Recipe for Romance: Almond Joy Brownies

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Welcome to Recipe for Romance and yay, it’s Friday! That’s always a good thing.

In the Muir household this week, we’re getting back into the swing of online school (3rd semester – don’t ask). Muirlette #2 came to me and told me she’d hit a B already in her science class, something she struggles with. I’m so proud of how she’s making progress. As for me, I’m so excited with the books coming for y’all. There’s a fantasy romance, two paranormal romances (one firefighters and one witches), and the last two installments of my Ivory Road serial that I started in 2015. The good news is I have new, matching covers for the serial stories and I’ll be able to show them off soon.

So let’s get cooking!

We had so much fun making these brownies and they’re pretty easy from Barefeet in the Kitchen. If you enjoyed watching, please subscribe to my channel and click the little bell to know when new videos are posted. The recipe is below for those who like to read them.


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips plus 3/4 cup reserved
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour *
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes plus 1/4 cup reserved
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds plus 2 tablespoons reserved

*Gluten Free

  • 1/3 cup brown rice flour
  • 3 tablespoons tapioca starch


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line an 8 or 9-inch square pan with foil and grease it very well with butter or baking spray.
  2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan, over medium heat. When the butter has melted, add 1 cup chocolate chips and stir until they have melted. Remove from the heat, add the sugar and stir to combine.
  3. Add the vanilla extract, the almond extract, and the eggs. Whisk or stir until smooth and shiny. Add the flour and salt and stir to combine. Stir in 1 cup coconut, 1/2 cup almonds, and 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
  4. Spread the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan and then sprinkle the top with the remaining coconut, almonds, and chocolate chips.
  5. Bake for 28-30 minutes, just until an inserted toothpick shows moist crumbs. Let the bars cool completely before slicing. Enjoy!
  6. Original recipe at Barefeet in the Kitchen

The brownies turn out to be pretty rich, so you’ll only want to eat one or two at a time. But they’re gooooood! A fun and easy way to make some sweets for your sweetheart.

Happy making, happy baking, happy eating, and happy reading!

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