Are you a fan of coconut? If so, happy National Coconut Day to you! The tropical, nutty sweetness of coconut makes this drupe an excellent addition to all sorts of treats. This roundup provides plenty of inspiration for your own culinary adventures with recipes including everything from coconut key lime crinkle cookies and mile high coconut cake to old fashioned coconut ice cream and coconut fudge with macadamia nuts. So let’s get baking!

1. Coconut Cream Cheese Pound Cake from Call Me PMC

From the website: “This Coconut Cream Cheese Pound Cake recipe is crazy delicious. Dense and buttery, this pound cake is topped simply with a sprinkle of powdered sugar then served with whipped cream and berries. This rich, dense, buttery cake is dessert perfection.”

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2. Coconut Key Lime Crinkle Cookies from Dessert Now Dinner Later

From the website: “These coconut key lime crinkle cookies are almost like a cross between a powdered sugar covered donut and a cookie. They are puffy, yet dense and chewy, and completely addicting. . . key lime juice and zest to give these cookies a pop of citrus flavor. And sweetened shredded coconut and coconut extract give the cookies that sweet, nutty flavor.”

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3. Buttery Coconut Bars from 5 Boys Baker

From the website: “These bars! Holy moly, there aren’t even any words to describe how amazing they are. I had to pawn them off on friends and my husband’s co-workers because I would have eaten the entire pan.”

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4. Coconut Fudge with Macadamia Nuts from Delightful E Made

From the website: “If you’re a coconut lover, this fudge is for you!  White chocolate, coconut and macadamia nuts make for the most amazing sweet, rich candy treat!  Perfect for the holidays or anytime you’re in the mood for some tropical flavors!!”

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5. Mile High Coconut Cake from Weekend at the Cottage

From the website: “Because coconut is the principle flavour for this dessert, you’re going to need to source the good stuff. Call your favourite purveyors in advance to make sure they have unsweetened coconut, in both shredded and flaked varieties, plus pure coconut extract. If organic versions are available, use them. You’ll taste the difference.”

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6. Old Fashioned Coconut Ice Cream Recipe from Self Proclaimed Foodie

From the website: “This recipe teaches you how to make homemade ice cream the classic way with an egg yolk based custard. The result is the most delicious coconut ice cream you’ve ever had!”

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7. Coconut Cream Lush Dessert from Bellyfull

From the website: “We have a lovely group of friends who get together once a month to play cards, which also involves a potluck dinner situation. Somewhere down the road, I got tagged as the dessert make . . . and I carry that with me like a badge of honor. This Coconut Lush was my latest contribution. It’s amazing.”

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8. Chocolate Coconut Balls from Kitchen Fun With My Three Sons

From the website: “Chocolate Coconut Balls are completely no-bake . . .  All you need to do is melt a bit of chocolate; that’s as hard as ‘baking’ gets in this yummy recipe. Even though this recipe is super easy, it will take a bit of patience dipping each ball in the chocolate. It’s worth it though, trust me!”

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9. Coconut Buns with Sweet and Milky Coconut Filling from Woman Scribbles

From the website: “The milky sweet filling of these Coconut Buns makes them so tasty and flavorful. These buttery buns are wonderful warm treats to fill you up anytime!”

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10. Coconut Creme Brulee from An Alli Event

From the website: “Coconut Crème Brûlée is a baked custard cooked in ramekins. The creamy custard is topped with a layer of caramelized sugar.”

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Kirsten Clark is a high school English and Social Studies teacher, a reader, a runner, a writer, a lover of good food, and most importantly, a new mom. Kirsten lives in Vermilion, Alberta with her husband, and since welcoming a baby boy last December, she is embracing the new adventure of motherhood with all of its ups and downs. She occasionally blogs at shelooksforadventure.com, and posts regularly on Instagram @kirstenlanae. Find her on Twitter also.

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