- 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

1 cup unsalted roasted cashews

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-by-9-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine the water, instant coffee and vanilla. Stir until the coffee granules dissolve.

Add the butter, brown sugar and salt. Use an electric mixer or whisk to beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating between additions and scraping down the sides of the bowl. Stir in the flour, then the white chocolate bits and cashews.

Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean. Cool, then cut into 9 squares.