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I am not known for having a good memory. In fact, my husband makes fun of me all of the time, because he can tell me something, and 20 minutes later, I will have completely forgotten. We were watching House the other night on tv, and I realized that it’s a very good thing that I didn’t go into the medical profession, because I would never be able to remember enough to diagnose someone properly!!

So on days that I post on my blog, I usually chose the photos I want to post at home, and then email them to myself and actually write the post when I have downtime at work. If the recipe has come from a cookbook, I can always remember what cookbook it came from. But if the recipe comes from the web, I usually have to go through my stack of printed recipes to find the one I used. Well, I sent myself some pictures of a cupcake I made, but I couldn’t find the recipe at home. I figured I’d be able to remember where I found the recipe online. No such luck. I searched and searched, but nothing looked familiar. So hopefully I will either find the print out, or my memory will come back to me and I will remember where I found the recipe!!

So to make sure I knew where the recipe was, I chose a recipe from one of my cookbooks to post about today. I usually prefer my brownies dense and fudgy, so I was surprised when I really enjoyed these almost cake-like brownies. I’m a coconut fan, so that could have something to do with it!!

Coconut Swirl Brownies
from Martha Stewart’s Cookies

Makes 9 large or 16 small

1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 large egg white
2 1/4 teaspoons vanilla
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
3 large eggs

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a buttered 8-inch square baking pan with parchment, allowing a 2-inch overhang. Butter lining (not overhang).

Stir together 1 tablespoon of sugar, the condensed milk, coconut, egg white, and 1/4 teaspoon of the vanilla in a bowl.

Put butter and both chocolates in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water; stir until melted. Let cool slightly.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.

Whisk remaining 3/4 cup sugar into chocolate mixture. Add eggs; whisk until mixture is smooth. Stir in remaining 2 teaspoons vanilla. Add flour mixture; stir until well combined.

Pour one-third of the chocolate batter into the prepared pan. Spread evenly with an offset spatula. Drop dollops of the coconut mixture (about 1 tablespoon each) on top of batter, spacing about 1 inch apart. Drizzle remaining batter on top, and gently spread to fill pan. Drop dollops of remaining coconut mixture on top.

Gently swirl coconut mixture into batter with a butter knife, running the knife lengthwise and crosswise through layers. Bake until a cake tester inserted into the middle of the brownies comes out with a few crumbs, but is not wet, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool slightly in pan, about 15 minutes. Lift out; let cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into squares.

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48 Responses to Coconut Swirl Brownies

  1. Katerina says:

    You do it when you have downtime at work? That is very interesting. What is it you do? I never seem to find enough downtime to write a post at work.

  2. Jamie says:

    I just drooled all over my keyboard. Thank you for this recipe – I will try these!

  3. Suzana says:

    So pretty! I’m getting really curious about this book, but I’d like to have a look at it before ordering (me and ms Martha had issues before…). The brownies look rather delicious!

  4. Maria says:

    Brownies seriously are my favorite treat. I just love them!! This coconut variation looks super tasty! Your photos turned out great!

  5. HoneyB says:

    I saw coconut and brownies and you had me. I had to get in here to see what you had posted.

    I hear you on the memory thing! However, I wish I HAD downtime at work to do what you do! Lucky YOU!

  6. Ryley says:

    I agree with Suzana.. me and martha havent really agreed in the past. I wondered if it was because of our altitude… but these look really yummy!!

    (oh.. and I totally do all my blogging at work too!! just dont tell me boss!! but i dont really do it during down time.. more like “I cant take anymore and really need a break” time!)

  7. noble pig says:

    That sounds like a winning combination! I love it, the coconut is my favorite part.

  8. [eatingclub] vancouver || js says:

    These look spectacular!

  9. Madam Chow says:

    Oh, these look good! I just read about the hole in your ceiling, and that almost happened to us. We had a wet spot appearing, and then our A/C broke down, so we had to have it replaced. Wet spot disappeared – it was a freon leak in the line!

  10. Brilynn says:

    Oooh I haven’t made these ones yet! I usually like fudgy brownies too but I’ll definitely be trying these!

  11. Susan from Food Blogga says:

    Ooh, I love the contrasting textures of the crunchy topping and moist cakey center. As for coconut, I could eat it straight out of the bag, so bring on the brownies!

  12. Sophie says:

    I’m a fan of the dense and fudgey brownies too, but I love the swirliness and flavors included in this recipe :). I looove House, it’s so addicting…even though the guy has a bad attitude, he does make me laugh. I’m with you there, I always wonder how doctors remember everything!

  13. Barbara Bakes says:

    Sounds like a recipe I would love as well!

  14. Gabi says:

    You always have the most scrumptious things Deborah! I wish Orem was a bit closer- I’d be begging at your door 🙂

  15. Erin says:

    Those look so good! I love coconut. I keep thinking about getting this book but haven’t yet. I probably should just go ahead and buy it! Your photos are so pretty too!

  16. PheMom says:

    I haven’t had a chance to make to many recipes from that book yet. Those brownies look really great with the coconut toasted into them! At least now you can blame your forgetfulness on pregnancy 😉

  17. Katie says:

    The brownies look so delicious! Wow great photos!

  18. ashley says:

    mmmm these look so good! great photos!

  19. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    Those do look delicious. I’m the same about forgetting. I’ve got pictures in my “to blog” file that I have no idea what recipe I used. Maybe I should just put up all those pictures in a post and offer a prize for whoever guesses the recipe.

  20. Melanie says:

    These look awesome, Deborah! And your pictures are fantastic!

  21. amritac says:

    I’m so busy fantasizing about eating those swirly brownies…I spent five whole minutes staring at the photographs before I could reach the recipe!!

  22. dobetter says:

    This looks like a fantastic recipe! Thanks for posting.

  23. Megan. says:

    oh i had something similar to this the other day and it was absolutely delicious. thanks for posting this-now i’m going to have to make some of my own!

  24. Meeta says:

    ummm! these do look grand! chocolate and coconut go so well togehter!

  25. Peabody says:

    I do this. Right now I have a couple photos that I don’t quite remember what the recipe was. Oh my.
    Well these look like they are very memorable.

  26. Deb says:

    Oh they do look scrumptious. I am a fudgey brownie gal too, but always open to new experiences!

  27. Sylvie says:

    Great looking brownies!

    I often find myself going into a room for something and then not remembering what I went in there for!

  28. April says:

    The coconut and chocolate sounds fantastic together. These look so good!

  29. Grace says:

    i tend to work on my posts at work too. it’s better than staring off into space, right?
    these are tremendous brownies. to me, nothing complements coconut quite like chocolate. 🙂

  30. Mama Goose says:

    I am totally going to have to get that cookbook. Every recipe I see looks amazing. I love coconut…

  31. ofifteen says:

    i love brownies and these look seriously delicious, my mouth is now watering!

    ‘designing your life’

  32. Maria says:

    Deb this look gorgeous and my hubby would love these!

    Btw they say during pregnancy some women suffer from bad memory loss!


  33. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Deb, like you, I’m lucky enough to have some quiet moments during the day and that’s when I select my photos and write my posts (I write in two languages, so there you go).
    These brownies look amazing – and I love coconut and chocolate together!

  34. Anonymous says:

    Am I the only one who’s confused by the “3/7 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar”? Is it a typo for 3/8 cup?


  35. Mary says:

    The brownies look delicious, but I can hardly wait for the cupcakes. You are one busy gal!


  36. glamah16 says:

    I sneak in time too. Its admirabel you can right every day. The brownies look scrumptious.

  37. My Sweet & Saucy says:

    Cake-like brownies with coconut sound great!

  38. My Sweet & Saucy says:

    Cake-like brownies with coconut sound great!

  39. Mrs. L says:

    I happen to really like any dessert that hs coconut and chocolate as the husband doesn’t like coconut so if I make something I usually get to eat it all. Yummy sounding brownies!

  40. Dawn says:

    This is a keeper. I love brownies with a good topping.

  41. kimberleyblue says:

    Wow – what a great play on brownies! I’ve gotta make these!

  42. Emiline says:

    Mmm brownies.

    I can always remember stuff that isn’t useful to me.
    I have a hard time remembering names.

  43. Deborah says:

    Sandra –

    That was totally a typo on my part! It has now been fixed. Thanks for the heads up!

  44. Amber says:

    Love chocolate!
    Love coconut!
    Love you if you send me some!
    And about forgetting. Give yourself some time. At 50 you start talking, steer off the subject just ever so slightly and for the life of you can not remember where you started.

  45. Megan says:

    And it only gets worse with age! Love the coconut brownie. Wish I had one right now.

  46. kelly says:

    oh… i just made these and they’re delicious! Thanks for inspiring me to make them!

  47. Rosie says:

    Oh my goodness this is sheer heaven in brownie form!! Just picking my jaw off my keyboard after drooling & viewing 🙂

    Rosie x

  48. eatme_delicious says:

    I was just looking at making this recipe! Yumm they look so good. I’m a huge coconut fan and I love the addition of condensed milk!

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