Coconut Mounds Bars
Coconut fans will swoon for these outrageously delicious Coconut Mounds Bars with a graham cracker crust, coconut filling, and a chocolate ganache topping! It’s easy to create these rich, irresistible Coconut Bars at home!
With all the flavors of a Mounds candy bars, these Coconut Chocolate Bars are even more delicious in my humble opinion. It’s the contrast between the buttery crust, gooey coconut, and semi-sweet ganache that makes these easy mounds bars outrageously delicious!
Why You Must Make
- I’ve loved this Mounds Bars Recipe of my mom’s for decades. If you love coconut desserts, you’ll adore these.
- These bars are super easy to make!
- They are gooey and decadent!!
I mentioned my love for Mounds Bars in a previous post. This recipe for mounds bars 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.
The Best Coconut Chocolate Bars
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 memory of my mom’s bars had failed or these just weren’t as decadent as the original recipe.
How to Make
Susan sent me her recipe for mounds bars, 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.
- When baking most bar cookies, I recommend lining the baking pan with non-stick foil. This helps with easy cleanup, but it also allows you to lift the bars from the pan and place them on a cutting board for easy slicing.
- After baking the coconut layer, cool the bars before frosting. They can be slightly warm, but not hot.
- Use a small offset spatula to spread the chocolate over the coconut. It’s one of my most used kitchen tools.
- Cut the coconut bars after refrigerating. This helps cut clean slices. Scoring the bars first will help minimize cracking of the chocolate topping. And I like using a hot dry knife to help glide through the ganache topping.
Well, the verdict is in: these coconut bars are BETTER than the original!! Thanks so much, Susan!!!
Frequently Asked Questions
Introduced in 1920 by the Hershey Company, Mounds Bars are candy bars made of sweetened coconut filling topped with dark chocolate. Its sister bar is the Almond Joy.
These Easy Mounds Bars with Chocolate are a riff on the candy bar I finally tasted and fell for in my early teens! Those living abroad may be familiar with Bounty Bars which are like our Mounds Candy Bars except bathed in milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate.
A Mounds Bar is coated in Dark Chocolate. An Almond Joy is coated in milk chocolate and each piece is topped with a whole almond. They both have coconut filling.
You May Also Like:
If you like this Mounds Bar Recipe, you may also enjoy some of these coconut treats.
- Coconut Cream Truffles from Crazy for Crust
- Coconut Macaroons
- German Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes
- Coconut Cupcakes
- Chewy Coconut Cookies
- Pistachio Coconut Granola
- Mounds Brownie Cupcakes
- Plus, you may find this tutorial on How to Cut Bar Cookies very helpful.
- And these No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies are super easy!
Coconut Mounds Bars Recipe
Outrageously delicious coconut bars that outshine Mounds candy bars!
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk (1 can)
- 7 ounces sweetened, shredded coconut
- 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
- 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons of heavy cream
- Preheat the oven to 350º.
- 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.
- Pour sweet and condensed milk into a microwave-safe bowl, and heat till quite warm to the touch. Stir in coconut.
- Spread evenly over the crust. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow the bars to cool slightly before icing.
- Melt chocolate and cream in the microwave, stopping and stirring at 30-second increments, until smooth.
- Give the mixture a good whisk and pour over the coconut layer and spread to cover.
- Chill slightly before cutting for a cleaner cut. If chocolate is too hard, it will crack unless you first score it with a hot, dry knife.
Adapted from my mom and my friend, Susan.
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Serving Size:1 bar
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 252Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 126mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 2gSugar: 29gProtein: 4g
143 Comments on “Coconut Mounds Bars”
Those look absolutely delicious! I love coconut too and I wish I had some of these to snack on right now at work. 🙂
I really do heart anything made with coconut:-) Homemade mounds sound awesome!! I am so glad your friend sent you the recipe!!!
I made the ‘almond joy’ version of these recently…what a hit! Your classroom cookbook sounds so sweet, so sorry it went missing, but it seems like you hit on the perfect recipe anyway.
These look wonderful. My mom is a big coconut fan and loves anything sweet. I think I will make these for her soon!
Hmmm looks delicious! Until I started to follow bakers’ blogs, I didn’t know there are so many desserts using coconut, such as this one. I’d need 1/2 of this recipe in case I can’t help myself eating the entire batch. 😉
Bravo to Susan for coming to your rescue! This is the kind of baked good that I have to make sure Hubby doesn’t see on my monitor or I’ll have to make it every day for the rest of my life and he’ll weigh 700 pounds. He LOVES Mounds Bars.
II have to make these for my mom. For as long as I can remember she’s always kept mini Mounds and Almond Joys in her refrigerator or freezer. She loves them. I do as well but it will be a nice surprise to make these for her. Can’t wait to try them.
Good to see that these turned of great for you…they certainly look incredible! thanks for sharing.
Can I have a whole tray? My kids and I were talking about our favorite candy bars and Almond Joy and Mounds were my #3. Right behind Reese’s PB cups and Snickers. I love coconut and chocolate. These DO look better than the candy bar by far!! Well done Lizzy! PS.. congrats on TOP 9!! Your kebabs were outrageously beautiful and I am still coveting those amazing skewers. 🙂
At first I thought it was millionaire’s shortbread but under a different name! They look extraordinary and must taste heavenly. I’m both coconut and chocolate fan (I’m even making now a coconut cake!), so I’m sure I would love them. I can imagine how happy you are with this big success!
You know what I love most about the foodie community? That we send each other good food, whether virtual or real. YUM!!!!
I am so much into desserts but these bars looks so good esp the choc topping. Another great outcome esp since this tasted better than the original.
Yum, I think I could eat the whole batch!
I just copied a recipe from a holiday cook book and was going to try them. Skeptical on this one now that your first attempts were not as good. Going to try this one. I love coconut almond joys thats my favorite all time candy! these may be the key…. they look fantastic seriously I hate that word in blogging but they really really do!
It does make for a wonderful day in the kitchen when you reach a success, especially better than you expected! These do look delicious-Mounds flavors are hard to resist-yum!
I LOVE Mounds and Almond Joys! I think I need to splurge and make this wonderful recipe!!! I didn’t get any chocolate for Easter so this will have to make up for it!! 🙂
My dad would love these! He is even coming to visit this weekend!
Chocolate and coconut are two of my favorite cookie ingredients. Almond Joys are always my first choice when I’m looking for a sweet so I may have to add an almond to the top of these bars. These bars look delicious, Lizzy.
Yumola these look incredible!
Well, well! Don’t those look decadent!!! I even have All the ingredients. If only Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts wern’t on my after work to do list! Maybe I will make both!! Kids wont mind I am sure 😉