Recipe: Pumpkin Coconut Macaroons

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My personal pumpkin obsession lasts from about the beginning of August every year until about Thanksgiving. Anything I can get my hands on pumpkin, I will try it! This fall, I decided to create my own new pumpkin recipe (for behind the scenes photos of my recipe creation, follow @FoodMarriage on Instagram).

The idea for my recipe came from an Ina Garten themed dinner party I threw for my mom’s birthday a couple years ago. That night, I made the most delicious coconut macaroons from Ina Garten’s cookbook – Barefoot Contessa Family Style. I decided to revisit this cookbook to add my own fall twist on these classic cookies.

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The Pumpkin Coconut Macaroons turned out so delicious!  I definitely kept some for myself, but I also decided to put some in a cute glass jar and deliver them to my mom as a birthday present for this year! She loved them!  They were absolutely perfect the first day they were made. However, when I stored them in an airtight container for another day, they got very sticky. (I didn’t mind the sticky because they tasted so good, but they were a little messy).  Any suggestions on how to make them not as sticky are greatly appreciated!

Pumpkin Coconut Macaroons

Pumpkin Coconut Macaroons

Ingredients

  • 14 oz shredded coconut
  • 15 oz canned pumpkin
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pumpin pie spice

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Mix the coconut, pumpkin, condensed milk, salt, and pumpkin pie spice together.
  • Whip the egg whites in a mixer with the whisk attachment for about 2 minutes.
  • Fold the egg whites into the rest of the mixture.
  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Using a large cookie scoop, drop the cookies onto the parchment paper.
  • Bake in 350° oven for 45 minutes.
  • Remove and cool on wire racks.
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Recipe adapted from Barefoot Contessa Family Style by Ina Garten.
 

xoxo, Food Marriage

The “Easter Dozen” from Georgetown Cupcake

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Last summer while visiting the Washington DC area for a cousin’s wedding, my mom, sister, and I visited Georgetown Cupcake (aka DC Cupcakes from TLC).  It was SO much fun and I should actually dedicate a separate post just to that visit! We LOVED the cupcakes there so much that for Easter this year, I decided to send my mom a dozen cupcakes from there!

Georgetown Cupcake Easter Dozen

Since we don’t live near a Georgetown Cupcake location, I went online and found out that I could have them shipped! I will say, the shipping itself was a little pricy…$20 shipping fee PLUS a $10 Saturday delivery fee. I wanted it to be delivered as close to Easter as possible so I paid the extra $10 for the Saturday. While shipping was expensive, the package did arrive in great condition. The cupcakes were overnighted so they were fresh, they were packed well, and there was a freezer pack inside to keep them cool. And honestly, who cares about the overall price when you are giving a great gift!?

I also had the chance to include a gift message.  It said “Happy Easter! We thought you would like Georgetown Cupcakes better than flowers this year!” They came in flavors like Carrot, Cherry Blossom, Peanut Butter Fudge, and more. Oh and the best thing about sending my mom cupcakes? I got to eat some when I went to her house on Easter!!!

If you want to order the Easter Dozen assortment of cupcakes, you can still get them through April 30th! OR check out their entire collection of fun Seasonal Assortments on their menu.

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Wedding Wednesday: Congress Hall themed Cake Pops for a Rehearsal Dinner!

I love the opportunity to get creative!!  I recently made cake pops for a couple’s rehearsal dinner. Their wedding was being held at Congress Hall in Cape May, NJ.  Congress Hall is America’s oldest seaside resort (they opened in 1816!)  They have an iconic ballroom with Tiffany Blue walls and a black and white checkerboard floor, and it is the prefect setting for a glamorous wedding!

Congress Hall Ballroom

Congress Hall Ballroom: Photo Courtesy of CapeResorts.com

To capture the magic of Congress Hall, the cake pops that I made for the couple’s rehearsal dinner were themed to match the decor of the wedding venue.  I made them black and white with accents of Tiffany Blue!  I even used Edible Ink markers to add the couple’s monogram to the cake pops!

Congress Hall Themed Cake Pops (Black and White with Tiffany Blue Accents) for a Rehearsal Dinner @FoodMarriage

This was also my biggest cake pop job to date!!  135 cake pops!!!  I needed to use three display boxes!  I used one large wooden box with a chalkboard front and then used two smaller ones for off to the side.  I was SO proud of these cake pops!!!!!!

Congress Hall Themed Cake Pops (Black and White with Tiffany Blue Accents) for a Rehearsal Dinner @FoodMarriage

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Wedding Wednesday: Paris Themed Bridal Shower Cake Pops!

Since friends and family have started seeing my cake pop work, I’ve been getting more requests to do some cake pop jobs on the side.  This is really exciting for me because it give me the chance to create different types of cake pops that I would have never thought of doing before!

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What’s funny about the way I work with my cake pops is that I never know exactly what I am going to do until I start doing it.  I have the general theme idea in my head, and then I create as I go!  Recently, I was asked to make cake pops for a bridal shower.  I was told that they had a Paris theme for the shower and that they would like the pops in black and white if possible.

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This cake pop order was for 50 cake pops, so I made half in chocolate and half in vanilla.  It made it easy to determine which pops were which flavors…Black = Chocolate.  White = Vanilla. For the decorations, I thought it would be neat to have various different designs throughout the entire display.  So I did some with black sugar crystals, some with clear sugar crystals, some with white nonpareils, and some with white or black candy drizzle.  And then the stars of the display were the plain white cake pops that I drew little Eiffel Towers on with a black edible ink marker!  (I recommend Americolor Gourmet Writers…they work the best!)

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For the actual display, I found a Paris-themed photo box at the craft store which I used for the base.  And then I found some scrapbooking paper that was labeled as “French Script” to use as the background for the display.  I have no idea what it said because I don’t know French at all!  I hope it said something nice, haha!!  The script background did end up looking really cool and really contributed to the overall look and feel of the display.

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I finished off the cake pop display with some embellished and raised Paris-theme stickers, which really tied everything together.  After making this display, I totally fell in love with it….now I want to go to Paris and see the REAL Eiffel Tower!!!!

For more information on how to make cake pops…visit my basic “How To Make Cake Pops Post.”

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Pink Glitter Football Cake Pops!!

Our Girls Fantasy Football League is in full action now!!!!  I don’t think I’ve ever paid so much attention to football games until now!!  I already shared a little sneak peek of the cake pops I made for our Girls Fantasy Football Draft Party, but now I am excited to share them in a little more detail!

Pink Glitter Football Cake Pops for Girls Fantasy Football Draft Party @FoodMarriage

I have made football-shaped cake pops before for my nephew’s first birthday, so I already had an idea of what I was going to do.  But this time I jazzed up the cake pops by making half of them pink and added pink sugar crystals to make them fun and glittery!

And as with any cake pops I make, I always feel that the details in the display really give the cake pops the WOW factor!  For this display, I got a regular photo box from the craft store and added some stick on rhinestones.  I also got a little puffy football and dazzled that up with rhinestones as well.  Inside the box, on top of the foam, instead of using shredded paper like I often do, I added in pink and clear plastic gems (found in the wedding section of any craft store).  And then the background is just scrapbook paper with a football background and some fun stickers I found in the scrapbook section!

Pink Glitter Football Cake Pops for Girls Fantasy Football Draft Party @FoodMarriage

To finish off the display, I added some additional scrapbook paper underneath with more footballs on them, a real football, and then a cheerleading teddy bear that I saved from my freshman year of high school! (Go Lansdale Catholic!!!!!!)

And the flavor of these fun delicious treats?  They are what I now call “Chocolate Lover’s Dream…” – a chocolate fudge cake mixed with decadent chocolate icing.  Absolutely AMAZING!!!!

Pink Glitter Football Cake Pops for Girls Fantasy Football Draft Party @FoodMarriage

Since we have 12 girls in our league, clearly we could not eat all 42 cake pops by ourselves (especially after eating all of our other appetizers).  So I was able to pack up my husband, Pat, some football cake pops to take to his draft party with the boys!!  They never had anything like this at their draft parties before!!!

Pink Glitter Football Cake Pops

Prep Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: About 40-45 cake pops

Pink Glitter Football Cake Pops

Ingredients

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • Ingredients required for the cake (listed on cake mix box)
  • 1 cup chocolate frosting (feel free to use a store-bought kind)
  • 1 (14 oz) bag of brown-colored, milk chocolate flavored candy melts.
  • 1 (14 oz) bag of pink-colored, vanilla flavored candy melts.
  • Half a bag of white-colored, vanilla flavored candy melts (7 oz needed)
  • Pink sugar crystals
  • Lollipop sticks

Instructions

  • Bake your cake according to the directions on the box.
  • Allow your cake to cool completely.
  • Crumble your cake up (Use your mixer to break it up).
  • Add in 1 cup of frosting and mix well (this will give it a sticky texture).
  • Roll your cake into about about 2″ size balls. Once you get it into a ball shape, roll it between your hands to slightly make it more of an oval shape. Place your oval shape onto a tray covered with wax paper and then pinch each end together between your fingers to make it come to a point. This creates the football shape.
  • Once your footballs are shaped, place your tray into the refrigerator for at least an hour to firm up.
  • Melt a small amount of the brown candy melts and a small amount of pink candy melts. Dip each end of a lollipop stick into the melted chocolate and the press the stick about 3/4 of the way into the ball. Do this with each ball (I did half in the brown candy and half in the pink candy. I also did about half of my footballs with regular-sized lollipop sticks and then the other half with slightly longer lollipop sticks. This allowed me to display them all at different graduated heights in the display).
  • Once you have sticks in all your footballs, place back into the refrigerator for another 10 minutes or so. This will ensure that the sticks stay in your balls.
  • Melt more of your brown-colored chocolate candy melts, and dip half of the cake pops into the melted candy so it is covered completely. You may want to tap it on the side of your dish to eliminated any excess candy. Place each cake pop standing up in a styrofoam block until the candy hardens.
  • Next, melt your pink-colored vanilla candy melts and dip each the remaining pops into the pink candy melts. Once you tap off any excess candy, immediately sprinkle your pink sugar crystals all over the football. You will need to do this before it has a chance to dry so it sticks.
  • Once your cake pops are hardened and dry, get your white-colored vanilla-flavored candy melts out. Using a disposable candy decorating bag, melt your candy right in the bag and then use to paint the tops of the footballs with lines and laces.
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