Gluten Free Coconut Macaroon Cookies

Gluten Free Coconut Macaroon Cookies

These gluten free coconut macaroons are deliciously sweet and so easy to make! You will wonder why you didn’t make them sooner! When I made these coconut macaroon cookies for the first time I was amazed at how easy they are to whip up. All you do is combine all the ingredients (there are only three!) and then bake. It was amazing! I wanted to keep this recipe simple, but you could totally make these super fancy by dipping them in chocolate and adding some orange extract. Chocolate and orange go so good together (I even made scones with those flavor combos!) Or you could add vanilla extract and then melt down some Andes mints and dip them in there! Or you could keep them simple and just whip up the easy recipe above! The possibilities are endless! For this recipe I used unsweetened coconut flakes and you may be wondering why not use sweetened? I personally try to avoid sweetened coconut flakes because a lot of manufactures use propylene glycol to sweeten it and that’s a compound that is in antifreeze. Anyways, you won’t even miss the sweetness in these coconut macaroons- the sweetened condensed milk will take care of that! Since these coconut macaroon cookies are held together by the sweetened condensed milk they can be pretty sticky. However, they are oh so delicious and not to mention full of coconut flavor! I did notice after they were done baking that some of the condensed milk had come out of the macaroons and wasn’t the prettiest, but this was easily wiped away and no one was the...
Waldorf Salad Recipe

Waldorf Salad Recipe

Easy Waldorf Salad is bursting with fresh fruit in an addictive pineapple yogurt dressing!   The original Waldorf salad recipe might have you asking lots of questions. There is fruit.. with mayonnaise… and a whole lot of different things going on. Today’s recipe is slightly different from the original, yes there is still fruit (and celery! trust me… it’s good!), but it’s my version of the Waldorf salad dressing that makes it updated and oh, so yummy! Greek yogurt, crushed pineapple, honey, and a touch of parsley really sets this salad apart!   Still sounds a little weird? Believe me, I get it! But, once you try this Waldorf salad recipe you will be hooked! It’s basically a fruit salad with a little extra pop! It’s crunchy, creamy, sweet, fresh, and delicious! A mixture of apples, golden raisins, grapes, celery, and walnuts all tossed in a sweet Greek yogurt dressing… I mean that sounds pretty darn good to me! Waldorf Salad Recipe Directions: Dice Gala apples, slice celery, slice grapes, and toast walnuts if needed. Place into a large bowl with golden raisins and set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, crushed pineapple with juice, honey, and parsley. Pour dressing on top of salad ingredients and toss to combine. Serve classically in lettuce cups or eat on it’s own!     One of the ingredients that is actually my favorite is probably the one you think is the strangest. The addition of a little chopped flat leaf parsley in the dressing gives the whole salad this super fresh taste that I just can’t describe. Do NOT...
Best Homemade Chocolate Cake Recipe

Best Homemade Chocolate Cake Recipe

This rich chocolate cake recipe will have your friends and family asking for this recipe, guaranteed!     Is there anything better than chocolate cake? I think not! This homemade chocolate cake recipe is one of the best I have ever tasted! You might find there are a couple ingredients you wouldn’t expect in a chocolate cake, but trust me, it is so good!! This chocolate cake is rich, moist, and decadent. If you don’t like chocolate, this is not the recipe for you!     I have to be honest, layer cakes and I have not always been besties. I’ve had many a failed layer cake in my kitchen, I am not embarrassed to admit it. What I have finally come to find out, is that you need about double the amount of frosting you think you need. Having some leftover frosting is way better than not having enough then having to make another batch of frosting. At that point, I always just gave up and said the heck with it! But, now that I learned from my mistakes I can pass that wisdom on to you. You’re welcome. 😉   Ugh, you can just tell from the photos how rich and moist this chocolate cake is. You can obviously decorate it however you want, but I wanted this cake to just scream chocolate at you so that’s why I added the candy bars on top, totally optional. Best Chocolate Cake Recipe Ever Directions: First, make the cakes in advance. Bake, and let cool completely. You have to make sure they are completely cooled before frosting. Once they are...
Gingerbread Trifle Recipe

Gingerbread Trifle Recipe

Delicious gingerbread with a fluffy pudding filling and strawberries! Um, where do I sign up?!?! This gingerbread trifle recipe is everything you could want in a dessert! Who says gingerbread is only for Christmas? Not me! Did you know gingerbread goes really well with strawberries and vanilla pudding AND cool whip? This gingerbread trifle is amazing and because it is a trifle it has so many delicious layers that it feels like it will never end! And that is a great thing.   I had never tried trifle until late in my college years. I was at a dear friend’s house and after dinner she pulled out this huge glass dish filled with fruit and cool whip. It was so beautiful and I couldn’t wait to try it! Well, it did not disappoint! Ever since I have eaten trifle whenever I get the chance and this gingerbread trifle recipe is wonderful and simple to make. I know you might be thinking, simple? There are like a million ingredients! But really there aren’t, I promise. The gingerbread cake part is the “busiest” part of the recipe and it’s really just a cake with all the cake ingredients. You can even make it the day before. Actually, I recommend that since it has to cool completely. To make the vanilla filling, simply make instant vanilla and then let it chill. Right before the trifle assembly, simply fold cool whip into the vanilla pudding. Oh man, it is so hard not to eat this right out of the bowl. I won’t tell if you sneak a spoonful! Wash, rinse, and slice the...
Easy Creamy Rice Pudding Recipe

Easy Creamy Rice Pudding Recipe

Creamy rice pudding is one of those staple classic recipes you need up your sleeve, this version is sweet, creamy, and studded with raisins!     If you love creamy desserts, this is the post for you! Super creamy rice pudding with warm spices and raisins, you can’t go wrong! This is the best rice pudding recipe I’ve ever made! It’s super easy too because you can use leftover rice. I love making rice pudding with cooked rice because that is one step already done for you and more than half the cooking time cut in half, score! I used long grain white rice to make this recipe but basmati rice works well too.     What makes this version the best rice pudding recipe? It’s the addition of regular and golden raisins along with a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon. Warm spices really make this easy rice pudding shine! Alternatives and Add-Ons: Experiment with dried fruits like dried cherries, apricots, or even mango in place of the raisins. If you are using dried fruit that is bigger than a raisin, make sure to chop them up first. Also, mixing up the spices will make it your own, try chai spice in place of the cinnamon! You can also stir in some nuts right before serving to add a nice textural element. I suggest walnuts or chopped almonds! Don’t have cooked rice on hand? No worries, bring 1 cup of water to a boil in a small pot. Add 1/2 cup rice, stir, cover, reduce to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Now, on with the rest of the...
Chocolate Chip Cookies with Vanilla Pudding

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Vanilla Pudding

Who knew vanilla instant pudding could be such a killer secret ingredient to THE perfect, MOST chewy, absolutely softest and best chocolate chip cookie recipe?!?! I made these cookies for church yesterday and they were a HUGE hit!  I’ve been playing with this recipe for a few months now and wish I could say it only took me only a couple tries to create an easy, fool proof chocolate chip cookie recipe that was addicting.  Well, it didn’t.  I have attempted these cookies at least 5 or 6 times with different techniques like cold butter verses room temperature butter verses melted butter (melted butter won, BTW). OR with 2 eggs verses 3 eggs and different measurements of flour to even out the additional dryness of adding instant vanilla pudding.  Well, I’ve finally figured it out and can’t wait to hear your feedback! I have read TONS of recipes and reviews on chocolate chip cookie recipes during the process. Since each cookie recipe is slightly different, I wanted to figure out what most cookie recipes had in common.  Here are the two most common instructions which I think are included in almost every single chocolate chip cookie out there: First, do NOT over-bake!  The cookie should only bake until there is a hint of golden brown and then removed from the oven.  If you’re unsure about the color, I would error on the side of slightly under-baking these bad boys and go by your kitchen timer (8 to 10 minutes only).  Once removed from the oven, allow them to completely cool down on the baking sheet.  This will allow them...

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