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
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!)
- Pre heat oven to 350° F. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
- 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.
- Spread mixture onto a 9 x 13 greased baking pan. Bake for 16 mins. Cut into bars.
- Bring into work since you probably thought them up there anyway. Admit it,you’ve done this before too!