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How do you give a dessert a proper name without taking away all the special ingredients that it is composed of?

Coconut bars? Too boring. Macadamia Coconut bars? How could I leave out the chocolate part? White chocolate macadamia bars? But what about the coconut?!?!

We use acronyms for everything at work, if a new system or program has more than two syllables, corporate policy is to just abbreviate it. This works out perfectly for me when I’m stuck in a 2 hour meeting with a bunch of analysts using a different acronym every ten seconds. If you just write them all down you’ve got questions to ask afterwards AND you’ll look like you’re paying attention. Recently, I was stuck in one of these long-winded, i-have-no-clue-what-anyone-is-talking-about meetings when I realized either I was going to pass out right on the mahogany conference room table or I was going to think up some new recipes. I began to frantically scribble down ingredients while half-listening to more acronyms be thrown around for the next 20 minutes.

Soooo here’s a yummy and easy recipe for Acronym bars, product of a really long meeting and my new-found acceptance of abbreviating everything. Grab a napkin, they’re crumbly!

White Chocolate Macadamia Coconut Bars

1 ¼ cup flour

½ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

½ cup butter or Crisco shortening

½ cup packed brown sugar

½ cup white sugar

1 egg

½ tsp vanilla extract

1 cup flaked coconut

~ ¾ cup white chocolate chips

¼ cup chopped macadamia nuts (ok a jar of these cost me $7!! use whatever nuts you have or splurge if you’re feeling right, i.e. around pay-day!)

  1. Pre heat oven to 350° F. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Combine butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Add egg and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Mix in coconut, chocolate, and nuts.
  3. Spread mixture onto a 9 x 13 greased baking pan. Bake for 16 mins. Cut into bars.
  4. Bring into work since you probably thought them up there anyway. Admit it,you’ve done this before too!
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