13 Desserts You’ll Go Coconuts Over (Recipes)


By Cooking Panda

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

Tags: brownies, cake, Coconut, cookies, dessert recipes, ice cream cake, pie
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10 Pro-Level Upgrades For Your Coffee Ice Cream


By Cooking Panda

We are head over heels in love with coffee ice cream, and we aren’t afraid to admit it!

We are just enamored by the sweet, complex and rich decadence that is coffee ice cream, and you’ll certainly never catch us complaining about the little caffeine boost it gives us.

In honor of National Coffee Ice Cream Day, here are some bomb coffee desserts you can make on this extra-special Tasty Tuesday:

1. Homemade Coffee Ice Cream

Start with the classics, of course! This is our favorite recipe for rich coffee ice cream, if you are so inclined to DIY it. Don’t have an ice cream maker? Use this method instead. It will work perfectly with the creamy custard base.

2. Boozy Irish Coffee Milkshake

Start your day like a champ with this gently boozy breakfast. Want it boozier? Add a shot of vodka or Irish whisky.

3. Irish Coffee Milkshake with Whiskey Caramel

Much the same idea with a heavy coffee and caramel focus. The only booze in this one comes from the caramel, so feel free to leave the whiskey out if you want. Alternately, add a shot of it to your shake if you want to booze it up.

4. Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake

Tiramisu fans will go bonkers for this tasty ice cream cake spin. Add a little rum extract to your soaked pound cake if you want to go the extra tiramisu mile.

5. Vegan Dessert Nachos With Coffee Ice Cream

Because you must always say yes to dessert nachos. If you want to make this recipe in a flash, go ahead and use your favorite store-bought coffee ice cream.

6. Loaded Ice Cream Cake

The best part of this super loaded magic ice cream cake is that you can top it with any of your favorite candies or whatever treats you have lying around.

7. Chocolate-dipped Glazed Doughnuts Stuffed With Coffee Ice Cream

If you’ve never thought to turn doughnuts into chocolate-dipped ice cream sandwiches, you are severely missing out.

8. Coffee Ice Cream and Mexican Chocolate Sundaes with Cinnamon-Sugar Tortilla Crisps

Naturally, coffee ice cream needs cinnamon and chocolate to live its best life.

9. Chocolate Espresso Dip

The perfect mate to your favorite coffee ice cream.

10. Irish Coffee Sundaes with Caramel Whiskey Sauce

Coffee ice cream is good, but it’s even better topped with a coffee nut crisp and sexy caramel. Do it.

Featured Photo Credit: Chris Gentile/Gourmet Live via Epicurious

Tags: coffee ice cream, dessert recipes, ice cream cake, ice cream recipe, Tasty Tuesday
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13 Irresistible Ice Cream Cakes To Make This Weekend


By Cooking Panda

You should never have to choose between cake and ice cream! The pair go so well together that they somehow taste better combined in a cake than they do separate. In honor of National Ice Cream Month, here are some of our favorite ice cream cake desserts:

1. Polka Dot Ice Cream Cake

This frozen treat is simply stunning, and it’s deceptively easy to make.

2. Cake Batter Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Cake

Pretty much all of our favorite things combined into a cake – with ice cream!

3. Samoa Cookie Ice Cream

If you have any of these cookies left over, smash up a box of them and throw them in this awesome cake.

4. Blueberry Strawberry Banana Ice Cream Cake

Healthy, vegan and full of fresh fruit.

5. Red Velvet Ice Cream Cake

What’s the best way to improve on everyone’s favorite cake? Add ice cream, of course!

6. Biscoff Crunch Ice Cream Cake

Three ingredients, and one of them is cookie butter. You cannot go wrong here.

7. Coca-Cola Ice Cream Cake

Ingenious and totally refreshing on a hot summer day!

8. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Ice Cream Cake

There’s a good reason we love the creamy decadence of chocolate paired with sweet, tangy strawberries. Now go put it in a cake.

9. Brownie Bottom Ice Cream Cake

Swap out cake for brownies for an easy and tasty treat. Want something even more decadent? Try this version with Oreos and cookie dough.

10. Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream Cake

Because you can never go wrong with dulce de leche and our favorite breakfast cereal.

11. Strawberry Milkshake Ice Cream Cake

If you love strawberry milkshakes, you’ll love them even more in cake form!

12. Kit Kat Ice Cream Cake

Don’t feel like baking a cake? Use cookies and candy instead.

13. Pretzel Drumstick Ice Cream Cake

Layer drumsticks, caramel and pretzels between freshly baked brownies for the ultimate sweet-salty treat.

Featured Photo Credit: Cherry Tea Cakes

Tags: dessert recipes, ice cream cake, ice cream cake list, summer desserts, weekend dessert
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This Amazing Ice Cream Cake Hack Will Transform Your Summer (Video)


By Cooking Panda

There is nothing worse than having to turn on your oven in the summer. Whether you are hosting a dinner party or coordinating a wedding rehearsal, we try to go the entire summer without utilizing any heat-generating appliances (video below).

Unfortunately, however, there’s one perfect summer food that practically requires an oven: the ice cream cake. After all, what is an ice cream cake without the cake?

Luckily, being true ice cream cake aficionados, we don’t let a fear of heat keep us from our summer dessert of choice. We scoured the Internet far and wide in search of the perfect hot weather ice cream cake hack, and the results were even better than we expected.

Thanks to the geniuses at Hack My Life, we now know the perfect way to make ice cream cakes, regardless of the weather. The video demonstrates how to make a delicious ice cream cake using only a few, simple, premade ingredients.

Even better—it’s infinitely customizable. Stick with the classics, like those demonstrated in the clip, or spice things up by using flavored whipped cream, adding fruit, or swapping the cookie flavor!

Personally, we’ll be making lavender and chocolate ice cream cake and Black Forest cherry ice cream cake throughout the summer, but the flavor combinations are entirely up to you. Watch the video below to learn the technique, and then get cooking—no oven required!

Source: truTV/YouTube / Photo credit: Butter with a Side of Bread

Tags: food hacks, ice cream cake
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Get Ready For Dessert Heaven: Kit Kat Candy Bar Ice Cream Cake (Video)


By Cooking Panda

An ice cream cake made with Kit Kat bars, a heavenly treat for all ages. In the following video, watch and learn as the chef makes this sweet, creamy treat for her son’s birthday party.  

In addition to Kit Kat bars, feel free to use pieces of fudge or other chocolate to add more texture and depth to your delectable treat. ​

Source: yoyomax12 - the diet free zone / Photo Credit: yoyomax12 - the diet free zone

Tags: ice cream cake, Kit Kat ice cream cake, no bake
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