Lazy Daisy Brownies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 16 brownies

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These Lazy Daisy Brownies are ultra fudgy and topped with a broiled coconut frosting similar to Lazy Daisy Cake. They are the brownies for toasted coconut lovers!

lazy daisy brownies sliced overhead with one brownie sitting on its side

Strangely enough, Lazy Daisy Cake has always been one of my favorites.

I can easily skip the cake with all the buttercream frosting, and all the other over the top desserts.

But toasted coconut??

There is no denying myself.

If you don’t know what Lazy Daisy Cake is, it’s an incredibly moist vanilla cake made with hot milk and spread with a caramel-like coconut and brown sugar mixture that is broiled until just golden.

The cake is delicate and moist, the topping crunchy and gooey and coconut-y and caramel-y all at the same time, and it is outrageously delicious.

coconut brownies up close overhead image of one square

I understand that the whole “Lazy Daisy’ thing doesn’t really have anything to do with what you’re going to get out of this recipe, but that’s one of the best things about these vintage recipes, right? The fun names.

This recipe is another inspired by my grandma’s cookbook (like Grandma’s Hot Fudge Sundae CakeGrandma’s Candy Popcorn Recipe, and Grandma’s Sour Cream Sugar Cookies ), and it’s another winner.

two lazy daisy brownies stacked on white background

This brownie base recipe is one of my other favorite brownies, aside from Absolutely the Best Brownies Ever.

It is rich and fudgy and almost gooey in the center — feel free to bake the batter a few extra minutes if you like your brownies nice and firm through the center.

For us? the fudgier the better!

These brownies are topping with the same, sweet, rich, slightly crispy broiled topping as a Lazy Daisy Cake, and it complements the rich chocolate in a crazy good way.

Chocolate and toasted coconut is a match made in heaven!

Tips for making Broiled Coconut Frosting:

This frosting is incredibly easy to make!

You just stir together some:

  1. melted butter
  2. brown sugar
  3. vanilla
  4. milk or cream
  5. shredded coconut

There’s no mixer or beaters required — it all comes together in the oven under the broiler!

Here are some tips for getting the best results:

  • I have used both milk and cream and haven’t found that there is much of a difference in the results
  • If you want a less sweet frosting, feel free to swap the coconut for unsweetened
  • Always set a timer on the broiler — 1-2 minutes at a time, max! We’d hate to ruin a perfect batch of brownies over the difference of a minute.
  • Allow to cool at least to room temperature before slicing, or refrigerate overnight for cleaner slices.
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Lazy Daisy Brownies

5 from 1 vote
These Lazy Daisy Brownies are ultra fudgy and topped with a broiled coconut frosting similar to Lazy Daisy Cake. They are the brownies for toasted coconut lovers!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 16 brownies
Calories 205cal


For the brownies:

  • 1 cup butter melted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

For the topping:

  • 10 tsp brown sugar
  • 8 tsp melted butter
  • 4 tsp milk or cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8 or 9×9" pan with parchment paper and spray lightly with non stick spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine butter and sugar and whisk until combined. Whisk in eggs, one at a time. Stir in vanilla.
  • Add the cocoa, flour, salt and baking powder and whisk just until combined.
  • Spread into prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes until the center is nearly set when the pan is jiggled.
  • While brownies are baking, combine all ingredients for the topping. Set aside.
  • When brownies are done, remove and set the oven to broil. Gently spread coconut mixture over brownies and broil for 1-3 minutes until lightly golden brown.
  • Cool and slice to serve.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 205cal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 310IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.8mg

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Miranda says

    I think maybe “lazy daisy” is a description of sorts. I think it refers to the brown sugar/ coconut topping. I have a cookbook created by 4 sisters from Manitoba and it has a recipe for lazy daisy oatmeal cake (which I have made as a first birthday cake for all 3 of my children), and it has that same topping.

  2. Alexis @ Upside Down Pear says

    These look amazing!! Once grandma has named something it must not be changed! That’s half the fun of making the same recipes. I can totally see myself adding some ice cream on top or sneaking this into a milkshake!

  3. Laura says

    Just find these via Time to Sparkle. They look delicious and I love the idea of the topping – there aren’t many incidents where a brownie topping sounds as good as the brownie underneath but this one does!

  4. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain says

    So I sort of want to put broiled brown sugar coconut topping on every bit of food I eat from now on. Is that weird? I bet it’s totally fine…

    Maybe I’ll just stick to scarfing down these awesome chocolatey brownies. 😀

  5. Shashi @ runninsrilankan says

    Your grandma is a genius – thanks so much for sharing these with us – these look absolutely fantastic!!

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