Do you like coconut? Do you like chocolate? Do you like your brownies dense and moist with just a bit of chew? If you answered yes to all of the above, you must make these, the sooner the better. And if you know what’s good for you, you’ll have friends with you when you make them. Otherwise, you might end up eating them all, gaining five pounds and hating me. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
I think these are about the easiest recipe I’ve made out of this book. The only hard part is finding the unsweetened flaked coconut. Fortunately, my local health food store had it in bulk. Don’t even try to make these bar cookies with sweetened flaked coconut. They’ll be waaaaaay to sweet.
The recipe starts out by melting butter, bittersweet and unsweetened chocolates together. Flavorings such as rum, vanilla and coconut extract are stirred in, along with sugar and eggs. Finally, a bit of flour and the afore mentioned coconut are added. With no leavening, the batter didn’t rise at all, but produced moist, slightly chewy, dense bar cookies. The coconut flavor is pretty strong, but not overwhelming, and the flaked coconut gives the bars a nice texture.
The recipe instructs you to make a chocolate glaze and pour it over the bar cookies. This is kind of like adding whipped cream to ice cream. It isn’t a bad thing, but it is totally unnecessary. Unless you really like chocolate, then it is completely necessary.