Caramel Apple Bites

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It’s been a few days but here I am with another recipe. Took a little break to welcome my adorable baby nephew ūüôā His name is Marco James and he was born on November 14th. He’s great, as is my sister, and I couldn’t be more excited!

Caramel apples remind me a lot of autumn, so this is the perfect time to make this easy and delicious snack. I will be sharing another recipe with caramel and apples in the near future, so come back soon. Wink, wink.

This recipe is incredibly easy. All you need is two ingredients for the base (plus water), but you can add as many toppings as you’d like. Chocolate chips, coconut flakes, sprinkles, nuts, etc, are wonderful choices.

You can also decide how much caramel you want to have. You’ll see in the photo that I submerged and drizzled bites. Both are easy to do and taste yummy. It’s all about your preference.

You’ll need:
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  • Caramels (I used Kraft – you’ll need about 1 cube for every 2 bites)
  • Apples

Step 1:
Wash and peel your apples. You can use whatever kind of apple you want.
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Using a melon peeler, scoop out your bites. I was able to get about 8 pieces per apple, but that number depends entirely on how big your apples are.
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Melt the caramel squares. Add about 1 teaspoon of water for every 5-6 squares you have in your saucepan. This will prevent the caramel from burning and make the texture easy to work with.
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Use the point of a knife or 1-2 prongs of a fork to hold each bite. Dip and set on a piece of wax paper to cool. If you are adding toppings, do this immediately before the caramel hardens.
*Note – be sure to pat the bites totally dry before dipping them in the caramel so it doesn’t just slide off!
image1I guess you could bypass most of this process by just buying this guy, but where’s the fun in that?¬†Try this out¬†and, as always, gimme some oven lovin’.

Goldfish Pumpkin Treats

image3Here’s another Halloween inspired treat you can make for your house party or classroom fiesta. It’s just as easy as the mandarin and Frankenstein goodies I posted this week, so grab the supplies and let’s get started!

You’ll need:
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  • Goldfish crackers
  • Party baggies (4″x6″)
  • Black permanent marker

Step 1:
Decorate your bags. Again, you can decide what faces you want to make. They can be scary, funny, cute, ugly, whatever. My suggestion: draw the face toward the bottom of the bag so it becomes centered when you fill it. If you draw it in the middle or toward the top, the eyes will get hidden when it is tied.

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Fill them! Leave about 1.5 inches from the top so you can tie it off. If you don’t have twisty ties, you can use string, ribbon, tape, etc.
image4How easy is that?! You can find the bags from Party City, Michaels, Amazon, or any other place that sells Wilton baking products. There are also other sizes you can use instead if you want to make them bigger/smaller.

I’d love to know if you create any of these Halloween treats! Send me pictures and be sure to gimme some oven lovin’.

 

 

Healthy Halloween: Frankenstein Fruit Face

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Here’s another easy, last minute¬†Halloween snack. I saw this idea on pinterest (of course), but decided to substitute the marshmallows for stickers to make this a truly healthy treat. You can make either version and munch away!

This works with any size cup. I got 12oz cups and matching lids from Party City, but they do also sell 9oz, 10oz, 16oz, etc. Of course, the bigger the cup, the more grapes you’ll need. For reference, I made 15 cups and needed 2 bags of grapes, and if I had more I would have used them to really fill the cups to the top.

You’ll need:
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  • Green grapes
  • Black permanent marker
  • Plastic cups with lids
  • White circle stickers

Step 1:
Insert your stickers on the inside of the cup, about a third of the way from the top. If you can’t find circular stickers, you can do what I did and make them. I traced a quarter on label paper and cut it out. It took a while to make 30 eyeballs,¬†but I think they came out perfectly.
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On the outside of the cup, draw eyes and a smile with the marker.

Step 3:
Fill the cup with grapes!

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Aren’t these cuties? Gimme some oven lovin’.

Healthy Halloween: Jack-o-lantern Mandarins

My nephew is having a Halloween party at school and I wanted to contribute a healthy snack for his friends. This is quite possibly the easiest thing I’ve put on my site. So much so that I didn’t want to take pictures because it’s almost silly to have them.

This is the first of a few last minute Halloween-themed treats coming up. I also have some more food-related goodies I will be sharing in the near future. Perhaps I will make a new holiday inspired treats segment that you can follow for all sorts of events. We’ll see!

You’ll need:
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  • Mandarines/tangerines/clementines/oranges
  • Sharpie/permanent marker

Step 1:
Decorate. The end.img_6819Just kidding. But seriously. That’s it! Draw little faces on each piece of fruit to resemble mini jack-o-lanterns. You can make them as happy/sad/angry/scary as you wish.

Easy enough, right? Good. Now gimme some oven lovin’.

Rolo Pretzel Bites

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I figured it was about time I made a dessert again. I haven’t made any in so long¬†and my pantry needs an update. I found a couple (literally) things lying around and put them together for this really easy 2 ingredient snack that combines all of my favorite things: salty pretzels, sweet chocolate, and gooey caramel. Brian doesn’t usually like desserts (don’t even get me started!), so when he tried these and said they were delicious, I knew it was worth sharing.

You’ll need:
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  • 24 pretzel snaps
  • 12 Rolo candies

Step 1:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2:
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place half of your pretzels. You can make more or fewer, but just remember that you need double the amount of pretzels in all.
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Put one unwrapped Rolo chocolate in the middle of each pretzel. fullsizerender_2Step 4:
Bake for about 3-5 minutes. You want the chocolate to be tender without it actually melting.fullsizerenderStep 5:
Place one pretzel on top of each chocolate and gently squish it down. Be careful! It may ooze hot caramel.fullsizerender-1

If you don’t want to top it off with a second pretzel, you can always be creative and add other ingredients instead. I had some peanut M&Ms so I added a couple of those. Pecans are also a good idea!fullsizerender_4

It doesn’t get much easier than this. Gimme some oven lovin’.

Autumn Apple Slices

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Well, it’s been a while. Since the last time I posted, the following has happened:

  • I have a nephew! And in a few weeks I’ll have another!
  • I’m engaged!
  • I bought a house!
  • I adopted a kitty!

Lots of exciting changes. I’m really looking forward to the near future! But for now, let’s get back to business.

It’s fall which means it’s officially the season of apple picking. Here’s a quick and easy way to eat that delicious fruit in style.

You’ll need:

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  • Your choice of peanut butter
  • Apples
  • Chocolate chips (I use Nestle’s milk chocolate morsels)
  • Shredded coconut (I use Baker’s sweetened angel flakes)

Step 1:
Slice them bad boys. You can make them as thick or thin as you want. I cut mine about 1/4in thick.¬†I used small red delicious apples and had no corer, so excuse how uneven and unprofessional this looks (don’t judge me).

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Step 2:
Spread yo’ peanut butter. I like creamy but chunky works too. From here on out, the amount is completely based on preference. I enjoy an even proportion of pb and apple, so it depends on how thick I make my slices.

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Step 3:
Add the coconut. Do you like a lot of coconut? Pile it on. Do you like a little bit of coconut? Sprinkle it on. You do you.

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Step 4:
Top with chocolate chips. I like to make sure I get at least 2 chips per bite, so I put quite a bit. If you’re trying to be healthier, use fewer.

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Yum.

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Let’s hope I continue to keep up with this. Gimme some oven lovin’.