Supreme Fruit and Nut Brownie Dessert

Brownie mix gets a southern touch with extras such as nuts, coconut, fruit and a creamy icing.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 20 min
  • Servings 12

Brownie

1
jar (10 oz) maraschino cherries with stems, drained and 1/2 cup juice reserved
1/2
cup shredded coconut
1
tablespoon coconut milk (not cream of coconut)
1/2
cup sliced almonds
1
box (1 lb 1 oz) Betty Crocker™ dark chocolate Premium brownie mix
1/3
cup vegetable oil
1
teaspoon almond extract, if desired
2
eggs
Additional sliced almonds, if desired

Coconut Icing

1/2
cup Betty Crocker™ Whipped vanilla frosting (from 12 oz container)
2
tablespoons coconut milk (not cream of coconut)

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease bottom only or 9-inch square pan with cooking spray or shortening. Set 12 cherries aside for garnish. Remove stems and coarsely chop remaining cherries; set aside.
  • 2 Place coconut in medium bowl. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon coconut milk over coconut; stir gently with fork to mix. Stir in almonds and chopped cherries; set aside.
  • 3 In large bowl, stir brownie mix, chocolate syrup pouch, oil, reserved 1/2 cup cherry juice, almond extract and eggs with spoon until blended. Spread half of the batter in pan. Spoon coconut mixture evenly over batter. Spoon remaining half of batter over coconut mixture to cover.
  • 4 Bake brownies 45 to 49 minutes or until center of brownies spring back when lightly touched with finger. Cool completely on wire rack, about 2 hours.
  • 5 Meanwhile, in small bowl, stir all Coconut Icing ingredients until smooth.
  • 6 For serving pieces, cut brownies into 3 rows by 4 rows. Place on individual dessert plates. Spoon icing over each serving. Garnish each with cherry and additional sliced almonds.

Expert Tips

Soul food is made to be shared, and this decadent dessert is crowd-size perfect. For ice cream lovers, try it topped with a big scoop of vanilla, chocolate or cherry ice cream.

Cocoa beans are one of the major crops in West Africa today. The beans are in demand and prized--after all, what would dessert be without chocolate?

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
340
(
Calories from Fat
140),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
15g
15%
(Saturated Fat
4 1/2g,
4 1/2%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
35mg
35%;
Sodium
150mg
150%;
Total Carbohydrate
46g
46%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
35g
35%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.