Coconut-Almond-Crusted Brownies

Here is another recipe from COOKIE PARTY 2010. This was brought by Jacqui. She is an excellent cook. Her salads are incredible.

And these DIE for! The salty, sweet, crunchy topping...I now crave it fortnightly.

Coconut-Almond-Crusted Brownies

adapted from Gourmet, 1996

For topping
3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
3/4 cup almonds (or pecans, walnuts), chopped
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt (I add a tiny bit more for a saltier bite)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4-1/2 c. mini-chocolate chips

For brownie layer
1 1/4 sticks (10 tablespoons) unsalted butter
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 large eggs
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-process)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
More mini-chocolate chips, to taste

Preheat oven to 350°F. and butter and flour an 8- or 9-inch square baking pan, knocking out excess flour.

Make topping:
In a bowl stir together topping ingredients EXCEPT chocolate chips until combined well. When topping has cooled, add chocolate chips.

Make brownie layer
In a 1 1/2-quart saucepan melt butter over moderately low heat--or melt butter in large glass bowl in microwave. Remove pan from heat and stir in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well with a wooden spoon after each addition. Into a bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt and stir into butter mixture until just combined well.

Spread batter evenly in pan, sprinkle with additional mini chocolate chips and topping. Bake brownies in middle of oven 30 to 35 minutes, or until a tester comes out with crumbs adhering to it. DON'T overcook. They will seem a little gooey due to the melted chocolate pieces and the topping will be browned. Cool brownies completely in pan on a rack before cutting into small squares. Brownies keep, layered between sheets of wax paper in an airtight container at cool room temperature, 5 days.

These are excellent served hot with a scoop of high-quality vanilla bean ice cream.

P.S. This is another one of those great recipes that tastes delicious, looks impressive, but requires no "special ingredients". You might just have everything you need in your pantry right now.

If you do, get crackin'!


Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

oh boy these sound amazing!! I love the idea ofr a crunchy salty topping to a brownie. yum!

Bake-A-Holic said...

I'm definitely making these this week! My 'taster' friends will be happy!

The Double Dipped Life said...

These sound divine! Anything with coconut is a plus in my book. Found you through Utah Hive!

Anonymous said...

Oh man, I think I gained a pound just reading this. So yummy!!