Coconut Dessert Bars

I’m back at in the baking zone, in particular because I have those sweet tooth’s in the house, in particular everyone but me. But let me stop there for the time being. I say stop because these coconut dessert bars are not only addicting, but holy moly are they delicious.

This all started because I bought a bag of shredded coconut some time ago, and yes it is still fresh, as I was going to knock out some coconut shrimp for my wife and kids. Well, that never happened. I got side tracked, and I will admit that. Three kids, a busy work schedule, well, sometimes I just get spent. But I ALWAYS LOOK AT THAT BAG OF SHREDDED COCONUT. That is when my daughter showed up in the kitchen while I was looking at that bag of coconut, and (she gets me every time as she loves to cook with me) I asked if she could help me with making a dessert. Of course she was sold on making these. What kid or adult would not be!

Coconut Dessert Bars

These bars not only are addicting, but they last a long time. A little bit will do you just fine.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • ~ 3 cups of Quaker oatmeal flakes
  • 1/2 cup of butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ~ 2 cups shredded Mounds, sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2o Rolo chocolate candies
  • parchment paper

Simple, fun, awesome. Preheat your oven to 360 degrees.

Here we go.

To about an 8×8 or baking glass/pot to hold your materials (forgive me, I’m not a baker), line it with parchment paper.

To a bowl, add the oats, the salt, then drizzle in the melted butter. Stir.

Next take that baking glass/pot/sheet, what have you, and add the buttery flakes. Push down with the back of a wooden spoon.

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Next, distribute your chocolate chips, and your butterscotch chips (love), along the top.

Top with the coconut flakes, add the Rolo’s, about an inch apart or so, then pour over the condensed milk. I NEVER DO THIS, I ONLY DO IT FOR THE KIDS.

Bake for about 20-25 minutes. Just make sure you take a peak as that coconut can turn on you, about 18-20 minutes in. Once the coconut is lightly golden, remove, and let cool.

Coconut Dessert Bars Recipe

Once cooled, slice into your bite-sized pieces, and go at it. Again, I’m not a sweet tooth, but holy moly, these coconut dessert bars are a winner. Kids loved them, I loved them (weird), and we brushed our teeth’s three times a day (or at least I did). Hope you enjoy!

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Thumbprint Cookies

As I noted in my previous post with the easy homemade turtles, I am not one for baking sweet treats, but this time of year always gets me, especially with my youngest daughter. She has that baking spirit in her, loves falling measurements (I do not), and has that look in her eye as though she just wants more and more Christmas cookies. I’ve done my share in the past, and typically only knock out one or two cookies per holiday season, but I decided I needed to make another cookie for her, along with her help, and decided to almost create a shortbread style thumbprint cookie.

Simple Thumbprint Cookies

Simple, easy, and quick. Perfect for me, and my daughter.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cup of flour
  • Hershey Kisses

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Get a mixer out with a paddle attachment. Add the butter, salt, powdered sugar, salt, and vanilla, and beat on medium heat until it gets nice and creamy. Slowly pour the flour, continuing on medium heat. Once the flour is incorporated and a bit thick, slowly add in the milk and incorporate until you have a nice cookie dough.

Roll these into about teaspoon to tablespoon style balls, forming them with a pit of pressure as the dough is a bit rough. Place onto a non-greased cookie sheet, continuing until all balls are formed.

Place the cookie sheet into the preheated oven and cook for about 8-10 minutes, then remove and to each cookie, make a thumbprint in the middle of each cookie. They will be a bit hot, but my daughter could handle the heat, so it’s not all that bad.

How to make thumbprint cookiesReturn the cookie sheet back into the oven, and cook for about another 10 minutes or so, or until the edges get a bit golden brown.

During this time, start unwrapping the Hershey chocolate kisses.

Remove from the oven, and begin placing a Hershey kiss into each thumbprint.

Let them cool a bit, then pour yourself a nice glass of milk, and enjoy. These cookies, as though they are a bit dry like a shortbread style cookie, are simple, delicious, and perfect for the holidays. Merry Christmas everyone!

 

 

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Easy Homemade Turtles

It’s that time of year when I get suckered into making cookies for the kids. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not a big sweets guy and I pass up desserts all of the time. I rarely bake cakes, muffins, or cookies for that matter, but every now and then I do. This is the one of those times where I want to make something nice for the kids, well, because it is another way for me to express my love for them. This is one of those recipes where it doesn’t get any easier, and this dessert is so darn delicious. Pretzels, Rolo candy, and crushed pecans. Yep, and about 5 minutes of cook time.

Easy Homemade Turtles Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 54 Pretzel Snaps, the square one
  • 12 oz bag of Rolos, the bag has 54, I counted
  • 1 cup crushed pecans
  • Course salt, optional

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and preheat your oven to 300 degrees.

During this time, add the pretzels to the baking sheet. Top each pretzel with a Rolo. This is the only time consuming part, unwrapping the Rolos. Repeat until each pretzel had a rolo on top.

How to make homemade turtles

Place in the oven, and cook for about 3-5 minutes. Keep an eye on these as you only want the Rolo to slightly soften, not completely melt. Once they begin to soften, remove them from the oven, and sprinkle a bit of course salt onto each piece of chocolate.

Next, shower the baking sheet with the crushed pecans, making sure you lightly coat all of the chocolate.

Easy Homemade Turtles Recipe

I placed mine in my cold garage for about 20 minutes to let the Rolos harden up. Once hardened, place on a serving dish, and dig in.

Everyone went nuts for these. It’s a perfect bite with the crunch of the pretzel, and that awesome salted and chocolate caramel. All 54 were pretty much devoured in one day! Merry Christmas everyone!

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Pineapple Cream Popsicles

It wasn’t too long ago when an old colleague of mine, and friend had sent me a message on Facebook. Being from Philadelphia, but living in Hawaii now, and I being from Wisconsin, he decided to prompt a friendly bet for an upcoming football game. The Philadelphia Eagles were playing the Green Bay Packers, and the wager was if the Packers won, I would send him some Johnsonville brats, otherwise, he would be sending us fresh pineapples from Hawaii. I typically do not bet all that much, but this was a friendly one, so I agreed.  Needless to say, the Packers crushed the Eagles 53-20, and I kind of felt bad for my friend across the ocean. Regardless to say, I actually forgot about the bet, but a few days later he had sent me a message and asked for my address. Days later, some wonderful looking pineapples arrived.

I’ve never seen pineapples that have looked so awesome. I’m not kidding. They were called Maui Gold, and they were probably, hands down, the best pineapples I have ever eaten. My wife agreed as well. So at first, I was thinking of baking a pineapple upside cake, or some twist on that, but then I decided to make some pineapple popsicles as I daughter loves those types of things.

Pineapple Cream Popsicles

These pineapple cream popsicles are super easy to make, and are really refreshing.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup cream soda
  • popsicle molds

Start by adding the pineapple, milk, and cream soda to your food processor or blender. Process to your liking. I like to keep a bit of texture in mine, but you can go as smooth as you want. Once you are ready, pour into your popsicle molds, and insert the stick.

Place in the freezer for at least three hours.How to make pineapple cream popsicles

When you are ready to serve, run a mold under warm water for about 30 seconds, then gently pull out the popsicle.

The end result is this fantastic popsicle, that is slightly creamy from the milk and cream soda, but really the pineapple shines here. Sweet, with little bits of pineapple coming through really makes for a really great post workout delight.

Now I will have to remember to wage more bets with my friend moving forward! Hope you enjoy, and thanks again for the Packers win!

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