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The Dessert that Will Take Your Party Spread to the Next Level

This is the kind of dessert that is gone in a flash. The kind that people reminisce about for days after the last reveler has headed home and the kind worth indulging in. Scratch that, over indulging in. Crafted by Ayesha Curry and Amanda Haas for their killer cocktail party story, these Chocolate Cherry Coconut Brownies are a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

Chocolate Cherry Coconut Brownies
prep time
30 Minute/s
cook time
30 Minute/s
total time
1 Hour/s
Serves 36Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup dried sour cherries
  • 3/4 cup orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
  • 1/4 cup large unsweetened coconut flakes*
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 3/4 cup unrefined (virgin) coconut oil*
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free flour, such as Cup4Cup or Bob's Red Mill
  • 1/4 cup Dutch-process unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup turbinado sugar (raw cane sugar)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Oil a 9- by 9-in. baking pan and line bottom with a sheet of parchment paper large enough to come up 2 opposite ends of pan and hang over sides. Put cherries in a small bowl and pour in liqueur. Let soak 30 minutes. Meanwhile, toast coconut on a rimmed baking sheet until golden, 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a microwave-safe bowl, melt 3/4 cup chocolate chips with the coconut oil, heating in 20-second bursts and then stirring, until chocolate is 3/4 melted. Stir until melted, then cool slightly.
  3. Whisk flour, cocoa powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. Add sugar, eggs, and vanilla to melted chocolate and whisk to mix. Whisk in flour mixture. Drain cherries (save liqueur for cocktails). Stir cherries and remaining 3/4 cup chocolate chips into batter.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Let brownies cool (or chill), then lift out using parchment paper and cut into 1 1/2-in. squares.
  5. Arrange brownies on a serving tray and top with coconut flakes.
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Photography: Thomas J. Story for Sunset Magazine | Original Story: Sunset Magazine

These Food Stars are Sharing the Secret Recipe for a Killer Cocktail Party

Food mavens and culinary masterminds are just a few of the ways to describe these all stars. Ayesha Curry of Food Network fame and Amanda Haas, culinary director of Williams Sonoma joined creative forces with Sunset magazine to bring you the 5 step process to throwing a killer cocktail party. And if we had to add a sixth tip, it would most certainly be don a ridiculously cute skirt. Get the scoop on mastering the art of stress-free cocktailing, plus a tried and true recipe coming up next!

the Recipe for a Killer Cocktail Party

Set a schedule

“Draw up a list of tasks and add how much time each will take, so you leave enough time to do everything,” urges Amanda. “On party day, add time to nap.”

Loosen up

“Include a personal touch so people know you’re not taking entertaining too seriously,” says Amanda. Her suggestion: kid-drawn recipe labels or nametags.

Make a mocktail

Ayesha always makes a festive, nonalcoholic sip. “I have kids! And a lot of pregnant friends,” she says. “Substituting the alcohol with a refreshing fruit purée and a touch of fizz makes all the difference.”

Make cooking part of the fun

Get your guests involved in the cooking, like making biscuits, suggests Ayesha. “I like getting people’s hands dirty.”

Deputize a DJ

For music, “delegate to a friend who’s a music fanatic and ask for fun, festive, and upbeat,” says Amanda. “When in doubt … Adele!” adds Ayesha.

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Photography: Thomas J. Story for Sunset Magazine | Original Story: Sunset Magazine

Your Guide to Achieving that Natural Looking Hair Color… At Home!

We all want beautiful, natural looking hair color. That’s a universal need, want, gotta have. But figuring out just how to achieve that “I was born this way” look from the comfort of your very own home? Another story completely. Which is why we’re teaming up with the hair geniuses at Clairol to talk all things Nice’n Easy. It’s color that is crazy simple to use and available in a variety of gorgeous shades at Walmart. From masking those pesky grays to seasonal color updates, get the low-down for how to achieve your best color yet below!

Clairol Nice'n Easy
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Clairol Nice'n Easy
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Whether you’re preparing for your next great date night, a walk down the aisle or just want to rock a gorgeous style every. single. day. of the year, Clairol Nice’n Easy is your ticket to a stunning hair refresh. The best part? Finding your natural match is as easy as a flip of those locks with almost every shade imaginable, available at Walmart. And with the money you save, you can go ahead and splurge on that statement bag you’ve been drooling over. So what are you waiting for? This most definitely isn’t your mother’s boxed color, beauties.

Photography: Jose VillaKT Merry Photography + Koman Fine Art Photography

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