Chocolate Coconut Mounds Bar Brownies

I’ve made a lot of brownies in my day, but usually with mintcaramel, peanut butter, or Nutella.

It was high time to break out the coconut.

Chocolate Coconut Mounds Bar Brownies - Like eating a Mounds candy bar that's on top of rich, fudgy brownies! Easy and oh so good!

They’re some of the best brownies I’ve ever made, and definitely some of the richest.

You’ve got to be a coconut fan to enjoy them because there’s plenty of it, but if you are, you’ll love them. They remind me of a Mounds candy bar.

Chocolate Coconut Mounds Bar Brownies - Like eating a Mounds candy bar that's on top of rich, fudgy brownies! Easy and oh so good!

The base is a dark 72% chocolate fudgy brownie topped with a coconut layer that’s sweet and full of texture. It’s made with sweetened condensed milk and shredded coconut, and topped with melted chocolate chips.

They’re easy, made in one bowl without a mixer, and definitely a crowd-pleaser.

Chocolate Coconut Mounds Bar Brownies - Like eating a Mounds candy bar that's on top of rich, fudgy brownies! Easy and oh so good!

You must line your pan with aluminum foil before beginning or you’ll have a huge mess to deal with. Between the fudgy brownies and the gooey, drippy, sweetened condensed milk, you’d have to chisel them out of the pan. Line with foil so you can simply lift the whole slab out, and cleanup is a breeze. I don’t trust parchment for recipes like this because you can’t make tight corner seals like you can with foil.

To say they’re rich and moist is an understatement. The brownie itself is fudgy, not at all cakey, and I used a new brownie base that I developed. No cocoa powder, all melted chocolate, with eggs and butter, a modest amount of sugar and flour, a splash of coffee and a pinch of espresso granules. Neither the coffee or espresso make the brownies taste like coffee, and serve to intensify the chocolate flavor, but omit if you’re concerned.

Chocolate Coconut Mounds Bar Brownies - Like eating a Mounds candy bar that's on top of rich, fudgy brownies! Easy and oh so good!

Baking with real butter that has the REAL® Seal is so important. There’s just no way to duplicate the rich depth of flavor butter lends to the brownies by using substitutes.

The same is true with the eggs and sweetened condensed milk, which helps ceate a soft and gooey filling that you can’t achieve without it. When you buy products with the REAL® Seal, you can trust that you are buying only products or foods made from cows milk produced in the U.S.

Chocolate Coconut Mounds Bar Brownies - Like eating a Mounds candy bar that's on top of rich, fudgy brownies! Easy and oh so good!

I purposely kept the sugar to a minimum in the brownie, and in conjunction with the 72% dark chocolate and the semi-sweet chocolate chips, it all tempers the sweetness of the coconut layer.

After making them, you must let them cool for a few hours, but overnight is better. We all want to dig right into warm brownies that makes your house smell like a chocolate, but that would be a big messy mistake. The chocolate top layer is a glistening slick until it has time to set up, and the coconut layer is creamy and loose, and needs time to firm up.

Chocolate Coconut Mounds Bar Brownies - Like eating a Mounds candy bar that's on top of rich, fudgy brownies! Easy and oh so good!

They’re messy to slice, there’s no way around it. But the longer you let them cool, the easier it is.

It’s like biting into a Mounds bar perched on top of brownies. So good.

Chocolate Coconut Mounds Bar Brownies - Like eating a Mounds candy bar that's on top of rich, fudgy brownies! Easy and oh so good!

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Chocolate Coconut Mounds Bar Brownies

These easy brownies are made in one bowl without a mixer and are like eating a Mounds candy bar on top of fudgy, rich brownies. The brownie itself is made with 72% dark chocolate and they're very fudgy, not at all cakey. The filling is made with sweetened condensed milk and shredded coconut, and topped with a layer of melted semi-sweet chocolate chips. You must you line your pan with aluminum foil before beginning or you'll have a huge mess and the brownies will stick. Allow for at least 2 to 3 hours to cool, overnight is better. Slicing too early will be supremely messy. If you like Mounds Bars, these are the brownies to make.

Yield: one 8x8-inch pan, 12 to 16 pieces

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 28 minutes + 5 minutes

Total Time: 3+ hours, for cooling

Ingredients:

6 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped (I used TJ's 72% Pound Plus bar)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon coffee (leftover from the morning brew is fine), optional but recommended
1 teaspoon instant espresso granules, optional but recommended
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut flakes, loosely packed
one 12-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8x8-inch pan with aluminum foil leaving overhang, spray with cooking spray; set aside. It's mandatory to line your pan or you'll never get the brownies out.
  2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the dark chocolate, butter, and heat on high power to melt, about 1 minute. Stop to check and stir. Reheat in 15-second bursts until mixture can be stirred smooth.
  3. Add the eggs, sugar, vanilla, optional coffee, optional espresso granules, and whisk until smooth. Coffee and espresso don't make the brownies taste like coffee; they enhance the chocolate flavor.
  4. Add the flour and stir until just combined; don't overmix.
  5. Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula and bake until brownies are just set and done, about 28 minutes in my oven. Start checking at 25 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Don't overbake because brownies go back into the oven after they're topped with coconut.
  6. While brownies are baking, in a large bowl (the same one you used for the brownies is fine, just wipe it clean with a paper towel) combine the coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and toss to coat evenly; set aside until brownies come out of oven.
  7. When brownies are done and removed from the oven, evenly top with the coconut mixture. Smooth the top lightly with a spatula, pushing mixture gentle into all corners.
  8. Evenly sprinkle with chocolate chips.
  9. Return pan to oven and bake for 5 minutes.
  10. Remove pan from oven and using a spatula, lightly smooth the chocolate chips. They will be have softened enough to smooth out when pressed lightly with a spatula.
  11. Place pan on a wire rack and allow to cool, undisturbed, for at least 2 to 3 hours, or until top chocolate layer has set; allowing to cool overnight is best.
  12. When ready to serve, lift brownies of pan using foil overhang, place on a large cutting board, and slice with your biggest and sharpest knife. Slicing is messy, but the longer brownies cool, the easier and less messy it is. Brownies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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80 Responses to “Chocolate Coconut Mounds Bar Brownies”

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    Alex — February 15, 2014 at 3:12 am

    Really amazing :)

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    Belinda@themooblushbaker — February 15, 2014 at 3:54 am

    MMM…. we call this candy bounty in Australia but I am sure where ever in the world you make these, it will taste divine!

    Also Just want to give you a shout out to your vegan bread stick recipe; so inspired made it into buns shaped as fish for my blog today! Thank you for such a great recipe.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 15th, 2014 at 4:55 am

      A Canadian reader just said their Mounds are Bounty, too. Sometimes I see Bounty for sale here in the US, and yep, same!

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    movita beaucoup — February 15, 2014 at 4:01 am

    MOTHER OF PEARL. First off, when something has coconut? I’m on board. But then throw in some sweetened condensed milk? Don’t get me started.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 15th, 2014 at 4:54 am

      Haven’t heard Mother of Pearl in awhile…thanks for that :)

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    Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks — February 15, 2014 at 4:10 am

    These look pretty insane Avery! I’ve been trying to figure out what mounds bars are but in Canada they are likely Bounty, either way these look great!

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    Maryea {happy healthy mama} — February 15, 2014 at 4:23 am

    Chocolate + coconut is my favorite. I grew up being the only kid who liked Mounds and Almond Joy bars. This looks outstanding.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 15th, 2014 at 4:54 am

      I used to love them too! I used to pick off the nut though on the AJ’s. Never was a big fan. LOL

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    Paula — February 15, 2014 at 6:06 am

    A coconut lover’s dream…oh wow!! Love the filling and I can imagine how good that brownie base is with melted chocolate. Very impressive..would definitely satisfy a choc-coconut craving and although I like mounds and almond joy, I know I’d like these more!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 15th, 2014 at 6:17 am

      I know you’d love these! They’re like a real Mounds Bar, times ten :)

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    Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! — February 15, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Wow, these look so decadent! The layers look incredible! I haven’t had a Mounds bar in ages but this recipe reminds me of my younger days when I actually ate candy bars :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 15th, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      Ha! I don’t ‘eat’ too many candy bars these days but baking with them is fair game :)

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    Ashton — February 15, 2014 at 6:22 am

    My daughter saw this post and said “Oh yeah!! Chocolate treats!!!!” And I’m just as excited as she is over theses— absolutely jaw dropping incredible Averie! LOVE and pinned!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 15th, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      Thanks for the high praise and the pin! :) Glad your daughter has good taste LOL.

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    Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen — February 15, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Theses look so decadent and fudgy! I love the shots where you can see the sweetened condensed milk oozing from the bars!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 15th, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      Thanks for noticing those. God what a MESS these were. But so worth it :)

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    Tracy | Pale Yellow — February 15, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t! These look fantastic! I love the gooey coconut middle and the dark chocolate goodness.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 15th, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t! <– LOL. Most times, no, unless it’s pulverized into PB :)

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    Yvette — February 15, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Whoa, lady. These look fantastic!

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    Katy — February 15, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Oh my gosssshhhh Averie these look amazing! I’m a coconut addict so I am all over these! They look so decadent and I love each and every layer. How, oh how, did you ever clean off your surface afterwards?? LOL.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 15th, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      Thank God it has a nice coat of vanish on it :)

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — February 15, 2014 at 9:40 am

    WOW!! Beautiful and fabulous!

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    Emily @ Life on Food — February 15, 2014 at 11:03 am

    I am drooling right now and just wishing I had one of these babies in front of me.

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    Lauren @ LoveChocolateLife — February 15, 2014 at 11:26 am

    OMG These look amazing. I absolutely LOVE almond joy and mounds bars.
    Want these RIGHT NOW !!!!!!!!! I also love your photos :)

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — February 15, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Yes. 100000000x YES!!! These are amazing Averie. My favorites, I think!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 15th, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      Well that’s a big statement. I have new favorites of yours. Like every 2 weeks or so as the new recipes come out :)

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    Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet — February 15, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Woah! These would have to be my favorite! I LOVE mounds bars!!!

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    Kristin — February 15, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    These look amazing! I love your photography!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — February 15, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    I haven’t had a mounds bar in forever but these brownies look incredible. Perfect way to get my coconut fix. Pinned!

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    Amy — February 15, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Your description of the brownie itself was enough to make me swoon, let alone all of the sweet coconut and melted chocolate on top! My dad loves chocolate and coconut together — German chocolate cake is one of the flavors he always requests for his birthday! — and even though he’s on a diet right now, I KNOW he’d totally sneak one of your brownies. And then go hike an extra 8 miles to work it off. :)

    You’re seriously a magician when it comes to baking decadent desserts, Averie. Everything you make looks absolutely amazing!

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    Heather @ Sugar Dish Me — February 15, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    GOOD GRIEF Averie! These brownies are insane! I super love coconut and chocolate and I’ve seen other Mounds-inspired recipes but DANG. These take the cake. Or brownies. Or whatever. NEED.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 15th, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      Thanks, Heather, that’s awesome of you to say :)

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    Noreen Sagers — February 15, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    No words. I need to stop staring at your fabulous pictures! Just made the Carmelitas, and now I have to make these for company tomorrow. You are crazyyyyy talented! Thank you!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 16th, 2014 at 1:06 am

      Omg from the Carmelitas to these. Talk about gooey, sticky, rich, drippy city going on for you. And that’s pretty much the best situation ever! Two days, two super gooey desserts. You’re going to love these. LMK if you end up making them & thanks for trying the Carmelitas! And thanks for the sweet compliment, too :)

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      • Noreen Sagers replied: — February 17th, 2014 at 7:57 pm

        Well…THEY…WE’RE…FABULOUS! So good in fact that I had to send them home with our guests or I honestly would have polished them off. I want to make everything you post. Thank you!

        • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 18th, 2014 at 3:37 am

          That is awesome that you loved them so much you had to re-home them. That’s a sign of success :) Thanks for trying this and my other recipes!

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    Tieghan Gerard — February 15, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    These are my dream brownies!! I love that they are oozing with coconut and fudgy brownies base?!? I mean just WOW! I do not even know what to say. Pinned of course!!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 16th, 2014 at 1:05 am

      Thanks for pinning and I know you’re a coconut fan and these babies were so good. I had to get the out of the house, asap!

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    Jan — February 15, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Yum! When I bought my mounds bar today I was thinking about finding a recipe that would come close to it. Thank you Averie Ican’t wait to make these super yummy bars!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 16th, 2014 at 1:04 am

      No way! That’s amazing timing! Well if you try them, please LMK how it goes!

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    Lisa Frank — February 15, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Excuse me while I drool all over myself…

    I’m sure these have zero calories, so I bet it would be fine to eat these for dessert–and a snack–and breakfast. At least that’s what my hubby would think. :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 16th, 2014 at 1:03 am

      That’s the exact logic I try to go with with all of my desserts :)

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    Helen @ Scrummy Lane — February 15, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Wow … I would definitely have to take these to please a crowd otherwise I’d be in terrible danger of giving myself a sugar overdose at home! They remind me of a chocolate bar we have in the UK called a Bounty. They look delicious!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 16th, 2014 at 1:03 am

      Yes they are exactly Bounty bars! Read the first half dozen comments. A couple other intl readers wrote that, too! And yes, I brought these to a party. There was no WAY I could keep them around :)

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    Rachel @ Bakerita — February 16, 2014 at 12:44 am

    These look AWESOME!! Almond Joys are my mom’s ultimate favorite candy bar, so I definitely need to add almonds and whip these up for her. She’d love them (as would I). Pinned!! :)

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    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — February 16, 2014 at 3:40 am

    These are over the top. I know these would be gone in 2 seconds flat. I’d have to make a double batch.

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    Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — February 16, 2014 at 5:22 am

    Ahhh!!! your killing me! I didn’t even know this was possible!

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    Erin | The Emerging Foodie — February 16, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Speechless. Oh my goodness. Dark chocolate and coconut is one of my favorite flavor combos ever and, well, this is just too perfect. Pinned and finding an excuse to make ASAP! :)

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    Laura@baking in pyjamas — February 16, 2014 at 9:09 am

    I want one! Pinned.

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    Colleen @ Royal Icing Diaries — February 16, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Oh my word – Mounds are my favorite, favorite candy! You could not have created a better brownie in my opinion. I am bowing to you right now! :-)

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — February 16, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Averie, these bars are oozing deliciousness. You’re right, more brownies need to be made with coconut. Pinned.

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    Mary Frances — February 16, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Mounds and Almond Joys are my favorite (next to Snicker’s ;) It is that gooey factor that gets me. These brownies look beyond delicious!

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    Julianne @ Beyond Frosting — February 16, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    These brownies are totally drool worthy!

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    kelsey — February 16, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Those look gorgeous & delicious. My boyfriend would go crazy for these…and his birthday is in two weeks :) !

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — February 16, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Oh my – letting these set overnight sounds like absolute torture!

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    Valerie — February 17, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Oh, my! If you have any leftover… :D

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    Michele Sparrow — February 17, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    I love making your recipes right when you post them because then I am guaranteed to have so many great recipes of yours under my chef’s belt, ready for the next one to come into my inbox! This one is no different. I made these babies last night and you are right, aluminum essential!, and put them in the fridge over night. I brought them to some friends who I made dinner for and these were their dessert. They called to tell me how awesome they were. Yay! So awesome and fun, Averie!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 18th, 2014 at 3:39 am

      So glad you made them RIGHT away, as always :) And that they were rehomed to an appreciative home! Thanks for LMK that, Michele, and you’re amazing baking for your neighbors like this! And oh yes, foil, A MUST :)

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    Nutmeg Nanny — February 18, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I just adore coconut :) these look divine!

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    Kayla — February 18, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    This looks perfect, even if it’s a tad bit messy ;) I love the combination, and this reminds me so much of my mother ^.^ she just loves coconut!

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    Jocelyn@BruCrew Life — February 18, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Oh. em. geeee!! These look absolutely amazing!!! Seriously, I want a pan full of these right noooow!! :) (Can you tell how much I love these??)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 18th, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      They kind of remind me of something you’d make actually! Glad you’re excited :)

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    Nancy @ gottagetbaked — February 18, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    I’m a recent coconut convert so just looking at your photos is making me swoon, Averie. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. Every element in these bars is perfection. I don’t know if I’ll be able to wait for these to firm up before digging in! It’ll take all of my will power ;)

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    Hayley Parker — February 19, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    SO GOOEY, I can barely take it! I love me some Mounds bars/Almond Joys. These are perfection with the sc milk soak.

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    Trish - Mom On Timeout — February 22, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    High time indeed! I love coconut and chocolate together and all of that on top of a brownie…HEAVEN! Pinned and shared on FB :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 22nd, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      Trish you’re so sweet! Thanks for the pin and the share :)

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    Joanne Palumbo — February 24, 2014 at 11:02 am

    O.M.G. BEST brownies EVER!! My brother emailed me this recipe because he and I both love Mounds candy bars. Well- this is an easy recipe, so I made them. Good thing I wrapped them up and gave them to my brother because WoW these are so delicious!! Very rich- very delicious…and most definitely taste like a Mounds candy bar. LOVE this recipe.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 24th, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      Thanks for trying them and glad you think they’re the best brownies ever! And yes, I had to bring these things to a party as well and re-home them immediately too :)

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    Ana — March 2, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    This is masterpiece! Seriously makes me droll! ;))

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    Shari — March 5, 2014 at 6:42 am

    I made these last night and they are heavenly. They will definitely be added to my list of favorite recipes….completely divine! Thank you for sharing this.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — March 5th, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      Thanks Shari and so glad you loved them and they make it into your favorites list!

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    Tatiana — March 30, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Hello from SPAIN!! Congrats for your recipes, webpage and book! And thanks for sharing these delicious recipes.
    I have a DOUBT. What is the measure of you CUP?? could you pass this recipe in grams? Please?

    Thank you!

    Tatiana

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