I have a confession to make… I love a good candy bar. I try to resist and I’d much rather eat a homemade treat, but sometimes store-bought candy is the only option. Mounds and Almond Joy candy bars are two of my favorites. I love coconut and chocolate. (What’s not to love?)
The other day I was playing around in the kitchen with a box of brownie mix and dreaming of coconut when it occurred to me that brownies with coconut and almond would be an amazing homage to an Almond Joy bar… truth be told, it’s even better than the candy bar!
Almond Joy Brownie Bites
1 box of brownie mix with water, oil and eggs called for on the box
1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
1/2 cup Cream of Coconut
1 cup mini semi- sweet chocolate chips
2 cups sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
1 cup almond slivers
Whole almonds (for garnish)
Grease a 9x9 pan. Prepare and bake the brownies according to the instructions on the box adding in the coconut extract. (I used Betty Crocker Fudge Brownies with 2 eggs)
Allow the brownies to cool completely. Once cool, refrigerate the brownies while you prepare the topping.
Combine the toasted coconut, slivered almonds, mini chocolate chips and cream of coconut in a medium bowl. Using a spatula or frosting knife, spread the mixture over the brownies and chill in the refrigerator at least 1 hour before slicing (longer if you can resist!)
Even Mr. Juggling Act – who doesn't care for sweetened coconut – admits these are pretty darn good. Make a batch and tell me what you think! I love comments!