These decadent brownies have a delicious layer of coconut sandwiched between two chocolate layers. They were requested at a political campaign, at a social party and at my fiftieth anniversary.

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
45 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
18
Yield:
18 bars
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch baking pan.

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  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Combine the flour, cream of tartar and cocoa; stir into the egg mixture until well blended. Fold in walnuts. Spread half of this mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.

  • Make the middle layer. In a medium bowl, stir together the coconut, sweetened condensed milk and 1 tablespoon vanilla. Carefully layer this over the chocolate layer in the pan. Top with the remaining chocolate batter. Spread to cover evenly.

  • Bake for 45 to 50 minutes in the preheated oven, until top is no longer shiny. Cool in the pan before cutting into bars.

Nutrition Facts

479 calories; protein 7g 14% DV; carbohydrates 51.6g 17% DV; fat 29.1g 45% DV; cholesterol 75.9mg 25% DV; sodium 124.5mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2007
These were AWESOME! I notice everyone else pointing out that we are supposed to use unsweetened coconut but I used sweetened because it is what I had and it was devine. I wouldn't change anything. The batter was very thick so it was hard to spread and I found that I had to spread it with 2 fingers with a little butter on them- the spatula just was clinging to the batter. I made them in a 9x9 bar pan and thought the thickness of the layers was absolutely perfect. These are just great and are definitely staying in my recipe box. We burned our mouths on them because we couldn't wait till they cooled to taste them and they were worth it. They are even better the next day. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/24/2004
the brownie part was more cakey- i like it fudgy. and i wish there was more brownie in relation to the coconut part. i added chocolate frosting but it still needed more chocolate- my coworkers agreed. Read More
(11)
118 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 63
  • 4 star values: 33
  • 3 star values: 14
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2007
These were AWESOME! I notice everyone else pointing out that we are supposed to use unsweetened coconut but I used sweetened because it is what I had and it was devine. I wouldn't change anything. The batter was very thick so it was hard to spread and I found that I had to spread it with 2 fingers with a little butter on them- the spatula just was clinging to the batter. I made them in a 9x9 bar pan and thought the thickness of the layers was absolutely perfect. These are just great and are definitely staying in my recipe box. We burned our mouths on them because we couldn't wait till they cooled to taste them and they were worth it. They are even better the next day. Read More
(105)
Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2007
This rating is for the filling it is wonderful! After reading the other reviews I decided to use the filling with my favorite brownie recipe. I also used 1&1/2 brownie recipe to give a better brownie/filling ratio. I made 4 different types of brownies and these are by far the best. I used the Baker's One Bowl Brownies recipe from the Kraft web-site for my base. Thanks for sharing Valerie. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/29/2002
After reading the other review I decided to make the batter for my fudgiest brownies because I prefer them to cakelike brownies. Wow! These were great! I'll definitely make these again! As a side note try looking in the health food section of the supermarket for unsweetened coconut. You definitely DON'T want to use the sweetened coconut in the baking aisle - it would be far too sweet! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/11/2007
These taste best after being refrigerated over night. If I made these again I would put only three eggs in it instead of four to make it less cake like. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/03/2006
These are really good but if I made them again I would change some things. First of all the coconut layer. It is really thick I think there might be more coconut that brownie! It's a tiny bit dry too I would maybe use 3 or 3.5 cups of coconut next time (and keep the milk the same). That would cut down on the thickness of that layer also. I checked these at 40 minutes and they were done. I think they might have been a bit over-done so I would check at 35 next time. These cut very well and look fancy I love how they turned out. It was really really hard to spread the brownie batter (both times). I used Bob's Red Mill unsweetened coconut and 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour. I have been wanting to make these all year and I'm glad I finally had an excuse to make them! (Taking them to a function tomorrow). Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/29/2002
These are good but I like real fudgy brownies these are more like a cake. I will use the filling more often though. I'll use my regular brownie recipe or I'll put a spoonful in cupcakes. It's worth the extra time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/19/2011
added 8oz package of cream cheese and 1 egg to coconut filling. These are amazing like that!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/23/2004
the brownie part was more cakey- i like it fudgy. and i wish there was more brownie in relation to the coconut part. i added chocolate frosting but it still needed more chocolate- my coworkers agreed. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2004
these were the best filled brownie that i have ever had. with these in the house it is very hard to leave them alone. had one then while deciding weather or not to have another one they were all gone. kids loved them thats probally why. Read More
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