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Toasted Coconut Brownies

Toasted Coconut Brownies are the perfect snack to pack for a picnic at the beach.

Your summer calendar is probably already filled up with trips, summer school and pool parties, but there’s always room for that “Let’s take a picnic to the beach!” kind of day (or to the lake, park or river). You can look forward to the outdoors, beach paddleball and killer waves—and you can expect a lot of whale-sized appetites, as well.

At your picnic, try these Toasted Coconut Brownies for a sweet treat you can make the day before.

Toasted Coconut Brownies

Makes 9 large brownies
Prep time: 25 minutes • Bake time: 20-25 minutes

2/3 cup sifted all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup flaked coconut

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Grease and flour an 8-inch-square pan.
3. Sift flour with baking powder and salt into a small bowl. Set aside.
4. Melt butter and chocolate over low heat; remove immediately.
5. Beat eggs with an electric mixer in a medium mixing bowl.
6. Beat in sugar and vanilla until well blended.
7. Blend in chocolate mixture.
8. Stir in flour mixture until well blended.
9. Add 2/3 cup of coconut. Spread in pan.


Prep time: 2 minutes

2/3 cup flaked coconut
1 Tablespoon sugar
2 Tablespoons melted butter

1. Combine the remaining 2/3 coconut, sugar and melted butter; spread over batter.
2. Bake brownies for about 20 to 25 minutes, until done.
3. Cool and cut into squares or bars.

By Erika Kotite
Photography by Hillary Black

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