Bourbon, Pecan, Coconut & Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Drunk Blondies - A cakey blondie with bourbon, pecans, coconut and chocolate chips! | https://www.browneyedbaker.com/drunk-blondies/

That’s a mouthful! Both literally and figuratively…

I had been wanting to snag the Back in the Day Bakery cookbook for quite awhile now, and when I finally sat down with it on Friday afternoon, I bookmarked recipe after recipe. As you know, I’m a sucker for good old-fashioned, simple desserts, and this book totally delivers. After I put Joseph to bed, I hopped into the kitchen and had these in the oven within a half hour.

These cookie bars have bourbon in the dough and are chock full of pecans, coconuts and chocolate chips. Such an amazing combination! (Don’t worry, if you prefer to not bake with alcohol, you can simply omit the bourbon, no substitution necessary!)

Drunk Blondies - A cakey blondie with bourbon, pecans, coconut and chocolate chips! | https://www.browneyedbaker.com/drunk-blondies/

In the cookbook, these are referred to as “Drunk Blondies”, thanks to the infusion of bourbon. When I made them, they came out with more of a cookie texture, I’m sure due in part to the inclusion of baking powder. I was going to do some tweaking to make them denser and a little bit more brownie-like in texture, but my husband begged me not to. He said that they were perfect as-is and they were perfect for having with a cup of coffee. Also, he mentioned that since they weren’t all that heavy, it made it easier to enjoy a couple instead of just one… Bonus!

Drunk Blondies - A cakey blondie with bourbon, pecans, coconut and chocolate chips! | https://www.browneyedbaker.com/drunk-blondies/

Visiting Savannah is on my bucket list, and I’ll be sure to hit up this bakery when I get there!

Drunk Blondies - A cakey blondie with bourbon, pecans, coconut and chocolate chips! | https://www.browneyedbaker.com/drunk-blondies/

Four years ago: Triple Chocolate Oreo Chunk Cookies
Five years ago: Pan-Fried Onion Dip
Six years ago: Potato Salad with Herbed Balsamic Vinaigrette

Bourbon, Pecan, Coconut & Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Servings 12 servings
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 35 minutes
Course:Snack
Cuisine:American
Author: Michelle
These are referred to as "Drunk Blondies" in the Back in the Day Bakery cookbook - cakey cookie bars loaded with fabulous add-ins (including bourbon!).

Ingredients:

  • 2
    cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 1
    teaspoon
    baking powder
  • ¼
    teaspoon
    fine sea salt
  • 1
    cup
    unsalted butter
    (melted)
  • 2
    cups
    light brown sugar
  • 2
    eggs
    (at room temperature)
  • 2
    teaspoons
    vanilla extract
  • 2
    tablespoons
    bourbon
  • ½
    cup
    semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½
    cup
    sweetened flaked coconut
    (toasted)
  • ¼
    cup
    chopped pecans

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13-inch pan and line with parchment paper, allowing the ends of the paper to hang over the sides.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and sea salt.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter and brown sugar until all of the butter is incorporated and there are no lumps of brown sugar. Add the eggs, vanilla extract and bourbon and stir with a wooden spoon until thoroughly combined. Add the flour mixture and stir until almost completely incorporated, then add the chocolate chips, coconut and pecans, stirring to combine.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth into an even layer. Bake until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Place the pan on a wire rack and cool completely before cutting into squares and serving. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Recipe Notes:

Note: The bourbon may be omitted, if desired. No substitution necessary.
Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition:

Calories: 444kcal
Fat: 21g
Saturated fat: 12g
Cholesterol: 68mg
Sodium: 82mg
Potassium: 184mg
Carbohydrates: 58g
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 39g
Protein: 4g
Vitamin A: 510%
Calcium: 63%
Iron: 2%

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