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Coconut Mounds Bars

Coconut fans will swoon for these outrageously delicious Coconut Mounds Bars! A graham cracker crust topped with a sweet, creamy coconut filling then chocolate ganache creates one irresistible dessert!

Mounds Bars stacked on a round white plate

Coconut Mounds Bars

I mentioned my love for Coconut Mounds Bars in a previous post.  This recipe was my contribution to a cookbook compiled for our moms decades ago, when I was in first grade.  Held together by metal brackets and covered in wood grain patterned shelf paper, this recipe book was my resource when an urge for coconut hit.  Unfortunately, this gem disappeared from my childhood home when I was desperately craving coconut.

Coconut Mounds Bars on a white ceramic tray

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My friend, Susan, of Schnitzel and the Trout, hearing about my predicament, came to my rescue. My only other attempt at recreating these bars fell short. They were good, but either my gustatory memory had failed or these just weren’t as decadent as the original recipe.

Susan sent me this recipe, which I tweaked by baking in a smaller pan, therefore doubling the filling,  and replacing the topping of melted chocolate chips with a glossy ganache. Well, the verdict is in: these are BETTER than the original!!  Thanks so much, Susan!!!
Coconut Mounds Bars garnished with shaved coconut on a white tray

Update: When my sisters were purging our family home getting it ready to be sold, they found the missing, beloved cookbook with recipes compiled by my first-grade teacher, Mrs. McGinnis, and tucked it away for me. It was only months later that my mom passed away, so I took these bars to her Celebration of Life party. These babies stole the show! Coconut fans MUST make these gems!!!

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Coconut Mounds Bars - Fabulous coconut bars with a graham cracker crust and ganache topping

Coconut Mounds Bars

Outrageously delicious coconut bars that outshine Mounds candy bars!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x
  • Category: cookies, bar cookies, dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Adapted from recipe provided by my friend, Susan

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick), melted
  • 1 can (14 ounces) Eagle Brand sweet and condensed milk
  • 7 ounces coconut
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325º.
  2. Mix crumbs, powdered sugar and butter and pat into an 8 x 8 pan (may line with non-stick foil for easy removal). Bake for 10 minutes.
  3. Pour sweet and condensed milk into a microwave-safe bowl, and heat till quite warm to touch. Stir in coconut. Spread evenly over crust. Bake 15 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before icing.
  4. Melt chocolate and cream in the microwave, using stopping and stirring at 30-second increments, till smooth. Give the mixture a good whisk and pour over coconut layer and spread to cover.
  5. Chill before cutting for a cleaner cut. If chocolate is too hard, it will crack unless you first score it with a hot, dry knife.

Note: these bars were cut after refrigeration, but freezing the bars first will make for a cleaner look.

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133 comments on “Coconut Mounds Bars”

  1. Lizzy thanks for sharing this delicious bars with Hearth and Soul blog hop.

  2. These mound bars look divine!

  3. Yum yum!!! These look fantastic.

  4. Lizzy! These look fantastic! I really love anything with a graham cracker bottom! Buzz buzz!

  5. oh my favorite candy bar
    simply amazing

  6. I’m totally craving coconut now! Gonna have to make these! I’d like to invite you to share them at Sweet & Simple Sunday (going on all week) at Cups by Kim!
    http://www.cupsbykim.blogspot.com/2012/04/sweet-simple-sunday-4.html
    Hope to see you there! p.s. I’m your newest follower!

  7. I think I gained five pounds just reading this post. Unbelievable.

  8. Phenomenal success, Lizzy! These are gorgeous! I’m sure they taste just every bit as god as they look too. That combo cannot possibly go wrong, imo.

  9. I left 3 comments, but not sure they went through. Had some trouble tonight. 🙁

  10. Doesn’t look like they went through. I’m bookmarking this one, Lizzy. So happy you found an even better replacement for your childhood favorite. Hugs, Jen.

  11. So sorry to hear about your cookbook loss. I have a few I am always seeking from days gone by. Do you know the name of the book or where it was compiled?

    Oh how I adore Mounds, Lizzy. I mean after seeing these bars I just may dream of them tonight. I kid you not!

    Thank you so much for sharing…

  12. Oh my word…these look so delicious!

  13. Sounds so yummy. Love anything with coconut and chocolate!

  14. Those look crazy good and so simple to make. Great recipe!

  15. These look great – I don’t think this is a dish I could share though once made 🙂

  16. Look how many comments you have on this recipe! You got our attention 🙂

  17. Oh Lizzy, These bars look scrumptious!

  18. Wow! What a wonderful dessert. This looks divine! Thanks Lizzy for visiting me and for your sweet words 🙂

  19. oh yum! the bars look absolutely mouth watreing

  20. They look absolutely delicious!

  21. These look incredible Lizzy! The coconut topped with a layer of ganache sounds simply divine. Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  22. I have an extremely soft spot for coconut dessert. These look so yummy!!!

  23. I just love these! So delectable!!!

  24. Congrats! You’ve been featured today on Weekend Potluck!
    Happy Friday,
    ~Tonya from 4 little Fergusons

    http://4littlefergusons.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/smoky-applewood-chicken-avocado-wrap/

  25. My hubby would LURVE these–he’s a Mounds freak. Saved!

  26. Oh wow Mounds were my favorite as a kid, I can only imagine how good these are!

  27. That was sweet of Susan and so glad to hear you found a winning recipe. They look so delicious Lizzy! Thanks for being a part of the YBR:)

  28. Hi there!

    I’ve featured you in my latest blog post.

    http://meandmysweets.blogspot.se/2012/09/my-sweet-party-top-three-favourites.html

  29. the recipe sounds so easy and they look divine. Thanks a bunch 🙂

  30. I found this recipe after searching for an ingredient list for a smaller batch (square pan vs 9X13). I would have had a half can of sweetened condensed milk left over instead of doubling the filling on my larger recipe…but this works well and was FANTASTIC, as was the ganache… which will be going on my next batch of brownies : ) Thank you!

  31. wow I hit the jackpot being a coconut lover! love them all!

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