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Macadamia Double-Decker Brownie Bars

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Yields 48 bars.

  • To learn more, read:
    A Cookie for Every Occasion
  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 89

These gorgeous two-layer bars have a brownie base topped with a gooey nut-and-coconut-studded topping.

For the brownie layer:
  • Cooking spray
  • 6 oz. (12 Tbs.) unsalted butter, cut into large chunks
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2-1/4 oz. (3/4 cup) unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or Dutch processed)
  • 1/4 tsp. table salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 oz. (3/4 cup) unbleached all-purpose flour
Tip:
For the best results, measure your flour by weight instead of volume. (1 cup of all-purpose flour equals 4-1/2 oz.) If you don’t have a scale, be sure to use the proper technique when filling your measuring cups.
For the macadamia layer:
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 oz. (1/3 cup) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1-1/2 oz. (3 Tbs.) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups roughly chopped salted macadamia nuts
  • 1/3 cup sweetened coconut flakes

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 325ºF. Line the bottom and sides of a 9x13-inch baking pan with foil, leaving some overhang on the sides, and spray with cooking spray.

Make the brownie layer:

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk the butter until it is melted. Remove the pan from the heat and add the sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Whisk until well blended, about 1 minute. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until smooth. Add the flour and stir with a rubber spatula until blended. Scrape into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake until the top is shiny and dry-looking and the brownie springs back very slightly when pressed with a fingertip, about 20 minutes. (The brownie should not be completely baked.) Remove from the oven and put on a rack.

While the brownie layer is baking, make the macadamia topping:
Tip:
Dipping the knife in warm water and wiping it dry between cuts will keep the gooey topping from sticking to the knife.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar and flour. Whisk until well blended, breaking up any large clumps. Add the corn syrup, melted butter, and vanilla. Whisk until blended, about 1 minute. Add the eggs and whisk just until combined, about 30 seconds. (Don’t overmix or the batter will be foamy.) Add the nuts and coconut and stir with a rubber spatula until evenly blended.

Pour the macadamia topping over the warm, partially baked brownie layer. Using a spatula, carefully spread the mixture into an even layer. Return the pan to the oven and bake until the top is golden brown, 37 to 40 minutes. Transfer the pan to a rack to cool completely.

Using the foil as handles, lift the rectangle from the pan and invert onto a work surface. Carefully peel away the foil. Flip right side up. Using a sharp knife, cut into 2x2-inch squares and then cut each square into triangles.

Make Ahead Tips

After the brownie and macadamia layers have been baked and cooled, the entire pan can be wrapped in plastic wrap, then foil, and frozen for up to 1 month.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : per bar; Calories (kcal): 130; Fat (g): fat g 8; Fat Calories (kcal): 70; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 3; Protein (g): protein g 1; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3.5; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 16; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 35; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 25; Fiber (g): fiber g 1;

Photo: Scott Phillips

One of the first dessert recipes I ever made from Fine Cooking. Possibly the recipe that made me fall in love with this website. Thanks again Fine Cooking!

These were simply outstanding--one of the best brownies I've ever eaten, and I've made and eaten a lot! I'd rate them an 11 on a scale of 1 to 10. http://www.fransfavs.com/2012/05/macadamia-double-decker-brownie-bars/#more-3548

Really good recipe. Didn't have macadamians, too fattening anyway..... Used pecans instead and worked very well. Tasted kind of like a brownie bottomed pecan pie actually. The boyfriend was too happy to scarf them all and share with no one.

I went a little easy on the syrup and the flour and these came out great. They were a bit fudgy but that's exactly what I was looking for.

So delicious!!!!

This recipe is fantastic. I wouldn't change a thing! I made these in advance, froze them, and then thawed at room temperature. They were the hit of my party!

These are beyond delicious. Make them 24 hours ahead so they can get soft and chewy. I took them to a book club meeting; big success!!

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