Caramel Apples

Fall is the favorite time of year at our house. My husband and I were married in the fall, our first daughter was born in the fall, our family enjoys being outdoors in the fall.

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One our favorite things to do is to go apple picking. We make our yearly pilgrimage up into the blue ridge mountains, deep in the heart of apple country. There we enjoy the crisp fall air, beautiful mountain scenes and freshly picked apples from the orchard.

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Having a rather large number of freshly picked apples in my possession, I thought it wise to make use of them, hence the following recipe:

Caramel Apples:

Makes 10 -12

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What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • Dash salt
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 10 to 12 Popsicle sticks
  • 10 to 12 medium tart apples, washed and dried
  • 1 cup chopped, salted pecans

Directions

  • 1. In a large heavy saucepan, melt butter.  Add the brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil, about 10-12 minutes. Stir in milk. Cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads 248° (firm-ball stage).
  • 2. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla.
  • 3. Insert Popsicle sticks into apples.
  • 4. Dip each apple into hot caramel mixture; turn to coat.
  • 5. Dip bottom of apples into pecans. Place on greased waxed paper until set.
  • Makes: 10-12 apples.
Enjoy!
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Owl Cupcakes

Hoo hoo,hoo hoo….Owl Cupcakes

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If you are like me you totally forgot that you said you would donate a baked good to your child’s school for the “Fall Fundraiser”, and now it is the day of and the freaking out begins!  Have no fear Owl Cupcakes are here! These are so easy you could practically do this in your car on the way to the school (provided someone else is driving).

What you will need:

12 Premade Chocolate Iced Cupcakes (or you can bake them if you have enough time, if you do props to you!!)

1 Bag Oreos (I like the orange filled Oreos this time of year)

1 Bag Reese’s Pieces or M&M’s if you are worried about peanut allergies

Directions:

Open Two Oreos, place on the cupcake and place 2 Reese’s Pieces or 2 M&M’s for the center of the eye. Place another candy for the nose (sideways on the cupcake).

Basically, make it look like the picture below. This is fairly easy and not too involved!


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Enjoy!

Monster Brownies

MMMMM…Monster Brownies!

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Oh My G-O-S-H! These are so dang cute! I don’t know why but every time I look at these I feel really happy! So I felt it was necessary to share these with you all too! I have posted a brownie recipe before (click here for recipe) and we will be using the same recipe for these monster brownies, the only difference is this will have peanut butter frosting and added decorations. So again I hope this is fun and easy for you. Enjoy!

Cocoa Mill Brownies:

  • 2 sticks of butter (softened)
  • 6 to 8 ounces Cocoa Mill dark chocolate
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (can use whole wheat if desired, tastes just as good)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  1. In a saucepan melt 1 stick of butter and the chocolate, stirring continually so not to burn the chocolate.  Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl place 1 stick of butter, sugar, powdered sugar and vanilla mix together.  Add eggs and mix again. Add flour and salt mix until well blended.  Add chocolate and stir until batter is chocolate through and through.  Add nuts last if desired.
  3. Pour batter into a buttered 13 x 9 x 2 baking pan. Bake at 325 degrees F for 35 – 40 minutes or until a knife stuck in comes out clean.
  4. Cool in pan on wire rack.

While the brownies are cooling start making your Peanut Butter Frosting:

Peanut Butter Frosting:
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 4-5 Tbsp. milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
You will also need, Peanut Butter Cups, 1/2 cup of white frosting, and chocolate chips for the eyes and white icing if you want to pipe mouths on too.
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Instructions
  1. For the peanut butter frosting, blend together peanut butter, powdered sugar, butter, and milk in a stand mixer for 3-4 minutes or until light and fluffy. If it is too stiff, add a bit more milk so it is easy to pipe.
  2. Using Wilton tip 233, pipe the peanut butter “hair” onto the top of a brownie in whatever way you’d like. Then use upside down Cocoa Mill Peanut Butter Cups to place eyes on your monster. Put a tiny dollop of white icing on top of the Peanut Butter Cup then place a chocolate chip in the center to use as an eyeball.
  3. If desired, use a decorating bag, small tip and white icing to pipe smile onto your monster brownie. Or you can leave them with just the eyes!


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Summertime: Mini Mint Cheesecakes

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Oh my, oh my…. The days are getting warmer and warmer and It is time to have a bite that will cool you down and lift your spirits. Mini Mint Cheesecakes are the perfect summertime treat. These delectable bites are easy to make and cute to serve with tea or as a potluck bring along dish. Cool your taste buds and the summertime heat with these nifty little bites:

Ingredients:

Crust

Crushed Chocolate Cream Cookies
1/4 cup butter, melted

Filling

2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar
3 eggs
1/3 cup green crème de menthe liqueur

Topping

Sweetened whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
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Steps

  •  Crumble about half the cookies into fine crumbs to make 2 cups cookie crumbs.
  • In small bowl, mix cookie crumbs and melted butter. Place foil baking cup in each of 18 regular-size muffin cups. Press about 1 tablespoon cookie mixture in bottom of each baking cup or use tartlet molds. Reduce oven temperature to 300°F. Bake 5 minutes.
  • In large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar with electric mixer on medium speed, scraping bowl frequently, until smooth and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth after each addition. Stir in liqueur. Pour about 1/4 cup of the filling on top of each of the cookie crusts.
  •  Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until edges are set and centers are still slightly jiggly. Turn oven off, and open door slightly. Cool cheesecake in oven 30 minutes. Remove from oven to cooling rack; cool at room temperature 30 minutes. Refrigerate about 2 hours or until cheesecakes are chilled. Top with sweetened whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Enjoy!

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