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Oh Almond Joy!

Anything that’s recreating a candy bar at home I have to try. Finding this recipe was no exception. I found this recipe on a blog, who took the recipe from another blog. Both these blogger ladies seemed to have no trouble with it. But I did. Maybe it’s because I used sweetened coconut and the recipe called for unsweetened. I had a bag hanging around that I wanted to use. Plus, several of the comments on the other blog were about the difficulty finding unsweetened coconut. Apparently you have to go to a gourmet organic type store for it…which I’m not going to do.  So, I thought I’d just try the sweetened kind. After a couple of trial and error things, I think I figured out my issues and will be able to make them perfectly the next time. The candies are delicious – I just had a some things not go great with this first batch. I really dislike talking about baking that doesn’t go well, but I don’t want any of you to make these thinking I did it perfectly with no trouble, have the same issues and think it’s just you. I hate when that happens to me. And I love you guys, I couldn’t do it to you! [Read more…]
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Molasses Cookie Cake Balls

Sometimes I set out to bake something and it just doesn’t turn out like I’m expecting. Today I made what were supposed to be frosted molasses cookie bars, but I didn’t check the size pan properly and baked them in something too small. So instead of being bars, nice and thin(ish) – it baked up like a cake. Which, would have been fine (tasted great!) except that I was planning to take the bars to a meeting tonight where I’m sure there won’t be plates and forks. I needed the treat to be portable and easily eaten. Hmmmmm. What to do, what to do. I certainly didn’t want to eat the whole thing myself, and didn’t want to make something else to take to my meeting either. (sigh) I was about to give all up for lost when I had a brilliant idea. Make cake balls out of them! Genius!
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