Category Desserts

Let’s Talk About Coconut Macaroons

August 12, 2014 DessertsFood Articles/ReviewsMake Ahead MadnessReviews (restaurant and other)Shopping Lists and Home Page PostsVegetarian  No comments


by Regan Olson

And why not? They’re sweet, succulent, and gooey balls of deliciousness. And, you guessed it, they’re usually gluten-free. 

Let’s begin our conversation knowing I’ve been pining after pins on (I’m building-up a showcase of wares, food related and otherwise, in conjunction with my new venture to support up-and-coming artists and designers worldwide.) While pining yesterday, I happened across a 2 ingredient recipe for coconut macaroons that left me dumbfounded.

Not one to allow myself to remain dumbfounded for long, I quickly transitioned to a state of baked-good deprived and drooling macaroon-a-maniac as I hearkened back to a trip to Milwaukee’s Public Market about a month or so ago. The bakery there (C...

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Gluten Free Baking

March 28, 2014 DessertsShopping Lists and Home Page Posts  No comments

I just made these “puddings” for dessert tomorrow night as we’re having guests over. They came out of the oven looking just like they do in the photo and smell delicious! I used 3 TBSP. butter as the conversion from grams. -All other measurements as stated. I also used lite coconut milk. The folding-in of the egg whites took a little time – be patient.

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Not My Mama’s Divinity…

December 9, 2013 Corresponding RecipesDessertsShopping Lists and Home Page Posts  No comments

A Christmas Favorite

Regardless of what you think about Ms. Paula Deen these days, her mama’s divinity is really all you have to make when it comes to holiday “cookies”. Divinity, also known as divinity fudge, is a sweet candy confection composed primarily of sugar, but don’t let that fool you. Though the candy appears to look like meringue, complete with curled peaks. The texture of the candy is light and fudge-like. 

Ms. Deen’s Mama’s Divinity is dotted with pecans throughout, and my take on her recipe is no exception. I’ve also added cherries to the mix due to my personal love of cherries and because they add a little festive color to the decadent Christmas treat...

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Thanksgiving Inspiration: Recipe #2

November 14, 2013 Bonus Recipes/VegetarianDessertsMake Ahead MadnessShopping Lists and Home Page Posts  No comments

I know most families usually have pumpkin, apple, or pecan pies for dessert after Thanksgiving dinner.  My family had the privilege of partaking in my mom’s cranberry pudding, complete with sweet butter sauce. (Don’t skip the butter sauce!) I can easily say, we didn’t miss the pies. Another plus to this dessert – other than the fact that it’s delicious, if you double the recipe, you can bake the cake part of it in a 9″ x 13″ cake pan. This makes enough to feed 8 – 10 people comfortably (probably with leftovers).  The cranberry pudding can also be made a day or two ahead of time; you should keep both the sauce and cake in the fridge until the day of the meal (-both separate from one another and covered).  I hope you enjoy!

Mom's Cranberry Pudding
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Banana, Pecan, and Coconut Cream Crepe Filling (or Pudding)

July 18, 2013 Corresponding RecipesDessertsMake Ahead MadnessShopping Lists and Home Page Posts  No comments

Yes, you read that right. The “cream” is pudding like in consistency so, of course, feel free to eat it sans crepe. Peter and I each ate 3 cream filled crepes and we were very well satiated to say the least. There was enough cream leftover for another serving.

Grocery Girl Banana, Pecan, and Coconut Cream Crepe Filling
Serve this delicious pudding style cream as dessert or for breakfast within crepes.
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
  1. 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  2. 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut or flakes (sweetened if you can't find unsweetened)
  3. 3 TBS...
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Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies – and other Christmas Cookies

December 17, 2011 Bonus Recipes/VegetarianDesserts  No comments

I made these cookies last year for a social gathering and people raved about them.  They are one of the highest rated cookies at  (  The only part of the recipe I change is I omit one cup of oatmeal.  The cookies will be flatter when you take them out of the oven because of the this, but they’ll also be nice and crispy and chewy.  Eight days until Christmas!

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Christmas Cookie Recipes

December 7, 2011 Bonus Recipes/VegetarianDesserts  No comments

Last year I found the Joy of Baking site to be one of the best and it looks like it’s been improved upon this year.  Also good, Better Homes and Gardens’ site and of course there’s the Food Network:

1) The Joy of Baking Site:

2)  Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Shortbread Cookies:

3)  Food Network’s Twelve Days of Cookies:

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From the Grocery Girl’s Test Kitchen: Sweet and Buttery Almond and Lemon Cake (with a Hint of Thyme)

October 25, 2011 DessertsShopping Lists and Home Page Posts  No comments

A previous post that I wrote was about the art of perfecting a recipe in the test kitchen.  As sweets were dwindling around our house, I decided to step into my test kitchen (A.K.A. The kitchen in our condo.) and throw a cake together.

Since I don’t bake a lot, I did a little research on recipes before I started measuring.  I was pretty sure I wanted to make an almond cake, but knew we didn’t have any almond paste on hand.  (Almond paste can be found in the baking aisle at your supermarket if the recipe you’re making calls for it.)  We did have almond extract though and I found this recipe: online.  I was intrigued by the idea of a delicious “one bowl” almond cake so I decided to give it a whirl...

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The Peanut Butter Fudge

December 17, 2010 Desserts  No comments

This “Joy of Baking” recipe is quick to make and special enough for occasions like Christmas.

  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 lb. confectioners’ (powdered) sugar

Line the bottom and sides of an 8x8x2 inch pan with aluminum foil or wax paper.  Butter the foil or wax paper.

Place the peanut butter, butter, and salt in a large microwaveable bowl and cook in the microwave for two minutes on high.  Stir and continue to microwave (if needed) until the ingredients are completely melted.  Stir in the vanilla extract and confectioners’ sugar.  Spread the fudge into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with an offset spatula or the back of a metal spoon...

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THE Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce!

November 16, 2010 Bonus Recipes/VegetarianDesserts  2 comments

Our Family’s Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe

Serves 2 to 4 people depending on your chocoholic status.

  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup of quality cocoa powder (Dutch processed if you can get it.  Hershey’s or Nestle’s are fine.)
  • 1/4 cup milk or half and half (You can also use heavy cream or skim milk, depending on the desired richness.)
  • 1/4 cup SALTED butter (If you do not use salted butter you’re going to need to add a healthy pinch of salt to the mix.)

Combine the sugar and cocoa powder in a small sauce pan.  Then add the milk product of you choice (see above) and stir just to combine the ingredients.  Turn the heat on medium underneath the pan and add the 1/4 cup of butter.  Stir the mixture BRIEFLY as the butter melts just to incorporate it...

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