DESSERTS

Chamorro Desserts:

Åhu

Posted on Oct 9th, 2014

Åhu is a sweet and warm soup of sorts, and is a very popular dessert drink on Guam.  It's one of the first things I make when I go home for…

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Apigigi’ or Sweet Tamales

Posted on Aug 10th, 2013

Apigigi' is a Chamorro dessert that takes quite a bit of time to make, if prepared the traditional way. It calls for grated cassava or tapioca,…

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Buñelos Dågu

Posted on Oct 26th, 2013

If you had to list your favorite Christmas food, what would they be?  I'd have too many to list since I have quite a few favorites, but up near…

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Buñelos Månglo’ (aka Typhoon Donuts)

Posted on Sep 21st, 2013

Buñelos Månglo' is another Chamorro dessert.  The name is loosely translated into "Air Donuts".  I'm not sure why they're called that.…

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Chamorro Potu (Sweet Rice Cake)

Posted on May 20th, 2014

Chamorro rice cakes, or Potu, are rice cakes that are made by soaking grains of rice in tuba, or a sweet fermented coconut sap.  The soaked rice is…

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Champulådu

Posted on Aug 29th, 2013

There are several Chamorro comfort foods that not only make me feel good right down to my bones, but bring back so many fond memories of growing up…

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Coconut Candy

Posted on Oct 14th, 2013

Coconut candy is an island dessert that's so simple to make, and fun to get the kids involved in making it. Growing up, we'd make this a lot…

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Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on Aug 29th, 2014

My entire family loves, loves, loves cookies!  Soft, chewy, crispy, crumbly, chocolate, butter, coconut, sugar, stuffed, double-stuffed, you name…

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Easy Shortcut Chamorro Cake

Posted on Aug 5th, 2013

This is an absolutely delicious cake, a favorite on Guam.  This is absolutely fantastic served without any frosting; however, it's also delicious…

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Guyuria

Posted on Aug 18th, 2013

Guyuria (pronounced gu-ju-ree-ah) is another traditional Chamorro cookie (Rosketti is another).  Some of my friends call them jawbreakers because of…

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Latiya

Posted on Jul 25th, 2013

Pronounced 'la-tee-ja', this is a classic Chamorro dessert.  A light, creamy, custard-like pudding topped with a generous sprinkling of ground…

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Madoya (Battered and Fried Bananas)

Posted on Aug 20th, 2013

Here's another very simple dish I'd like to share with you.  It's called Madoya (pronounced ma-dô-ja), lightly battered then fried slices of…

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Månha Pie

Posted on May 31st, 2014

This has got to be my most favorite Chamorro dessert!  For non-Chamorro-speaking friends, månha means the sweet, tender meat of the young, green…

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Potu

Posted on Oct 9th, 2014

Potu is a sweet steamed rice cake that's a Chamorro favorite.  It's traditionally made using sweet tuba, a Chamorro beverage made from fermenting…

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Pumpkin Turnovers (Pastit or Buchi Buchi)

Posted on Jul 31st, 2013

This is one of my most favorite desserts.  It's a turnover filled with a sweet, cinnamon-flavored pumpkin jam.  In Chamorro, Pastit is the term…

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Rosketti ~ a Chamorro cookie

Posted on Jul 25th, 2013

I won't lie to you...you WILL need to have a tall glass of milk or water when you eat these starchy Chamorro cookies.  It calls for an entire…

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Cakes:

Apple Cranberry Muffins with Streusel Topping

Posted on Sep 18th, 2014

Apples and cranberries go so well together.  Pair them together in these muffins topped with sweet streusel topping and you've got a real treat on…

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Bacon Maple Pancake Muffins

Posted on Sep 8th, 2013

My daughter and I came up with this recipe when we were looking for something to cook for breakfast that wasn't the traditional fried eggs with bacon…

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Berry-licious Blueberry Muffins

Posted on Apr 3rd, 2014

I love blueberry muffins, but I absolutely hate the packaged blueberry muffin mix which turns the batter a bluish-purple after you add canned (and…

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Caramel Apple Cake

Posted on Oct 8th, 2014

Fall is probably my favorite season because of all of the yummy fall fruits that abound this time of year.  Apples are in full season right now, and…

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Chocolate Cake Donuts

Posted on Dec 5th, 2013

Moist chocolate cake...chocolate chips...chocolate ganache...enough said. 🙂 Seriously, though. If you are like me, you LOVE LOVE LOVE chocolate!…

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Chocolate Caramel Coconut Cake

Posted on Nov 9th, 2014

friends, if there was ever a recipe of mine you ought to try, this one is it! This is my homage to my favorite Girl Scout Cookies, the Caramel…

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Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

Posted on Jun 2nd, 2014

Some of my favorite desserts are chocolate cake, coffee ice cream, and toffee candy.  This dessert combines all three in one very decadent…

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Easy Guava Cake

Posted on Feb 13th, 2014

Guava Cake is a delicious Hawaiian dessert that is quickly becoming popular nationwide.  It's traditionally made with chiffon cake, but my quick and…

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Easy Shortcut Chamorro Cake

Posted on Aug 5th, 2013

This is an absolutely delicious cake, a favorite on Guam.  This is absolutely fantastic served without any frosting; however, it's also delicious…

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Easy Ultra-Moist Red Velvet Cupcakes

Posted on Sep 18th, 2014

Ahhh...the delicious aroma of cake baking is rivaled only by that of gooey chocolate chip cookies baking and filling your home with happiness.…

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Latiya

Posted on Jul 25th, 2013

Pronounced 'la-tee-ja', this is a classic Chamorro dessert.  A light, creamy, custard-like pudding topped with a generous sprinkling of ground…

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Loaded Carrot Cake with a Kick

Posted on Mar 19th, 2014

Carrot cake is one of my favorite cakes. I like it plain with no frosting--this cake is that good--but it's really delicious with a rich cream cheese…

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Pistachio Cake from Scratch

Posted on Mar 17th, 2015

I'm sure you've made a cake using boxed cake mix with pudding in the mix at one time or another.  The added pudding made the cake so moist and…

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Pumpkin-Carrot Crunch Cake

Posted on Sep 11th, 2013

Fall is one of my favorite seasons, not just because of the beautiful fall colors and cooling temperatures, but because I love the smell of the house…

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Sticky Toffee Pudding

Posted on Jan 4th, 2015

If you've stumbled on this recipe by accident, search no more. Y O U    M U S T    M A K E    T H I S    D E S S E R T........T O D A…

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Strawberries & Cream Dream Cake

Posted on Aug 13th, 2013

I asked my kids what to name this dessert.   Strawberry shortcake seemed too simple a name for it.  They asked, "why NOT just plain old Strawberry…

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Pies:

Blueberry Cheesecake

Posted on Feb 5th, 2014

Blueberry Cheesecake is among the many go-to desserts I make because it's quick and easy to prepare, not to mention DELICIOUS. 🙂 With only 4…

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Fruit Pizza with a Sugar Cookie Crust

Posted on Nov 2nd, 2013

One of my favorite desserts is a fruit pizza.  My recipe uses a soft sugar cookie crust with a creamy vanilla filling.  Top this delectable dessert…

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Mandarin Delight Pie

Posted on Feb 5th, 2014

I first tried this pie years and years ago, when one of my sisters made it for our family.  It's since been one of our favorite desserts.  It's…

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Månha Pie

Posted on May 31st, 2014

This has got to be my most favorite Chamorro dessert!  For non-Chamorro-speaking friends, månha means the sweet, tender meat of the young, green…

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Pumpkin Turnovers (Pastit or Buchi Buchi)

Posted on Jul 31st, 2013

This is one of my most favorite desserts.  It's a turnover filled with a sweet, cinnamon-flavored pumpkin jam.  In Chamorro, Pastit is the term…

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Rich and Creamy Custard Pie

Posted on Jun 6th, 2014

Rich, creamy, sweet and luscious Custard Pie...are you drooling yet? Egg custard pie is so easy to make. Chances are you already have most of the…

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Ube Cheesecake

Posted on Aug 3rd, 2014

Who doesn't love cheesecake?  And for those of us who grew up in the islands, who doesn't love ube-anything?  If you haven't tried ube, or taro,…

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Cookies:

Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on Sep 26th, 2014

Who doesn't love a good chocolate cookie?  Not only are these scrumptious cookies made with good quality cocoa powder, it's doubly delicious with…

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Chocolate Chip, Walnut, Oatmeal Cookies

Posted on Nov 10th, 2013

These have got to be the best cookies...EVER. Soft, chewy, and full of chocolaty goodness, it's like Heaven in your mouth when you bite into this…

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Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on Aug 29th, 2014

My entire family loves, loves, loves cookies!  Soft, chewy, crispy, crumbly, chocolate, butter, coconut, sugar, stuffed, double-stuffed, you name…

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Fruit Pizza with a Sugar Cookie Crust

Posted on Nov 2nd, 2013

One of my favorite desserts is a fruit pizza.  My recipe uses a soft sugar cookie crust with a creamy vanilla filling.  Top this delectable dessert…

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Rosette Cookies

Posted on Sep 3rd, 2013

Rosette cookies are not native to Chamorro cuisine, but they are very popular on Guam.  I remember eating these cookies when I was a little girl --…

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Rosketti ~ a Chamorro cookie

Posted on Jul 25th, 2013

I won't lie to you...you WILL need to have a tall glass of milk or water when you eat these starchy Chamorro cookies.  It calls for an entire…

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Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Cookies

Posted on Nov 8th, 2014

cookies are so much fun to make -- and eat!  My daughter even says they "taste like Thanksgiving and Christmas." 😉 These aren't the kind of…

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Candy:

Coconut Candy

Posted on Oct 14th, 2013

Coconut candy is an island dessert that's so simple to make, and fun to get the kids involved in making it. Growing up, we'd make this a lot…

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Donuts:

Baked Yeast Donuts

Posted on Sep 11th, 2014

I love making fried yeast donuts for my family, but in an effort to make this indulgent dessert a bit healthier, I decided to bake them…

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Buñelos Dågu

Posted on Oct 26th, 2013

If you had to list your favorite Christmas food, what would they be?  I'd have too many to list since I have quite a few favorites, but up near…

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Buñelos Månglo’ (aka Typhoon Donuts)

Posted on Sep 21st, 2013

Buñelos Månglo' is another Chamorro dessert.  The name is loosely translated into "Air Donuts".  I'm not sure why they're called that.…

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Chocolate Cake Donuts

Posted on Dec 5th, 2013

Moist chocolate cake...chocolate chips...chocolate ganache...enough said. 🙂 Seriously, though. If you are like me, you LOVE LOVE LOVE chocolate!…

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Fried Boston Cream Pie Donuts

Posted on Sep 15th, 2013

One of my youngest daughter's favorite desserts is Boston Cream Pie.  She also loves, loves, loves donuts!  Once, when she was about 2 years old,…

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Incredible Pumpkin Cake Donuts

Posted on Sep 29th, 2013

I love the fall season, mainly because it means pumpkins are in season and I can make some of my most favorite desserts, among them these delicious…

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Yeast Donuts

Posted on Aug 3rd, 2013

Yeast donuts are another favorite treat in my house.  Why wouldn't it be?  Who doesn't loved fried dough that's rolled in sugar?  Uhh…NO one!…

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Other Desserts:

Apple Baklava

Posted on Sep 20th, 2014

If you've visited my "kitchen" before, you'll know there is probably no dessert I won't like. 😉  Baklava is no exception.  A bite of the sweet…

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Baklava Truffles

Posted on May 18th, 2014

Baklava is one of my favorite desserts.  I've seen many variations of this rich, sweet dessert, from chocolate drizzled to baklava cheesecake, and…

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Caramel Apple Dip

Posted on Mar 1st, 2014

I love caramel apples, don't you? What I don't love is having to bite into it, so I usually end up cutting the apple into slices so I don't make a…

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Caramel Apples

Posted on Sep 17th, 2014

This recipe is one of the simplest, and if you get your kids to help, it's fun too! My recipe is makes just the basic caramel-covered apple, but…

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

Posted on Mar 1st, 2014

Do you love to eat raw chocolate chip cookie dough? I must admit that I won't eat the raw dough--soft, chewy, warm-from-the-oven BAKED cookies,…

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Chocolate Chip Scones

Posted on Jan 16th, 2014

I love scones.  My favorites are chocolate chip or blueberry scones.  They're perfect for breakfast, along with a steaming hot cup of…

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Crepes

Posted on Apr 26th, 2015

Life is short...have dessert for breakfast.  😀 Okay, this is not really a dessert, but it could be.  In fact, crepes are one of those…

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Fresh Peach Cobbler

Posted on Sep 2nd, 2014

Peach Cobbler is the ultimate summer dessert.  I like using fresh peaches when they are in season, but canned peaches (in juice, not syrup) will…

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Fruit Pizza with a Sugar Cookie Crust

Posted on Nov 2nd, 2013

One of my favorite desserts is a fruit pizza.  My recipe uses a soft sugar cookie crust with a creamy vanilla filling.  Top this delectable dessert…

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Fudge Brownie Pizza

Posted on Oct 4th, 2013

Brownies, Sweetened Pineapple Cream Cheese, Bananas, Strawberries, and Chocolate Sauce...need I say more? 😀 This is a delicious dessert pizza…

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Grilled Plantains with a Brown Sugar Butter Glaze

Posted on Aug 19th, 2013

I bought some plantains a little over a week ago and finally got around to making something with it today. Unless you grow plantains in your back…

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Incredibly Soft and Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls

Posted on Nov 25th, 2013

Soft and Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls with sweet, creamy Cream Cheese Frosting...need I say more? 😉 These cinnamon rolls are so easy to make that you'll…

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King Cake

Posted on Mar 1st, 2014

King Cakes are part of a popular tradition that celebrates the 12th day following the birth of Christ, during which the 3 Wise Men or Kings visited…

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Mini Chocolate Eclairs (or Cream Puffs)

Posted on Jan 9th, 2015

Homemade eclairs are super easy to make.  They are a French dessert also known as profiteroles, cream puffs, or choux à la crème.  I just call…

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Pedro “PoP” Aguon’s World Famous Bread Pudding

Posted on Aug 3rd, 2013

Pedro Aguon, affectionately known to his family and friends as "PoP", was a decorated Navy veteran and a Pearl Harbor…

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Potu

Posted on Oct 9th, 2014

Potu is a sweet steamed rice cake that's a Chamorro favorite.  It's traditionally made using sweet tuba, a Chamorro beverage made from fermenting…

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Chocolate Chips

Posted on Oct 12th, 2013

Pumpkin bread, pumpkin turnovers, pumpkin muffins, and now, Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls--with chocolate chips too!  If I didn't already have you at…

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Rice Krispy Treat Easter Eggs

Posted on Mar 29th, 2015

This is a fun and yummy project you and your kids can make this Easter. To make these delicious and cute treats, you'll need: 6 cups…

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Spanish Rolls

Posted on Sep 3rd, 2014

Spanish Rolls are one of my favorite things to eat! They are a soft, sweet bread dough rolled flat and filled with sweetened butter, then rolled…

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