Since the cake is a huge part of your wedding day, when planning the engagement party, select a dessert that is not cake based and totally different from what you want to serve on the big day.
For Ronda and James's Latin-inspired affair, I'm making caramel-coconut shortbread. Cut into rectangles or squares, it's ideal because no utensils are necessary. Although this dessert has several components, it's far from intimidating and comes together quickly. Get the easy recipe when you, read more.
1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature Makes 24.
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
14 ounces soft caramel candies
5 tablespoons heavy cream
2 cups shredded coconut, toasted
1 cup chocolate chips, melted
1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature