- Associated Press - Thursday, June 14, 2012

According to Hollywood, gentlemen prefer blondes. But what about blondies?

This Father's Day, why not find out? We’ve dreamed up a white-chocolate-studded blondie treat with a duo of tastes that is easy to love — rich coffee and crunchy cashews. We brought it all together in a sweet, rich bar that, thanks to a generous helping of brown sugar, stays moist and chewy with just a hint of crunch on the outside.

Want to take it even further? Sprinkle the top with flaked sea salt just before popping it into the oven. If Dad doesn’t like cashews, then peanuts, almonds or walnuts would be good, too. Or maybe you want to add a bit of each.

WHITE CHOCOLATE COFFEE CASHEW BLONDIES


Start to finish: 1 hour (20 minutes active)

Servings: 9

1 tablespoon water

1 tablespoon instant coffee

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

1½ cups packed light brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1¾ cups all-purpose flour

1 cup white chocolate bits

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