set properly. They are also a bit more greasy on the bottom than I’m use to…wondering if it’s because I greased the glass pyrex. Thoughts?

    • Jamie — July 29th, 2016 at 7:05 am

      Hi, Anisa! Did they set up okay by morning? Let me know how you liked them!

  27. Betka — September 7, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Yum! Love these flavors!!!
    I added some slivered almonds and baking powder (1tsp). Next time I’ll cut back in the sugar. 

    • Jamie — September 8th, 2016 at 11:36 am

      The slivered almonds sound great, Betka!

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