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Caramel Apple Cheesecake

9 Dec

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I am legitimately excited for the holidays.
Especially the baking.
If you own a pinterest account, I bet you have been searching for the right recipes for the days leading up to Christmas.
Its a time to experiment, gain weight, satisfy your sweet tooth, and empty your bank account.
Is it worth it? Baking and then stuffing your face with the yummy creation that looks nothing like the picture?
Of course.
I have found THE BEST Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bar recipe (thanks to the-girl-who-ate-everything.com).
Behold…..
Crust:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
Cheesecake Filling:
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Apples:
3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Streusel Topping:
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
Drizzle:
1/2 cup caramel topping for drizzling after baked
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender (or 2 forks) until mixture is crumbly. Press evenly into a 9×13 baking pan lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 3/4 cup sugar in an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Then add eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Pour over warm crust.
In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture.

For the streusel topping:
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. I like to really combine it by using my clean hands to thoroughly combine the butter into the mixture.

Sprinkle Streusel topping over apples. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until filling is set. Drizzle with caramel topping and let cool. Serve cold and enjoy! Make 16 servings.

 

Cool Ranch Crackers

21 Oct

When I was younger, my grandmother threw tons of parties.

Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Columbus Day…you name it.

She was the queen at preparing, decorating, cooking, and of course…hosting.

Although she doesn’t throw as many parties, she still continues to cook the “party food”.

One of which include “Ranch Oyster Crackers”.

Now if you haven’t had these before, I suggest you get all the ingredients and make them….because you are missing out.

Ingredients:

1 (1 oz) package Ranch-style dressing mix

1/2 teaspoon dill

1/4 cup oil (vegetable or olive)

5 cups oyster crackers

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees

2. In a large bowl, combine the dressing mix, dill, oil. Add crackers. Toss to coat. Spread evenly on baking sheet.

3. Bake for 15-20 minutes, stir after 10 minutes. Remove. Cool. Serve.

This snack is crunchy. Salty. And of course…tastes like ranch.

Enjoy :)

 

 

Apple Pie Cupcakes

10 Oct

Fun Fact: Making cute, yummy cupcakes is one of my many skills.

Obviously baking in general is a skill of mine…but I love making cupcakes.

I find a great recipe, crank up my tunes, and make each cupcake as perfect as possible (of course with lots of love).

Its one of my ways to escape and relax…

And because my mom’s birthday is coming up…I always start thinking and practice my baking skills…so she gets the best sweet gift. I make her cake (cupcakes) every year.

This one I won’t make for her this year…but I still think it’s rocking.

Ingredients:

12 cupcakes (you pick the flavor and make them like the recipe says)

16 oz can white frosting (or make your own)

3 drops yellow food coloring

1 teaspoon cocoa powder

Red m&m’s

Directions:

After you bake your cupcakes (I suggest a fall flavor like pumpkin spice), take the white frosting and add the food coloring and cocoa powder (make sure you stir it). Frost the cupcakes…but leave extra for later.

Take the red m&ms and put them nicely on the cupcakes.

Put your remaining frosting in a ziplock bag and cut of the corner. Lace the sides of the cupcake (pie crust). Then make a lattice pattern on top.

And voila!  You have just made apple pie cupcakes.

 

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