Chocolate Drizzled Caramel Cashew Clusters Caramel cashew clusters are simple to make and fun to eat. A drizzle of chocolate and a sprinkle of sea salt, adds the crowning touch! I've been dipping fruit and nuts in buttery caramel for as long as I can remember. Much longer than I've been blogging about my kitchen adventures. At times, I make my own homemade caramel, and at times, I may indulge in a shortcut. This recipe is one such shortcut treat, and it's a time honored family favorite. You'll need: 1  oz pkg caramels, unwrapped [i.e. Directions: Line 2 baking sheets with wax paper. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla. Spritz a Tbsp or a small ice cream scoop with cooking spray and begin to separate the mixture into clusters, placing onto the wax paper lined baking sheet. Allow the clusters to sit until firm.
Cinco de Mayo piñata cookies Video how-to: Pinata Cookies Ingredients: 1 cup sugar1 cup powdered sugar1 cup butter1 cup vegetable oil2 eggs1 teaspoon cream of tartar1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon almond extract1 teaspoon baking soda5 cups flour1 tablespoon vanillaMini M&M candies1/2 cup powdered sugar (frosting)2 teaspoons milk (frosting) Directions to make piñata sugar cookies: Cream sugars with butter. Split dough into five, even-sized balls and one smaller ball (this will be the black one). Use a container the same approximate width of your donkey/burro piñata cookie cutter, and line it with plastic food wrap. Cover the layered dough and freeze for four hours or overnight. Remove the dough from the container and unwrap from the plastic. Immediately after you take them out of the oven, use your burro piñata cookie cutter to cut the cookie shapes. Create the hidden pocket For the middle cookies in each set, cut off the ears and legs, and cut out the center where the M&Ms will go. Assembling the piñata cookies
Salted Caramel Brownie Bites Today’s guest post comes from Carrie of Bakeaholic Mama. She’s such a sweetheart, and a very busy mama with three kids! Hi Guys! I am excited to be guest posting for Rachel as she takes some much needed time to juggle two busy kids! All of you moms out there know what it’s like to try and lose those extra pounds and the kangaroo pouch after the babies are born. My solution? But only a small batch. However the smaller batch of brownies made in a mini muffin pan, will ensure you only have a bite or two. Salted Caramel Brownie Bites Ingredients 5 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 3/4 cups granulated white sugar 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 large egg 3 tablespoons all purpose flour 1/2 cup caramel dip, I use Marzetti Old Fashioned Caramel Dip 1/2 tbs coarse sea salt Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Notes ~~~~~~~~~~~~Thanks so much, Carrie!
2-Minute Chocolate Chip Cookie For One This is one of those ‘I-need-a-cookie-right-now-or-I-die’ recipes that can be prepared in almost no time.We all know that kind of situation, don’t we? I definitely do, I confess.And you know what? This impressive cookie not only takes less than 5 minutes to prepare, it tastes really delicious. Just like a good chocolate chip cookie.The preparation is beyond easy… just have a look… First you need this stuff. 1. 2. 3. 4. Save a few for the top, if you wish to.5. Ta-dah! 6. German Chocolate Macarons Macarons are one of those sweet confections many are terrified to tackle. Something about whipping meringue and making sure you get the perfect feet sends home bakers into a panic. I am here to tell you... it's not that tricky I assure you. You see I am an impatient baker. Recipes that require a lot of patience, time, and many many steps I tend to pass by. I like easy. Last summer, I spent a couple weeks perfecting methods and recipes. I have my method and base recipe nailed I can now bake them in my sleep. This month for our Chocolate Party, I figured I would attempt chocolate macarons, not all that different from what I spent my summer baking but just enough different I needed to work on perfecting them. First batch came out fine, however the second, cracked down the centers. One bit of advice to first time macaron bakers, don't get frustrated... it's not that hard, and if they do not come out perfect the first time who cares! German Chocolate Macarons(Recipe adapted from bon appetit)
Cardamom Crescents Recipe at Epicurious photo by Romulo Yanes yield Makes about 50 Serve these fragrantly spiced classics with coffee or tea. Preparation Arrange racks in lower and upper thirds of oven; preheat to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Measure 1 rounded tablespoon of dough; form into a ball, then roll into a 1 1/2"-long log. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through baking, until bottoms are golden, 12–15 minutes. centercutcook Peanut Butter Buckeye Bars with Pretzels combine sweet with salty in this no bake dessert bar that kids and adults will love! This is the time of year that I love and dread, all at the same time! How is that possible? I love the entertaining and gift-giving aspect of the holidays, yet I dread the overall craziness (CRAZINESS!) To help make things a little less hectic, I have a list of my go-to delicious dinner recipes that can be made quickly, along with a list of easy desserts and treats that are perfect for entertaining! To get started with these Peanut Butter Buckeye Bars, I ran to Target to pick up a jar of Planters® Peanut Butter using a $1 off coupon from Kraft that is redeemable exclusively at Target. Along with the peanut butter, the rest of the ingredients are pretty standard. The whole thing will need to chill in the fridge for a bit to firm up which will give you a little time to relax or wrap some gifts! Now, please excuse my bossiness… go make these Buckeye Bars!
How to make macarons - some tips and tricks For those of you who read this blog regularly, you will know that macarons are one of my obsessions. Some of you may remember a couple of my early attempts (here, here, and here), then the epiphany of the class at Lenôtre in Paris. Following that class, I had a number of successes and I found the recipe to be very similar to Helene’s (of Tartelette blog) and I used a combination of the Lenôtre techniques with Helene’s recipe most of last year, with varying success. Being a Taurean (stubborn) and A-type (a planner) what bugged me about macarons was how unpredictable they were. Until recently. Encouraged by Stella, I tried my hand at these just before the end of my spring break. I followed Stella’s instructions to a T – even down to the timing of the beating of the whites. The next part that is tricky is the macaronage – the folding in of the dry ingredients to the egg whites. And voilà: The “lunch duty” macarons. Enjoyed by all on the first day back at work after the break.
Salted Caramel Apple Crumb Bars | Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe Salted Caramel Apple Crumb Bars Last week my sister-in-law, Whitney, and I spent some time in the kitchen together. Whitney is super talented-she makes the cutest beanies, is a wonderful mother and wife, and whips up the most amazing recipes. I was thrilled we had a chance to create a few recipes together. Because of the chill in the air, we both had fall on the brain. After brainstorming for a bit, we decided to make Salted Caramel Apple Crumb Bars. Whitney made the salted caramel sauce, while I worked on the apple crumb bars. We added fleur de sel to the caramel. The bars have a thick buttery crust, a layer of spiced apples that get drizzled with the salted caramel sauce, and a crumb topping. We served the Salted Caramel Apple Crumb Bars for dessert and everyone loved them! Fall is in the air and that means you need a special fall dessert. And if you are a pumpkin fan, make sure you check out our 50 Pumpkin Recipes for Fall post!
Homemade Oreos Lately, my husband has been getting me into a bit of trouble. You see, he’s my taste tester. He’s not afraid to tell me when something I make is awful (it has happened before… believe me!), so I know he’ll give me an honest opinion. So, when I’m baking and working on a new recipe, I often take him a plate of samples. A few times lately (including yesterday when I was working on this particular recipe), he has raved on Facebook about what I made for him. In this case, the homemade oreos that my hubby was taunting his friends with on Facebook were already spoken for… Most of the cookies were destined for the cafe at our church. These homemade oreos are easy to make. Homemade Oreos(Makes approximately 3 dozen) For the cookies: 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened1 cup granulated sugar1 egg1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract2 cups all purpose flour3/4 cup dutch process cocoa powder1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder1 teaspoon salt For the filling: Begin by preparing the cookies.
Chèvre Brownies How many of you watch Bobby Flay's Throw Down? About 90% of you right? If you don't.... get with it. Tune into Food Network and see what he is "Throwing Down". Last year I was staying up late one night (like 9pm.... cause I sleep like toddler) and just happen to have been watching an episode of Throw Down.... and he was going up against two women who owned Vermont Brownie Company. I perked right up. Vermont Brownie Company has been made famous for their Chèvre Brownies (goats cheese brownies). I have been putting off making these for over a year now!! Someone kick me! They are so darn good! Chèvre Brownies Ingredients: 2 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate 3/4 cup butter + 2 tbs 2 cups white sugar 4 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup all-purpose flour + 1 tbs 4oz Chèvre 1 tbs honey Directions: Preheat oven to 350. In a sauce pan melt 3/4 cup butter and chocolate together stirring constantly. Mix in chocolate butter mixture. Fold in 1 cup of flour.