O’ Joy Brownie Bars

A rich layer of coconut flavored filling sandwiches between layers of a chocolate brownie mix make a super easy O’Joy Brownie Bar recipe.

Coconut stuffed brownies from a box mix next to 9 x 13 pan

Homemade Almond Joy Bar Brownies

A family-sized box of brownie mix made according to the package direction filled with a sweetened condensed milk and coconut mixture tastes like homemade Almond Joy Bars. If you love nuts be sure to add sliced almonds to the creamy filling to get the full candy bar effect. Our family prefers nut free candy bars, so we share this recipe without nuts.

Using candy bars in our desserts is a family tradition. I love our Milky Way Cake and Heath Bar Cake, my husband leans towards our 3 Musketeers Cake. Our kids prefer M&M Cheerio Bars and Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies. While this recipe doesn’t use candy bars, it tastes a lot like one with just ten minutes of prep work.

This is a very simple recipe because it uses a brownie mix. Pour half of the brownie mixture into a 9×13″ pan. Then mix 4 common ingredients up to make a middle layer that adds a candy bar like sweetness to these brownies that is irresistible.

A similar layered dessert with a coconut filling that uses a box mix to create unique flavors is our Butterscotch Cookie Bars. I love having so many delicious dessert bar recipes!

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Bite of Almond Joy brownie bar on a fork over plate with brownie

My husband enjoys helping make desserts when he has time. He prefers to make super easy desserts like these brownies or these Cinnamon Cream Cheese Bars and Cream Puff Cake. This brownie mix dessert fits well with the other recipes he makes, it’s full of flavor and perfect to enjoy at home or take for a family dinner or potluck.

Coconut Stuffed Brownies

Chocolate, coconut and sweetened condensed milk bake together to make a delicious dessert sandwich that’s fun to share with others.

A similar cream cheese stuffed dessert is our Black Bottom Cupcakes. We’ve also heard people love adding coconut to these Chocolate Covered Almond Clusters. If you like this recipe you should give these desserts a try too!

As a family that loves all kinds of brownies from Chocolate Syrup Brownies to Gooey Marshmallow Brownies, we’ve tested enough to know a good one when we taste it. We love how simple ingredients can bake together and compliment each other so well. A basic brownie mix can be split in half to make a brownie sandwich for a super creamy coconut layer.

Thick creamy layer of coconut stuffed into a brownie mix

O’Joy Brownie Bar Recipe

  1. Mix up a family size box mix of brownies according to the direction on the box of brownie mix. Pour half into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
  2. In a separate bowl stir together sweetened condensed milk, coconut, flour and egg. Pour over half of brownie mix.
  3. Pour remaining brownie mix as evenly as possible over coconut filling. Bake at 350°F fro 35 – 40 minutes until brownies are set.
O Joy Brownie Bar on white plate on turquoise napkin with fork

How to Make Almond Joy Brownie Bars at Home

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Grab a batch of brownies that fills a 9 x 13 pan or says “family size” and mix it up according to the directions on the box.

Brownie mix stirred together in a silver bowl with spatula

Mix up the coconut filling in a separate bowl.

Coconut and sweetened condensed milk filling with a little flour and egg in a mixing bowl

Pour half of the brownie mix into a greased 9 x 13 baking pan.

Half of brownie mix poured in greased 9x13 pan

Stir coconut filling together well and spoon as evenly as possible over the layer of brownies.

Coconut filling on top of brownie mix

Pour the remaining half of brownie mix over the sweetened condensed milk and coconut filling. Again, spread it out as evenly as possible.

Remaining brownie mix to make an easy chocolate sandwich on coconut layer

Bake in a 350°F oven for 35 – 40 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

These brownies taste great served warm or at room temperature!

Box mix of brownies sandwiched with a coconut layer

They can be stored in an airtight container on the counter for 3 – 5 days. Coconut stuffed brownies also freeze well. We like to freeze brownies in small portions so a sweet chocolate treat can be defrosted quickly and easily. Individual bags also help with portion control because these brownies are irresistible!

Other Delicious Brownie Recipes:

Printable O’ Joy Brownie Bars Recipe

Brownies with a layer of coconut on white plate with fork

O’ Joy Brownie Bars

Servings 16 bars
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
A rich layer of coconut flavored filling sandwiches between layers of a chocolate brownie mix make a super easy O'Joy Brownie Bar recipe.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 box brownie mix family size that fits 9×13 pan


  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 egg


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish
  • Stir together brownie mix according to directions on the package
  • In a seperate bowl stir together filling ingredients
  • Pour half of brownie batter in baking dish, layer coconut filling and then top with remaining brownie mix.
  • Bake for 35 – 40 minutes until brownies are set.


Calories: 243kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 4gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 129mgPotassium: 113mgFiber: 1gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 81IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 73mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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