Coconut Macaroons

The first time my mom came home from Europe she brought a new favorite treat, a Bounty Bar.  She loved it because it was like Mounds bars, but in milk chocolate instead of dark (I prefer the dark chocolate).  But since she can’t rush off to Europe every time she craves one I set out to make a good substitute!

we love coconut at our house, and you can't really go wrong with these macaroons, easy to make and they taste amazing

These coconut macaroons are great by themselves, better in chocolate and even better dipped completely in chocolate (although not quite as pretty).  Use milk or dark chocolate and if you love Almond Joy’s add an almond to the top before dipping!!!

The key is to use SHREDDED coconut, not the string sweetened coconut you get at the grocery store.  I once used the sweetened coconut and while it tasted great with the extra sweetness it didn’t stay together and didn’t hold it’s shape at ALL.  Now you CAN use the sweetened coconut IF you take the time to run it through a food processor to create your own shredded coconut!

this coconut macaroon recipe is easy to make and taste like homemade mounds or bounty bars

Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons

Ingredients

  • 1 C sugar
  • 4 Lrg Egg Whites
  • 6 Tbsp Flour
  • 3 C shredded coconut
  • Chocolate for dipping

Directions

  • Vigorously whisk the sugar, egg whites and flour.
  • Stir in coconut.
  • Scoop tablespoon mounds onto cookie sheets with parchment paper (I use a small scoop).
  • Cook at 350 for 12 mins. Cool
  • Dip in chocolate
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coconut macaroons are super easy to make and are simply delicious! dip in dark or milk chocolate for an extra treat

Easy peasy!  I like to use small scoops to create these cute mounds but you can flatten them a bit if you want or of course use a larger (or smaller) scoop as well.  Personally I like small bitesized treats, better chocolate ratio too!

What is YOUR favorite candy bar? And have you ever tried to make it at home?

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Homemade Pumpkin Puree recipe

Pumpkin season is in full swing right now!  I go through pumpkin by the caseload these days. We love Pumpkin everything! So when my girls asked if we could make a pumpkin pie from an actual pumpkin I said SURE!  I knew it could be done, but I had no idea how EASY it was!

making your own pumpkin puree is easy to do and tastes amazing

So first of all, pumpkin’s – there are different types of pumpkin, do NOT use carving pumpkins for this, find Sugar Pumpkins, they are smaller but most stores carry them.  Often there will be a sticker on the pumpkin that says “pie pumpkin”

you start by cooking the pumpkin

Homemade Pumpkin Puree recipe

Homemade Pumpkin Puree recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 sugar pumpkin

Directions

  • cut your pumpkin in half
  • scoop out the guts, the seeds and strings, scoop it nice and clean
  • cut off the stem's
  • place the pumpkin cut side down and pierce the back with a fork
  • cover it with foil and bake it at 350 for an hour and a half
  • let them cool slightly then scrap all the pumpkin out of the skin
  • puree the pumpkin in a food processor, or in smaller batches in a blender
  • if it's too wet, as mine was, you'll need to strain it
  • place 3 layers of paper towels into a strainer over a bowl and pour the puree into it
  • once it's quit dripping it will be ready to use!
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then you need to peel the cooked pumpkin and puree it

Now depending on the pumpkin it might be read to go right after pureeing.  But some are too wet or too dry, you can either add a bit of water or strain the extra liquid out.  You can tell right away.  Use three layers of paper towels and place them into a strainer over the bowl.  Pour the puree in and it should start to drip right away, when it starts dripping I flipped the pumpkin puree over.

puree the pumpkin and if it's too wet drain it

And with that the puree is done!  Weigh what you have (every pumpkin is different) to know what you should use in a recipe.  I suggest making a few pumpkins at once so you have plenty for any recipe you want to make.  Pumpkin pies are the obvious, easy recipe, but you can make any recipe that call’s for canned pumpkin with this!

an easy homemade pumpkin puree recipe

So speaking of pumpkin… What is your favorite recipe to use pumpkin in?  I have my cream cheese pumpkin pie, pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes, this amazing warm pumpkin drink, easy pumpkin cake, and a few more coming!

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Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

It’s that time of the year! Treats treats and more treats!  Fudge is always a good way to go when your looking for great comfort candy!  Last year I shared my easy Microwave Chocolate fudge last year.  So this year I’m sharing my peanut butter fudge recipe!

this fudge recipe is easy to make and tastes amazing, especially when you use crunchy peanut butter

I like to use crunchy peanut butter, it means you have nuts throughout adding a wonderful crunch.  But if you like your fudge smooth just use regular creamy peanut butter.  I’m thinking about making a chocolate peanut butter one too, not much better than the two together!

use crunchy peanut butter in this fudge for an added texture for this amazing recipe

Peanut Butter Fudge recipe

Peanut Butter Fudge recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 C sugar
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 C evaporated milk
  • 6 Tbsp butter
  • 1 ½ C peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions

  • Bring the sugar, salt, milk and butter to a slow boil.
  • Over medium heat boil it about 6-8 mins until it balls up in cool water.
  • Take off the heat and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla
  • Stir until it cools down a bit and is nice and thick
  • Pour into an 8x8 pan and let it cool
  • Cut and serve
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a delicious peanut butter fudge recipes, great for those PB cravings

so what’s your favorite fudge flavor? I’m thinking I need more fudge recipes in my life!

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21 Amazing Pancake and Waffle Recipes

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day, WELLLL Breakfast FOODS! We love Breakfast for dinner at our house! And I LOVE to sleep in on the weekends and start Saturday and Sunday’s off with a HUGE delicious breakfast/brunch. And nothing beats pancakes and waffles for breakfast so I found 21 amazing pancake and waffle recipes try next time you start craving breakfast.

21 Amazing pancake and waffle recipes to make for the perfect breakfast or brunch.

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Brown Butter Madeleines

You guys know I like pretty food, right? So I just HAD to try Madeleines the first time I saw them! More cake like than cookie like, but small and bitesized? LOVE!  I have tried many recipes over the years and some are terrific and some… fall flat.  I really need to make and share more of my favorite recipes but for today we’ll start with these Brown Butter Madeleines.

I didn't try madeleines until I was an adult, a cake style of cookie they are so pretty and dipped in chocolate for added sweetness

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