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Coconut Macadamia Nut Brownies

July 11, 2011 By: Denise Leo, Global Brownie Ambassador Category: Candy Bar, Nutty, Super-Simple

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The supernova in my brownie galaxy: the Coconut Macadamia Nut Brownie. How can something so crave-a-licious be so EASY to make? You simply MUST try this to believe it. Oh, and get a gallon of good vanilla ice cream before you make these. I'm just sayin'.

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Box brownie mix
Egg, oil, and water as box directs
1 c. macadamia nuts
Mounds coconut candy bars (5-6 full size bars or 15-20 miniatures)


Prepare brownie batter as directed on the box and mix thoroughly. Gently mix in those beautiful macadamias.

Oh. My. Gawd. I just loooooove macadamia nuts. I always buy the "pieces," which are much cheaper than buying whole macadamia nuts.

Pour the whole shebang into a greased pan, and bake it as that bossy box tells you.

While brownies are baking, slice coconut candy bars into bite-sized pieces, minimizing the number of pieces that fall into your mouth. (Just *try* is all I’m asking.)

Cut Mounds bars into chunks. You're almost done. Isn't this recipe easy?!?

Right after removing the brownies from the oven, push all the Mounds pieces down into the warm crust of the brownies. Leave portions of the coconut showing for a funky, chunky effect that will cause your guests to drool uncontrollably.

Even in this "half-a-batch," you can see the full power of this brownie. Ka-pow!

It is simply giddy-licious to smoosh candy bars into a freshly baked pan of brownies. I will be adding, like, a zillion similar recipes to this site. Stay tuned, brownie lovers.

8 Comments to “Coconut Macadamia Nut Brownies”

  1. Well done you! I am making some TODAY. And I wike your sparkly shirt, too :)

  2. Kristan says:

    Wow! You are a natural! What a super easy way to make brownies even more beautiful. ;0)

  3. Amy Bumpus says:

    Wow Denise, I love the looks of this recipe, can’t wait to try it! Love your video too!
    Keep ‘em coming!

  4. Very cool coconut studio…… I want one of those

  5. Michelle Snook says:

    Just made a batch of these this afternoon. Can’t wait to give them a try!

  6. Michelle Snook says:

    Made these again this weekend with a little adaptation that was AWESOME! I used the Ghirardelli Ultimate Fudge brownie mix and mixed in dark-chocolate-covered macadamia nuts instead of plain ones. Once finished baking, I put the icing included in the box on the brownies, then placed the Mounds bars on top.

    • Denise Leo, Brownie Ambassador says:

      What a spectacular idea. I love how dark the Ghirardelli Ultimate Fudge is. And that box mix comes with mini-chips in the batter, too. Mmm, mmm! You get an “Executive Brownie Minion” badge, Michelle! (To earn the next badge up, you must branch out beyond the coconut-macadamia nut recipe, my friend.)

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