What’s better than a perfectly fudgy dark chocolate brownie? A dark chocolate brownie topped with dulce de leche and a light, slightly crispy, coconut macaroon layer. A concoction that warm out of the oven could be ladeled into bowls and topped with ice cream for the messiest sundaes you can imagine, or once set and cooled, cut into the most decadent brownie you’ve ever had in your life. The kind of brownie you make for special occasions, like Thursdays, or for special people, like your mama and mother-in-law, because this dessert I made for them.
I wanted to create something this year that I could ship to The Mamas inspired by the sweet flavors they like most. I already sent cookies last year, so repeating that would be rather lame, and the logistics behind shipping cake or cupcakes makes me cringe. Macarons were a maybe, but really, neither are huge fans. They like them, but they don’t LOOOOOOOOOVE them, and so it didn’t seem uniquely “mama” either. What both my mother-in-law and mother enjoy is good chocolate, coconut macaroons, and caramel. Good taste, these women.
And since they enjoyed this Mother’s Day dessert on, you know, Mother’s Day, I felt like I should have shared earlier, but I couldn’t, because I had no clue what to call these brownies! And so I asked The Mamas, and both said “I don’t know.” Which didn’t help. So I thought, and stressed, and amused myself by calling them “The Mother-load” brownies because they have a mother load of deliciousness, but it just never really stuck. Meaning I’m still stuck, and I have no fun name for these brownies, which kind of makes me sad, even though the brownies make me, and other people, happy. So if you can think of a name after you give them a try, please let me know! 😉
- 1 stick (8 tbs, 4 ounces) unsalted butter
- 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
- 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
- 3/4 c granulated sugar
- 3 eggs + 1 yolk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
Dulce de Leche Layer
- about 2 cups dulce de leche, store bought or homemade (see notes)
Coconut Macaroon Layer
- 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
- 12 ounce can condensed milk
- 1 egg white
- pinch salt
- Preheat your oven to 350 F. Spray a 9"x11" pan with nonstick spray or coat with butter, line with parchment paper, and spray or butter the paper. Set aside.
- Prepare the brownie batter by melting the butter and chocolate together in the microwave for one minute at 50% power. Stir and reheat in 15 second intervals until fully melted. You may also use a double boiler. Set aside to cool.
- In a mixing bowl, stir together the sugar, salt, eggs, and vanilla. Slowly pour in the chocolate, stirring constantly until smooth. Then add the flour.
- Pour the brownie mixture into the prepared pan.
- If your dulce de leche is thick, microwave 8 seconds to soften slightly. Spoon the caramel as evenly as possible over the brownie layer.
- Make the coconut macaroon layer by combining the unsweetened coconut and condensed milk in a mixing bowl. In another bowl, whip the egg white and pinch of salt until the egg white forms stiff peaks. Carefully fold the egg white into the coconut mixture.
- Evenly spread the coconut mixture over the brownie and dulce de leche layers.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes until the coconut layer is golden brown. The brownies will not appear set because the dulce de leche layer is hot. Remove them and allow to cool 4-6 hours before cutting.
To make your own dulce de leche, pour the contents of a can of condensed milk into a glass jar that fits into your slow cooker. Fill the slow cooker with enough water to be level with the condensed milk. Cover the slow cooker and set on high for about 6-7 hours until the condensed milk has thickened and turned a rich caramel color.
And one more picture because these are absolutely drool-worthy, dessert lovers!
Find this recipe and other great ideas from around the web at this week’s Momma Told Me Link Party hosted by The Evolution of Mom!