Almond Joy Cupcakes

Decadent chocolate cupcakes with fragrant almond frosting coated with coconut and almonds.

Almond Joy Cupcakes

Hello all!

I apologize once again for a long absence from my blog. I am all moved in to college and have been going to classes now for three weeks!! Ahhh it’s already flying by! 

I moved in August and it was so hard to say goodbye to my family and my house. My parents laughed at me when I actually said goodbye to my kitchen aid mixer and our beautiful kitchen! It’s been rough having nothing or nowhere to bake. Unfortunately, my dorm does not have a kitchen ….gasp… I’m not sure if I’ll survive! My suite mate has graciously offered to let me use a nearby family home to bake… thank god! I found out that there is no culinary club on campus which I am very sad about, but many people have been encouraging me to start one so we’ll see!

School has gotten off to a good start though! I love my dorm room and have actually started calling it home. I hate the food though…I can’t eat another salad or piece of cafeteria pizza… unfortunately the best part of the cafeteria is the dessert bar so the freshman fifteen is on its way! I’ve started running though and my roommates think I’m a little crazy because I run in the morning before class!

Anyways enough with my rambling about college! Today I bring you Almond Joy Cupcakes! (I stashed this recipe away before I moved.)

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Piña Colada Coconut Macaroons

Coconut macaroons with a summery spin. Toasted coconut cookie with soft dried pineapple in the center infused with rum flavoring.Piña Colada Coconut Macaroons
Where have I been, huh? I gave you a delicious lemon sugar cookie recipe and then I ditch you for a month…truely, it’s me, not you. I have been crazy busy the last month. Trying to keep my cool and my focus at a golf tournament, trying to not lose it at orientation, trying to keep my golf swing glued together, trying to figure out my life, trying to pack enough to be able to survive but not too much that I overflow the line drawn down the middle of my dorm room. All in all lots of trying but not too much blogging. 

I posted my basic coconut macaroon recipe a few weeks ago, and my blog picked up some traffic, so I thought I would give you another macaroon recipe with a summer twist. I can’t drink yet, so I haven’t had the rum flavor in a piña colada before. But I thought I would throw in rum imitation instead of vanilla extract to make it taste more like the real deal.

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Lemony Sugar Cookies

Soft and refreshingly lemon flavored cookies with a sugar coating. 

Lemony Sugar Cookies

Man, have I been pounding these! I know they don’t sound very exciting, but get excited because they are amazing! And this is coming from someone who isn’t crazy about lemon!

I played in the sizzling heat in a three day golf tournament this week. These were so light and rejuvenating after 5 hours of sweating it up! Continue reading →

Coconut Macaroons

Delicious coconut macaroons that are soft on the inside and toasted on the outside. 

Coconut Macaroons

My grandparents sent me on a mission when they were in town last weekend for my graduation….make coconut macaroons that are as delicious as the ones they had on a trip to Riquewihr, France. They described them in intense detail, and man, did I have some shoes to fill!

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S’more Bars

Chocolatey, marshmallow glued, graham cracker crunchy-munchy bars!

For full recipe see below!

S'more BarsThis recipe isn’t anything new to the world, but I was slow on the uptake and just discovered these crunchy-munchy bars a couple weeks ago. It was like one of those scenes in the movies where the adorable couple who hasn’t seen each other in years runs towards each other in slow mo….yes, yes I know, it’s a tiny bit pathetic that I found the complement to my heart in a S’more Bar, but it’s the life of a dessert-aholic. But I mean come on ….how can your mouth not be watering? …. just look at it!

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