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Coconut Desserts and Breads

Tropical Treats Made with Coconut

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Just mention coconut and thoughts of nutty sweetness come to mind. The sweetness is from being a fruit and the texture is similar to eating a nut. Please enjoy these recipes made with this white tropical fruit called coconut.

1. Macaroons

Photo © 2010 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Photo © 2010 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Macaroons are one of the simplest cookies to make.

Other Macaroon Recipe Variations

Passover Macaroons
Coconut Macaroons
Video Showing How to Make Macaroons

2. Coconut Cream Pie

Photo © 2010 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Photo © 2010 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Coconut Cream Pie is easily my favorite cream pie. Using cream of coconut makes this pie really flavorful and the lime juice and zest cut down on some of the sweetness.

3. Mom's Piña Colada Cake

Photo © 2010 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Photo © 2010 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Mother would fix this recipe for Christmas and for Easter. I know you'll love the creaminess of this Piña Colada Cake made with ingredients similar to the popular cocktail.

4. Coconut Ice Cream

Coconut Ice Cream Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Coconut Ice Cream Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
This Coconut Ice Cream is perfect for the die-hard coconut lover in your life. It's made with cream of coconut. Yum!

5. Coconut Chess Pie

2010 Coconut Chess Pie Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
2010 Coconut Chess Pie Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
You can double your enjoyment pleasure with this crust-less Coconut Chess Pie, because it makes 2 pies.

6. German Chocolate Cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting

2010 German Chocolate Cake Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
2010 German Chocolate Cake Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
Don't be mistaken the German Chocolate Cake itself is wonderful. It's just that the Coconut Pecan Frosting is to-die-for delicious.

7. Tropical Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Icing

2010 Slice of Tropical Carrot Cake by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
2010 Slice of Tropical Carrot Cake by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
I grew-up eating this cake. It's so sinful, and yet, filled with good things for you. I've had house guests request Tropical Carrot Cake for breakfast. I think this carrot cake recipe is by far the best you'll ever have.

8. Hamburger Cookies

Photo © 2010 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Photo © 2010 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Kids just love eating Hamburger Cookies. They are made with Girl Scout Cookies.

9. Dump Cake a.k.a. Easy Cobbler

2010 Dump Cake Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.ocm
2010 Dump Cake Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.ocm
With only 6 ingredients you can make this very simple baked fruit dessert. This Dump Cake is great served warm or cold from the refrigerator.

10. Italian Cream Cake

2010 Italian Cream Cake Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com.
2010 Italian Cream Cake Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com.
This cake was brought to our home for our local supper club. What really made this 3-layer Italian Cream Cake taste fantastic was the toasted pecans, and the fact that it was made from scratch.

11. Tropical Fruit Sunshine Bread

Photo Courtesy of The Soyfoods Council
Photo Courtesy of The Soyfoods Council
Thanks to The Soyfoods Council for this recipe for Tropical Fruit Sunshine Bread. "This sweet bread is from chef Steven Petusevsky. It contains soy protein powder, which increases the protein content significantly. It's great for breakfast or a snack. Spread a warm slice with cream cheese and top with sliced fresh bananas or figs."

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