Coconut Cream Pie Cookie Cups

These EASY Coconut Cream Pie Cookie Cups are awesome! Bite-sized sugar cookie cups baked and filled with a fluffy, light coconut cream pie filling and topped with fresh whipped cream and toasted coconut. So easy and great for anytime entertaining!So I just rejoined the dating scene.

I figured, I’m 25, I have no friends, and it’d be nice to talk to someone other than three uncommunicative canines every day. Also, I’m sure they’re probably tired of my singing off-key, awkward dancing and my fantasy scenarios that I have my own cooking show in which I channel my inner Pioneer Woman and talk to an imaginary camera as I’m baking.

Wait – did I just admit that out loud?

Anyway, when I first joined a free dating site back in 2014, I wasn’t even on there for 10 minutes when I started being bombarded with emails from prospective Romeos. But the guys were ultimately creepy, weird, not at all like they said they were on their profiles, dads, former convicts (not even kidding) and/or oddly unavailable for being on a dating site, so I finally tossed in my white flag and quit that. I was coming to terms with the crazy dog lady character I would soon become. I even adopted another dog! I was born ready for that role.

But some time has passed and I still haven’t run into my soul mate serendipitously, so I figured I’d try again but this time, with a paid site. I figured guys would probably be more serious when they had to fork over some money, and they’d be more likely to write meaningful messages other than “hey wut up?”

I’ve been on the paid site for a week and I haven’t received nary a message. NONE. I checked to make sure I didn’t say anything incriminating in my bio, and I double checked to make sure my pictures were flattering and not the scary face-swaps I do with babies printed on diaper boxes. Don’t judge me.

I’ve messaged at least one new guy a day and haven’t even seen courtesy responses from that… and I promise I didn’t even mention anything obscene or morbid, either. I’m saving all my good material for the first date.

So yeah, it’s not looking good so far and honestly, I’m not too worried about it. When Mr. Right decides to rear his little head, things will blossom magically like I’m in a Drew Barrymore movie. Assuming Mr. Right is not dead. And likes hearing random facts, like how hippo milk is pink. And doesn’t mind a girl with a gaggle of dogs. Yes, I know ‘gaggle’ isn’t the appropriate term; it’s ‘pack.’ FYI. I’ll stop.

Anywho, let’s talk about something successful, shall we? How about these Coconut Cream Pie Cookie Cups? They are fantastic and SO easy. I know that I claim most things on my site are easy, and they are! – but these are truly WAY simple.

In fact, no one has to know that the cookie cups are refrigerated sugar cookie dough. Or that there’s instant pudding in the filling. Your secret is safe with me!

Basically, these are poppable, bite-sized sugar cookie cups that are baked until golden, cooled, and then stuffed with a light and fluffy coconut cream pie filling. I finished them off with a handsome little dollop of fresh whipped cream and a sprinkling of toasted coconut to really drive that coconut flavor home.

Beware, as these are addicting! Don’t say I didn’t warn you 🙂

These EASY Coconut Cream Pie Cookie Cups are awesome! Bite-sized sugar cookie cups baked and filled with a fluffy, light coconut cream pie filling and topped with fresh whipped cream and toasted coconut. So easy and great for anytime entertaining!

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Coconut Cream Pie Cookie Cups
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These Coconut Cream Pie Cookie Cups are so simple to whip up, are such an easy, impressive dessert and taste just like coconut cream pie but without the hassle!
Ingredients
  • 1 (24 count) pkg refrigerated sugar cookie dough, at room temperature
  • 1 (3.4 oz) box instant coconut cream pudding mix
  • 1 & ½ cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 4 Tbsp sugar
  • About ½ cup toasted coconut
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 24-cavity miniature muffin tin with cooking spray. Place one portioned ball of dough into each muffin cavity and, using your fingers, gently press it down into the cavity.
  2. Bake for approx. 12-15 minutes or until the edges are light golden brown and the centers look set. Remove from the oven and immediately make an indent in the center of the cookie cup using a wooden spoon handle, careful not to puncture all the way through the cup's bottom. Cool in the pan for about 10-15 minutes before gently popping out with a butter knife. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whip 1 cup of the heavy whipping cream on HIGH speed until soft peaks form. Sprinkle in the instant dry coconut pudding mix and continue whipping on HIGH speed until stiff peaks form. Spoon the filling into a piping bag, seal out the air, and snip off the tip.
  4. Pipe heaping Tablespoonfuls of the filling into the cookie cups, filling to the top. You may have some extra filling left over, but I suggest eating it with a spoon! Set aside.
  5. Wipe out the mixer bowl and whip the remaining ½ cup whipping cream and the sugar together on HIGH speed until stiff peaks form. Transfer whipped cream into a piping bag and pipe a little dollop of whipped cream onto each pie. Sprinkle with toasted coconut. Store leftover cookie cups in the fridge, covered, up to 2 days.
  6. TO EASILY TOAST COCONUT, place coconut in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet or pan. Bake in a 300 degree F oven for about 5 minutes. Stir, then heat for another 5 minutes. Stir once more, and heat for another 3-5 minutes or until toasted and fragrant.

These EASY Coconut Cream Pie Cookie Cups are awesome! Bite-sized sugar cookie cups baked and filled with a fluffy, light coconut cream pie filling and topped with fresh whipped cream and toasted coconut. So easy and great for anytime entertaining!Light, bite-sized cups of heaven! You’ll love this easy recipe!

These EASY Coconut Cream Pie Cookie Cups are awesome! Bite-sized sugar cookie cups baked and filled with a fluffy, light coconut cream pie filling and topped with fresh whipped cream and toasted coconut. So easy and great for anytime entertaining! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

Ultra Fudgy German Chocolate Brownies

These German Chocolate Brownies are the BEST! Ultra fudgy brownies topped with a gooey coconut pecan frosting. Tastes just like the classic cake recipe but in a fudgy brownie! If you look up ‘fudgy’ in the dictionary, these brownies would come up for sure.

I only had tried German Chocolate Cake in college. I suppose my family is incredibly boring in our cake choices and we only ever had chocolate or Funfetti to choose from. When I grew up, it was like a whole new playing field with cake flavors. I know this sounds like I lived in a bunker, knowing only the sprinkles in the Funfetti mix, but I promise I was a member of society, albeit an awkward teenager at that time.

When I had it, I served it for my Food & Culture college class when I was presenting on Germany. I mistakenly thought German Chocolate Cake had to come from Germany. Um, HELLO. But little did I realize that it isn’t German at all. I’m more German than German Chocolate Cake, and I’m barely German. It’s actually very un-German.

Instead, I should have served Black Forest Cake which is German. Although I did give the class braunschwieger. If you don’t know what that is, consider yourself lucky… unless you like hot dogs, because it honestly tastes like hot dogs. My grandma used to give it to me all the time on saltine crackers and I gobbled it up. If I’d known it was liver, I would have balked… but call it ‘hot dogs’ and any kid would flip.

Unless you’re one of those kids who eats like, beet puree. Then I simply don’t trust you.

But the fact that German Chocolate Cake is an imposter didn’t halt my love for it. There’s something so intoxicating & delicious about that gooey coconut pecan frosting paired with the chocolaty cake. That’s precisely what gave me the inspiration for these Ultra Fudgy German Chocolate Brownies. They’re the fudgiest little suckers you’ll ever eat short of eating actual fudge, and they are topped with a glorious coconut pecan frosting that could honestly just be eaten with a spoon.

The brownies start with my Best-Ever Fudge Brownies recipe which produces really thick, ultra chewy brownies packed with chocolate flavor. In fact, there is a full pound of chocolate in the brownie recipe. I meeeeeann..

Then you top them with that coconut pecan goodness. It starts with some sugar, butter, evaporated milk and egg yolks which are boiled and stirred for exactly 12 minutes. Don’t ask me why; it’s just the nature of the beast and no one questions beasts. Like why Two and a Half Men is still on the air and why tourist men wear socks with sandals, some things we’ll never know… including why it takes precisely 12 minutes to complete. How’s that for your scientific answer?

These German Chocolate Brownies are the BEST! Ultra fudgy brownies topped with a gooey coconut pecan frosting. Tastes just like the classic cake recipe but in a fudgy brownie! Once the frosting is done, stir in some pecans and coconut – necessary add-ins for the traditional frosting. Then spread the whole mishegas on top of the brownies, cover it up with plastic wrap, and refrigerate it for a couple hours to set. Once it’s all settled, cut it into bars and eat that goodness up as if your life depends on it!

By the way, I got an A for my Germany presentation, but I’m giving myself an A+ for these brownies.

These German Chocolate Brownies are the BEST! Ultra fudgy brownies topped with a gooey coconut pecan frosting. Tastes just like the classic cake recipe but in a fudgy brownie!

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Ultra Fudgy German Chocolate Brownies
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These ultra fudgy, super chocolaty German Chocolate Brownies combine classic cake flavors with an easy brownie recipe!
Ingredients
  • FOR BROWNIES:
  • 1 & ¼ cups butter, cubed
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate bars, roughly chopped
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 & ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder
  • Pinch salt
  • FOR COCONUT PECAN FROSTING:
  • 2 cups evaporated milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, cubed
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9" baking pan with foil, extending the edges of the foil over the sides of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large microwaveable bowl, melt together the cubed butter, semi-sweet chocolate & bittersweet chocolate on HIGH for 45 seconds. Stir, then heat for another 25-30 seconds or until melted and glossy. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the sugar, eggs and vanilla until pale yellow and fluffy, about 1 minute. Pour in the chocolate mixture and mix to combine. Add in the flour, espresso and salt and beat until a soft batter has formed. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread in an even layer; batter will be thick.
  4. Bake for approx. 37-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely.
  5. While brownies cool, make your frosting. In a large saucepot, bring together the evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, cubed butter, and vanilla over medium heat until melted. Bring the mixture to a bubble/boil and, stirring constantly, boil for 12 minutes exactly or until thickened. Remove from heat after 12 minutes and stir in the coconut and chopped pecans. Cool for about 15 minutes.
  6. Spread the frosting evenly over the brownie layer. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 2 hours or until set. The pan will weigh approximately 4584 pounds; this is normal. Cut into squares and serve.

These German Chocolate Brownies are the BEST! Ultra fudgy brownies topped with a gooey coconut pecan frosting. Tastes just like the classic cake recipe but in a fudgy brownie! Fudgy, chocolaty and dense with that lusciously gooey coconut pecan frosting on top… there’s nothing these brownies can’t do!

These German Chocolate Brownies are the BEST! Ultra fudgy brownies topped with a gooey coconut pecan frosting. Tastes just like the classic cake recipe but in a fudgy brownie! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

 

 

Coconut Cream Pudding Cookies

These Coconut Cream Pudding Cookies are so supremely soft & chewy and loaded with buttery, nutty coconut flavor and white chocolate! You'll never guess their secret, EASY ingredient! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!

Ours was super low-key, and by super low-key, I mean as low-key as humanly possible. Like, we literally all sat on our butts and watched TV all day. Then I made chicken parmesan for dinner since no one likes ham. The Parkers are winning at this Easter business.

And you know what’s even worse than being an Easter loser? An Easter loser who didn’t even make dessert for after Easter dinner.

I KNOW.

How am I a dessert blogger? I should be fired immediately.

I made stuff for the blog, so technically we had dessert, but I am kind of like the dessert police and didn’t let anyone touch it since I hadn’t photographed it yet.

I KNOW.

So we ate like dessertless barbarians. I’m clearly winning at life.

Anyway, can we talk about these Coconut Cream Pudding Cookies? They are incredible! Super coconutty, soft and supremely chewy, and loaded with white chocolate. AHMAZING.

You won’t believe how easy they are to make, too!

Start with a box of sugar cookie mix – I like Krusteaz’s Butter Vanilla Sugar the best. It has such delicious flavor on its own, but it adds a wonderful depth to these cookies. Next, mix together the ingredients on the back of the box. AKA, your usual suspects of butter and an egg. With your old faithful mix-ins, add in a box of instant coconut pudding mix. Yep, the dry mix. Once it’s all incorporated – and you may add in a little milk or oil to help things along – toss in some white chocolate chips.

This is one all-star cookie, people. Definitely not a loser.

Enjoy!!

These Coconut Cream Pudding Cookies are so supremely soft & chewy and loaded with buttery, nutty coconut flavor and white chocolate! You'll never guess their secret, EASY ingredient!

Coconut Cream Pudding Cookies
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These Coconut Cream Pudding Cookies are incredible! So supremely soft & chewy and filled with amazing coconut flavor and white chocolate.
Ingredients
  • 1 box vanilla sugar cookie mix (I like Krusteaz)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 2-3 Tbsp milk or oil
  • 1 (3.4 oz) box instant coconut cream pudding mix (just the dry mix)
  • 1 tsp coconut extract, optional but adds great flavor
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners or mist them lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the sugar cookie mix, egg, softened butter, milk, instant pudding mix and the coconut extract until a soft dough forms. You may have to knead it together with your hands. You can add a little more milk or oil, one Tbsp at a time, until dough is soft and workable. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Drop rounded Tablespoonfuls of dough onto the baking sheets about 2" apart. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even cooking. Cookies will be golden brown and just barely set. Do not over-bake. Cool completely before serving.

These Coconut Cream Pudding Cookies are so supremely soft & chewy and loaded with buttery, nutty coconut flavor and white chocolate! You'll never guess their secret, EASY ingredient! Pretty pretty promise me you’ll make them?!

These Coconut Cream Pudding Cookies are so supremely soft & chewy and loaded with buttery, nutty coconut flavor and white chocolate! You'll never guess their secret, EASY ingredient! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Coconut Cream Pie Gooey Bars

These Coconut Cream Pie Gooey Bars are AMAZING! This EASY recipe tastes JUST like coconut cream pie but in a gooey, chewy bar form! Sweet, nutty and bursting with coconut flavor! I am obsessed with random facts.

I absolutely, positively love learning random things that have no use in my brain whatsoever. My personal favorite are facts that totally blow my mind, leaving me in a state of semi-paralysis while I ponder my existential crisis.

You know, just a normal Tuesday.

Like, okay – did you know Maine is the closest U.S. state to Africa?

Or that humans share 50% of our DNA with bananas?

Or that there are more fake flamingos in the world than there are real flamingos?

CRAZY, RIGHT?

My family is completely annoyed with me and my random factoids. In fact, when I start off my fact with, “Did you know…?” they all groan and grumble. But like, why wouldn’t you want to know that if you folded a piece of paper 42 times it’d reach the moon? I mean, come on people – it’s science!

So anyway, now I read random facts and keep them all to myself. If there was ever a bar trivia night starring random questions wondering how many hearts an octopus has, I can clearly win when I say “three.” Boom.

Since my facts aren’t as appreciated as they probably should be, let’s talk about these Coconut Cream Pie Gooey Bars. They taste exactly like a coconut cream pie but without all of the hassle of making a homemade pie crust and whatnot. The filling and crust come together in minutes and then the whole shebang is baked until golden and gooey. I do want to warn ya that you should let these sit in the fridge for at least two hours to set up, but other than that, you’ll be eating these bad boys in no time.

Random fact: these bars will rock your socks off. Guaranteed!

These Coconut Cream Pie Gooey Bars are AMAZING! This EASY recipe tastes JUST like coconut cream pie but in a gooey, chewy bar form! Sweet, nutty and bursting with coconut flavor!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Coconut Cream Pie Gooey Bars
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These Coconut Cream Pie Gooey Bars are phenomenal! They taste just like a coconut cream pie but without the hassle of making a crust.
Ingredients
  • FOR CRUST:
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 (3.4 oz) box instant coconut creme pudding mix (just the dry mix)
  • FOR GOOEY BARS:
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 2 tsp coconut extract
  • 1 (16 oz) box powdered sugar
  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • Additional powdered sugar, for dusting on finished product
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil liberally with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, melted butter, egg and dry coconut creme pudding mix until combined. Press the mixture onto the bottom of the pan in an even layer. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the cream cheese until soft, about 1 minute. Add in the eggs, one at a time, then add in the coconut extract. Beat in the powdered sugar and melted butter until completely combined. Fold in the shredded coconut.
  4. Pour the mixture evenly over the crust in the pan and bake for approximately 30-40 minutes or until golden brown and just about set. The center may be slightly gooey still - this is okay and you do not want to over-bake! Cool completely, then refrigerate for about 2 hours or until set. Dust with additional powdered sugar just before serving.

These Coconut Cream Pie Gooey Bars are AMAZING! This EASY recipe tastes JUST like coconut cream pie but in a gooey, chewy bar form! Sweet, nutty and bursting with coconut flavor! Gooey, chewy, and loaded with buttery, nutty coconut flavor, these bars are a wonderful treat for any season!

These Coconut Cream Pie Gooey Bars are AMAZING! This EASY recipe tastes JUST like coconut cream pie but in a gooey, chewy bar form! Sweet, nutty and bursting with coconut flavor! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Hummingbird Bundt Cake

This Hummingbird Bundt Cake is a Southern favorite that you can enjoy at home! A spice cake bursting with pineapple, banana and pecans is topped with a creamy homemade cream cheese glaze and toasted coconut. A perfect, EASY cake recipe for any time! Can you believe this was the first time I’ve tried Hummingbird Cake?!

I know. Me either.

In my defense – and probably in many of yours – I hadn’t really known about Hummingbird Cake until recently. It’s a Southern cake, so if you’re from the South you’re probably way ahead of me. Allow me to catch up!

Most people know about red velvet cake – aka, the most Southern cake there is. But a lot of people overlook this beautiful Hummingbird Cake, which, by the way – I have no idea why they call it that. And no hummingbirds were involved in the making of this cake. Just FYI.

But there’s kinda something magical that happens when you bake up a Hummingbird Cake. First, it’s a spice cake base which automatically makes it awesome. Then you jazz it up with crushed pineapple, mashed banana and pecans. Lastly, I finished this off with a super thick, ultra rich cream cheese glaze, more chopped pecans and a sprinkling of toasted coconut.

JESUS TAKE THE WHEEEEEL.

The result is a supremely moist cake bursting with a bunch of different flavors and textures. You get the sweetness from the pineapple and banana, the crunch from the pecans, and the warmth from the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves spicing the batter. Then you get the creaminess from that glaze – seriously, pass a straw – and a wonderful nuttiness from the toasted coconut.

And yes, toasting the coconut is mandatory. If you’ve ever had toasted coconut, you’ll know why. It’s only the bestthingever.

This Hummingbird Bundt Cake is a Southern favorite that you can enjoy at home! A spice cake bursting with pineapple, banana and pecans is topped with a creamy homemade cream cheese glaze and toasted coconut. A perfect, EASY cake recipe for any time! With spring vastly approaching, Easter coming up and Mother’s Day along the way, I highly suggest bookmarking this cake to make for any of those events! It’s so simple – thanks to a cake mix – but is doctored up so much that no one will know you took a shortcut. It’s definitely a cake that wows!

Plus, you can pretend to be Southern when you make it. Accent required, obvi.

This Hummingbird Bundt Cake is a Southern favorite that you can enjoy at home! A spice cake bursting with pineapple, banana and pecans is topped with a creamy homemade cream cheese glaze and toasted coconut. A perfect, EASY cake recipe for any time!

Hummingbird Bundt Cake
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This Hummingbird Bundt Cake is filled with delicious flavors like pineapple, banana and pecans, then topped with a luscious cream cheese glaze and toasted coconut.
Ingredients
  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup oil
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 small box instant banana pudding mix (just the dry mix)
  • 1 cup mashed banana (about 2 medium bananas)
  • 1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple
  • 1 & ½ cups chopped pecans, divided
  • FOR GLAZE & TOPPING:
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened to room temp
  • 2 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup toasted coconut
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a bundt pan with cooking spray, preferably the kind with flour in it. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, eggs, buttermilk, oil, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and dry pudding mix with an electric mixer for about 2 minutes or until combined. Fold in the mashed banana, crushed pineapple and one (1) cup of the chopped pecans.
  3. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared pan and bake for approx. 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick or skewer inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist, not wet, crumbs. Cool completely in the pan before inverting onto a wire rack.
  4. Once cool, make your glaze. In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, butter, vanilla and heavy cream until combined. Add in the powdered sugar, beating until smooth and pourable. Pour the mixture over the cake, allowing it to drip down the sides. Immediately sprinkle with the remaining chopped pecans and the toasted coconut.
  5. Store leftovers covered in the fridge.

This Hummingbird Bundt Cake is a Southern favorite that you can enjoy at home! A spice cake bursting with pineapple, banana and pecans is topped with a creamy homemade cream cheese glaze and toasted coconut. A perfect, EASY cake recipe for any time! Rich, moist, flavorful deliciousness all up in here!

This Hummingbird Bundt Cake is a Southern favorite that you can enjoy at home! A spice cake bursting with pineapple, banana and pecans is topped with a creamy homemade cream cheese glaze and toasted coconut. A perfect, EASY cake recipe for any time! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

German Chocolate Cake Cookies

These German Chocolate Cake Cookies taste exactly like the famed dessert but in a soft & chewy cookie! You'll love the homemade, easy coconut pecan frosting!So over the past two years, I’ve gained quite a bit of weight.

This is mostly due to a medication I’m taking, but also due to the fact that I’m allergic to the gym. Seriously, I try and try with the gym but I just can’t get it to stick. I’ve tried being brutal with myself and forcing myself to go, but I’d honestly rather be waterboarded because that sounds more refreshing than push-ups.

ANYWAY. For the longest time I was in denial about my new body and new size. I’d still try to squeeze my curvaceous figure into my size Medium tops and try to pour myself into my old jeans with my attempts failing miserably. I liken it to Jabba the Hutt wearing skinny jeans.

So needless to say, for awhile it was rough. I was depressed, couldn’t fit into anything and felt betrayed by my own body and left out. It sucked. I cried a lot and spent many hours criticizing myself in the mirror. AKA, super fun things we women do to ourselves when no one’s watching. Commence shame spiral.

But one day it just kind of clicked in my head that I could continue to be miserable and nitpick myself over and over, or I could accept the fact that this is what I look like now. So I decided to accept myself, because this figure I have isn’t permanent, and when I feel ready to reconcile with the gym, I can always go back and get back on the bandwagon of tightening up my figure.

So with this newfangled appreciation of myself, I had to get rid of the old clothes that made me look like a constipated sausage and get new clothes that I feel good in.

But there’s one minor problem I have with plus-size clothing. It’s the fact that it’s labeled differently from regular women’s clothing. You see, most stores have a “women’s” or a “misses” section for women’s clothes, right? But the plus size is over in the WOMAN section. And it’s always in upper caps – WOMAN – as if we’re trying to scare off petite people or something. WOMAN.

And I personally take issue with this whole WOMAN business. Sure, I’m a woman, but I’m not some beast of a woman who deserves an all uppercase spelling. I’m still a miss. I’m still a woman. But I’m not a WOMAN. ‘WOMAN’ implies I’m effing huge and beastly, like I carry around a stick and wear a loin-cloth or something like some kind of Tarzanian creature. Why can’t plus sized gals just be women?

Just a thought for the clothing industry. Not that they read my little ol’ blog for labeling advice, but should they come around, now they know. I am WOMAN, hear me complain about your crappy labels.

And have I used the word ‘woman’ enough in this post? Jeez, it doesn’t even look like a word anymore.

But anyways, this post has nothing to do with these cookies except for the fact that I ate a few because they were SO GOOD. I love German Chocolate Cake because of the coconut pecan frosting it has. It’s so luscious, rich and just downright delicious, and it pairs perfectly with that not-super-chocolaty German chocolate cake. Well this is kinda the same concept, but with cookies! Because everyone loves cookies and because I can’t frost cakes for crap.

These German Chocolate Cake Cookies taste exactly like the famed dessert but in a soft & chewy cookie! You'll love the homemade, easy coconut pecan frosting!I got this idea from my friend Nikki who made them awhile back. They’re so delicious – you guys have to give them a try…

…or else I may have to pull out my stick 🙂

These German Chocolate Cake Cookies taste exactly like the famed dessert but in a soft & chewy cookie! You'll love the homemade, easy coconut pecan frosting!

5.0 from 1 reviews
German Chocolate Cake Cookies
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These German Chocolate Cake Cookies are absolutely delicious! The homemade coconut pecan frosting really takes them over the top.
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg German Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup oil
  • FOR FROSTING:
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 3 squares chocolate candy melts or candy coating chocolate, for drizzling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking pans with silicone liners or spray the pans lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs and oil with a spoon until a soft dough has formed. Drop rounded Tablespoonfuls of dough onto the baking sheets 1-2" apart from one another. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time. Cookies may appear soft and slightly undone; this is okay and do not overbake them. Allow the cookies to cool completely on the baking sheet.
  3. Meanwhile, while cookies bake and cool, prepare your frosting. In a large heavy bottomed pot, combine the evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, cubed butter and vanilla over medium heat. Stir occasionally until butter has melted. Once the mixture is hot and bubbling, stir constantly for 12 minutes exactly. After 12 minutes, remove from heat and stir in the coconut and pecans. Set aside for about 5-10 minutes to thicken and set up.
  4. Once frosting is cool to the touch, drop heaping Tablespoonfuls onto each cookie and spread out. Drizzle with melted candy melts or candy coating chocolate for a finished look.

These German Chocolate Cake Cookies taste exactly like the famed dessert but in a soft & chewy cookie! You'll love the homemade, easy coconut pecan frosting!These cookies are so supremely soft, chewy and loaded with that authentic German chocolate cake flavor! I can’t get over the buttery richness of that homemade coconut pecan frosting that sits atop each chocolaty cookie. You and your family will flip for this easy recipe!

These German Chocolate Cake Cookies taste exactly like the famed dessert but in a soft & chewy cookie! You'll love the homemade, easy coconut pecan frosting! Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

The Easiest Coconut Macaroons

These are the EASIEST Coconut Macaroons you'll ever make! Only 5 simple ingredients you probably have on hand produces the chewiest, sweetest cookies!So you guys know how much I hate the TV show House Hunters, right?

I still hate it with a fiery passion in my soul.

And my family? Loves it. It’s always on in my house, probably just to spite me. I cannot fathom how anyone with emotions can successfully watch an episode without erupting into a manic rage. It is so infuriating.

Everyone on that show is aggravating, nit-picking every.single.thing about each house like they’re being paid to criticize every excruciating detail (which they probably are). And they have such crazy, outlandish requests which always baffle me to no end.

“My husband travels a lot for work, so we need to be close to an airport… but we want to live in the country.”

“Well, this house is about 200 miles from a jail. So if a prisoner hypothetically broke out of jail, he’d come straight for our house since it’s so convenient.”

“This spare bedroom holds a bed, a dresser, and a nightstand, but it’s too small. Guests who stay over will feel uncomfortable, since they’ll likely spend all day in this room like antisocial weirdos.”

“I’m a voyeur who likes spying on her neighbors, so there must be a window in every room in the house, including the closets.”

“We want to live five minutes from downtown but we want a big yard for our kids.”

“Well, this is on the beach like we wanted, but now we’ll probably track sand in the house. Does this house have sand-preventing floors?”

“We asked for a duplex, you gave us a duplex, but we don’t want to hear our neighbors, so let’s complain to the real estate agent about it.”

“I want an open floor plan but I also want the home to be 400 sq. feet.”

“This house has white appliances. I want black. Let’s not buy it for this reason alone.”

“This house has a hideous paint job. Let’s not buy it for this reason alone.”

“I want a house on the beach but I don’t want to hear the ocean.”

See? Totally infuriating. I still don’t understand how this show is on-air. Or how they find that many irritating people to try out for it.

End rant.

Anywho, for the past couple of months I’ve been searching for the perfect Coconut Macaroon recipe and folks, these are it. They’re perfectly domed, chewy bites of heaven that are bursting with toasty coconut. There are a couple of different ways to prepare coconut macaroons, but I chose the sweetened condensed milk way. To me, it’s easier than the egg white version and produces a sweeter, better-tasting macaroon. (And by the way, these are macaroons. Macarons, with one ‘o’, are the French style sandwich cookies).

These are the EASIEST Coconut Macaroons you'll ever make! Only 5 simple ingredients you probably have on hand produces the chewiest, sweetest cookies!So if you’re looking for the easiest coconut macaroons ever, this is your recipe!

Enjoy!

These are the EASIEST Coconut Macaroons you'll ever make! Only 5 simple ingredients you probably have on hand produces the chewiest, sweetest cookies!*adapted from allrecipes

5.0 from 2 reviews
The Easiest Coconut Macaroons
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These tender and chewy Coconut Macaroons are the easiest cookies ever!
Ingredients
  • 5 & ½ cups shredded coconut (I used sweetened)
  • ⅔ cup flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • Melted chocolate, if desired
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 cookie sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the coconut and flour until coated. Pour in the sweetened condensed milk and both extracts and using a spoon or spatula, blend together to coat.
  3. Drop rounded, heaping Tablespoonfuls of the sticky mixture onto the cookie sheets about 1-2" apart. Bake for approx. 12-15 minutes or until golden and lightly toasted. Cool completely.
  4. *if you'd like, dip the bottoms in the melted chocolate and allow to set before serving.

These are the EASIEST Coconut Macaroons you'll ever make! Only 5 simple ingredients you probably have on hand produces the chewiest, sweetest cookies!Chewy, toasty, flavorful and sweet – these cookies are the ultimate for any coconut lover!

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

 

Easy Coconut Cream Pie

This No-Bake Easy Coconut Cream Pie is a classic recipe you must try! Creamy, light, fluffy and coconutty, it tastes like it's made from scratch without all the effort.I am the worst packer.

Well, the best and the worst wrapped up into one messed up person.

You see, I just got home from a quick little jaunt to NYC and I spent hours packing for this long-weekend trip. Ruminating over every piece of clothing, every necklace, every cosmetic, everything. And then I packed.

And promptly unpacked.

And promptly repacked, after assessing I had everything in there appropriately the first time.

And then an hour later, unpacked again. Because last time I checked, I maybe forgot something.

So then I repack again. Will this cycle never end?

And finally, after hours of deliberation, rumination, and excruciating unpacking and repacking, I finally decided I was good to go… only to second-guess myself at the very last minute the morning I was to leave.

WHYYYYY does this happen to me?!

Why am I such a control freak who has to have everything in its perfect little place? Or feel like I’m going to die if I don’t bring XYZ necklace or XYZ pair of shoes? Hello, that’s just another excuse to go shopping, after all.

But regardless, time and time again I go through the packing and unpacking motions. Thanks, OCD, you’re a real help in this whole vacation thing.

This No-Bake Easy Coconut Cream Pie is a classic recipe you must try! Creamy, light, fluffy and coconutty, it tastes like it's made from scratch without all the effort.ANYWHO. Before my jaunt, I made this Easy Coconut Cream Pie. You guys – this pie could not be simpler to whip up. It’s so creamy, luscious, thick and light, it’s like you’re eating coconut cream clouds. And it’s prepared in a premade graham cracker crust, so there’s no baking, no muss, no fuss. Amazing!

I wish I could have packed this.

This No-Bake Easy Coconut Cream Pie is a classic recipe you must try! Creamy, light, fluffy and coconutty, it tastes like it's made from scratch without all the effort.

5.0 from 3 reviews
Easy Coconut Cream Pie
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This Coconut Cream Pie couldn't be easier to whip up! Light, thick, creamy and luscious, it tastes like it's made from scratch but comes together in minutes.
Ingredients
  • 1 prepared graham cracker pie crust
  • 2 boxes (3.4 oz each) instant Coconut Cream pudding mix
  • 2 cups milk (I used 1%)
  • ⅔ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip Free, thawed
  • About ½ cup toasted coconut (I toasted mine in a skillet)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the pudding mixes and milk until thick and creamy, about 2 minutes. Fold in ¾ of the Cool Whip and the ⅔ cup of shredded coconut until combined and creamy. Pour into the prepared pie crust.
  2. Spread carefully with remaining Cool Whip and top with toasted coconut. Refrigerate to set for at least 4 hours or until firm. Cut into slices and serve. Store leftovers in the fridge.

This No-Bake Easy Coconut Cream Pie is a classic recipe you must try! Creamy, light, fluffy and coconutty, it tastes like it's made from scratch without all the effort.No-bake, classic pudding pie. What’s not to love?!

I hope you enjoy! Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia Salad

This Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia is a light, luscious and fruit-packed dessert dish that's perfect for Easter! Loaded with marshmallows, coconut, tropical fruit and a tangy pina colada whipped cream, it'll transport you right to the beach!So. Easter’s coming up — it’s hard to believe it’s so soon with an early April 5th this year! So if ya don’t mind me, I’m going to be posting Easter recipes up the wazoo, mmkay?

First up: Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia. But first, a story! *collective sighs*

As a kid, my family and I would go to my grandma’s house for Easter breakfast every year. And every year, she’d hide plastic Easter eggs full of candy and quarters around her yard for me and my brother & sister. She would color code the eggs so I would be purple, Chloe would be green, and Alex would be blue, or whatever.

But the thing was, she put all three colors together in any given spot. So if I saw Alex bend down behind the garden hose and extract an egg, I knew my egg would be back there, too. If Chloe saw me elbow-deep in the rose bush reaching for my egg, she would race over to collect hers. I can see why my grandma did this when we were all younger, perhaps so it could be fair to Chloe (who’s the youngest), but as we got older and I was seventeen and hunting for eggs, it became a little ridiculous. (One, because of the obviousness of it all, and two, because I was seventeen and being forced — yes, forced — to hunt Easter eggs).

And the candy was never really good candy. And yes, there’s definitely a distinction between ‘good’ candy and ‘bad’ candy. I’m not talking ‘I prefer Snickers over Reese’s Cups’ or anything. I mean the CANDYCANDY (Snickers, Jelly Bellies, Whoppers, M&M’s) and the …candy? that she would inevitably buy.

You know – the “candy” that doctors offices have. The unmarked lollipops that taste like plastic with a vague hint of fruit (the yellow ones were always the most vile; the red were decent enough to be passable as cherry, depending on your level of hunger). The chewy candies that were probably made with leftover SuperGlue. Those — shudder — strawberry candies, which are by far the foulest things to have graced this planet, right before those toe shoes and Vienna sausages. Or those butterscotch candies, which were always really sticky and hard, like they’d been melted in the bottom of a purse since 1967.

So basically we’d collect for the quarters which essentially paid us to hunt for them, and then we’d toss the candy since it came from an undisclosed location and an even vaguer brand. I mean, do these candy companies know that no one likes their stuff? Are they aware that their lack of branding looks majorly suspicious and that only desperate doctors and banks purchase their lollipops? What’s their name, anyway? “Bank Candy”? “Doctor Lolly”? All’s I know is, I had this terrible doctor once — and I mean terrible — who had this super thick accent and just said to ice or rest everything, no matter what the ailment was, and she’d hand out those unmarked lollies and they always tasted like they were made of candied cough syrup. Mm, Robitussin Raspberry – my favorite! I never liked that, Dr. Lee. AND RESTING MY LEG DIDN’T HELP EITHER.

This Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia is a light, luscious and fruit-packed dessert dish that's perfect for Easter! Loaded with marshmallows, coconut, tropical fruit and a tangy pina colada whipped cream, it'll transport you right to the beach!Anywho. This all comes together because that very color-coding-egg-grandma makes ambrosia every year for Easter dinner. And for the longest time I’d eat it because hello, it’s Cool Whip and marshmallows with fruit… duh. But then I got kinda tired of it, and I figured for this Easter, it’s about dang time I change it up. So I revamped grandma’s classic ambrosia with a tropical twist. My new version happens to be my new favorite… and I guarantee it’ll be yours too! This fruit salad is so easy, light, and delicious!

So. Who’s ready to go hunting for awesome ambrosia? (Game over. It’s right here).

This Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia is a light, luscious and fruit-packed dessert dish that's perfect for Easter! Loaded with marshmallows, coconut, tropical fruit and a tangy pina colada whipped cream, it'll transport you right to the beach!

Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia Salad
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This light, fruity and DELICIOUS Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia has the flavors of the tropics built right in and is perfect any time of year.
Ingredients
  • 1 can (15 oz) cherry fruit cocktail, drained
  • 1 small can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 (20 oz) can Dole Pineapple Chunks, drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can mangoes, drained and chopped if in large pieces
  • 1 & ½ cups shredded coconut, divided
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip Free, thawed
  • 1 container Pina Colada yogurt
  • About 2 cups JET-PUFFED Fruity Fun Mallows
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, fold together the Cool Whip Free and the Pina Colada Yogurt. Add in the canned fruits, marshmallows, and one (1) cup of the shredded coconut. Gently fold and toss to combine until coated.
  2. Refrigerate the mixture for at LEAST 2 hours or until flavors have set together.
  3. Optional, but recommended: if you'd like, toast the remaining ½ cup coconut. In a 300 degree F oven, line a baking sheet with parchment and lay out coconut in an even layer. Toast in 5 minute increments, stirring after each round, until golden. Sprinkle over the top of the ambrosia right before serving. Garnish with a cherry if you'd like.

This Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia is a light, luscious and fruit-packed dessert dish that's perfect for Easter! Loaded with marshmallows, coconut, tropical fruit and a tangy pina colada whipped cream, it'll transport you right to the beach!You guys – this is so fruity and fabulous! I love the sweet softness of the JET-PUFFED Fruit Mallows — they have such fun flavors and add a great pop of rainbow color! And the fruit itself is a great, tropical combination that transports you right to the beach. Ripe pineapple chunks, juicy mango and mandarins, bright cherries, all coated in a luscious and light whipped cream and pina colada yogurt dressing. This salad is totally awesome!!

Have a fabulous Sunday!!

xo, Hayley

 

 

Samoas Sugar Cookie Bars

Sugar Cookie Samoas Bars - thick and chewy sugar cookie bars topped with rich, buttery caramel and toasted coconut, then drizzled with milk chocolate! Just like a Samoas Girl Scout Cookie!Every year around this time, I start to realize bikini season is creeping up on me… and every year around this time, I vow to eat better, exercise more, and transform myself into a Victoria’s Secret model.

And for awhile, it works. I’ll throw spinach in my smoothies. I’ll walk an extra mile a day. I’ll send Victoria’s Secret my bikini modeling pictures and they’ll call me and tell me to please stop sending photos to them. Same old routine, you know?

But then… then something happens. I’ll be walking to the grocery store to buy more birdseed to snack on when suddenly, I’m attacked by throngs of miniature girls with ribbons in their hair and teeth missing in their mouths asking me in their cute voices if I’d like to buy some Girl Scout Cookies. And then there’s always that one little girl dressed up like a gigantic Tagalong or something and I just want to scream why are you doing this to me!? because it’s so rude to say no to a girl dressed up like a giant cookie, you know?

It’s like, I may say no to a cookie here and there, but a cookie with a face? A cookie with a toothless grin, pigtails, and shoes that light up when she dances? That’s a low-blow to breeze on by and be like, I don’t need you, dancing cookie girl. I just can’t do it.

Sugar Cookie Samoas Bars - thick and chewy sugar cookie bars topped with rich, buttery caramel and toasted coconut, then drizzled with milk chocolate! Just like a Samoas Girl Scout Cookie!So inevitably I spend my kale money on Do-Si-Dos and Thin Mints and Samoas and insist to the moms multiple times that I’m buying for my family, we all love cookies, har har har, and then I get home and eat every last crumb of those evil concoctions. I’ll check the boxes later after the damage is done and see that one serving is two cookies and I’ll laugh because everyone knows that eating two Girl Scout Cookies is equivalent to the impossibility of seeing pigs fly, finding Justin Bieber attractive and eating pizza on the moon. It’s just not possible.

Sugar Cookie Samoas Bars - thick and chewy sugar cookie bars topped with rich, buttery caramel and toasted coconut, then drizzled with milk chocolate! Just like a Samoas Girl Scout Cookie!So while my kale and boiled chicken diet may be done, my Girl Scout Cookie diet is alive and well. And since Samoas are my favorite Girl Scout Cookie in all the land, I have been ramping up my baking with tons of Samoas-inspired recipes for when Girl Scout season is over and my cravings are still alive and well. And you guys, these bars could not be easier and they taste just like a thicker, softer Samoa cookie!

Don’t mind me, just making the impossible into possibles. Except for J.Biebs. He’s a lost cause.

Sugar Cookie Samoas Bars - thick and chewy sugar cookie bars topped with rich, buttery caramel and toasted coconut, then drizzled with milk chocolate! Just like a Samoas Girl Scout Cookie!*sugar cookie bar recipe adapted from Lauren’s Latest

5.0 from 1 reviews
Samoas Sugar Cookie Bars
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Thick, soft and chewy, these Sugar Cookie Samoas Bars taste like the Girl Scout Cookie classic but can be made yearround when the craving strikes!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 pkg Kraft Caramels, unwrapped
  • About 3 cups toasted coconut, cooled
  • 1 pkg Chocolate CandiQuik
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Mist the foil liberally with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the egg, vanilla extract and almond extract until combined. Lastly, beat in the baking powder, salt, and flour, adding the flour about a cup at a time, until a soft dough has formed.
  3. Press the dough evenly into the baking pan. Bake for approx. 20-25 minutes or until light golden brown and center is set. Cool the bars completely in the pan.
  4. Melt the caramels according to package directions, or until smooth. Stir in the toasted coconut, tossing to coat. Working very quickly, spread the caramel-coconut mixture on top of the sugar cookie bar base. Using your greased hands or a greased off-set spatula or spoon, spread the mixture to cover the entire base; you may have to press it out, but be gentle about it as to not crush the sugar cookie base beneath. Allow the caramel coconut layer to set, about 15 minutes.
  5. Once the bars are set, lift the bars out using your foil handles and cut them into squares. Melt the CandiQuik according to package directions, until smooth. Dip the bottoms of the bars into the CandiQuik and place onto a wax-paper lined surface. Repeat with remaining bars. Pour the remaining CandiQuik into a resealable plastic bag, seal out the air, snip off a corner of the bag, and drizzle the remaining CandiQuik over top of the bars. Allow the CandiQuik to set, about 10 minutes, before serving.

Sugar Cookie Samoas Bars - thick and chewy sugar cookie bars topped with rich, buttery caramel and toasted coconut, then drizzled with milk chocolate! Just like a Samoas Girl Scout Cookie!

Sugar Cookie Samoas Bars - thick and chewy sugar cookie bars topped with rich, buttery caramel and toasted coconut, then drizzled with milk chocolate! Just like a Samoas Girl Scout Cookie!If I could, I would subsist exclusively on the caramel and toasted coconut layer alone – it is fabulous! These are so chewy and gooey, and such a great way to transform a basic sugar cookie bar into a fantastical Samoas-inspired dessert!

Sugar Cookie Samoas Bars - thick and chewy sugar cookie bars topped with rich, buttery caramel and toasted coconut, then drizzled with milk chocolate! Just like a Samoas Girl Scout Cookie!Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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