Mounds Bars

My mom’s Mounds Bars recipe that turned me into a coconut lover for life!
Mounds Bars | A fabulous bar from my childhood with a graham cracker crust, gooey coconut filling and chocolate topping.

My family’s Mounds Bars Recipe

In first grade, our moms had to send in two recipes for the class cookbook.  My mom’s contributions were a blue cheese salad dressing…which I didn’t appreciate till nearly 20 years later…and Mounds Bars.  I became a coconut fan at a very early age because of these gems!  I’ve searched and searched my parents’ home for that wood grain pattern contact paper wrapped cookbook to no avail.  Tweaking a recipe I found on-line, and baking these decadent beauties brought me back to the many times I made these in my family kitchen.  If you are a fan of Mounds Bars, you won’t want to pass these up!

Edited to add:  a friend and fellow coconut lover tried this and her second baking time took much longer than the 15 minutes…so start checking at 15 and be sure to cook long enough to get these lightly browned.

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Mounds Bars

Serves 16 bars     adjust servings

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 32 mins
Total Time 52 mins

A favorite coconut recipe from my childhood.


  • Mounds Bars...adapted from AllRecipes and my mom
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Grease 8 x 8-inch pan and set aside.
  2. Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter. Pat into the bottom of prepared pan. Bake 12 minutes.
  3. While crust is baking, mix sweetened condensed milk and coconut. Carefully spread over hot crust and bake an additional 15-20 minutes or till lightly browned. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and put back in the oven for just a minute to melt chocolate. Spread to cover coconut. Cool and cut into squares to serve.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 235kcal Calories from fat 122
% Daily Value
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 60mg 3%
Carbohydrate 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 23g
Protein 3g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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  1. I’m always a fan of coconut and candy bars turned into dessert bars. These look fantastic!

  2. Lizzy these bars sound amazing! I have to admit, as a kid I wasn’t a Mounds fan, but now I would love them! The sweetened condensed milk must give the filling a wonderful macaroon like texture! Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day!

  3. Yummy…and I love that it’s just a few ingredients!! Saving this one as Mounds is one of my fave candy bars…

  4. That looks soo delicious.I bet I am gona love this one..especially with the coconut and chocolate layer…Yuuuumy

  5. Parsley Sage says:

    Excellent! I practically lived on Mounds bars when I was younger. Coconut is the best dessert flavor ever 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  6. This looks great! I love coconut and chocolate together!

  7. These look so sweet and perfect! Happy Memorial Day, Lizzy!

  8. Martha (MM) says:

    What a pretty little treat and easy too! 🙂

  9. Three-Cookies says:

    This is awesome. I recall trying something similar sometime ago, I think it was just called coconut slice. I understand the views on blue cheese, once you appreciate it you almost become addicted.

  10. These look delightful! Glad to hear you managed to recreate it. Thanks for visiting and following my blog! So glad to meet you 🙂

  11. Lucy Lu says:

    looks so tasty! i love coconut! thank you for the recipe 🙂

  12. I love it already, what a treat! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  13. Mounds are my very favorite – and your homemade bars look even better! I would love to try them! These just look the best, Lizzy! Hope you are having a wonderful holiday! 🙂


  14. Adriana says:

    I’m a little picky when it comes to coconut in food, but could see myself reaching out to try one. And maybe grabbing another one because I wasn’t sure if I liked it. And then another if I decide I like it.

  15. Victoria says:

    I think my sister had a class cookbook too when she was younger, except the students wrote the recipes, so you can be sure none of them would actually work in a real kitchen 😉 I love coconut too, and these bars look great!

  16. Cheryl and Adam says:

    It’s always so much fun to find a old childhood favorite and recreate it for ourselves and, frankly, improve on the original. Buzz & bookmark!

  17. These look and sound delicious! My Mom loves Mounds bars and these would be such a great surprise for her!!! Thanks for posting these!

  18. 5 Star Foodie says:

    These bars sound so scrumptious with coconut, thanks for sharing this special recipe!

  19. The Vanilla Bean Baker says:

    I love how something so simple can make something so delicious. I usually don’t stock sweetened condensed milk in my pantry (‘cept at Christmas baking time) but I think I need to keep a few tins on hand after seeing this recipe.

    Too bad you can’t find that cookbook, would have been a treasure of your Mom’s and of your school memories to have.

  20. ryobious says:

    These look amazing! I absolutely love coconut and don’t use it nearly as much as I should, yum!!

  21. Lizzy, through your blog I have known many American sweets … an amazing selection of recipes … thanks 🙂

  22. Jill Colonna says:

    Lizzy – they look super and remind me of something like this my Granny used to make us when we were little. Except your title is far more interesting than “coconut stuff”! Another chocolate winner, my friend!

  23. briarrose says:

    Oh how I would tear through these. Excellent treat….filled with beloved coconut. 🙂

  24. As a kid I didn’t like blue cheese or Mounds bars…now I love both…These bars sound so good!

  25. I love Mounds bars, but I love the looks of these even more!

  26. The Country Cook says:

    Lizzy, I love coconut too and I love mounds bars. If I had my webcam on, you’d see me, with about 3 empty mini mounds bar wrappers scattered near me. But lucky for me, you can’t see the Glad you were at least able to find a similar recipe to your Mom’s. Gorgeous pics too!

  27. Oh my gosh, those look so good!!! My husband loves coconut and chocolate, so he would LOVE these!

  28. Life at your house must be so delicious when you keep churning treats as good as this one.

  29. Nami @ Just One Cookbook says:

    I’m a coconut lover and I’ll be eating like 3 pieces of these bars AT ONCE. All I need is 5 minutes. Haha. I’m in love with this! Definitely bookmarking this (in case I bake in the future. This is a must).

  30. These are by far my favorite candy bar…I have to tell you as a kid I would buy the almond joy and threw the almond out… I always like the chocolate better on those~ these are going to be a new found favorite for me~ cant wait to try them~

  31. Claudia, I did the SAME thing!!! Too funny~

  32. Catalina says:

    Yum! I just saw the photo and immediately became hungry 😀 They look so tasty, I love the chocolate layer and thick layer of coconut filling.Once again, yum!

  33. my favorite candy bar is Bounty/Mound and these look perfect. I don’t know how I haven’t seen them earlier. My bad. After I finish the coconut cookies I have to give these a try. Thanks for sharing Lizzy. Have a wonderful weekend

  34. Youza! These look absolutely amazing!!!

  35. GStaples says:

    I love Mound Bars and so I just better try this recipe! Thanks! Love the blue plate.

  36. I love this!! This looks so yummy!!! I am your newest follower. If you would take a look over to my blog that would be wonderful!! I am just starting out, but I am excited to share new ideas on recipes, crafts, and mineral makeup. I will also be giving out free make-up on giveaways. So take a peek!!


  37. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Lizzy,
    I have to hide this recipe from my husband, he would want me to make these right now this minute. This is a great recipe, those bars look awesome! Thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!

  38. Amanda-The Sweet Details says:

    I featured this recipe on my blog today! I hope that’s ok. Have a wonderful day!

  39. Concetta says:

    Oh yummy!!!! I love mounds bars so much! This is the perfect recipe. Thank you for sharing!

  40. Found you! and sooooo happy I did! Mounds and Almond Joys were hands down favorites growing up. Actually anything coconut and chocolate ruled supreme. Great recipe to make with my girls. Thanks for sharing=)

  41. I need to make these ASAP! LOVE mounds 🙂

  42. claudia lamascolo says:

    Next time doubling the recipes these are fantastic best quick treat I ever had! Delicious! Thank you so much for posting.. took me long enough to finely have the time.!!! loved them!

  43. Brilliant Liz~! Everything Mike loves and so easy. I’d never had these before. THANKS~!!!

  44. I’m a huge fan of coconut! These Mounds Bars are exactly my cup of tea!! Pinning and making for sure!

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