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Crazy for Coconut!

I love coconut, how about you? Here are some ideas for your coconut cravings…

Toasted Coconut Cream Pies   Coconut Macaroons   Toasted Coconut Banana Bread

Coconut Pecan Cinnamon Chip Oatmeal Cookies   Orange Coconut Pecan Cake   Coconut Cupcakes

Dark Chocolate Coconut Brownies   Coconut Pecan Oatmeal Bread   Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Coconut Almond Chex Mix  Black Bottom Coconut Macadamia Bars  Pecan & Coconut Cream Popcorn  Double Coconut Cream Pie

Chocolate Coconut Crunch Cookies   Raspberry Coconut Muffins   Pineapple Coconut Coffee Cake

Coconut Bundt Cake   Coconut Spice Bars   Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies

Lemon Blueberry Bread with Coconut   Chocolate Chip Coconut Date Nut Bars   Coconut Bites

Chewy Coconut Oatmeal Cookies   Chocolate Coconut Cookie Bars   Oatmeal Cake with Chocolate Coconut Pecan Frosting

Coconut Toffee Ricotta Cheese Cake   Pineapple Coconut Muffins with Almond Crunch   Coconut Vanilla Oatmeal Cookies

One Year Ago: Chocolate Red Velvet Cupcakes Chocolate Red Velvet Cupcakes

Two Years Ago: White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia

Three Years Ago: Parmesan Herb Rolls Parmesan Herb Rolls

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Candy, Snacks

Coconut Almond Chex Mix

April Fools! The joke is, you make this recipe of Coconut Almond Chex Mix and you won’t be able to stop eating it! It is so very good, sweet and chewy. Oh dang it, in order to make this post I made this Chex Mix and it is sitting right here in my kitchen…I guess the joke is on me!

Coconut Almond Chex Mix

7 cups Rice Chex cereal
5 cups Golden Grahams cereal
1½ cups sweetened shredded coconut
1 cup sliced almonds
3/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup

In large bowl, stir together Rice Chex, Golden Grahams, coconut, and almonds. In large saucepan over medium heat, stir together butter, sugar, and corn syrup and bring to”soft ball” stage…about 235° on candy thermometer. Pour over cereal mixture and gently stir until all is well coated. If you want to add M&Ms, or other candies continue stirring until cooled enough not to melt when added. Spread mixture out onto silpat lined baking sheet to cool completely. Store in airtight container.

One Year Ago: Snickerdoodle Cupcakes Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Two Years Ago: Coconut Toffee Ricotta Cheese Cake Coconut Toffee Ricotta Cheese Cake

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Peanut Butter M&M Candied Popcorn

Perfect for a Valentine’s Day treat for the people you love! Inspired by a recipe at crazyforcrust.com.

Peanut Butter M&M Candied Popcorn

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10 cups popped popcorn*
1½ cups M&Ms
1½ cups honey roasted peanuts
1 pkg (12 oz) white melting wafers*
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

Line large baking sheet with Silpat, parchment, or wax paper. Place popcorn in large bowl, add peanuts and M&Ms; toss. Melt white wafers and peanut butter together in microwave safe bowl on high for 1½-2 minutes, stir every 30 seconds. When the wafers are barely melted and mixture is stirred together smooth, pour over popcorn mixture. Stir gently to cover all the mixture. Turn popcorn mixture out onto prepared baking sheet. Spread evenly and let harden. Break into pieces and place in bags or sealed container. *I used already popped kettle corn from a large bag I purchased at Costco, makes the recipe super fast! Of course freshly popped will work wonderfully. For the candy melts I used Ghirardelli White Melting Wafers.

One Year Ago: Sticky Pecan Cinnamon Roll Bundt Sticky Pecan Cinnamon Roll Bundt

Two Years Ago: Carmelitas Carmelitas

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Pecan & Coconut Cream Popcorn

I am thinking about treats for the Superbowl, what to munch? How about Pecan & Coconut Cream Popcorn, why not! Once you start munching, you may not be able to stop!

Pecan & Coconut Cream Popcorn

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1½ cups pecans
1 cup flaked coconut
10 heaping cups popped popcorn
1 (11 oz) bag white chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli)
1/2 pkg (3.4 oz) coconut cream instant pudding mix, (1/3 cup, save other half for next batch)
3 tsp shortening

Line baking sheet with Silpat, parchment, or wax paper. Toast pecans and coconut in fry pan over medium low heat about 3-5 minutes, watch and stir. In large bowl, mix popped popcorn, pecans, and coconut. In double boiler over LOW heat, slowly melt chips. Do not try to rush, white chocolate or white chips have a very low burning point, so slowly let it warm stirring constantly (melting white chocolate). Remove from heat just as chips are softening, stir in coconut pudding mix, it will be thick. Put mixture back on the heat and slowly stir in the shortening, one tsp at a time to loosen up or thin the mixture. Pour the mixture over the popcorn mixture in four batches, stirring gently after each addition. Between additions, set coconut cream mixture on the low heat. Make sure to stir all the way to the bottom of the big bowl to bring all the coconut and pecans up and mix them in. Gently stir until all is coated. Pour out onto prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes until coconut cream mixture sets up. Break apart into pieces and store in airtight container.

One Year Ago: Personal Chicken Pot Pies Personal Chicken Pot Pies 1

Two Years Ago: Glazed Cinnamon Snack Cake Glazed Cinnamon Snack Cake

Candy

Cool Mint Oreo Fudge

Easy chocolate fudge with a bonus of a little crunch and mint. Quick and delicious!

Cool Mint Oreo Fudge

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 (14 oz) can sweetened  condensed milk
dash salt
1½ tsp vanilla
10 Cool Mint Oreos, chopped

Line a 8″x8″ or 9″x9″ square pan with foil, extending foil over ends. In large heavy saucepan over low heat, combined semisweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and salt; heat just until chips are melted. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Stir chopped Oreos into fudge mixture. Press into prepared pan. Chill 2 hours or until firm. Remove from pan by lifting edges of foil, peel foil away from fudge. Cut into squares. Adapted recipe from eaglebrand.com.

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Cool Mint Oreo Fudge 3

One Year Ago: Jungle Animal Cookies Truffles Jungle Animal Cookie Truffles

Two Years Ago: Chocolate Pecan Pie Truffles Chocolate Pecan Pie Truffles

Candy

Crisp Chocolate Truffles

This recipe came from a Christmas baking magazine years ago. It is easy as far as the ingredients, but a little time consuming with the dipping. We will call it a labor of love. When I dip truffles or chocolates I put in a good movie, get in the zone, and enjoy the ride. ;o)

Crisp Chocolate Truffles

1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow creme
2 Tbl butter
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups crisp rice cereal
1 (14 oz) pkg bittersweet chocolate chips
2 Tbl shortening
1/4 cup white baking chips, optional

In heavy saucepan combine marshmallow creme, butter, and semisweet chocolate chips. Cook over low heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat. Stir crisp rice cereal into chocolate mixture, mixing until thoroughly combined.
Drop by small scoopfuls onto silpat or waxed paper lined cookie sheet. Shape into round balls and refrigerate about 1 hour or until firm.

Melt bittersweet chocolate and shortening slowly over double boiler. Dip each chocolate ball in melted chocolate, let excess drip off, and place back on the silpat or waxed paper lined cookie sheet. I use two forks. One (my meat fork with long tines) to scoop up the chocolate covered truffle and let it sit on the tines, drip, and then swipe across the bottom (with a dinner fork) to remove excess chocolate. That is my way, let me know if you have a better way, I’m willing to learn! Melt white chips (if using) and place in zip lock bag.  Cut tiny hole in corner of bag and drizzle over truffles.  Refrigerate until firm. Place in small candy paper cups. Keep in airtight container.

Two Years Ago: Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies

Candy

Pecan Caramels

It is the holiday season, time for celebration and family. Decorating traditions, homemade delights, and heavenly aromas. Here is an old fashioned recipe to get things rolling.

Pecan Caramels

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chopped pecans (can substitute other nuts)

Butter 9″x9″ square pan; set aside. Combine butter, sugar, brown sugar, milk, whipping cream, and corn syrup in heavy saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until butter is melted. Raise heat by slow increments to medium and bring mixture slowly to boil. This is the patience part, do not rush, you do not want mixture to heat too fast and burn on bottom of pan. Continue cooking until candy thermometer reaches 242°F, process may take 25-30 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and nuts. Pour into prepared pan. Cool completely. Cut with sharp knife into 1½”x1″ pieces (or how you want), wrap in wax paper.

One Year Ago: Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins

Two Years Ago: My Favorite Apple Pie My Favorite Apple Pie 2

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For the Love of PUMPKIN!

For the love of PUMPKIN! Click on a picture to get the recipe. Which is your favorite?

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Maple Buttercream    Triple Layer Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Brownies    Pumpkin Custard

Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins    Pumpkin Pancakes    Pumpkin Sweet Rolls

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes 1    Pumpkin Pie Granola    Apple Pumpkin Pecan Cake

Pumpkin Gingersnap Truffles    Easy Pumpkin Spice Cookies    Cinnamon Topped Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Bread    Pumpkin Cream Cheese Snack Cake    Pumpkin Eggnog Pie

Spiced Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scones    Ginger Snap Walnut Pumpkin Pie    Pumpkin Gingerbread with Cinnamon Pumpkin Cream Frosting

Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins    Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake    Pumpkin Spice Sheet Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Coffee Cake    Chocolate Fudge Pumpkin Oat Bars    Pumpkin Oatmeal Surprise Cookies

One Year Ago: Banana Cake with Vanilla Bean Frosting Banana Cake with Vanilla Bean Frosting

Two Years Ago: Baked Apple Cider Donuts Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Candy, Snacks

Marshmallow Caramel Popcorn

Gather the family, pick a movie. This is going to be fun and delicious! Recipe from pincookie.com with M&M’s and sprinkles added.

Marshmallow Caramel Popcorn

12 cups popped popcorn
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
10 large marshmallows (I added a few more)
M&Ms
Sprinkles/Jimmies

Put popped popcorn in extra large bowl, set aside. In large bowl, microwave butter and brown sugar 2 minutes. Stir in marshmallows, microwave 1½-2 minutes until marshmallows are melted and smooth. Pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn and stir until popcorn is evenly covered. Gently stir in M&Ms and sprinkles/jimmies, just until evenly distributed, not too much or M&Ms will start to melt.

One Year Ago Today: Orange Vanilla Yogurt Cake Orange Vanilla Yogurt Cake

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