White Chocolate-Coconut Brownies

There are times when the cosmic forces of the blogging world all come together and I have an “a ha” moment about what exact recipe I should try next. One of those glorious moments occurred last week. A reader left a comment on my Facebook page asking if I had a recipe for a white chocolate brownie. I told her that sadly I did not, but that I would definitely put it on my list. It sounds pretty delicious, no? Then, the next day, I stole a bite of my Valentine’s Day present. The present is the biggest basket of Lindt chocolates (my favorite!) – truffles galore, gourmet mini dessert chocolates, and a variety of specialty chocolate bars. It might take me until next Valentine’s Day to eat my through it, but boy will I enjoy it! Anyway, one of the bars in the basket is white chocolate coconut. I took a bite and immediately swooned. For someone whose favorite chocolate is not white, and who isn’t the biggest fan of coconut, this was astounding. The combination just worked. It also made me want to be transported to a beach, toes in sand, and a creamy coconut drink with a little umbrella in my hand. But for the time being (i.e. before teletransportation is a reality), I knew exactly which direction I wanted to take the white chocolate brownie experiment.

Things weren’t entirely smooth sailing from the start. The first recipe that I put together and tested did not come out like I had hoped. The “brownie” tasted much more like a cookie bar and the white chocolate was not pronounced at all. Obviously, more testing was needed.

After sifting through tons of different recipes, looking at ingredient ratios and making notes for myself, I decided to do something that should have been fairly obvious from the beginning. Take my favorite brownie recipe and adapt it for white chocolate! And that’s exactly what I did. I used the Baked Brownie recipe, omitted the cocoa powder and espresso powder, used white chocolate and added coconut. The result was exactly what I was looking for – that same brownie texture, with a crackly top, a pronounced white chocolate flavor, and the sweet inflection of coconut.

Mai tai, anyone?

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White Chocolate-Coconut Brownies

Yield: 24 brownies

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
11 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup (8 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
1½ cups granulated sugar
½ cup packed light brown sugar
5 eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup shredded coconut


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the sides and bottom of a 9×13-inch glass or light-colored baking pan. Line the pan with parchment paper.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour and salt together.

3. Put the white chocolate and butter in a large bowl and set it over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate and butter are completely melted and smooth. Turn off the heat, but keep the bowl over the water and add the sugars. Whisk until completely combined, then remove the bowl from the pan. The mixture should be room temperature.

4. Add 3 eggs to the white chocolate mixture and whisk until combined. Add the remaining eggs and whisk until combined. Add the vanilla and stir until combined. Do not overbeat the batter at this stage or your brownies will be cakey.

5. Sprinkle the flour mixture and the coconut over the chocolate mixture. Using a rubber spatula (not a whisk), fold the flour and coconut mixture into the chocolate until just a bit of the flour mixture is visible.

6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake in the center of the oven for 30 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out with a few moist crumbs sticking to it. Let the brownies cool completely, then lift them out of the pan using the parchment paper. Cut into squares and serve.

7. Store at room temperature in an airtight container or wrap with plastic wrap for up to 3 days.

(Recipe adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking)


108 Responses to “White Chocolate-Coconut Brownies”

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  1. Monica on February 22, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Mmmmm! That is a delicious-sounding combination!!


  2. Lora on February 22, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Oh wow. These look incredible. Love the white chocolate coconut combination.


  3. Michele on February 22, 2011 at 1:46 am

    These look and sound amazing! I love white chocolate and coconut. These will definitely be made soon!


  4. Rosa on February 22, 2011 at 2:22 am

    Those look mighty divine! What a heavenly combo. Lovely fudgy texture.




  5. Blog is the New Black on February 22, 2011 at 5:42 am

    2 of my fav ingredients!


  6. Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) on February 22, 2011 at 5:53 am

    These sound and look delightful!


  7. Katrina on February 22, 2011 at 6:14 am

    I’ve never put coconut in a brownie…weird!! Thanks for the recipe. This looks tasty!


  8. Happy When Not Hungry on February 22, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Wow these brownies look amazing! I love white chocolate and coconut, so the combination must be delicious. Def have to try these!


  9. Lori on February 22, 2011 at 7:09 am

    My father would love these. I have to make them right away.


  10. The Blue-Eyed Bakers on February 22, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Um…YES. We adore coconut – and paired with white chocolate? In brownie form? Yay!


  11. Estela @ Weekly Bite on February 22, 2011 at 7:15 am

    These look amazing! I’ve never heard of a brownie like this before.


  12. Stephanie @ okie dokie artichokie on February 22, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Oooh yes, please! These are definitely getting me in the mood for a tropical vacation! :-p I love white chocolate in moderation — and the combo of it plus the coconut looks to be a winner! Yum!


  13. Brittaney on February 22, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Everything about this looks and sound sooo good. Must make. Thanks!!


  14. The Food Hound on February 22, 2011 at 8:04 am

    I’m with you when it comes to white chocolate, but these look heavenly!! I think the white chocolate and coconut flavors totally work– I’m envisioning something like a white chocolate macaroon. YUM! I’ll have to search long and hard to find a friend who likes coconut and make these for her!


  15. NY Baker on February 22, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Sounds and looks delicious! How would it work if I were to use 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp coconut extract instead of all vanilla? Might it be too much on the coconut side? Or what about 1 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1/2 tsp coconut? Just curious – appreciate any feedback!


    • Michelle on February 22nd, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      I have never used coconut extract but if it’s like almond or mint, then those are definitely stronger than vanilla. I would go with your second ratio, or even bump it down to 1/4 teaspoon to start and see how you like it. Enjoy!


  16. Michelle on February 22, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Yum!! I am in the same camp as you. White chocolate not what I would reach for first and always pass by things with coconut but this combo sounds delicous. The Baked brownie recipe is awesome and it seems like you read my mind. I had been wondering if i could make it using white chocolate. These are on my to do list


  17. Caro on February 22, 2011 at 8:13 am

    I always thought these where called “Blondies”?


    • Michelle on February 22nd, 2011 at 8:26 pm

      Blondies actually don’t have any chocolate in them at all – just butter and sugar together to create a butterscotch-like flavor with add-ins.


  18. Caroline on February 22, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Dense and delicious, just as any good brownie should be. I can’t even imagine what a heavenly combination white chocolate and coconut is, but it’s now on my ‘must try’ list! I’ll have to save these for a party, because the hubs doesn’t like coconut, which undoubtedly means I’ll be eating the whole pan alone. In one sitting. Probably sitting in the corner of my closet.


  19. d.liff on February 22, 2011 at 9:14 am

    THANK YOU for a white chocolate brownie recipe without walnuts! I’m allergic and although I know I COULD leave them off, I always want to try a recipe the way it’s developed. And I looove white chocolate!


  20. Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner on February 22, 2011 at 9:38 am

    I don’t if I’ve ever seen White Chocolate Brownies before! I LOVE THESE! 😀


  21. Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen on February 22, 2011 at 10:08 am

    These look incredible!!


  22. June on February 22, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Interestingly enough, Smitten Kitchen made white chocolate brownies for Valentine’s and her recipe was the same for either white or dark chocolate. I assume coconut could be added to any recipe without affecting the basic result. Great idea, I’ll give it a try!


  23. Jenny on February 22, 2011 at 10:51 am

    You should try White chocolate coconut butter. I don’t have the exact measurements but I just throw a bunch of unsweetened shredded coconut in your food processer, let it swirl around until its a buttery consistency, scraping down the sides, then throw in a white chocolate bar such as Ghirardelli vanilla dream (or your Lindt:). Process until smooth, store at room temp. It will solidify so just scrap some to melt on top warm oatmeal or melt some in the micro.
    I’ve really gotten into white chocolate & coconut lately, both of which i used to dislike!


  24. Helena on February 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I really like the top, it looks like creme brulee.


  25. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite on February 22, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    These look fantastic! Love the idea of white chocolate brownies. Add in the coconut, and I’m smitten!


  26. Adam on February 22, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I have recently discovered that I quite enjoy coconut (I’ve always been very much against it in the past) and this recipe sounds too good. Coconut and white chocolate is a great combination and I imagine the flavour of these “brownies” must be somewhere in the realm of the Ferrero Raffaello or Coconut Ferrero Garden, which if you have never tried, are ridiculously good :).


  27. kate@ahealthypassion on February 22, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    wow these brownies look heavenly I have never tried the white chocolate coconut combo but im sure its to die for!


  28. Debbie B. (DebaRooRoo) on February 22, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    These look incredible and wonderfully buttery. I’m not a huge coconut fan but I agree that some flavor combos just work and it can be delicious!


  29. Jen on February 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Guess what I’ll be making this weekend! A genius brownie combination, I really can’t wait to try it. I wonder how many hours these will last around my in-laws =)

    Oh, and I love the Lindt white chocolate coconut flake bars too, they’re amazing!


  30. Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul on February 22, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    These look lovely!
    I wonder how they would be if I replaced the butter with coconut oil. I’m not 100% vegan yet, but I’m definitely moving in that direction–at least when I cook and bake at home. I want to try with white chocolate, AND then with dark chocolate : )


    • Michelle on February 22nd, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      I have never used coconut oil, but if you try it let me know how it turns out!


    • lucy on March 24th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

      did u make these yet? and use coconut oil?


  31. Pretty. Good. Food. on February 22, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    MMmmmmmm, these sound great! I love the color


  32. Ryan on February 22, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Ahhh, these look amazing! I will definitely be trying them ASAP! 😀 I used to hate white chocolate but for some reason I’m totally obsessed with it recently. Definitely definitely making these soon :)


  33. Kare on February 22, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    These look fantastic. What a brilliant combination for brownies. Yum!


  34. Sharlene on February 22, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Yum! The combination sounds amazing!


  35. Pudding Pie Lane on February 23, 2011 at 6:36 am

    I love white chocolate and coconut? Have you ever tried the Ferreo Rocher coconut ones? They are the BEST :) I must try this recipe!


  36. Melissa on February 23, 2011 at 7:55 am

    These look incredible! Can’t wait to try them. Do you think a 9×9 pan would work for these if I just baked them a little longer?


    • Michelle on February 23rd, 2011 at 8:36 am

      Hi Melissa, You could make these in a 9×9 pan. If you do, I would cut the recipe in half, otherwise you will have some super, super thick brownies.


  37. Evan Thomas on February 23, 2011 at 9:08 am

    These look absurdly fudgy in the best possible way. Great recipe!


  38. RavieNomNoms on February 23, 2011 at 9:32 am

    ooo what a great combination! I love it!


  39. Glummy Mummy on February 23, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Doesn’t the colour of brownies defeat the object? Like, if these are made with white chocolate, shouldn’t they be called “whities”? Then again, doesn’t sound as good as brownies, does it? x


  40. Cheryl and Adam @ pictureperfectmeals.com on February 23, 2011 at 11:03 am

    These look so enticing! We’ve never had white chocolate brownies either, but these must be delicious with the coconut. Your photos make them so appetizing!


  41. Maria on February 23, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Pretty photos and brownies! They look great!


  42. Jenny Flake on February 23, 2011 at 11:07 am

    These look dangerous! …..in the best way possible :)


  43. Daow Huber on February 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    This looks fab!!! Can’t wait to try it out!


  44. Dulce Dough on February 23, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I love how you adapted this! Looks so yummy!


  45. Eliana on February 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    These look divine Michelle! What a heavenly combination :)


  46. Leah (So, How's It Taste?) on February 23, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Holy cow I bet these taste amazing! They are going on my to bake list!


  47. Sandra on February 23, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    You had me at White Chocolate!


  48. Margaret Murphy Tripp on February 23, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Oh my goodness! I just love anything coconut!!! These look fantastic!


  49. Robin on February 23, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I’m a white chocolate fanatic and love coconut! Sounds fabulous and looks wonderful!


  50. Ilke on February 23, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    This is an “out-of-the-box” brownie thinking…You really can not go wrong with trusted old recipes!


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