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Chocolate Coconut Brownies

July 6, 2022

These easy-to-make chocolate coconut brownies are made of three layers: fudgy brownies, crunchy coconut filling, and a thick layer of chocolate ganache. With an option to make them gluten free, these brownies look and taste incredible!

Fudgy Coconut Brownies

If you think these brownies look delicious, just wait until you try them! The recipe comes from my talented friend’s blog oogio.net, and consists of three layers of goodness: fudgy brownies, crunchy coconut layer, and a thick layer of smooth chocolate ganache. My family went crazy for them, and luckily I kept a slice for myself (as I always do), because they were gone in minutes.

How to make chocolate coconut brownies

There are 3 layers to these brownies:

  • Fudgy brownies
  • Coconut layer
  • Chocolate ganache

Make the brownies

  1. Place the chocolate and butter in a large heat-proof bowl, and microwave in 30 second-intervals, stirring in between each interval, until melted.
  2. Add the sugar and whisk until combined.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, and whisk just until combined.
  4. Add flour and salt and fold, using a rubber spatula, just until combined. Do no overmix.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan, and smooth the top. Bake for 15-18 minutes until the edges are set but center is still soft, and a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies come out with moist crumbs, and not dry. Let the brownies cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack, before adding the coconut layer.

Gluten-free alternative: If you want to make these brownies gluten free, you can substitute 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon (80g) cornstarch or 3/4 (80g) almond flour for the all-purpose flour.

Make the coconut layer

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Spread evenly into the pan, on top of the brownie layer. Bake for 8-10 minutes until set. It should stay bright in color and not brown much. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before adding the chocolate ganache.

Make the chocolate ganache layer

  1. Place chocolate and cream in a medium heat-proof bowl, and microwave in 20-30 second-intervals, stirring in between each interval, until melted. Alternatively, set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally, until melted.
  2. Pour the ganache evenly over the brownies. Place in the fridge for at least 4 hours until completely set, then cut into squares. The brownies keep well for several days in the fridge in an airtight container.
Fudgy Coconut Brownies

What kind of chocolate should I use?

You can use any kind of dark of bittersweet chocolate for the brownies and the ganache. But the better quality chocolate you use, the better the brownies will taste :).

How do I make these brownies gluten-free?

If you want to make these brownies gluten free, substitute 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon (80g) cornstarch or 3/4 (80g) almond flour for the all-purpose flour.

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5 from 4 votes
Fudgy Coconut Brownies
Chocolate Coconut Brownies
Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 28 mins
Total Time: 53 mins
YIELD: 16 bars
 

Thick, fudgy brownies layered with sweet coconut and a thick layer of rich chocolate ganache. See note for how to make them gluten-free!


Ingredients
Brownies:
  • 200 g/7 oz bittersweet chocolate , coarsely chopped
  • 11 tablespoons (150g) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon (80g) all-purpose flour (see note for gluten-free option*)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Coconut Layer:
  • 3/4 cup (75g) desiccated coconut
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons (50g/2 oz) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons (25g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
Chocolate Ganache:
  • 100 g/3.5 oz bittersweet chocolate , coarsely chopped
  • 6 tablespoons (90 ml) heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F/175C. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. To make the brownies: place chocolate and butter in a large heat-proof bowl, and microwave in 30 second-intervals, stirring in between each interval, until melted. Alternatively, set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally, until melted, then remove from heat. Add the sugar and whisk until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, and whisk just until combined. Add flour and salt and fold, using a rubber spatula, just until combined. Do no overmix. Pour batter into prepared pan, and smooth the top. Bake for 15-18 minutes until the edges are set but center is still soft, and a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies come out with moist crumbs, and not dry. Let the brownies cool for 10 minuted on a wire rack, before adding the coconut layer.

  3. Meanwhile, make the coconut layer: mix all the ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Spread evenly into the pan, on top of the brownie layer. Bake for 8-10 minutes until set. It should stay bright in color. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. To make the chocolate ganache: place chocolate and cream in a medium heat-proof bowl, and microwave in 20-30 second-intervals, stirring in between each interval, until melted. Alternatively, set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally, until melted. Pour ganache evenly over the brownies. Place in the fridge for at least 4 hours until completely set, then cut into squares. The brownies keep well for several days in the fridge in an airtight container.
Recipe Notes

*For gluten free brownies, substitute 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon (80g) cornstarch or 3/4 cup (80g) almond flour for the all-purpose flour.

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Nomy
    October 19, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Great pictures Shiran! Thank you for your recipes, Nomy

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    Teresa
    August 4, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Hi. I was planning to make this recipe but noticed one thing, you mentioned to stir in vanilla in making the brownies but there’s no vanilla in the ingredients for the brownies? What is the measurement of thevanilla for the brownies pls?

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      Shiran
      August 5, 2018 at 10:56 am

      Hi Teresa, actually there’s no vanilla extract in the recipe, so the mistake is in the instructions. Sorry about that!

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    2pots2cook
    February 9, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    So happy to find you 🙂

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    Salsabeel
    February 29, 2020 at 6:50 am

    Can we use bittersweet chocolate chip cookies instead ?

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    Hena Abdul Rahiman
    April 26, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    Tried it and came out really good.. it’s a very easy recipe to follow and thank you so much

  • Reply
    Shaifali Jain
    November 23, 2020 at 10:14 am

    Hey! Is there any alternative to eggs ?

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