Posts Tagged ‘easy desserts’

Coconut Caramel Cupcakes

Toasted coconut topped caramel stuffed cupcakes, what's not to love?

For some reason, I have been hoarding coconut ingredients recently and I have no idea why. I have two and a half bags of coconut flour, have gone through two bags of unsweetened coconut flakes in less than a month with no macaroons in sight, and have a couple assorted cans of coconut milk in the pantry. I used a little light coconut milk in my coffee during my Whole30, but all of this has entered the house post-challenge, so clearly that’s not the reason.

Toasted coconut topped caramel stuffed cupcakes, what's not to love?

I might be turning into my mother. (more…)

Cinnamon Roll Rice Krispie Treats

Cinnamon Roll Crispy Rice Treats

Today is my mommy’s birthday!!! Happy birthday Mommy! As I was picking out today’s recipe, I thought, “What better way to celebrate on the blog than to share a variation on one of her favorite recipes? And what better variation to share in the fall than cinnamon sugar?”

White Chocolate drizzle on rice krispie treats

These taste just like cinnamon rolls if cinnamon rolls were crunchy and filled with cereal and marshmallows of course. They are really good though and with the white chocolate drizzle on top you can kind of imagine cinnamon roll glaze.

Cinnamon Sugar Rice Crispy Treats

And even though my mom was not the “I bake cinnamon rolls from scratch (or really anything from scratch)” kind of mom, she’s pretty incredible too. My mom is one of the strongest women I know and as I grow older, and am now a mother myself, I appreciate more the lessons she taught me. I don’t appreciate how she laughs when baby girl is being stubborn and in that grandma-sing-song voice says “that was yooooouuuuuuuu.”

In all seriousness though, she taught me the value of close family relationships, and that sometimes blood doesn’t define family. She taught me that you are responsible for your own feelings of self-worth, and others’ opinions really don’t matter because they are fleeting. That faith should be unshakable not through blind belief defined by a pulpit but through a real and personal relationship with God. She taught us that a girl should always be able to identify a trend versus a classic and know where to make investments in her wardrobe… and never pay full price unless it’s really really really really really really worth it. But never pay full price. She made sure my sisters and I knew that we should marry men who loved us even without makeup, but we should make the effort to care for ourselves anyway; not for them, for us. But most importantly, my mother taught me that it’s okay to cry, it’s okay to wear your heart on your sleeve, it’s okay to make mistakes, and be stubborn, and change your mind, and pick that one color for your hair that leaves you wondering “what was I thinking” afterwards. It’s okay to do all these things, as long as you never forget how to love, never forget joy, and no matter what challenges come, never ever give up. I love you mommy, and I made these for you. Happy birthday!

Cinnamon Roll Rice Krispie Treats


Cinnamon Roll Rice Krispie Treats
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  • 5 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, plus more to butter pan
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp turbinado sugar (raw sugar crystals)
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • white chocolate candy for drizzling
  1. Very lightly butter an 8x8 or 9x9 square pan or lightlyspray with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until the marshmallows are smooth.
  3. Add the cinnamon, sugar, and kosher salt. Stir 2-3 times to incorporate.
  4. Add in the rice cereal and stir until coated with the marshmallow mixture.
  5. Press the warm rice marshmallow mixture into your prepared pan and allow to set.
  6. Remove from the pan, cut into squares and drizzle with melted white chocolate candy.


Coconut Dark Chocolate Crispy Rice Football Treats

Some of you may be preparing for football parties this weekend. If you’re near your favorite stadium, you may be planning a tailgate with friends, and if you’re not, you might be planning a little get together at home or your favorite local sports-broadcasting establishment.  remember those days, the celebratory “we might be good this year” optimism, the good-natured ribbing with traditional rivals, all good fun.

Dry Toasted Coconut

This year isn’t like that for the Godfather and I because we are Miami Hurricanes. Yes my friends, the same “we can’t get more than a handful of people to show up to our games even when we only charge $0.88 per ticket” Miami Hurricanes. The U is better than this, and we will be great again. I trust this is just a challenging period of mediocrity in our football history. It’s an unacceptable bit of mediocrity given the talent we have recruited and resources available, but still only temporary. Personally, I feel this is karma for the destruction of my beloved Orange Bowl. Nobody likes the Marlins that much and Sun Life Stadium is way too far from campus.

Don’t get me wrong, the Godfather and I are both proud alumni and we unanimously bleed orange and green in this house. We still watch games, we still observe all appropriate sporting events in our way, but we will be glad when the ‘Canes return to their rightful place in the rankings (i.e. – more National championships than your team, and counting). Sorry… couldn’t help it. :-p

Cutting Rice Krispie Treats

While we bide our time, we understand that there are still other games, other teams, and even a whole other football league that people follow (the NFL for you non-sports types). So of course there are still parties, tailgating, all assorted celebrations that require delicious treats like these.

Crisp Rice Treat Footballs

My baby brother-in-law (baby sister’s husband) is very into the professional football. I’m conveniently overlooking his college football fan affiliations due to poor taste. Ohio State… really D? Shameful. Anyway, he, his family, and now he and my sister, have a tradition where they all play fantasy football together and they watch NFL Sunday and Monday Night Football. Since this is a weekly occurrence, I don’t think they typically do anything very different, but they were visiting one weekend and I couldn’t resist.

Tailgate Desserts Rice Crispy Treats

One of D’s “must get” items whenever they travel down to a certain mouse-centered theme park in Florida is a coconut rice krispie treat with dark chocolate and a plain rice krispie treat with white chocolate and graham cracker crumbs. Since the latter doesn’t really make the best football color, I decided to recreate the former.

Dark Chocolate Coconut Rice Krispie Treats

One quick note about making rice krispie treat cut outs – cut all your shapes as close together as possible. You don’t get a second chance to re-roll and cut again, only the opportunity to destroy the leftover evidence. 😉

Coconut Dark Chocolate Crispy Rice Football Treats
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A great make-ahead dessert for your next tailgate party!
  • ¾ cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • 4 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 4 cups marshmallows
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • dark chocolate wafers for dipping (I used Callebaut snaps)
  • white chocolate wafers to pipe stitching
  1. Line a 9x13" pan with wax paper, set aside.
  2. Over medium heat, dry toast the coconut until lightly golden brown in a large saucepan. Remove from heat in a different container and set aside.
  3. Using the same saucepan, melt the butter and marshmallows together, stirring constantly to prevent burning.
  4. Add the rice cereal and coconut. Mix well to combine.
  5. Press the mixture evenly into your 9x13" pan and let cool for 10 minutes.
  6. Flip the treats onto a cutting board and cut out your footballs using a cookie cutter. You cannot neatly re-roll, so be sure to cut the shapes out as close together as possible.
  7. Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave or a double boiler following package instructions until smooth.
  8. Dip the treats into the chocolate, carefully smooth excess and allow to set.
  9. Melt the white chocolate using your preferred method. Allow to cool for a minute until you can put it into a disposable piping bag safely.
  10. Snip the tip off the piping bag and draw your football lines. Allow to set before packaging.
  11. You may serve immediately or they will keep up to one week in an airtight container. If you do not use tempered chocolate that does not require refrigeration, store in the refrigerator.


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