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Hawaiian Joy Bars

 Hawaiian Joy Bars
This is like a trip to the islands with the hint of rum and the nuts and coconut. I served them to my family and at my work and church, and I always hear murmurs of appreciation.—Jennifer Neckermann, Wentzville, Missouri
24 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup rum
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 package (10 to 12 ounces) white baking chips
  • 1-1/2 cups flaked coconut
  • 1-1/2 cups macadamia nuts, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon shortening
  • 1 ounce white baking chocolate

Directions

  • In a large bowl, stir the butter, brown sugar, eggs, rum and vanilla
  • until well blended. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda
  • and salt; gradually add to butter mixture. Stir in 2 cups chocolate
  • chips, white chips, coconut and nuts.
  • Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for
  • 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a microwave, melt shortening with remaining chocolate chips;

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Hawaiian Joy Bars (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • drizzle over bars. Melt white baking chocolate; drizzle over bars.
  • Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 bar equals 429 calories, 25 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 40 mg cholesterol, 252 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.