One of my mom's favorite treats has always been a Hostess Sno Ball. She never ate them much, but would never turn one down if someone bought it for her. So when my parents came for a visit I knew I needed to make this dessert for her.
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cup all purpose flour
3 (1.55 ounce) milk chocolate bars, melted
7 ounce jar marshmallow fluff or creme
2/3 cup sweetened, shredded coconut
red or pink food coloring
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Preheat oven to 350º F. Line an 8x8 square baking pan with foil and spray foil with baking spray. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the butter and cocoa powder until the cocoa powder is dissolved and mixture is thick. Add in the sugar and stir until combined. Add in the eggs and stir until combined. Stir in the vanilla. Add in the flour, stirring just until combined. Fold in the melted chocolate bars.
Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and spread into an even layer. Bake for 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out with a few crumbs, but no raw batter. Let cool for 20 minutes.
While the brownies are cooling, in a food processor or blender, combine coconut, cornstarch and 1 drop of red or pink food coloring. Pulse until coconut is finely shredded and pink in color.
Spread the marshmallow fluff or creme over the brownies. Sprinkle the coconut over the marshmallow fluff or creme and press gently with your hands. Cover and refrigerate until brownies are cooled and firm. Store any remaining brownies in the refrigerator.
*Adapted from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen.