Mounds Bar Chocolate Coconut Cookies

Remember the old Mounds Bar and Almond Joy Bar commercials

Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut, Sometimes You Don’t

I never feel like nuts in my baked goods. Macadamia nuts in white chocolate cookies, walnuts in brownies?


But big hunks of Mounds Bars?

Yes. For sure.

If you don’t like coconut, good for you because there’s more for me.

You can substitute Snickers Bars, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Rolos, or whatever candy is burning a hole in your pantry.

You also don’t have to put candy in your cookies.

No one is forcing you. But you will be missing out on some of the texture and of course the taste factor.

These cookies are so soft and chewy that I call them flexi-cookies.

Extremely flexible, pliable, and uber-chewy.

They’re a chocolate lover’s dream. Chocolate cake and chocolate chips and chocolate candy give them high marks on the overall fudge factor score card.

Grab a napkin and enjoy.

Because this recipe uses chocolate cake mix, success is almost guaranteed.

If you have cookie-making issues, cake mix cookies are nearly foolproof and these can fool just about anyone into thinking you spent lots of time at them.

They’re a one bowl and a spoon special and I purposely kept this recipe and batch size small: one dozen.

No one “needs” more than 1 dozen of these on hand. However, if you do have those kind of needs, feel free to double the recipe.

These cookies are loaded with perfect bites.

You know those bites that include some cookie, some chocolate chips, some Mounds Bar candy pieces, all gooey and melted together.

The bites that make all the problems in the world stop while you’re chewing. Yes, lots of those bites going on here.

My batch of 11 cookies didn’t last long but that’s okay (a bonus) because variety is the spice of (dessert) life.

Mounds Bar Chocolate Coconut Cake Mix Cookies - Hunks of Mounds candy bars are baked into rich, extra-chocolaty cookies! Fast, easy & foolproof recipe!

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Mounds Bar Chocolate Coconut Cookies

Mounds Bar Chocolate Coconut Cake Mix Cookies - Hunks of Mounds candy bars are baked into rich, extra-chocolaty cookies! Fast, easy & foolproof recipe! Recipe as written uses half box of cake mix. Use the full box and double all other measurements for about 2 dozen cookies.

Yield: 11 to 12 cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 to 10 minutes

Total Time: about 1 hour, for cooling


1 cup devil's food cake chocolate cake mix

1/4 cup unsalted butter (half of one stick), softened

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut flakes

1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/3 cup diced Mounds Bars (I used 3 1/2 mini-mounds bars, diced into 6 pieces each)


Preheat oven to 350F.  In a large mixing bowl combine the cake mix, softened butter, egg, vanilla and stir by hand or with a mixer until combined.  Fold in the coconut flakes and chocolate chips. Place the mixing bowl in the freezer for 15 minutes. Do not skip this step. Chilled dough spreads less during the baking process and this dough must be chilled before baking.

Using a cookie scoop or spoon, drop 1-inch domed balls on a Silpat-lined, parchment paper-lined, or cookie sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray, allowing for adequate spacing. These cookies do spread some, but not terribly so. Before baking, insert a couple of the diced Mounds pieces into the top of each cookie, pressing in just past the surface. Bake at 350F for 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies have set up.

Tip: Because the cookies are dark chocolate, it is hard to tell if they are browning; instead look at the tops of the cookies. If the tops are shiny, they are still a bit raw and a matte appearance means they are more well-cooked (I baked for 8 1/2 minutes, retaining just a small portion of shininess in the centers of the cookies. I prefer slightly underbaked cookies and these were incredibly soft and moist).

The cookies may appear a bit loose on the tops after 10 minutes but they will continue to cook on the sheets after you remove the from the oven and will firm up as they cool. Do not overbake. Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheets before attempting to move them. Cookies will keep for a week on the countertop in an airtight container or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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Pina Colada White Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

3 Musketeers Marshmallow Candy-Stuffed White Chocolate Cupcakes with Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream

Dark Chocolate and Candy-Stuffed Cookies (not using cake mix):

Dark Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookies Stuffed with Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (gluten free)

Snickers Bar Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies with PB Cups & PB M&M’s


86 Responses to “Mounds Bar Chocolate Coconut Cookies”

  1. Julie — May 13, 2012 at 11:51 am (#

    Happy Mother’s Day!

  2. Katie — May 13, 2012 at 12:09 pm (#

    Who would want to substitute a Mounds bar? Nothin’ beats that yummy coconut!

  3. Katie — May 13, 2012 at 12:10 pm (#

    These look amazing! Way to make me drool over here ;)

    Happy Mother’s Day to you! <3

  4. Michele Sparrow — May 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm (#

    I was over on Foodgawker and I quickly clicked on these cookies and was like WOW! These look great! Then I saw it was YOU!! :-) Love when that happens! Those little mini Mounds and Almond Joys were always my favs in my Halloween bucket, too! That was when they made an appearance in abundance in our house, otherwise, we were more Snickers and M&M’s peeps.

    Happy Mother’s Day, Averie! Have a beautiful day! :-)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm (#

      Oh how funny about the FG story! Happy Mother’s Day to you, Michele! Hope the wharf was fun!

  5. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — May 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm (#

    Goodness me, these sound awesome! Yum!

  6. Sally @ sallys baking addiction — May 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm (#

    i love love love mounds bars! this is an awesome recipe, Averie. i adore adding candy bars to cookies – so many yummy options! I love that most of your cookie recipes make only a dozen or so cookies…. sometimes it’s just too much work and too many leftover cookies to whip up a 3 dozen recipe, you know? Hoppy Mother’s Day! :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm (#

      No one needs 3 dozen of the same thing laying around, unless you have 7 kids or it’s the holidays…seriously…after one or four of the same thing, it’s time to move on for me usually :)

  7. Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) — May 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm (#

    Ahh, I love Mounds bars! So good, love the dark chocolate and coconut together. And another cake mix cookie, yes!

  8. j3nn — May 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm (#

    Drool. I love Almond Joy, but Mounds sound awesome pillowed by a chocolaty cookie. Drool again. :D

    Happy Mother’s Day!!!!!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 13, 2012 at 3:56 pm (#

      Thanks, Jenn. And I bet you’d dig these…supppppper easy. A little too easy :)

  9. Jolene ( — May 13, 2012 at 2:58 pm (#

    I am a HUGE coconut fan, so I looooooove Mounds bars! Those cookies look so good – I love that they are still raw a bit in the middle. Just how I like ’em.

  10. Jolene ( — May 13, 2012 at 2:58 pm (#

    Also – Happy Mothers’ Day to you Averie!

  11. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — May 13, 2012 at 3:32 pm (#

    Happy Mother’s Day, Averie! Those cooks look amazingly awesomely delicious!!

  12. Angela / Canned Time — May 13, 2012 at 4:17 pm (#

    Those Mounds cookies look amazing! What a great combination. I didn’t use candy lately but I did use Biscoff Cookie spread to make little Cheesecakes that were pretty easy with using store bought spread. But then with Biscoff, I could have just eaten the spread straight from the jar and been fine with it. I didn’t think it would be as appropriate to serve for dessert today to my Mom though so I made the spread into cheesecakes. Biscoffs are evil! Hope you had a great Mother’s Day. Tomorrow it’s back to the same old same old :(

  13. Patricia @ thecastironvegan — May 13, 2012 at 5:23 pm (#

    Wow, these look good. I don’t think I’ve ever added packaged candy to a baked good (unless chocolate chips count as candy, which they totally don’t, I think). In fact, your blog may be the first place where I’ve seen such an idea! These look great. Sometime I may splurge on a GoMaxGo vegan candy bar or two and try one of these recipes.

  14. kale — May 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm (#

    Your question is so timely because I just used a cake mix for the first time two nights ago btu for cupcakes! Is that still a cake but much smaller? Well whatever I felt crafty! :)

  15. Asmita — May 13, 2012 at 7:06 pm (#

    These cookies look like a piece of heaven! Yummy!!!

  16. Bria @ West of Pesia — May 13, 2012 at 7:19 pm (#

    Happy Mother’s Day!

    I had to laugh at “Cookies will keep for a week on the countertop. . .”

    Uh, NOT in this house, they wouldn’t. Truly, they look fabulous :-)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 13, 2012 at 9:50 pm (#

      Yeah, I know, right? 11 whole cookies…they will last one afternoon in many homes :)

    • Najla — May 31, 2012 at 9:55 pm (#

      We don’t do Halloween at our house. But, I do take candy to work for when the employees’ cheidrln come through. I definitely buy stuff I like to eat as it is one of the few times I’ll allow myself to eat candy. Reese’s, mini KitKats, ohmygoodness. Peanut M&Ms are healthy b/c they have nuts…right? :) Get what you want to eat. If you are going to take in calories, relish them. And, you can freeze leftovers for emergencies or to make cookies (you know, make cookie dough like for chocolate chip cookies and instead of chocolate chips, chop up your favorite candies).

  17. Katie — May 13, 2012 at 7:23 pm (#

    Happy Mother’s Day, Averie! If I ever get Almond Joy or Mounds, they are all yours. No one in my family liked them, so I couldn’t even trade them for good candy on Halloween. Sucky. I like those crappy pb chewy things better.

    But the cookies without that look great!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 13, 2012 at 9:50 pm (#

      This is the one food we differ on: coconut. Honestly I am shocked you don’t like it. But you only recently came around with white choc, so maybe there’s hope for you yet. Now, go pack!!! You’re supposed to be…moving!

  18. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — May 13, 2012 at 7:52 pm (#

    Your killing me with all this goodness!! I this what you did on your Mother’s Day? I love both Mounds and Almond Joys! Yum, yum!! I want a cookie!!!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 13, 2012 at 9:49 pm (#

      No these were made a week or so ago. Today’s baking projects won’t hit the blog for another week or two :)

  19. Luv What You Do — May 13, 2012 at 7:56 pm (#

    Happy Mother’s Day!

  20. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — May 13, 2012 at 8:05 pm (#

    Woah. These are speaking my language :) Mounds and almond joys are really the only 2 candy bars that tempt me and so these cookies are pretty much making me drool. This was the wrong post to read before going to bed (in a good way of course ;))

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 13, 2012 at 9:49 pm (#

      With all the coconut I see in the (rare) sweet recipes you do post, I had a feeling you’d be a Mounds or A.J. fan! :)

  21. Spencer — May 13, 2012 at 8:34 pm (#

    Looks absolutely delicious! I would so love to try some. I reckon I could eat a whole plateful in 10 minutes flat!

  22. Paula — May 13, 2012 at 8:57 pm (#

    Made it to San Francisco and we’ve been wandering around. The Brussels were great and lived up to the hype! I really like nooch on all cruciferous veggies–can’t go wrong with cheesy flavor on them. Since I love coconut, the cookies look yummy. I’d go with Mounds over Almond Joy, and my husband adores Reese’s so I put those in brownies quite often for him. Hope you had a great Mother’s Day!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 13, 2012 at 9:48 pm (#

      Glad they lived up to it, whew! Was worried :) Glad you made it to San Fran and hope you had a great day as well!

  23. Nicole — May 14, 2012 at 4:53 am (#

    We buy dog food at a local company called Mounds–at check out they give out treats to the dogs and Mounds bars to the humans :)

  24. Rachel R — May 14, 2012 at 5:12 am (#

    So glad you shared your love of coconut with this recipe! These look amazing! Oh and Happy Belated Mother’s Day!

  25. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — May 14, 2012 at 6:31 am (#

    omg these look SO good!

  26. Angie@Angie's Recipes — May 14, 2012 at 6:37 am (#

    o man…these cookies look so fudge and heavenly!

  27. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 14, 2012 at 8:06 am (#

    Suddenly the leftover berry crisp I have in the fridge seems very, very depressing. I need these!

  28. kelley {mountain mama cooks} — May 14, 2012 at 8:06 am (#

    Avery, you’ve outdone yourself this time!! I think a frozen Almond Joy might be my favorite candy bar EVER. Anything with coconut and chocolate gets my full attention. And who would have thought cake mix could make cookies? I love it!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 14, 2012 at 9:24 am (#

      Anything with coconut and chocolate gets my full attention, too. Thanks for the sweet compliments :)

  29. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — May 14, 2012 at 8:56 am (#

    Wowza, Avery! These look so decadent and delicious! I just added cake mix and mounds bars to my grocery list. What am I saying? I’m making a special trip to make these babies! YUM!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 14, 2012 at 9:24 am (#

      Ok well keep me posted how they turn out…don’t overbake. Keep them nice ‘n gooey! :)

  30. Christine (The Raw Project) — May 14, 2012 at 9:14 am (#

    Another awesome cookie recipe, these look and sound divine! I must try a vegan version of this recipe! It’s been a long time since I’ve had either candy, I adore the almond version and dark chocolate.

  31. marla — May 14, 2012 at 9:23 am (#

    Girl, these look crazy good. I hope you had a glorious Mother’s Day!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 14, 2012 at 9:25 am (#

      I hope you did, too. Super busy over here but goes with the territory, as I know it does for you too:)

  32. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — May 14, 2012 at 9:25 am (#

    Hi Averie, new to your blog, but I’ve seen you in the comments at numerous blogs I frequent so I decided to head on over. I’m glad I did – these cookies look scrumptious!

  33. Melissa (Better Fit) — May 14, 2012 at 10:02 am (#

    I hope you had a great mother’s day!

    That gooey chocolate looks amazing!!

  34. CJ at Food Stories — May 14, 2012 at 10:24 am (#

    That’s so funny, Averie, because I put nuts in everything :-)

  35. claire @ the realistic nutritionist — May 14, 2012 at 11:37 am (#

    Mounds are my favorite candy bar! I’ll have to try these!!

  36. Sheila — May 14, 2012 at 1:25 pm (#

    Happy Mother’s Day!!

    Almond Joy all the way:)

  37. Jamie | My Baking Addiction — May 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm (#

    I am pretty much a big fan of anything that has candy bars baked into them and these cookies are no exception especially because I adore all thing coconut! Delish!

  38. Aruna — May 21, 2012 at 12:03 am (#

    Will this work with the Ghirardelli Chocolate Chip Brownie mix I just bought?

  39. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — July 6, 2012 at 11:29 am (#

    O.M.G. Holy fudge. I need.

  40. marla — August 31, 2013 at 11:23 am (#

    Oh girl….these cookies look GREAT! Bake me a few dozen. OK? ok

    • Averie Sunshine — August 31, 2013 at 2:56 pm (#

      I’d love to! I am in the thick of packing right now. Ugh. I know you just did this 6 mos ago or so. Hope you guys are having a calm weekend!

  41. Julie — February 26, 2014 at 1:39 pm (#

    I made these last night and they came out fantastic! Wonderfully chewy.. and I have discovered I prefer to eat them after they have been chilled. I went ahead and doubled the recipe, which then used up the entire Devils Food Cake Mix which made about 30 cookies. The boyfriend and the guys at the office gobbled these right up… so if you are making the cookies for more than a couple people, I suggest doubling the recipe. I tried using almond joy pieces for a few of the cookies, but it just wasn’t as “right” as the mounds with dark chocolate. Recipe is a keeper!

  42. Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen — July 11, 2014 at 9:23 am (#

    These look absolutely AMAZING! My boyfriend loves all things coconut. :)

    • Averie Sunshine — July 11, 2014 at 1:12 pm (#

      Thanks for commenting on this older post, Monique! These cookies were super good – I still remember them very well :)

  43. Crissy — December 17, 2014 at 5:13 am (#

    I wanted to make these chocolate cake box cookies because they are so easy and quick! Can I substitute cream cheese for some of the butter like you have in your other recipes? Would that work in these cookies?
    I also was going to leave out the chocolate chips and just put Christmas m&ms on top for a cookie swap I’m going to tonight….think that would work too? I wasn’t sure if they would be too sweet if I added the chocolate chips and m&ms?

    • Averie Sunshine — December 17, 2014 at 7:38 am (#

      You have a million great ideas and I haven’t tried any of them but they all sound like they have great potential so just start trying stuff and see what works :)

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