Coconut Macadamia Nut Brownies

Photo Credit: RenT

Photo Credit: RenT

These brownies are another one of my favorite creations that are made using a simple store-bought mix.   The macadamia nuts kick these brownies up a notch!

1 package store brought brownie mix (+ eggs & oil)
1/3 cup chopped macadamia nuts
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Prepare the brownie batter according to the package directions.  Then fold in the macadamia nuts and chocolate chips.  Spread the batter evenly in a 9" x 9" square cake pan.  Set aside and make topping.

3 oz softened cream cheese
2 Tbsp. softened butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp flour
1 egg
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips (Guittard are my favorite)
1 1/2 cups flaked coconut
1/3 cup chopped macadamia nuts

Cream together the sugar with the cream cheese, butter, and flour.  Mix in the egg.  Then add the chocolate chips, coconut, and macadamia nuts stirring until well combined.  Spoon the topping mixture over the brownie batter distributing as evenly as you can. Bake at brownies at 350 degrees F for 35 - 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean and the topping is golden brown. Cool and cut into squares. These make for the perfect addition to brownie gift baskets.