Friday, December 31, 2010

“Flying By The Seat Of My Pants”…

For the new year, 2011, I think I’ll adopt
“Flying By The Seat Of My Pants”
as my motto…with emphasis on flying!!!
Bidding 2010 farewell and good riddance…
My Mom always said that I did everything
“Flying By The Seat of My Pants”…
I Think she meant that I didn't plan ahead well...
I wanted to bake something for a lovely lady
who is hosting a party tonight and I
sure didn’t want to go to the grocery store.
I found this recipe on a great food blog…(in true blogger fashion)
I baked part of them in a cake pan and the other part in a
small cupcake/muffin pan…
Here is the recipe that I used and how I simplified it…
Visit her blog for some terrific recipes.
I simply used a brownie mix and followed the directions for the coconut topping and baked accordingly…
The directions I used are in red.
Black Bottom Coconut Bars

Here’s a cookie that is truly double yummy.  I mean a Coconut Macaroon cookie on top of a Brownie.  Shut up!  Who thinks this stuff up?  Well, no surprise, it was Martha Stewart who came up with this unbelievable cookie combo.  I’m totally in love with this cookie.  Coconut and Chocolate are two of my all-time favorite flavors.  Put them together in a bar cookie and I’m one very happy bakin’ mama!  I hope you give it a try.  It’s a lovely new addition to my Christmas Cookie tray.

Black-Bottom Coconut Bars from Martha Stewart

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 package sweetened shredded coconut (7 ounces), 1/2 cup reserved for sprinkling
  1. For chocolate base: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving a slight overhang; butter bottom and sides of foil (not overhang).
  2. Place butter in a large microwave-safe bowl; melt in microwave. Add sugar and salt; whisk to combine. Whisk in egg, then cocoa and flour until smooth. Spread batter in prepared pan.
  3. Bake just until sides begin to pull away from edges of pan, 10 to 15 minutes (do not overbake). Let cool slightly while preparing coconut topping. Keep oven on for topping.
  4. For coconut topping: In a medium bowl, whisk eggs with sugar and vanilla. Gently mix in flour and coconut (except 1/2 cup reserved for sprinkling).
  5. Drop mounds of mixture over chocolate base; spread and pat in gently and evenly with moistened fingers. Sprinkle with reserved 1/2 cup coconut.
  6. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs attached, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan. Lift cake from pan, peel off foil, and cut into 24 bars. Store in an airtight container 3 to 4 days.

Linking with Michael’sDesigns by Gollum
Cindy @ My Romantic Home


  1. Looks delicious! Thanks for stopping by ThreeBoys. Happy New Year!

  2. Those coconut brownies sounds yummy! Now, I'm going to have to give you a hard time, and point out that you put down 2012 as the year you intend to do some flying. A whole year ahead of yourself? You are planning ahead! Heehee. Hope this year is a great one, but it shouldn't fly off 'that' soon.

  3. Happy New Year Sweetie...
    You may have flown by the seat of your pants in the past, but you are on the Express Flight today. Oh my gosh what yummy delightful treats these would be.

    I love that they don't seem to difficult, and I love brownies and coconut too? Oh dear you had me at coconut. Love it.

    Can't wait to see what your hostess thinks of this wonderful creation. A combination of another blogger and your own little edition.

    Hope you have a wonderful New Year's Eve sweet one. Thank you for being such a wonderful blogger friend and I have so enjoyed visiting you this year. It has been fun. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

  4. Looks like a good recipe to me. and perfect execution. It seems to me that you are just a very busy lady.
    Thanks for your sweet comments for me and Bob. It really means a lot to us. I have been reading all the comments to him to reinforce that he is a good boy. I am your newest follower. So glad to meet you, look forward to visiting. Happy New Year, Ginger

  5. Everyone is sharing all these yummy goodies when the diets need to begin. Happy New Year!!

  6. YUM---great recipe, Becky... Thanks!!!!!! They look SO good.

    Happy New Year.

  7. It looks as if you are very good at flying by the seat of your pants.
    Have a very happy new year.

  8. These look scrumptious! I'll be trying these out...maybe in a few weeks after I recover from the sugar overload of the past week! :)

    Happy New Year!

  9. Hi, I found your blog over at My Romantic Home. Those black bottom coconut bars look outrageouly delicious,I'm going to make those for sure! I would love it if you linked this recipe to my new link party-Masterpiece Monday, at my blog, Boogieboard Cottage. The link will be up Sunday.
    Take care, Mary :O)

  10. Yummmmm.... sounds and looks delicious. Thanks for sharing....
    I fly by the seat of my pants too..... always have and probably always will!



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