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 🙂
- 1 (24 count) pkg refrigerated sugar cookie dough, at room temperature
- 1 (3.4 oz) box instant coconut cream pudding mix
- 1 & 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
- 4 Tbsp sugar
- About 1/2 cup toasted coconut
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Wipe out the mixer bowl and whip the remaining 1/2 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.
- 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.
Light, bite-sized cups of heaven! You’ll love this easy recipe!
Have a super sweet day!