Macadamia nut and coconut squares

    1 hour 30 min

    This exotic traybake is packed with toasted macadamia nuts and chewy desiccated coconut. They also get an added flavour boost from coffee granules and cinnamon.

    14 people made this

    Makes: 48 squares

    • 225g butter
    • 450g dark brown soft sugar, divided
    • 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 250g plain flour
    • 3 eggs
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 150g desiccated coconut
    • 275g chopped and toasted macadamia nuts

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr30min 

    1. Preheat oven to 170 C / Gas 3. Grease a 20x30cm baking tin; set aside.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, 1/2 of the dark brown soft sugar, instant coffee powder, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon salt until light and fluffy.
    3. Stir in flour, 60g at a time, blending well after each addition. Spread evenly in prepared tin.
    4. Bake 20 minutes. Cool in tin on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
    5. In a large bowl, beat eggs and vanilla with remaining dark brown soft sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir in coconut and macadamias.
    6. Spread evenly over cooled baked layer. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until golden brown and firm to the touch.
    7. Use a knife to loosen the edges while warm. Cool completely in tin on rack. Cut into 48 (about 3.75cm) 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.

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    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.  -  20 May 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    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.  -  02 Oct 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    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.  -  10 Aug 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)