Instant coffee powder adds intrigue to these rich, chewy bars.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (170 degrees C). Grease a 9 X 13 inch baking pan; set aside.

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  • In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, 1 cup brown sugar, instant coffee powder, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon salt until light and fluffy.

  • Stir in flour 1/2 cup at a time, blending well after each addition. Spread evenly in prepared pan.

  • Bake 20 minutes. Cool in pan on rack 15 minutes.

  • In a large bowl, beat eggs and vanilla with remaining 1 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir in coconut and macadamias.

  • Spread evenly over cooled baked layer. Bake 40 to 50 minutes, or until golden brown and firm to the touch.

  • Use a knife to loosen cookies around edges while warm. Cool completely in pan on rack. Cut into 48 (about 1 1/2 inch) squares, cutting 6 strips one way and 8 strips the other way. Store in an airtight container at room temperature 1 week; freeze for longer storage.

Nutrition Facts

294 calories; 3.1 g protein; 30.9 g carbohydrates; 43.6 mg cholesterol; 135.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (10)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
05/20/2003
I made this for a Hawaiian themed party. I personally don't care for coconut or mac. nuts so I didn't eat any but the folks at the party really liked them. There were only 2 or 3 squares left and the hostess of the party just had to keep them so she could have them for breakfast the next day. The only downfalls of this recipe are the cost - mac. nuts are expensive and though it's easy to make it's time-consuming. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/10/2007
I had high hopes for this dessert; what's not to like with these ingredients? Well they were really sweet and I thought the coffee made everything else taste flat. Sorry but I won't be making again. Read More
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16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
05/20/2003
I made this for a Hawaiian themed party. I personally don't care for coconut or mac. nuts so I didn't eat any but the folks at the party really liked them. There were only 2 or 3 squares left and the hostess of the party just had to keep them so she could have them for breakfast the next day. The only downfalls of this recipe are the cost - mac. nuts are expensive and though it's easy to make it's time-consuming. Read More
(11)
Rating: 4 stars
05/20/2003
I made this for a Hawaiian themed party. I personally don't care for coconut or mac. nuts so I didn't eat any but the folks at the party really liked them. There were only 2 or 3 squares left and the hostess of the party just had to keep them so she could have them for breakfast the next day. The only downfalls of this recipe are the cost - mac. nuts are expensive and though it's easy to make it's time-consuming. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2007
SO GOOD! The instant coffee granules give it a unique can't-quite-put-your-finger-on-it taste. YUMMY! I served these at a Luau themed bridal shower and they were a hit. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/10/2007
I had high hopes for this dessert; what's not to like with these ingredients? Well they were really sweet and I thought the coffee made everything else taste flat. Sorry but I won't be making again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2013
This recipe is amazing...and I am a island girl! I tweaked it just a bit. I toasted the coconut cuz I love the buttery flavor of toasted coconut. I also added one egg to the coconut macadamia mixture to tame any oversweet claims in other reviews. The second baking took about 35 minutes. Had a very faint coffee flavor and an overall buttery chewy richness that is addictive. I will be making these for my island ohana over & over. ONO! Many mahalos for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/17/2003
These bars are easy to make and very good but a little sweeter than I would have liked. I made them for my sister and she just loved them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/15/2005
Terrific! Another Hawaiian type recipe that went over beautifully at a party. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/29/2010
These were great except the instant coffee I had was WAY too strong so much so that I had to start the butter/sugar part over then I only put a bit in. My husband's college class loved them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/31/2016
I first tasted this yumminess at Mauigirl's Las Vegas roundup. I made this for dessert tonight 5/30/16 and it is just as delicious as I remember. I used unsweetened coconut and that is my only tweak to this recipe. I followed the directions exactly and I admit I had a hard time waiting long enough for these lovlies to cool. DEE-LISH! Thanks for posting! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/13/2016
Made these exactly as instructed for an Hawaiian Themed Gourmet Club. Everyone loved them. Easy to make ahead of time and easy to serve. Coffee absolutely did not overwhelm the recipe. Read More