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Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cake Cheesecake

Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cake Cheesecake
Last week I got an email from a kind reader asking if I would consider developing a recipe for one of her favorite "factory-made" desserts. The minute I clicked the link she provided, I knew I wanted to make her cheesecake dreams come true. I had concerns about how this cake would translate to real world baking. No doubt it is mass-produced with industrial equipment since it is sold nationwide at a popular restaurant chain. I knew I would have to simplify each of the recipe's elements and keep the baking equipment simple. One other thing. Of course, the chocolate curls are optional, but just in case you want to make them I'm including a how-to video for them in this post. Below are many of the steps illustrated in pictures. The recipe has notes that correspond with the numbered pictures. Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cake Cheesecake Serves 500 15-20 at least [click to print] Note: Plan ahead, this cake should be made over the course of 2-3 days. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Notes:

Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich April is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich month and that was all the excuse that I needed to try out some new grilled cheese sandwich recipes! Not too long ago, while I was devouring a batch of the ever so addictive jalapeno popper dip, I was thinking about other ways to enjoy that amazing flavour combination and the idea that stuck was the one for a jalapeno popper grilled cheese sandwich. As soon as I had that thought I knew that I would have to try it and this was the perfect time! The basic idea was to incorporate the flavours and textures of jalapeno poppers in a grilled cheese sandwich and the first step was the jalapeno peppers themselves. This jalapeño popper grilled cheese sandwich turned out even better than expected! Don't have time to roast some fresh jalapenos? Bacon makes a fabulous addition! Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich Servings: makes 1 sandwich Prep Time: 34 minutes Cook Time: 6 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes Printable Recipe Ingredients Directions Similar Recipes:

S'mores Cookies These cookies are every bit as delicious as they look. You may have noticed that I have been in a s'mores kick lately. First with the cookie dough pops, then with these cookies. I also plan to make additional s'mores themed treats this weekend. I saw a version of s'mores cookies on Make and Bake and became immediately intrigued. I knew I had to try to make these...the sooner the better. S'mores Cookiesadapted from Make and Bake 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour1 cup graham cracker crumbs 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 dash of cinnamon 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 eggs 2 cups miniature chocolate chips1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows2 Hershey bars, choppedPreheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl combine the flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking soda, salt, and dash of cinnamon. Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies.

Mocha Swirl Cookies Sometimes you just need a cookie.And the occasional fairy tale. This past weekend I spent time with both. As a collector of the old sort of fairy tales, I can tell you they have a definite adult edge. Most aimed to teach children the consequences of bad behavior with scare tactics and not-so-happy endings. It's a far cry from the stories today that are meant to calm and lull children to sleep. So, what goes with a grown-up fairy tale? Hours later, the caramel bug bit me -again! Mocha Swirl Cookies Yield: 40 cookies [printable version] 3 cups all purpose flour 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1 1/2 tsp instant coffee (I used Starbucks' VIA) 2 oz. Sweet Caramel Frosting Yield: about 2 1/2 cups frosting [printable version] 1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cubed 1/4 cup whole milk Pinch of salt 1 tsp. vanilla 1 1/2 - 2 cups confectioners' sugar

Brie Croque Monsieur Sandwiches There are grilled cheese sandwiches, and then there are Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. I have always been helplessly enthralled with any menu that has the words Croque Monsieur on it. Because that basically translates to a rocking great grilled cheese sandwich that involves thin-sliced ham, swiss cheese, an egg batter that the whole thing has been dipped in, and some deep-frying. Usually with some fries on the side, to make sure your calorie intake is high enough. So imagine this: the very same thing…except instead of the swiss cheese, you use Brie cheese. Now, some Croque Monsieurs out there in the world use a much thicker batter, but I think the light (and I use that word loosely, given what we are talking about here) french toast-type egg mixture approach is actually kinda better. Please go make this right now. Brie Croque Monsieur Sandwiches Ingredients 9 oz. 3 large eggs 3/4 cup milk 1/4 tsp Salt 1/8 tsp Pepper 6 slices thin sliced ham 12 slices white bread Directions

Cinnamon Toast Rolls The USDA released its new food pyramid the other day (which is actually a plate now instead of a pyramid), and I am sorely disappointed to report that cinnamon rolls did not appear anywhere on that plate. I think by now most of us know what should be on our dinner plate in terms of healthy, well-rounded nutrient-laden meals, but it is my considered opinion that our breakfast plate should include cinnamon rolls now and then. And not just any cinnamon roll, mind you, but how ‘bout a homemade cinnamon roll hybrid that is a cross between a cinnamon roll and cinnamon toast, is super easy to make and gosh darn delicious. In honor of their ancestry, I call these little gems cinnamon toast rolls, and here’s all you need to make them… Yep. That’s it… some soft white bread, some butter and some cinnamon sugar. Trim the crusts off of the bread Roll the bread really flat Brush both sides of the bread with butter Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar Cinnamon Toast Rolls Click here for a printable recipe

Seven promising jobs for 2012 Prospects for employment in the realm of information technology continue to look strong in 2012 for Canadians as companies invest more of their time and money into their digital presence, according to Robert Half International. The staffing firm has come up with a list of seven occupations expected to be in particular demand in the new year, along with the corresponding salary potential. “Many of these roles are quite challenging for employers to fill, since, in some cases, the demand for qualified professionals exceeds the supply,” Lara Dodo, a Canadian regional vice president of Robert Half Technology, said in a media release issued by the company. The list includes: Foursquare Checkins Reveal Holiday Travel Patterns [INFOGRAPHIC] Click image to enlarge. In honor of Thanksgiving travel, Foursquare has posted an infographic on the company's blog showing checkins related to travel in the United States by plane, train, and automobile, covering a period from Halloween until just after Christmas in 2010. For airplane and train travel, data is pulled when someone checks in on Foursqure at two different airports or train stations in the same day. There's also a timeline component showing the peaks and lulls of travel around Thanksgiving and Christmas, some of the busiest travel times of the year. While the graphic doesn't offer numbers of checkins or users, it appears that the highest number of people checking in are flying, though railway travel is consolidated to very specific parts of the country.

Social Media Marketing - 10 Inspiring Infographics In 2011 social media marketing continued to make its impact on business and brand promotions. Google+ was launched (with an investment of over $500 million in development costs), Twitter became embedded in the new Apple iPhone 4s and Blogging didn’t die. Facebook soared past 800 million users and Twitter continued its upward trajectory past 200 million members. The world’s obsession with anything social online has given marketers access to networks that are instant in response, multi-media rich and ever challenging. Some Social Network Surprises Some surprising results and unexpected networks and social media platforms have made their mark this year . Tumblr is now attracting over 90 million unique visitors every monthStumbleUpon driving over 50% of all social network trafficYouTube is attracting 50% more views than 2010 and threatening traditional TV advertising and marketing 1. Via: Online Schools 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Read More Image by BirgerKing 1,241inShare

5 Simple Ways To Increase Your Klout [Infographic] The measure of how influential you are on the web used to be measured by how many fans or followers you had. Today it’s measured by Klout—the standard for online influence on a scale of 1 to 100 by that factors in elements such as how many people you influence and how much of an impact you make on your fans and followers. Don’t know much about Klout? A new infographic from KISS Metrics is a one-stop-shop for everything you need to know about how online influence is measured and how to increase your Klout. ‘Got Klout?’ 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Check out the full infographic below for more and let us know what you think. ++ Click Image to Enlarge ++ Source: Got Klout? Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.

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I love the Sprinkle Bakes Blog! Everything looks so delicious especially this peanut butter cup chocolate cake cheesecake. I am looking forward to the day I get to try to make this lovely dessert! by ashleyc Apr 10