tasty tuesday ~ day four ~ hawaiian joy bars...aloha!!

This has been one of my favorite recipes so far this year. There are two different types of chocolate, macadamia nuts and coconut. They are inspired by the "Almond Joy" candy bar. 

Sometimes you feel like a nut...sometimes you don't...

You know the one...

Hello you cute and tasty number...come to Mama!

Since these are "bar" cookies they take exactly 22 milliseconds to prepare. I promise. Easy peasey people and oh so very tasty. They received raves at our little Christmas Tree trimming extravaganza this weekend. By the end of the evening, we were all ready to start a hula dance competition. 


If your looking for more baking inspiration head over to my Recipe Catalog. I have moved the holiday treats to the top of the page. 

Let's bake shall we! 

PS. Just in case you needed a little more inspiration:

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Hawaiian Joy Bars
recipe from Taste of Home Holiday Cookies Magazine - 2012

1 cup butter, melted
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup rum
3 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided
1 package (10 to 12 ounces) white baking chips
1 1/2 cups flaked coconut
1 1/2 cups macadamia nuts, chopped
1 tsp shortening
1 ounce white baking chocolate

1.  In a large bowl, stir the butter, brown sugar, eggs, rum, and vanilla until well blended.  Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; gradually add to the butter mixture.  Stir in 2 cups of the chocolate chips, white chips, coconut, and nuts.  

2.  Pour into a greased 13 x 9 inch baking pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool on a wire rack.

3.  In a microwave, melt shortening with remaining chocolate chips; drizzle over bars.  Melt white baking chocolate; drizzle over bars.

Store in an airtight container.