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Coconut Brookies

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Sometimes I want to change my name to Brooke, because then I could have the best dessert ever named after me: Brookies. They’re part brownie, part cookie, and all super decadent.

Coconut Brookies are part brownie, part coconut sugar cookies. Two easy recipes combine into one decadent bar cookie. This is the perfect potluck recipe!

Oh, I’m sorry. Your keyboard is full of drool now, isn’t it? If only computer screens were scratch and sniff.

Better yet…if only computers were like those food machines in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

“One Coconut Brookie please,” you’d say to the wall. And the wall would shimmer and then a plate of these would appear.

That would be amazing…but then I’d be 1000 pounds.

Coconut Brookies

These bars are a marriage of two of my favorite things: Brownies and Coconut Sugar Cookies.

Food marriages are my favorite things ever. The ones that make me happiest? Include brownies. I’ve married brownies to peanut butter cups, potato chips, cookies, and mini pies. And now? I’ve married them to my other love: coconut.

Coconut Brookies are part brownie, part coconut sugar cookies. Two easy recipes combine into one decadent bar cookie. This is the perfect potluck recipe!

This recipe is quite easy, but it does make a little bit of a mess. Two layers = two bowls. But they’re worth it!

The first thing you have to make are your brownies. I used my favorite recipe for fudgy, ridiculous, decadent brownies. That recipe uses three kinds of chocolate (cocoa powder, unsweetened AND semi-sweet baking chocolate) and lots of butter.

Lots of chocolate + lots of butter = very good brownies.

Now, if you’re craving these bars RIGHT NOW and don’t have all the brownie ingredients for this recipe, don’t worry. You can use a box brownie mix (9×13″ pan size) or use 3 cups of my homemade brownie mix. Chances are you have everything you need to make that right now, without any shopping. (See notes of the recipe for how to incorporate the other kinds of brownies into the recipe.)

The brownie batter gets spread on the bottom of a 9×13″ pan. Then you move onto layer #2: the coconut cookie layer.

Coconut Brookies

I’m so in love with coconut it’s not funny. I weep for the years I told myself I “hated” coconut. I was in my 30s before I relented and admitted I was very, very wrong.

Oh, how many desserts I turned down because of my false hatred for something so wonderful.

{Pretty much my point is, if you say “Ew, what a gross recipe, I hate coconut!” maybe you should try it again. You might be surprised.}

Toasted coconut should be it’s own food group, just saying.

I used the recipe for my sugar cookie bars to inspire the coconut layer of these brookies. The key to the coconut flavor in the cookie layer is to not only add shredded coconut, but to also add coconut extract. It really pumps up the coconut flavor.

Plus, coconut and chocolate were meant to be together. Have you ever tried an Almond Joy? Totally true love.

Coconut Brookies

Just like I have for these bars.

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Servings: 24 -36 bars

Coconut Brookies

Prep Time:
30 mins
These Coconut Brookies are a SERIOUS bar cookie brownie combination! These fudgy brownies topped with coconut sugar cookies are perfect for a crowd!


For the brownies:

  • 2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate — coarsely chopped
  • 2 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate — coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

For the cookies:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9x13” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Make the brownies: Place the two baking chocolates and butter in a large, microwave safe bowl. Heat on HIGH power for 2-3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until chocolate is smooth. Stir in sugar. Add eggs, vanilla, and cocoa and stir well. Add flour and stir carefully.
  3. Make the cookies: Cream together butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl using a hand mixer. Mix in egg, extracts, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Stir in flour, then stir in coconut.
  4. Spread brownie batter in prepared pan. Scoop tablespoons of cookie dough, flatten slightly with your hands and then lay over the top of the brownies. It’ll be hard to spread because it’s thicker than the brownie batter, so it’s best to drop flattened tablespoons evenly over the batter and then press lightly with your fingers to adhere them to each other.
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes until the tops are dark golden. If you test them with a toothpick the brownies won’t be totally done, so just take them out once the tops are dark golden in color. The brownies will cook more as they cool but they will be super fudgy!
  6. Cool completely before cutting into small bars. These are some serious brookies - a little goes a long way!

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Sweets from friends:
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  1. I have always wanted that machine! Baked goods on demand…what a dream. And I could hang with Patrick Stewart.
    I used to be a hater just like you when it came to coconut, and like you, I’ve been kicking myself for the past few years for my idiocy.
    These are a dream come true!

  2. I was always skeptical of lemon desserts too until recently and I am totally kicking myself! All the things I was missing out on! 

  3. Yes! A machine that will create baked goods on demand! I totally need one of those – and a few of these brookies too!

  4. Oh…My…. I am actually drooling over these! I love coconut so so much; so floral and tropical, these bars look divine. And if you made a machine like that, you would be a millionaire! 

  5. I can’t say I’ve ever had a brookie, so it looks like I need to start making up for lost time – these look phenomenal! And yeah, if computers doubled as food machines…I’d need a forklift to get me out of the house within a couple months 😛

  6. Oh my goodness. Not only do I love the combination of blondies and brownies, but COCONUT!? A whole new level of delicious, Dorothy!

  7. Brownies and cookies all in one?? I will have to try that. Coconut sounds like a great flavor variation 🙂

  8. A food marriage involving brownies has got to be a keeper!  This looks amazing!  Last night, we had date night out and I had a profiterole (with two kinds of ice cream) sitting on top of a warm brownie.  Talk about food marriages.  

  9. Oh yeah – these are the ultimate. I love me some coconut, and the combination of coconut in sugar cookies ON TOP of brownies? Irresistible! Pinning! 

  10. My oldest daughters name is Brooke!!!  I had to laugh at scratch and sniff because I was thinking about how the internet needed to be “smellernet” the other day, because sometimes words just can’t describe how good something is.  These brookies look amazing!!  Pinned!

  11. OMG Brookies… yeah! And with coconut too? #winwin

    But brownies topped with sugar cookies? Sign me up for that scratch and sniff subscription!

  12. I LOVE brownies and LOVE coconut so I’m sure these would be utterly amazing!!

  13. These look amazing.

  14. I’ll take a dozen…oh, this isn’t an order form? Sorry. lol xoxo

  15. I’ve been staring at my screen, trying to come up with words to describe how much I adore the look of these brookies, but I got distracted by the drool on my keyboard.

  16. My daughter has a friend named Brookie – we have been meaning to make some from your cookbook and send them to her!  These look awesome!

  17. Oh my goodness I want these.  Chocolate and coconut is one of my favourite combinations.  Of course, I say that about chocolate and pretty much anything, but coconut is awesome!  

  18. Not fair with all of those macro close-ups, Dorothy! If only I could reach through my screen and grab these babies! They looks fabulous! 

  19. Oh hell yes. Anything coconut. I split my time between that and anything lemon. I want these desperately!

  20. I’m right there with you Amy! Coconut is my first choice, followed closely by anything lemon. Or chocolate!

  21. Fudgy brownies topped with coconut sugar cookies sounds like such a heavenly combo! The rich fudge factor is tempered by the coconut flavor and I bet such a perfect flavor pairing! I pinned these and saw them come up in my feed when I was at the grocery store waiting in line buying….kale. Yeah, they look so much better than kale 🙂

  22. This looks like the ultimate marriage of desserts! Coconut and brownies? Heck yes!!! These look incredible!

  23. Oh my goodness, these look SO AMAZING!! Sugar Cookies + Brownies = LOVE! 😀

  24. Wow! This is the best flavor combo ever! I can’t stop eating coconut treats or brownies so these will be gone in no time 😉

  25. How much for you to ship these to me pronto?

  26. Brookies are the best!  And these look amazing!!  I love the addition of coconut!  🙂

  27. I feel like I’ve lived a sad life because there has never been a brookie in it! Love the looks of this one, Dorothy! Pinned 🙂

  28. Toasted coconut most definitely deserves its own food group. My favorite ice cream shop is only open for a few months during the summer and they have a toasted coconut cone dip — it is pretty much the best thing you could ever eat. Love this combo of coconut and chocolate!

  29. where im from we say these are “from the right side of the tracks” looks so yummy. i love the moistness you can tell from the photos

  30. Eeeek–I’m in LOVE with these brookies!!! The brownie layer, that delish coconut cookie layer…I can’t decide which I’m more excited about!! 🙂

  31. Oh my gosh — these look SO good, Dorothy!  I’m a huge fan of coconut and brownies, so I’m loving this combination.  I can’t believe I’ve never tried adding coconut to my sugar cookies before either!  Pinned. 

  32. These look so so soooo good! The texture and coconut goodness sounds out of this world 🙂 Pinning!

  33. wow these look amazing, like you combined two of my fave things and made my dreams come true!

  34. Good idea to add coconut to brookies! I used to tell myself I hated coconut too, haha. I’ve been coming around to it recently though and I would so eat a bunch of these! 🙂

  35. Coconut cookies on top of brownies?!!!! I looooovvveee coconut! oh my gawd, LOVE these!!!! 

  36. Yes, my computer is full of drool. Many thanks! 

  37. I LOVE all your dessert mash ups. These coconut brookies look amazing. I want the whole batch! I am like you and didn’t discover my love of coconut until later in life but now it is a staple in my pantry. 

  38. Coconut Brookies=epic!

    I love the golden coconut top and the fudgy delicious chocolatey brownie bottom!

  39. Brownies and cookie layers were definitely made for each other!  Especially cookies with that much coconut goodness!!!  I am in love this this dessert mashup!!  I use coconut all the time trying to convince my kids that it is good…now that I think about that, I should just celebrate with another treat because they DON’T like coconut 😉

  40. You are a redonculous genius.  And also?  That is the best first line of a post ever. written.

  41. I have yet to try brookies, but it’s going to happen. After all, you are the dessert mash up queen!!!

  42. Your comment about the food machines is so funny because I actually heard someone this morning say something about being able to “download” food someday. Ha! Anyway, these look delicious! I used to hate coconut…but I got over that. 🙂

  43. Hello! Have you ever tried subbing coconut oil for the butter in either the brownie layer or the coconut cookie layer?

  44. Just made these! I’ll admit I used a box brownie mix for a 9×13″ pan. But the coconut cookie layer on top…divine. I couldn’t stop eating the dough!! I used 2/3 cup coconut oil instead of the butter but followed the rest completely.
    The finished product is delicious. The brownie is fudge and the coconut cookie is tender and soft yet slightly crunchy and sweet. A keeper recipe!

  45. My moms name IS Brookie and as a coconut lover, I am sure she would approve of these! I just made some for a friend and I can’t stop eating them!

  46. WOW – these look awesome! I would like to incorporate toasted almonds…Any suggestions?

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