Coconut Cake Balls

A ridiculously simple recipe that I made for a cookie swap this past weekend.

Ingredients:
1 box white cake mix
Ingredients called for on the box
14 oz. bag sweetened, shredded coconut
1 container cream cheese frosting
Dark chocolate melts
Extra shredded coconut

Directions:
Bake the cake according to directions on the box.
Once cake is cooled, break it up into a large bowl, add coconut and frosting and mix thoroughly until doughy.
On a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper, roll out balls of the dough.
(Grease your hands, scoop a ball of dough with a cookie scoop, and roll until smooth between hands).
Freeze the cake balls for one hour.
Melt the chocolate and dip the cake balls half way into the chocolate and then dip in shredded coconut.
Keep refrigerated until served.
Recipe yields over 5 dozen.

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Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cakies

It’s finally November! Don’t get me wrong; I love October. It’s my birthday month and we have Halloween, but I love November for…you guessed it, Thanksgiving. I love pumpkin everything. So, I decided to make some of favorite cookies, the Paleo Banana Chocolate Chip Cakies . I make them constantly when I’m craving sweets, but this time, I replaced the banana with pumpkin purée.

Ingredients:
1 cup pumpkin purée
3 tablespoons almond butter
2 teaspoons baking soda
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
2 1/2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Beat together pumpkin, almond butter, baking soda, vanilla, and salt until well blended.
Add almond flour and blend.
Finally, fold in chocolate chips with a spoon.
I drop my dough onto the parchment covered baking sheet with a teaspoon sized dough scoop to many more, tiny cookies.
Makes about 34 cookies.
Bake at 350 for 12 minutes. (Will have to do on two cookie sheets).
Let cool, and remove from baking sheet!

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Coconut, Oatmeal, Almond Joy Cookies

Poll Winner!! These coconut, oatmeal, almond joy cookies are amazing! The smell of coconut and chocolate as they came out of the oven was incredible! Thanks Cody for helping me chop the Almond Joys, and for eating some 😉

This recipe is from: http://www.sweettreatsmore.com

You voted, so here it is:

Ingredients:
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour
1 1/4 cups oats
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
8 fun size almond joy bars, chopped

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.
Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, cream together coconut oil and sugars.
Add egg and vanilla and mix.
In a medium bowl add flour, oats, and baking soda.
Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients.
Add chocolate chips and chopped almond joys.
Drop my tablespoon onto parchment.
Mine made about 24 small cookies.

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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

I went to a baby shower last weekend for a wonderful couple, and I decided to make White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookies!! My boyfriend loves the pre made ones, so I was excited to try a homemade recipe! I have never been a fan of white chocolate chips, but when mixed with the saltiness of the macadamia nuts it makes the perfect cookie. Thanks to my Aunt Jeanne who brought down the macadamia nuts to my family straight from Hawaii!

Ingredients:
1 stick of butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup plus 2 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup macadamia nuts, cut in half
3/4 cup white chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in egg and vanilla.
In a medium bowl combine flour and baking soda.
Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients.
Stir in nuts and chips.
I measure each ball of dough to be 2 oz. each to make large cookies.
This recipe yields 12 cookies.
Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

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Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Was craving sweets so I decided to make some paleo cookies that I found on http://www.foodiefiasco.com

Ingredients:
6 tablespoons coconut flour
9 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk
1 1/2 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 tsp. baking powder
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Combine coconut flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
In another bowl combine mashed banana and vanilla.
Add flour mixture to banana mixture and stir until combined.
Add coconut milk one tablespoon at a time and mix after each addition.
Drop by tablespoon full onto parchment paper and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Servings: 17
Serving Size: 1 cookie
Calories per Serving: 31

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Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

Lemon Poppy Seed muffins are my favorite, so when I saw a recipe for Lemon Poppy Seed cookies I couldn’t wait to try them!
Recipe adapted from: http://www.annies-eats.com

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 stick butter, room temp.
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon zest
1 egg

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.
Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt, and poppy seeds.
In a large bowl cream together sugar and butter for about 2 minutes.
Add lemon zest and mix.
Then, add egg and mix.
Add flour mixture and mix until just incorporated.
Drop tablespoons of dough onto cookie sheet and bake for 9-13 minutes.

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Pretzel, Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

I found this recipe on pinterest from: http://www.sugarcooking.blogspot.com
My friend Lauren and I made these tonight and even the batter was insanely delicious!! These cookies are the perfect combination of salty and sweet, a combo which I learned to love when my Auntie A showed me chocolate covered pretzels, so I know she will enjoy this post!!

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 stick of butter, room temp
1 egg beaten
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup pieces of pretzels

Directions:
In a medium bowl combine flour, salt, an baking soda.
In a large bowl cream butter and both sugars for 2-3 minutes.
Add beaten egg and vanilla to sugar mixture and mix to combine.
Gradually add in flour mixture until completely incorporated.
Fold in chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and broken pieces of pretzel.
Cover bowl of dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350.
Place rounded teaspoonfuls of dough onto baking sheet and flatten slightly with thumb.
Bake for 12-13 minutes.
Yields 24 cookies.

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Slutty Brownies

This is a sinfully delicious recipe that I found on pinterest from: http://www.thelondoner.me
They are named this because they are easy and filthy lol!

Ingredients:
1 box brownie mix (I used Betty Crocker)
1 pouch chocolate chip cookie dough mix (I used Betty Crocker)
1 package double stuffed Oreos
Some oil

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.
Line a brownie pan with parchment paper.
Make the brownie mix as directed.
Make the cookie dough as directed.
Add an extra teaspoon of oil and water to each of the mixes.
Push cookie dough mixture into the bottom of the pan.
Line cookie dough with Oreos.
Pour brownie mix over Oreos.
Bake for 35 minutes.
Serve warm with some vanilla ice cream 🙂

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Kayla licking the brownie batter!! 🙂

Paleo Banana Chocolate Chip Cakies

These are another version of the double chocolate cakies from http://www.multiplydelicious.com these are more of a plain chocolate chip cookie, so if you aren’t a huge chocolate fan try these instead!

Ingredients:
1 ripe banana
2 tblsp almond butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/4 cups almond flour
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Combine banana, almond butter, vanilla, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl and beat with hand mixer until combined.
Add almond flour and mix.
Fold in chocolate chips.
Drop by the rounded tablespoon-full onto your parchment paper.
Makes 10-12 cookies.
Bake for 15 minutes, until tops are golden brown.

Paleo Double Chocolate Cakies

So today I decided to try my very first paleo treat! I love to bake, but my crossfit coach is trying to get me out of it since it uses so much flour and sugar! I found a recipe that looked very yummy from http://www.multiplydelicious.com for double chocolate cakies. They have the consistency of cake but are baked like cookies!
Are paleo desserts healthy?
No not necessarily…but they are a lot healthier than normal cookies!!
I don’t suggest you make a paleo dessert everyday, but when your craving a treat these will definitely fill that craving! Enjoy 🙂

Ingredients:
2 ripe bananas
2 tblsp almond butter
3 1/4 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 1/4 cups almond flour
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl mash bananas with a hand mixer.
Add the next 5 ingredients and mix well.
Add the almond flour and mix.
Fold in the chocolate chips with a spoon.
Scoop tablespoons of batter onto parchment paper. (Should make about 12).
Bake for 15 minutes.
*Since these are cake-like cookies, refrigerate them after they cool. These cookies are even better the next day.

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