A decadent, mini treat for fans of chocolate and coconut! These Mounds Brownie Cupcakes have built-in portion control! You’ll need it!

Plus, these Coconut Brownies are rich, delicious and portable!!

Mounds Brownie Cupcakes in red cupcake liners on a white tray

Why You Must Make

  • I remember when my love affair with Mounds Bars began. I was in 7th grade and my junior high homeroom went on a weekend ski trip to Afton Alps on the Minnesota-Wisconsin border.
  • I was already a fan of chocolate and coconut desserts, but I found a candy bar that would give me a fix!
  • These dense brownies have a sweet coconut filling and each bite fulfills my cravings!

Were there really Alps in the Midwest? And what were those teachers thinking? Pure craziness on both accounts. We were let loose all day teaching ourselves to ski, or fall, in my case, then goofing around in the ski lodge when we needed refueling. Having no one to tell me what I had to eat, my mid-day sustenance consisted of a Mounds bar…and I think I may have even had a second for an afternoon snack. I had found a new favorite candy bar. No wonder I still have a fond spot for recipes like these brownie cupcakes! 

Ingredient Notes

  • Kitchen Staples – Butter, Eggs, Sugar, Brown Sugar, Flour, Salt
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk – You will not need the whole can.
  • Powdered Sugar – Usually it’s best to sift before using to remove lumps.
  • Vanilla Extract – Never use imitation vanilla, it won’t provide the same, delicious flavor.
  • Sweetened Shredded Coconut – I use Angel Flake brand which I find in the baking aisle of the grocery store. 
  • Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips – Ghirardelli is my go-to brand

Mounds brownie cupcakes on a white tray

How to Make

I spied this Mounds brownie recipe on Desserts Required, a blog written by my friend, Betsy Cohen…and knew I would find an excuse to bake up a batch. I changed the method for mixing the brownie batter, but otherwise,  the recipe is unchanged. The coconut filling is frozen for a few minutes so that it can be shaped and properly positioned in the middle of a traditional brownie batter.

I always love a delicious surprise when biting into a chocolate treat…especially when it’s coconut! I took these to Colorado when I went to visit my sister and parents this past weekend. I knew I could come up with an excuse to bake these babies. They were a HUGE hit! If you’re a coconut lover, you must make yourself a batch ASAP.

Recipe Tips

  • Don’t use unsweetened coconut. Look for sweetened, flaked coconut for the best results.
  • Put some of the brownie batter into each muffin well, about a third of the way full. Then add the filling, followed by enough batter to make sure the filling is well covered.
  • It’s hard to judge when brownies are done, but using the toothpick test is your best bet. You do not want batter on the toothpick after inserting and removing it. If you see batter, cook them a few minutes longer and retest.
  • Make sure to line your cupcake tin with muffin papers. To serve, place each cooled cupcake into a second muffin paper for the best presentation. 


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Mounds Brownie Cupcakes

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 12 cupcakes

A decadent filled cupcake inspired by the iconic Mounds candy bar!



  • 1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 ½ ounces sweetened shredded coconut (a scant 1 cup)

Brownie batter:

  • 1 cup butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 ¼ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. To make the filling, whisk together all filling ingredients except coconut till smooth. Add coconut and mix till blended.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil. Scoop out approximately 2 teaspoons of filling and place on the pan till you have 12 mounds. Adjust sizes so all the filling mounds are approximately the same size. Freeze while preparing the brownie batter.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350º. Line a 12-capacity muffin tin with paper liners or spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  4. Microwave the butter and the two sugars in a heat-safe bowl for about a minute, stir, and microwave for up to another 1 ½ minutes or till all the butter is melted and the mixture is starting to bubble. Carefully remove the bowl to work surface.
  5. Whisk in chocolate chips till melted. Whisk in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour and salt just till combined. Remove the filling from the freezer and using your fingers, shape it into round balls (the diameter should be less than the size of the bottom of the muffin tin).
  6. Place about 2 tablespoons of brownie batter into the bottom of each muffin tin, then add the filling and follow with another scoop of batter.
  7. Bake 18-20 minutes. Let cool in pans before removing the cupcakes to a cooling rack.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cupcake

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 438Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 267mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 2gSugar: 39gProtein: 4g


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