Almond Joy Brownies

Almond Joy Brownies

If you like Mounds or Almond Joy candy bars, you are going to love this recipe!  It tastes like a mounds candy bar ran into a brownie, only better because the chocolate on top of the coconut layer is so thick and dark.  They are extremely rich so a 9×13 pan will go a long way.  I highly advise eating some, and then getting them out of the house immediately by sharing them with your friends and neighbors because they are very addicting. Plus your neighbors will love you for it.  Your friends will be friends for life, and your neighbors will never want to move away once you give them one of these brownies!:)

Even though this recipe has 3 layers, it is pretty simple to make. The top ganache layer is just melted cream and chocolate chips.  The heavenly middle layer is a mixture of coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and powdered sugar.   And, for the bottom layer you can use a box brownie mix or your favorite brownie recipe, depending on how much time you have.  I was making these for a family get together, all of a sudden the schedule changed, and my family was coming over 2 hours earlier than planned.  From that point on, I decided on the box mix even though that wasn’t my original intention.  By the way, I think Ghiradelli dark fudge brownie mix is a great way to go.  They pretty much taste like homemade.

You can see now why these brownies are hard to resist. I don’t know which layer I like better, the dark chocolate ganache, the coconutty frosting layer, or the fudgy brownie on the bottom.  There were quite a bit of brownies still in the pan after my family  left the other night.   Instead of giving the rest of the batch away this time, I put them in the freezer for my company that is coming in a couple of weeks.  I really hope they will still be there when she finally arrives.  And it isn’t my kids or my husband I’m worried will eat them!

Almond Joy Brownies

Almond Joy Brownies

  • 1 (9×13) pan of brownies, prepared (homemade or using a store-bought mix – I used 2 (18 oz.) Ghiradelli Fudge Brownie mixes)
  • 1 pkg. (5 1/3 cups) sweetened coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk (I used Eagle Brand)
  • 1 c heavy whipping cream
  • 1 (10 oz.) pkg. dark chocolate chips
  1. Prepare 9×13-inch pan of brownies and let cool completely. (If using Ghiradelli Fudge Brownies, set chocolate packets aside for another use).
  2. In the bowl of your mixer, combine coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and powdered sugar until all ingredients are incorporated.  Set aside.
  3. Pour chocolate chips in a medium size heat proof bowl.
  4. In a medium saucepan, heat cream while stirring until it just starts to boil.  Immediately take off heat and pour over chocolate chips.  Don’t stir.  Set timer for 10 minutes.
  5. When timer goes off, stir chocolate chip cream mixture (ganache) until smooth and shiny.  Set aside to cool.
  6. When brownies and chocolate mixture are both cool, spread coconut mixture evenly over brownies.  Pour chocolate ganache mixture over the top of the coconut frosting and spread evenly with a spatula.
  7. Cover brownies and chill in refrigerator until chocolate is set.  When ready to serve, let brownies sit out a few minutes for easier cutting.  Refrigerate any leftovers.

Coconut frosting recipe from Katrina’s Kitchen


About Shari

My name is Shari, and I am an Arizona native and married mother of 3 who loves to cook and bake and figure out how to garden successfully in our suburban home in the desert. On this blog you will find a combination of savory and sweet recipes that have been tested by me, along with many tips to help you be successful. I hope you enjoy them! (
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23 Responses to Almond Joy Brownies

    • Shari says:

      Thanks so much for your comment, Chloe! I love all of the desserts on your blog. The pictures are beautiful, too. I appreciate you stopping by mine!

  1. Shari…wow! These are amazing x

  2. CakePants says:

    I don’t think I can handle the decadence even in photos, much less in real life! These brownies look dangerously delicious!!

    • Shari says:

      Thank you very much. They are very decadent, but worth every calorie!:) You have so many wonderful desserts and recipes on your blog. I appreciate you dropping by. Have a great week!

  3. Teresa says:

    Wow, these look awesome!

  4. Wait a minute.

    Brownies with a layer of coconut goodness? Are you kidding me?! What a fabulous idea!

    I made brownies last night, and I’m a little sorry I made them before reading this post. Oh well! Always next time.

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Shari says:

      Thanks for your nice comment, Ruth! Aren’t brownies great? There are so many ways to change them up, and make them even more decadent than they already are. My favorites are always the ones with a lot of frosting included. Surprise, surprise!:) Hope you have a great week!

  5. Oh wow, looks delicious! I printed your post and I plant o make these 🙂 Found your linking from another blog, glad I did!

    Check out my recent post, Hot Fudge Cake

    • Shari says:

      Hi Michael, I checked out your Hot Fudge Cake Post, and it looks absolutely wonderful! I love cake, ice cream, and chocolate so it is the perfect dessert for me. Your woodworking is also beautiful! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I hope you enjoy the Almond Joy Brownies as much as we did. Have a great week!

  6. Reblogged this on Diary of a Crazed Housewife and commented:
    Here I was minding my own business. Eating a relatively health snack while I surf. Only to come across this recipe! OH MY GOODNESS!

    • Shari says:

      Thanks again, Joy, for reblogging this recipe on your blog. I feel very honored! There is always something that sabotages our desire to eat healthy isn’t there? I’m afraid I contribute to that quite a bit on my blog!:) I hope you get to try it sometime. It is really easy, especially if you go the store-bought brownie mix route. Have a great week!

  7. HavensBakes says:

    These look DIVINE!! What a great idea!!

    • Shari says:

      Thank you so much! I thought of these when my friend said she likes Mounds Bars. There were lots of recipes for this idea online, but I added the chocolate ganache part. Everything is better covered with dark chocolate!:) I really appreciate you stopping by, and look forward to seeing more of your recipes.

  8. sophiebowns says:

    This looks wonderful !

    • Shari says:

      Thank you very much, Sophie! As long as you like coconut and sweet desserts, I think you would like them. I really appreciate you stopping by to leave a comment. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  9. Liz says:

    A very simple recipe that requires planning before you start. It looks so delicious, maybe if I was your neighbour I would have had an opportunity to taste it. I love almond joy…we call it Bounty here. Thanks for sharing!

    • Shari says:

      Hi Liz, I wish I could have shared the brownies with you! That is so interesting that you have the same thing with a different name where you live. I hope you get to try the recipe sometime. Thanks so much for stopping by to comment!

  10. I coul use a slab of this sweet treat with a nice big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top to temper its richness! I can almost taste the delectable combo already….mmm!

    • Shari says:

      Hi Ala, Ice cream would be great with these. It is a lot of sweetness, but I’ve never had a problem with that!:) Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and comment. Have a great day!

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