Almond Joy Brownies
My Mom is a sucker for coconut and she loves Almond Joy bars. As I was trying to come up with something creative for Mother’s Day I decided to take her favorite candy to the next level and make her some Almond Joy Brownies!
Almond Joy Brownies Ingredients –
¾ C. flour
2 C. semi-sweet chocolate
2 tbs cocoa powder
4 tbs. butter
1 ½ C. sugar
½ C. packed brown sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
1 tsp. Baking powder
½ tsp. Salt
10-12 Almond Joy candy bars
8×8 or 9×9 baking pan
Frosting ingredients –
¼ C. butter or margarine, softened
1/3 C. cocoa
2 C. powdered sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
3 tbs milk
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line your 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish with foil and spray with a non-stick spray.
#1. Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
#2. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter and chocolate in 15-20 second increments, stirring until completely melted. Let cool 2-3 minutes.
#3. In another bowl, combine the eggs, sugar and vanilla. Add in the melted chocolate mixture and then slowly add in the flour and cocoa mixture and mix well.
#4. Pour enough of the batter into the bottom of your baking dish just to cover the bottom. Spread with a spoon or spatula if needed.
#5. Lay the Almond Joy bars on top of the batter about 1 centimeter a part – you will need about 8 bars (1 package) for the entire pan. Once all the candy bars are in place, pour the rest of the batter over the top and bake for 25-30 minutes. Insert a toothpick around 25 minutes to check them. If it comes out ‘clean’ they are done.
Let the brownies cool completely.
Frosting directions –
#1. Combine the cocoa powder, butter, sugar and vanilla. Slowly add in the milk 1 tbs. at a time. You may want to add in more milk depending on how thick you like your frosting. Using a hand mixture, beat on high for 2-3 minutes.
#2. Once the brownies have cooled completely, lift the foil out of the pan (love the super easy clean-up!) Evenly spread the chocolate frosting over the top of the brownies.
#3. Cut into *12 squares. Cut the rest of your Almond Joy bars into thirds and gently press one into the top of each brownie. **You could double the servings by cutting the the pan into smaller size squares – 24 if desired.
*Makes 12 servings is cut into 12 squares – 1 square = 1 serving. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.