I love me some brownies. I mean seriously l-o-v-e love brownies. They can be the perfect sweet being a cross between cake, chocolate, bars... chocolate. It took many years and a lot of chocolate consumption to finally find my perfect brownie recipe - it makes a heavenly hunk of brownie.
One day I got this crazy notion to top my brownies with some thick and creamy coconut frosting after seeing a similar pin on Pinterest. So I checked my pantry and created this tropical topping! You combine my fudge brownies and this coconut frosting and it's the mega-brownie version of a Mounds candy bar. If Almond Joy is more your style, simply add slivered almonds across the top, or place a pretty whole almond on top of every brownie square.
Coconut Frosted Brownies
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2/3 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup boiling water
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/3 cup flour
2 cups chocolate chips
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare your 9 x 13 baking dish by lining it with parchment paper - making sure paper goes well up and over the sides of the pan. Spray paper with non-stick spray, or spread on a thin coating of shortening. Set aside.
2) In a large bowl, whisk cocoa and baking soda. Add in 1/2 of the melted butter and stir till smooth. Add water and stir well until mixture is smooth and thick. It will start thickening after you stir for a bit, then smooth back out. (SIDE NOTE: I have my Keurig dispense 4 oz hot water for me - works great)
3) Next, add sugar, eggs and remaining butter - mix well. Stir in vanilla and salt. Dump in flour - but don't stir just yet. Measure out your chocolate chips and toss them with a couple tsp flour until they are well coated. Pour them on top of the flour and fold it all in together. Coating the chips first helps them 'stay afloat' in the batter and not settle to the bottom during baking.
4) Spread mixture in your prepared dish and bake 25-30 minutes. Check with a toothpick - it's always better to have a slightly under-baked fudgy brownie, than an over baked dry brownie - then perhaps bake another 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven and place pan on a cooling rack. Brownies must be completely cooled before frosting.
1 -13.5 oz can coconut milk
1 16 oz bag shredded coconut
2 cups powdered sugar
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 tsp coconut extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1) Pour 3 Tb cream into a medium microwave safe bowl and sprinkle with gelatin. Set aside.
2) Don't shake your coconut milk! Carefully open coconut milk - when cans of coconut milk are allowed to 'rest', the milk separates and we want to use just the thick, white part that rises to the top. Scoop it out into a medium bowl. (Keep the clear milk part for other recipes or marinades)
3) Beat coconut milk and powdered sugar until completely combined and smooth. Stir in shredded coconut. Set aside.
4) Stir the gelatin-cream mixture (it will be lumpy) then microwave for 10-15 seconds. Immediately remove and stir really well until lumps are gone and it is smooth. Add remaining heavy cream and beat on high until thick and nearly doubled in volume.
5) Fold whipped cream into coconut mixture. Add extracts. Once brownies are completely cooled, spread coconut frosting over the top. Place brownies in fridge so the frosting can 'set.'
When ready to serve:
Use the extra parchment paper sticking out the sides of your pan (remember, when lining your pan to use a big enough piece of paper that it overlaps the edge by 1-2 inches) to lift out brownies and place on cutting board. Pull edges of paper back and cut into squares. Pull off the paper, place on a pretty tray and serve! Makes cutting really easy - and BONUS no baked-on brownie to scrub from your dish :)
You'll notice in the picture my brownies are sprinkled with chopped chocolate, because.... well.... chocolate. :) And it's looks pretty!
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