Tropical Macadamia Bars
1 cup flour
1/2 cup + 1 tbl. light brown sugar
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temp
3/4 cup + 2 tbl. lightly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons rum
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup macadamia nuts, toasted and coarse chopped
1/2 cup + 2 tbl. shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 350ºF and lightly grease an 8" square baking pan.
Place flour and brown sugar in food processor, and process until
mixed. Add butter and process 30 seconds until dough comes together.
Press dough gently over bottom of prepared pan. Bake on center rack
of oven until golden around the edges, 20-25 minutes.
Meanwhile prepare topping: Using whisk, beat brown sugar, corn
syrup, vanilla, rum, melted butter, eggs, flour, baking powder and
salt in medium bowl until blended. Stir in nuts and coconut with
rubber spatula. Spread topping evenly over baked base. Bake on
center rack of oven until top is golden and set, about 20 minutes.
Allow to cool completely in pan on wire rack before cutting into 2"