Out Of The Box Brownies: Magical brownie recipes that start with a box

Coconut Macadamia Nut Brownies

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


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.