Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies (Using Coconut Oil)

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When I start a new school year, I like to begin with a clean slate: an organized room, a new planner, and healthy lunches. So, sorry for those of you craving chocolate ganache and Nutella buttercream frosting, but my attempt at a healthy streak continues! Continue reading

Almond Joy Baked Oatmeal

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It seems like it’s been a while since I’ve posted because I just got back from a summer program at Yale!  Now that I’m back home and ready to celebrate the final month of summer, you can expect a bunch of dessert recipes coming your way this upcoming August! Most of my stay in New Haven was characterized by innumerable frozen yogurt runs to escape sweltering heat, humidity, and  non air-conditioned dorm rooms, but now I can also say that I definitely understand the “Freshman 15”…huge buffets for every meal make cookies, pasta, and vanilla almond granola just an extra scoop away. But now that I’m back (with some added pre-college padding) you might be noticing some more healthy dessert and breakfast recipe postings, but don’t worry, I won’t hold back on my usual indulgent, Paula Deen style recipes! Continue reading

Cloud Nine Coconut Pecan Pie (GUEST POST!)

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I’ve teamed up with Dru, a fellow high schooler, from Teenage Cakeland to bring you two guest posts (one on my blog, the other on hers)! You’ll soon discover that we are pretty similar bakers, so please visit her fantastic blog for more posts and check out her recipe below for this delicious Cloud Nine Coconut Pecan Pie! Continue reading

German Chocolate Cake

Obsessive-ness runs in my family; my dad has a strict punctuality requirement, my mom swears by post-its and agendas, and my sister combines all of the above. Thanks to them, I have a lot in common with Guy Pearce, who claims that his “problem is [that he’s] an addictive personality“, for I too “can’t have one cup of coffee… or just one piece of chocolate cake.” Being slightly compulsive certainly has its benefits and its drawbacks, but because I’m an all-or-nothing person, at least I can fully commit myself to any undertaking. And, since I’m also a Taurus, I’m even more resolute; there’s no stopping me once I’ve set my mind on something! Thus, here’s the dessert of the week: a fantastic German Chocolate Cake! Continue reading

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons (&Food Holidays)

Here’s a belated shout-out to Sept 9th,  national “I love food” day! (Yes, It’s actually a holiday!):

I recently discovered Foodimentary, an outstanding blog that celebrates food holidays, which is the most addicting website ever. I spent about 45 minutes looking up which food holidays fell on monumental days like Halloween (national caramel apple day) and my birthday (national raspberry popover, raspberry tart, and chocolate custard day). But out of all of the wonderful food holidays, my favorite is certainly national “I love food” day because I love food, or at least desserts! So in celebration,  I made these delicious chocolate-covered coconut macaroons that are to-die-for! They are the best of a chewy cookie and ice-cream-like chocolate coating. This dessert looks absolutely beautiful, especially when you play with the chocolate flavors and designs! (Plus, check out the note below for a super fast and easy way to amaze your guests without spending hours in the kitchen!) Enjoy!!!

Recipe: Coconut Macaroons

**NOTE: These macaroons can easily be made  as a semi-homeade version! Just use bakery/store-bought macaroons, melt some chocolate chips, dip and voila! Possibly the quickest, most delicious dessert ever!

Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas

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Looking for a guilt-free treat? These chocolate covered frozen bananas are perfect for a  quick afternoon snack and taste exactly like a creamy ice cream sundae!

**NOTE: You can top the bananas with coconut, sprinkles, chocolate chips, peanut butter, etc…

Recipe:

Melt chocolate chips. While the chocolate cools, place the banana in refrigerator/freezer until slightly chilled and firm. Slice the banana and thickly cover each slice with the melted chocolate. Sprinkle the chocolate covered bananas with your choice of topping, and  place them in the  freezer for about 10-20 min. Enjoy!

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BEST EVER Chocolate Layer Cake

Sorry, this post is way overdue! (I forced myself not to procrasti-blog during AP week!)   Anyways, it’s tradition that my best friend and I celebrate Easter together. I always go over to her house for the usual easter egg hunt and decorating, but instead I usually find myself cooking with her mom in the kitchen! In honor of her, I made this DELICIOUS chocolate layer cake– ultra rich and super moist, as requested! Although she usually never finishes her plate of food, there was no cake left–I guess it was good!

**Note: I’m not necessarily the biggest chocolate cake fan, but this might be one of the best desserts I have ever made. This recipe is a MUST-BAKE! (and definitely worth breaking your diet for)

Recipe: Suzanne’s Chocolate Cake Recipe