Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

This cookie is incredibly delicious when it is baked just right. The edges are crispy with a melt-in-your-mouth coconut flavor.

When I created this recipe I hesitated to post it on the blog because so many things can go wrong! Be warned fellow bakers. This is not a cookie that will be successful just by following the recipe.

Follow your baking instincts like chilling the dough for a few minutes if your kitchen is too hot. Are you baking on a humid day? Add extra flour to compensate. Also, watch your oven temperature and check the baking time for that perfect moment when the edges of the cookies just start to caramelize. A few seconds too long will result in a burnt cookie!

When the cookies are baked, allow them to sit on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before moving them to a rack to cool.

If everything goes right, the reward of this extremely rich, delicate, coconut cookie is worth the effort.

Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

3/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Chocolate Banana Muffins

I recently watched Jamie & Jimmy's Food Fight Club on Netflix.  In addition to the great recipes, the concept of food waste was something that left me thinking more about what we do with our food.

The problem of food waste was emphasized again this week when I ordered a salad in a fast food restaurant. They put the wrong type of chicken on top. Instead of removing the topping and putting on the right one, they THREW AWAY THE ENTIRE SALAD!

This is not right!

What can we do to help stop food waste? One obvious way is to not throw away perfectly good food.

To create this recipe I started thinking about bananas (You know, the almost black ones that most people throw in the bin). With the bananas I also wanted to incorporate chocolate because well, it's CHOCOLATE.

The result is a moist, sweet, delicious muffin. Sprinkle a little bit of shredded coconut on top and this is now one of my favorite muffins!

Chocolate Banana Muffins

1 cup flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 te…

Hollywood Cheesecake for Dad

When I was a child I made cheesecake from a No-Bake Cheesecake mix. I remember pouring the packet of powder into a bowl with milk and then beating it until it formed a pudding-like substance. I spread the pudding on top of a graham cracker pie crust and then put it into the fridge to chill. I was so excited about my first dessert! It became a family favorite.

Fast forward a few years and I learned that the cheesecake recipe on the back of a package of real cream cheese is far superior to the boxed mix. Luckily I had parents who supported my baking hobby and they provided a pantry stocked with supplies. (Sorry mom and dad for dramatically increasing the cost of this dessert!)

Obviously, this recipe became the family's new favorite. I doubled the recipe to make an extra thick New York style cheesecake.  It is delicious and moist even without a topping.

My dad is no longer here to enjoy this dessert so I dedicate this piece to him on Father's Day.

Thanks dad for always being ent…

Truffle Brownies

Brownies and truffles.  A perfect combination!

The secret to this recipe is to use your absolute favorite baking chocolate.  This recipe is a modified version of one I found on the back of a bag of Guittard Extra Dark Chocolate (63% Cacao).

Valrhona or any high quality baking chocolate that tastes amazingly good straight from the bag would be perfect in this recipe.
The flavor of the chocolate inside the center of these brownies is delicious!  The texture is slightly crisp on top with a smooth truffle center.  Chocolate chips can be added to the batter to create an even more intense flavor.

Truffle Brownies

1 2/3 cups (10oz) chocolate chips
(or chopped chocolate)
Additional 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons water
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1/4 cup unsifted all-purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper.

In a small pot heat 10 oz of chocolate, butter and w…

Brownie Sundae

This recipe is made with what I like to call brownie pancakes - not the kind that you would put maple syrup on and eat for breakfast.  These pancakes taste like brownies.

I call them pancakes only because I cook them in a pan.  I decided to cook them this way because it was too hot in the house to even think of turning on the oven!

The dessert can be stacked as high as you desire (or at least as high as you can go before it topples over!)  In any case, it is absolutely delicious.

It is mouth-watering to watch the chocolate sauce dripping down over the soft vanilla ice-cream as it is served, but even more amazing than that is when you get to take a spoon and dig into this delicious chocolate dessert!

Brownie Sundae
Vanilla Ice Cream (or try chocolate, mint or strawberry)
Brownie Pancakes (plan on about 4 cakes per serving)
*Chocolate Sauce (or ice-cream topping purchased at the store)

Brownie Pancakes
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1/8 teaspoon baking p…