Coconut Swirl Brownies

Sweetened condensed milk adds an unmistakable richness to the coconut batter for these swirly treats.

  • Yield: Makes 9 large or 16 small
Coconut Swirl Brownies

Source: Martha Stewart Living Special Issues, 2005

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, plus more for pan
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3 large eggs

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a buttered 8-inch square baking pan with parchment, allowing a 2-inch overhang. Butter lining (not overhang).

  2. Stir together 1 tablespoon of sugar, the condensed milk, coconut, egg white, and 1/4 teaspoon of the vanilla in a bowl.

  3. Put butter and both chocolates in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water; stir until melted. Let cool slightly.

  4. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.

  5. Whisk remaining 3/4 cup sugar into chocolate mixture. Add eggs; whisk until mixture is smooth. Stir in remaining 2 teaspoons vanilla. Add flour mixture; stir until well combined.

  6. Pour 1/3 of chocolate batter into prepared pan. Spread evenly with an offset spatula. Drop dollops of coconut mixture (about 1 tablespoon each) on top of batter, spacing about 1 inch apart. Drizzle remaining batter on top, and gently spread to fill pan. Drop dollops of remaining coconut mixture on top.

  7. Gently swirl coconut mixture into batter with a butter knife, running the knife lengthwise and crosswise through layers. Bake until a cake tester inserted into brownies (avoid center and edges) comes out with a few crumbs but is not wet, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool slightly in pan, about 15 minutes. Lift out; let cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into squares. Brownies can be stored between layers of parchment in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 days.

Cook's Notes

When marbleizing the coconut and brownie batters, make sure the butter knife reaches the bottom of the pan.

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