Fudgy coconut brownies

Fudgy coconut brownies

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 50 mins

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Cuts into 16 squares

Dense and gooey, these storecupboard treats are made with cocoa rather than bars of chocolate

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  • 100g cocoa
  • 250g butter
  • 500g golden caster sugar
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 100g desiccated coconut
  • icing sugar, to dust (optional)

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  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line the base of a 21cm square tin with baking parchment. Put the cocoa, butter and sugar in your largest saucepan and gently melt, stirring so the mixture doesn’t catch. When the cocoa mixture is melted and combined, cool slightly, then stir in the eggs, little by little, followed by the flour and coconut.
  2. Tip into the tin and bake for 45 mins on a middle shelf – check after 30 mins and cover with another piece of baking parchment if the crust is browning too much. Cool in the tin, then carefully lift out and cut into squares.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2010

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lizleicester's picture
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Dangerously delicious and so wonderfully simple to make. I needed mine to be dairy free so used dairy free baking margerine instead of butter and no one could tell the difference. Made more than 16 (but ate a crazy amount anyway....)

Dititoria's picture

Unbelievably good - a winner every time.

Sarahphe's picture

Perfect brownies! No one ever believes me when i say how easy these are to make. They vanish very quickly when cooked! My husband doesnt like coconut so isnt a fan however my brother in law who also doesnt like coconut loved these and didn't know it was in there until I told him. I wouldnt change anything about this recipe. Yes they are very indulgent but then have them as a treat!

Maria_583's picture
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These were amazing even though i didn't have any coconut.Will try it again soon!!!! :) :D

mummymoostone's picture
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Amazing! So simple & so yummy... Gone very quickly at work & will definately bake again.

morriliz's picture

Delicious! The coconut really makes these special, yum!

sarebearcarebear's picture

Think I'm missing something here. Only used 100g of sugar as thought 500g was a bit much. I've tried other brownie recipes and absolutely loved the redults (the peanut butter one and the 'best ever brownies' on here) I was a tad disappointed but my partner thinks they taste great. Will stick to the other recipes.

rebecca-Taylor's picture

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mrssippy's picture

these brownies are so easy to make and taste awesome took some in to work and my work mates loved them too

WillCookForFood's picture
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The only problem with this recipe and it's a major one. How do I manage not to eat all of this deliciousness and get really fat. 5728 calories per batch. Otherwise they're just yum. 5 stars.

mpm140709's picture

Made these today... So easy to make and absolutely delicious. My batch didn't require the full 45 minutes but that could be down to my oven- it can get hot really quickly. I also substituted the golden caster sugar for dark muscovado sugar. I will definitely make these again, and probably add different ingredients to the mixture.

deekay's picture

I've never made brownies before so can't compare with other recipes but these went down well with my chocolate cake indifferent husband and coconut hating son. I did add about 100g of halved glacé cherries, just because I thought they would work with the chocolate and coconut, I put them in the pan when I was doing the cocoa mix but when I try again I would probably add them at the end as though you got the cherry taste and texture you couldn't really see them.

lydiamary's picture

Delicious! 'Fudgy' describes them well - very chewy and gooey! I covered mine with foil after about 30mins, to prevent the edges/crust getting too dry. Made them for a party and got lots of good feedback!

lydiamary's picture

So nommy!!! Well done Sarah Cook! My husband is currently sitting beside me gobbling up offcuts from these gorgeous brownies.
In my oven they required slightly less time, more like 35-40 mins. I will DEFINITELY be making them again - they also work out cheaper than brownies with large quantities of chocolate in.....another bonus!

fairy5's picture

Wow these were amazing! I have NEVER been able to make brownies, always over cooking them but I've made these twice now and both times were wonderful! I switched out the golden caster for light muscovado and they were still really good. I also added a little extra coconut and they took longer to bake in my oven - about 55 mins. Highly recommended!

louiseacheson's picture

Oh my goodness, so delicious and so easy to make! I split my batter over two slightly smaller tins, and as I just had the remnants of a cocoa tin left! did half cocoa and half actual chocolate. My waistline won't thank me, but everyone else will!

bassymum's picture

I didnt have enough coconut but put in what I had. Lovely

marinamaz's picture

I made these this morning and used half dark brown sugar and half white caster sugar as I didn't have golden caster sugar. I also added some coconut essence. They are a real hit with my chocolate / coconut - loving husband. They are very dense and yummy! I will definitely make them again. I wonder what they would be like if I used ground hazelnuts instead of coconut?

christeljones's picture
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Just made these - they're so lovely and moist! Really simple recipe too. I don't like coconut so I just added 2 tsp of vanilla instead and they taste as good as any store bought.
Cooked mine for 43 mins and though very gooey I think it's better than drying them out too much! I do have problems with the outer pieces cooking quicker than the middle and you have to find the right balance!
Thoroughly recommend this recipe though!

skidiva's picture
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Divine, so easy and by far the best brownie recipe ever the coconut gives a lovely chewy texture. They store very well staying moist and flavoursome for the best part of a week -- can't say beyond that as usually devoured within a few days! Highly recommended -- FIVE stars