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Almond joy brownies on a cooling rack, with a glass of milk.
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Almond Joy Brownies

Almond joy brownies - classic brownies with a candy bar twist.  Use a box mix as your base and turn up the volume with coconut and chocolate topping.
Prep Time4 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time5 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 brownies
Calories: 412kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 box brownie mix plus required ingredients
  • cup chopped almonds optional
  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 16 ounces dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  • Make brownies in 8x8 pan according to box directions, adding optional ⅓ c chopped almonds to batter. Do not overbake. Let cool.
  • Whip cream cheese in stand mixer until fluffy, about 1 minute. Add 1 c coconut, mix well. Pour in powdered sugar and slowly start mixer. Mix to incorporate well. Add in vanilla extract, coconut extract, and salt. Scoop out and spread evenly over cooled brownies.
  • Add 16 whole almonds to the top of the coconut layer, so that each brownie has one.
  • Heat cream in heavy saucepan over low-medium heat. Once cream has been steaming for several minutes, whisking constantly, remove from heat. Pour in chocolate chips. Let stand 5 minutes. Whisk together until chocolate has melted and ganache is smooth and shiny. Pour over cream cheese layer
  • Chill in refrigerator several hours.
  • Cut using sharp knife, ran under hot water, and cleaned between slices.

Notes

To make a thinner layer of chocolate, decrease chocolate chips and whipping cream with a ratio of 1 package chocolate chips to 1 c cream. Intensity of chocolate chips is also optional (dark, semi-sweet, milk), as well as adding chopped almonds to the brownie batter.

Nutrition

Calories: 412kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 170mg | Potassium: 250mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 410IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 0.6mg