Remember the Hostess SnoBalls of your youth? I used to love those things so when I saw the recipe for Pinkies Chocolate Lunch Box Treats in The Back In The Day Cookbook I knew I had to try them. I've had the book since Christmas but hadn't gotten a chance to try anything from it yet. I think I baked far too much at Christmas and I was kind of done with cake for a while.
They look like what they're supposed to but I couldn't get past the coconut flavoring. Frank and Dylan both liked them but I ended up making some plain vanilla buttercream and filling and icing some with that and topping them with coconut. The cake was delicious and I'll definitely make them again but with just vanilla flavoring. I think the coconut on the outside is enough. Or maybe I just bought a dud bottle of coconut emulsion. It's long gone now.
I'm looking forward to trying something else from this book. During a lovely bout of insomnia last night I reserved four new cookbooks from the library so we'll see how that goes too. I might actually find something else exciting to make.