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13 Desserts You’ll Go Coconuts Over (Recipes)

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Coconuts — the origin of creamy coconut milk and chewy coconut flakes — make excellent desserts. Perfect in treats hot and cold, baked and no-baked, the fruit is a versatile beacon of deliciousness. Here are 13 clever ways to go coconuts for dessert time.

1. Chocolate Coconut Brownies

You’ll need a tall glass of milk to wash down these crazy rich triple-layer bars. Their fudgy brownie base, coconut cream cheese center and chocolate ganache topping will have you dreaming of chocolate coconut goodness for months to come.

2. Coconut Cream Pie Dip

This sweet dip, paired with graham crackers or vanilla cookies for dunking, acts as a deconstructed coconut cream pie. It will start as an attractive center piece at your next party and will quickly end as an empty bowl.

3. Coffee and Coconut Popsicles

These four-ingredient pops get creaminess from coconut milk, a caffeine kick from coffee and sweetness from pitted dates and vanilla extract. Drizzle them with melted chocolate and sprinkle with shredded coconut for a delightful touch of texture.

4. Coconut Cloud Cake

Forget cotton candy; if clouds were edible, they’d most definitely taste like this light and pillowy coconut cake, frosted with the airiest of toppings and flecked with flaked coconut.

5. Homemade Coconut Oreos

These soft vanilla cookies, sandwiched with coconut cream frosting, are like quadruple-stuffed golden Oreos.

6. Samoa Ice Cream Cake

Just when you thought dessert couldn’t get tastier than Samoas, BAM, it did: with a buttery graham cracker crust, vanilla ice cream, homemade caramel sauce, melted chocolate and toasted coconut, all combined in a blissful no-bake cake.

7. Grandma’s Coconut Chews

These comforting bars combine a rich shortbread crust with a soft and dense coconut filling. One bite will make you feel like you’re curled up on your grandmother’s couch, listening to family stories with a full belly and a happy heart.

8. Chocolate Coconut Cream Poke Cake

There is no better way to utilize rich coconut cream than to let it seep through poked holes in a moist chocolate cake. This bad boy is generously topped with a frosting made from whipped cream, cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla — then sprinkled with crispy toasted coconut for a tantalizing textured experience.

9. Pineapple Coconut Thumbprint Cookies

Pina coladas take food form in these chewy coconut cookies, filled with a quarter-sized dollop of pineapple preserves for a treat fit for an island getaway.

10. Old Fashioned Coconut Custard Pie

Go vintage with this no-fuss pie recipe from the 1930s. A smooth custard is speckled with shredded coconut and baked, giving it the texture of creme brulee — but the flavor of coconut cream pie.

11. Homemade Almond Joy Truffles

If you’re a candy lover, these chewy truffles will give you all the flavor of an Almond Joy bar — without the preservatives of processed candies. Their silky chocolate shells give way to a soft coconut filling and a crunchy almond surprise in the center.

12. Toasted Coconut Cream Pudding

This lovely layered dessert comes together in a pinch with store-bought pudding mix, vanilla wafers and toasted coconut. It’s so sweet and velvety, you’ll forget banana pudding ever existed.

13. Coconut Lemon Scones

Concoct a terrific teatime treat with these citrusy scones, topped with lemon glaze and crispy coconut — and perfect with a comforting mug of tea.

Featured photo credit: Stacy Spensley/Flickr

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13 Unholy But Delicious Things To Do With Potato Chips (Recipes)

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It’s no secret that potato chips — smooth or ridged, plain or barbecue — are delicious straight out of the bag. Less celebrated, and shamefully so, is their ability to add an unexpected touch of whimsy to just about any dish. Here are 13 crunchiness things to eat with potato chips with an ideal combination of flavors in different ways to appreciate the salty, delicious things to do with potato chips, crispy, lays,  powerful potato chip in everything from snacks to desserts. Potato is an important vegetable which covers a lot of dishes and we’re on the lookout to add more recipes that use potato chips, once found we’ll add those here too. If you want to know about things to do with chips, are thinking about what to do with potato chips or looking for recipes with lays chips, we have collection of recipe using potato chips:

Mac and Cheese Carbonara with Potato Chip Crust

mac and cheese carbonara with potato chip crust
mac and cheese carbonara with potato chip crust

cooking with potato chips and recipe with crushed potato chips!

Three-cheese pasta with crispy bacon, mushrooms and peas sounds great on its own. Try it baked with a parmesan and crushed potato chip crust, though, and you’ll wonder why you ever made mac and cheese without a bag of Lay’s.

Potato Chip Toffee

potato chip toffee

Because everything tastes better with butter, sugar and chocolate.

Steak and Gorgonzola Potato Chips Nachos

Steak and Gorgonzola Potato Chips Nachos
Steak and Gorgonzola Potato Chips Nachos

These salty nachos are topped with far better than plain ol’ shredded cheese. They’re drizzled with a cheese sauce made from steak drippings, white wine, butter, cream and, oh yes, a mixture of blue and Gruyere cheeses. It’s poured carefully over the chips, followed by a generous helping of juicy steak and green onions, until each bite is laden with meaty, cheesy bliss.

Potato Chip Chicken Tenders

Potato Chip Chicken Tenders

Coated with kettle chips and panko breadcrumbs, these quick and easy oven-fried tenders have a guaranteed crunch factor.

Salted Chocolate Tart with Potato Chip Crust

Salted Chocolate Tart with Potato Chip Crust

A buttery, salty potato chip crust balances handsomely with a sweet chocolate and coconut cream filling. It’s rich, it’s sleek, it’s magnifique.

“Cracked Out” Hot Chicken Salad

Cracked Out Hot Chicken Salad
Cracked Out Hot Chicken Salad

This warm chicken salad goes far beyond the classic mix-ins of celery and mayonnaise. It’s tossed with a flavorful seasoning mix, cheddar cheese and cooked bacon — and topped with potato chips and baked until crispy yet gooey. Eat it on your favorite bread, over a bed of greens or straight from the pan.

Savory Chive Cheesecake with Potato Chip Crust

Savory Chive Cheesecake with Potato Chip Crust
Savory Chive Cheesecake with Potato Chip Crust

Inspired by onion dip, this surprisingly delicious appetizer gets creaminess from cream cheese, flavor from chopped chives and softened spring onions, and contrast from crunchy crushed chips. For a simple and elegant look, garnish it with whole chives before baking. To mimic the appearance of dip, spread it with sour cream, chives and extra chips.

Kitchen Sink Brownies

Kitchen Sink Brownies
Kitchen Sink Brownies

These brownies cover every texture in the book: chewy fudginess from the brownie base, buttery silkiness from the chocolate topping, creaminess from Reese’s cups, and, of course, crunchiness from pretzels, Oreos and potato chips.

Funeral Potatoes

Funeral Potatoes
Funeral Potatoes

There’s nothing sad about this gloriously Southern combination of cheesy potatoes, cream of chicken, sour cream and crushed potato chips.

Cheesy Bacon Holiday Crack

Cheesy Bacon Holiday Crack
Cheesy Bacon Holiday Crack

This addictive appetizer comes together with a bag of kettle chips, tossed on a pan and topped with brown sugar, maple syrup, cheddar cheese, bacon and cayenne, then baked. It’s so simple, I’m not sure if it sounds easier to make or easier to devour in one sitting.

Potato Chip Cookies

Potato Chip Cookies
Potato Chip Cookies

Combine two essential party snacks into one with this sweet and salty bake.

Potato Chip Grilled Cheese

Potato Chip Grilled Cheese
Potato Chip Grilled Cheese

Chips make a great side for sandwiches — until they get knocked off your plate. They serve a far better purpose inside of a sandwich. In this case, their saltiness cuts through the richness of cheese, and their crunchiness adds another dimension of texture to a tried and true treat.

Fried Mac and Cheese Balls

Fried Mac and Cheese Balls
Fried Mac and Cheese Balls

We started with mac and cheese, so let’s end with it, too. These golden brown babies combine the soft creaminess of cheesy mac with the crisp saltiness of potato chips into one (OK, maybe two or three) glorious bite.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Layered Brownies

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12 Brownie Recipes To Awaken The Child Inside Of You

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Everyone loves brownies, a quintessential childhood dessert. With more fudge than most cookies, but easier to carry than most cakes, there is nothing like a soft, chewy brownie to soothe a chocolate craving on the go.

However, how often do you actually feel inspired to bake brownies from scratch? Be honest. How often are brownies your homemade dessert of choice, instead of impressive cakes, or easy-to-make cookies?.

Once you look at this list of 12 decadent, chocolate brownies, you will surely find a recipe to inspire the baker inside of you…whether you’re a seasoned chef or just want to look like one. 

Loaded Oreo Cream Cheese Brownies

Oreos, dark and white chocolate chips, and a bit of instant espresso add texture, crunch, and punch to this simple recipe.

French Silk Brownies

French Silk Pie in brownie form? Sign me up!

Irish Cream Brownies

Break out the Bailey’s! 

Ultimate Chocolate Chip And Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar

For those days when you’re torn between eating Oreos, chocolate chip cookies, or brownies. With this indulgent dessert, you don’t have to choose!

Salted Caramel Brownies

If you’re patient, wait a day before eating. The caramel will have a chance to seep into the brownies, making them more moist and gooey.

Triple Dark Chocolate Truffle Brownies

A brownie layer, topped with an Oreo truffle layer, finished with a layer of soft, sweet chocolate…guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser!

S’mores Brownies

Your favorite campfire treat is now one of your favorite brownie recipes!

Nutella Fudge Brownies

Nutella in fudge form? I’ll probably make these for my next potluck. I need these in my life sooner rather than later, and I imagine you do, too. 

Twix Brownies

These brownies have a layer of caramel and shortbread, just like the candy bar. They take a bit more time to make compared to other recipes in this list, but it’ll be worth the wait. 

Beer Brownies

Stout beer adds an extra dimension to chocolate desserts, and these brownies are no different. This recipe uses a coffee stout, but any dark, stout beer will do. 

Poke Turtle Brownies

By “poking” the brownies, you’ll get the rich, caramel goodness in every bite. Heat these up for a few seconds before eating. 

Classic Mint Chocolate Brownies

Peppermint extract works best to get the smooth, true mint flavor we all desire. This will definitely be a crowd-pleaser around the holidays. 

Featured Photo Credit: Carlsbad Cravings

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Chocolate Coconut Brownies

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If You Bought Entenmann’s Sweets Be Aware Of Plastic In Your Muffins

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Entenmann’s, a brownie and muffin brand, has voluntarily recalled brownies and muffins in 34 states. Check your box if you bought it within the dates of Aug. 12-23.

You may recognize the brand more in its fancy blue cursive writing, and by the mini bite-sized brownies and blueberry muffins that are so addictive. It turns out, according to a press release by owner Bimbo Bakeries, the product may have plastic in it, causing a choking or cutting hazard (Yuck!).

Food Safety News reports that at least one consumer reported an injury as a result of plastic in the product. The recall includes: Little Bites Fudge Brownies, Little Bites Chocolate Chip Muffins and Little Bites Variety packs with brownies, chocolate chip muffins and blueberry muffins.

You can determine whether or not your own boxes at home are contaminated by looking for the code number 3098 printed by the “Best By” date on the outside of your box. Also, as I mentioned above, these boxes were distributed during the weeks of Aug. 12 through Aug. 23.

As delicious and tempting as these little treats are, I wouldn’t chance eating plastic if you can help it. That is, if you’re not munching on them while reading this article. Don’t take any chances; just throw out your potentially contaminated boxes and go out and get some post-recall to be on the safe side.

Then again, if you have a contaminated box, you can always return it for a full refund instead of throwing it out. Get your money back and get some new snack cakes!  

You could also just go with homemade until this whole thing blows over. At least that way you know what’s going in to your food. To me, the extra effort seems more than worth it. Plastic doesn’t sound appealing as it is, but risking a cut while eating one of your favorite snacks? No thanks.

Sources: Food Safety News, Bimbo Bakeries Press Release / Photo credit: Hip2Save

Tags: brownies, Entenmann's, Muffins, recall, Snack Cakes
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Brilliant Restaurant Color Codes Brownies Based On Where They Were Baked

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We live in a diverse world full of differing preferences, and shockingly for those of us with a sweet tooth, this can even span to desserts.

Some people prefer pie; some cookies; others feel satisfied after a simple piece of fruit. But while I have grudgingly come to accept that some people just don’t like dessert, what I do still believe in is this: When it comes to eating cake or brownies, everybody has a slice preference.

The most common example of this phenomenon at play is at a child’s birthday party; the kid who’s aging always gets to choose their slice first, and they always choose a corner piece. Why? Because of the frosting.

But the art of choosing your brownie piece is more refined, more delicate. And that is why the folks selling brownies over at Philly Style Steaks & Subs have gone viral for their innovative brownie-coding system.

On August 1, Reddit user longboard116 posted a photo that made it to the website’s front page, spurring various commenters to exalt the Philly Style Steaks crew for its ingenious marketing.

“My faith in American innovation has been restored,” exclaimed one commenter, while plenty of others proceeded to pledge and defend their particular brownie allegiances.

I’d go for a green dot myself, personally, but brownie-hierarchies aside, I think we can all agree upon the beauty that is the Philly Style Steaks & Subs sorting system.

Source: Reddit / Photo credit: Imgur

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Hostess Is Making Candy Brownies And They Look Delicious

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that candy makes everything better.

Candy topped milkshakes? Better than plain milkshakes. Peanut butter cup peanut butter cookies? Infinitely more delicious than regular peanut butter cookies.

Luckily, there is good news for the candy lovers of the world. According to Brand Eating, Hostess has teamed up with Mars Chocolate to release new candy brownies, and the results could not sound more appealing.

The snack company recently started selling Hostess Brownies made with M&M’s and Hostess Brownies made with Milky Way candy bars. Commence the drooling.

Even more enticing than the names, however, are the descriptions of the desserts themselves. The new Milky Way Brownie consists of a plain chocolate brownie, smothered in caramel icing and topped with pieces of Milky Way candy bars, while the M&M’s Brownies include a chocolate brownie, riddled with M&M’s, spread with chocolate frosting and sprinkled with even more M&M’s.

We think it’s safe to say that both new flavors will be incredibly delicious. After all, just imagine how amazing the brownies would taste as the base of a candy-filled ice cream sundae—topped with ice cream, chocolate sauce, caramel, whipped cream, and even more candy!

Both new flavors of Hostess Brownies are currently available in grocery stores. We suggest you hop in your car immediately and sample as many as possible!

Source: Brand Eating / Photo credits: Walmart, Hostess via Brand Eating

Tags: brownies, candy, Hostess, M&Ms, mars, Milky Way
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