Bar #41: Pina Colada Blondies

Ahhhhh…who doesn’t love a Pina Colada?  And then who doesn’t love a blondie?  These bars were the very best of both worlds…with frosting on top.
Shopping List
1 box of yellow cake mix
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple (do not drain)
4 teaspoons coconut extract, divided
3 cups sweetened flaked coconut, divided
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 or 2 tablespoons milk
Coconut extract is found next to the vanilla and other extracts on the spice aisle.  
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease (I use Pam) a 9×13 baking dish.  Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat your cake mix, vegetable oil and egg with an electric mixer until just combined.  Beat in your crushed pineapple and 2 teaspoons of your coconut extract.  Stir in one cup of your coconut.
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 16 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Remove from oven and let cool completely before frosting.
In a dry skillet over medium heat, toast up your remaining 2 cups of coconut.  It will only take 4 or 5 minutes stirring often to get your coconut nice and toasted.  Remove from heat and allow to cool a minute or two after it’s toasted.
In a mixing bowl, beat your cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk and remaining 2 teaspoons of coconut extract with an electric mixer.  Add more powdered sugar if the frosting is too thin and more milk if it’s too thick.  Once frosting reaches the desired consistency, stir in your toasted coconut.
Frost cooled bars with your toasted coconut frosting.  Slice and serve bars.  
Keep any uneaten bars in the fridge.
Make these bars and then go sit by the pool and enjoy one…you’ll feel like you’re in Hawaii.
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  • Rachel Brown June 1, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Yum! You had me at Piña Colada 😉

  • April Parrish June 1, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Oh, this sounds so yummy! I can't wait to try!

  • Katie Compton July 22, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Just made these today while on vacation in TN! They were perfect to enjoy by my in-laws pool. Ah-maz-ing!!!

  • Kellie September 1, 2014 at 1:18 am

    These were tasty, but they're not like blondies, they were way too cakey.

    The frosting was delicious, I could see this working well with other things. Next time I won't toast the coconut as I didn't like the brown bits gumming up the creamy white texture.

  • Maria July 24, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    These were even more amazing than I had imagined! Absolutely delicious!