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Fudgy Brownies with Coconut Frosting

I love the show Modern Family. It’s one of those shows that I know I can count on for a laugh every single week. Even just now, writing this at 6am, I’m chuckling inside because I’m remembering some of the one-liners. I swear, those writers are geniuses.

It would be hard for me to pick a favorite character, but Phil is one of them. Probably because, and I swear this is true, Phil and my husband are, like, the same person. The only difference between them is that Phil is kind of clueless about how funny he is in a not-funny-kind-of-sill way. My husband knows full well he’s being funny-silly and does it on purpose.

Their humor? Is exactly the same.

I often laugh so hard at that show not because of the show but because I swear I could hear my husband saying the things that comes out of Phil’s mouth. That’s what makes it so funny. Sometimes I wonder if Mel is secretly moonlighting as a TV writer.

Remember that episode where he gave his daughter a book titled Phil’s-osphy? OMG I think I laughed so hard I cried through that episode. Some of my favorite Mel Phil quotes (courtesy of the ABC website):

“Success is 1% inspiration, 98% perspiration, and 2% attention to detail.”

“You can tell a lot about a person from his biography.”  {<–that one? OMG fits of uncontrollable giggles because it is hallmark Mel.}

“Never be afraid to reach for the stars because even if you fall, you’ll always be wearing a Parentchute™.” {<– again, a word Mel would totally make up.}

God, I love that show.

Fudgy Brownies with Coconut Frosting

Another thing I’ve always loved? Boxed brownie mix. I’ve always sworn it’s the best. There’s not a from-scratch recipe that can top it!

I was wrong.

So very, very wrong.

Because this? THIS is the brownie I was meant to love. It is similar to the boxed mix, fudgy center, flakey top, just like I love. But it’s so much more fudgy. And so much more chocolatey.

Probably because I put three kinds of chocolate in it: unsweetened chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, and cocoa powder. It’s like the trifecta of chocolate for brownies. They marry along with the sugar and butter and eggs to create my favorite new brownie.

I couldn’t just post brownies though. I mean, I’m me. One of my favorite things to pair with chocolate is coconut. I love me some coconut! I made a butter based frosting that has the trifecta of coconut: coconut milk, coconut extract, and toasted coconut.

What’s two trifectas put together? A nine-ecta?

I asked Mel and he said a six pack. Or a double triple.

Fudgy Brownies with Coconut Frosting

Either way, these brownies are the bomb. Fudgy, rich, chocolatey with a touch of coconut. I ate way too many of them. I know you will too! 🙂

fudgy brownies with coconut frosting on white plate with straw and red napkin

Fudgy Brownies with Coconut Frosting

5 from 1 vote
This is my absolute favorite fudgy brownie recipe! Topped with coconut frosting, these are the brownies you can't wait to eat.
Yield 24 brownies


For the Brownies

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

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup toasted coconut
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons coconut extract imitation is fine
  • 2-3 tablespoons coconut milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • 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.
  • Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake about 25 minutes, until a toothpick 2 inches from the outside of the pan comes out clean. Let cool before cutting.
  • To make the frosting, beat butter in a large bowl with a hand mixer until smooth. Slowly beat in powdered sugar until crumbly. Beat in extract. Add coconut milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency. Add about 3/4 of the toasted coconut (reserving the rest to sprinkle on top) and stir.
  • Spread frosting over the top of the cooled brownies. Sprinkle with remaining coconut and slice into squares.
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Author Dorothy Kern

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Last Updated on August 21, 2018

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  1. Oh my! These fudgy brownies with coconut were delicious and so easy to make! Will have to try this for my family. Thanks so much, Dorothy!

  2. I had high hopes for these brownies, especially when I saw what they looked like out of the oven. They were beautiful! I was hesitant putting the frosting on, but did it anyway. Unfortunately the frosting was far too sweet and the brownies were chalky. 🙁   Hate to leave negative reviews, sorry. 

    1. I’m sorry you didn’t like them. I’m not sure why the brownies would taste chalky? Possibly the chocolate was old? That’s the only thing I can think of. I’ve made these brownies hundreds of times with different fillings and toppings and I’ve never had that happen. As for the frosting being too sweet, a pinch or two of salt can combat that problem!

  3. The cake is delicious (with only half cup of sugar), but the frosting is waay too sweet. Even guests were taking it off, despite the fact that one of them loves very very sweet things. I’m going to try this recipe again, but with only some dark chocolate and coconut on the top 🙂

    1. I used half od frosting for another brownie instead of sugar. It’s crunchy outside, chewy inside, flavour is a little bit coconut and it’s sooo good 😀 

  4. I rarely watch tv but I think it’s time to check out the Modern Family. Sounds pretty funny 🙂
    These brownies sound amazing I love fudgy brownies and the coconut frosting sounds insanely good! Thanks for bringing them to this month chocolate party

  5. Wow do these brownies look rich, fudgy and moist. That coconut frosting is making me drool – I’m going to make a big vat of it and use it to cover everything (or sip it from a cup…don’t judge me).

  6. I felt the same way about boxed brownie mix until I started making my own. In my book, the more chocolate the better and the addition of coconut frosting takes these over the top. Perfect for the Chocolate Party.

    BTW, we live in the same neck of the woods–nice to know another local blogger. 🙂