About 5 years ago, before we had even met her, my oldest son's then-girlfriend, now wife, bought a cookbook published by her college, and told him to give it to me. I thought that was really nice, and I've used it a couple of times. Well, in August, after Ryan took up complaining about how boring it was to have cake all the time (and I had to discard the last quarter of a cake, because it went stale when no one ate it!), I returned to Ashleigh's cookbook for a few desserts. This was one that everyone particularly enjoyed.
1 stick butter or margarine, melted
1 box yellow or vanilla cake mix
1 egg at room temperature (drop it in a cup of very warm water for 5 minutes)
2 eggs at room templerature
1 tsp vanilla extract
8 ounces cream cheese (regular or low fat)
3 cups confectioners sugar
3/4 cup flaked coconut
3/4 cup chopped nuts(I used walnuts)
Generously grease or spray a 15"x10" jelly roll pan. Stir together the yellow cake mix, butter and 1 egg, and press into the pan (the mixture will be fairly dry). Beat the eggs, vanilla and cream cheese for a minute, then add the confectioner's sugar, and beat until very smooth. Stir in the coconut and nuts, and pour over the crust. Bake at 350F for 45 to 50 minutes until lightly browned.
Happy Wednesday, everyone!