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 🙂 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’.

No Bake Cookie Dough Bombs

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We all love bite size desserts, don’t we? Especially when they’re coated in chocolate. Give. Me. All. Of. Them. Now I don’t know about you, but I’m guilty of eating raw dough by the spoonfuls. Cookie dough, brownie batter; you name it, I lick it. The good thing about this recipe is the lack of egg, making it safe to eat! You’re welcome!

You’ll need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 1 cup of mini chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup softened butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • Meltable chocolate coating

Step 1:
In a mixer, blend the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until creamy.
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Add the vanilla and milk and continue beating.
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Mix the salt and flour and pour into the mixer, one cup at a time. Be sure to scrape the edges in between to really get everything blended.
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Fold in the chocolate chips.
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Freeze the mixture for about 20-30 minutes. I put mine in a separate container to keep the remaining dough frozen until I’m ready to use it again.
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After the mixture has stiffened a bit in the freezer, use a melon baller or spoon to scoop out dough, and roll between your palms to create balls. I make them about 1in but you can make them bigger if your bites aren’t as small as mine.
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Freeze again! This step will really help make the balls stay in their shape when dipped into the chocolate, so put them back in for another 10-15 minutes.
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Melt your chocolate. Then roll each ball to coat completely. Let it harden on a piece of wax paper.image8
While the chocolate is still melted, you can top each “bomb” with sprinkles, chocolate chips, crushed nuts, shredded coconut, etc. Or you can just leave them as they are.

Take a bite! And gimme some oven lovin’.

Fourth of July Cupcakes

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Happy Birthday, America!

Okay, so I lied. I said I wasn’t going to post any more holiday desserts, and I had no intention of doing this, but since I made these bad boys for today’s BBQ I figured I would at least share what I did.

They’re mini, and adorable, and yummy, and cheap, and easy.

You’ll need:

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  • 1 box of white cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • Frosting
  • Gel food coloring
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Follow the directions that are on the back of the cake box. If you really wanted to do a red, white, and blue theme then I suggest actual white cake and not funfetti like I did.. but funfetti is my favorite, and that’s what I chose, so buzz off!

Anyway, once you mix all of the ingredients, evenly distribute the mixture into two other bowls (three in total). Add blue gel to one, red gel to another, and leave the third one untouched. The darker you want your cake, the more gel you add. It’s simple.

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3. Line your cupcake holders. I used mini molds but you can use whatever size you like. Take a small amount of each color and fill the liners 2/3 of the way. I used about 3/4 of a teaspoon of each color and layered them.

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4. Take a toothpick and swirl the colors a little to give the cupcake a cool, marble effect. Don’t mix too much! You just want to blend the edges of the colors together.

5. Bake until the cupcakes are cooked. For my minis, I put them in for about 13 minutes. If you are using other molds, follow the time on the back of the box.

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6. Once the cupcakes are out and cooled, it’s time to frost! I whipped the frosting then piped it on. Some cupcakes even got some festive sprinkles. This last part is completely up to you. Have fun with them.

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Have a wonderful, safe Independence Day! Gimme some oven lovin’.

Fourth of July Oreos

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Here is another treat that you can make for your upcoming 4th of July party. Similarly to yesterday’s post, you will need many of the same ingredients. However, today’s goodies include Oreos (YUM) and an option completing the same effect with icing instead of chocolate.

You’ll need:

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  • Oreos
  • Sprinkles (color of your choice)
  • Chocolate candy melts (color of your choice)
  • Icing (optional)

First, let’s do the icing option. I didn’t put too much effort into these because I wasn’t in the mood to eat any frosting, but it’s easy enough to not need intricate instructions.

Steps:

1. Cover as much of the Oreo as you want with your frosting. You can pick whichever color/flavor you desire. I had vanilla so it fit nicely with this theme.

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2. After you cover your cookie, sprinkle your sprinkles. Again, put as little or as much as you prefer.

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Done. Easy. Next.

A less sticky and more delicious version of a covered Oreo is below. Continue if you dare (and you totally should).

Steps:

1. Melt your chocolate in 30 second increments, stirring between each heating.

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2. Cover your cookie with the melted chocolate. You can either dip it in, scoop it on, or use any other method of your choosing.

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3. Since I used white chocolate as my base, I melted one blue and one red pellet to drip on top. I like to think of these as “stripes”, though I am aware that there are no blue stripes on the flag. Just play along. They’re cute.

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4. You can cover with additional sprinkles if you’d like.

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Enjoy your holiday and gimme some oven lovin’.

Fourth of July Pops

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Happy (wayyy belated) 2013 everyone! So, it’s been a little while. Okay, more than just a little. I disappeared but I am making an effort to come back like nothing happened. I won’t tell anyone if you don’t. K?

I missed many occasions but with Independence Day around the corner, what better way to restart this blog than to show some goodies you can make for this national holiday?

Today’s treat parallels the s’mores pops from pop week, though you don’t have to make these into lollipops if you don’t want to.

You’ll need:

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  • Large Marshmallows
  • Sprinkles (color of your choice)
  • Chocolate candy melts (color of your choice)
  • Lollipop sticks (optional)

Steps:

1. Melt your chocolate in 30 second increments, stirring between each heating.

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2. Dip your marshmallow into the chocolate, covering it about 2/3 of the way.

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3. Dip or sprinkle your sprinkles onto the top 1/3 of the marshmallow.

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4. Let your chocolate harden then enjoy the yummy dessert!

Because the marshmallows are white, I suggest red chocolate and blue sprinkles, or blue chocolate with red sprinkles. Either way, you showcase your patriotism and advertise to your guests that you know how to celebrate like a true United States citizen!

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Gimme some American oven lovin’.

Popcorn Treats

Now that I’ve rested up after my vacation, it is time to get back to business! Today’s recipe is quick and easy and makes for a delicious remix on a snack that I know many of us enjoy — popcorn!

This was actually inspired by a recent visitation I had with my sister and family. I went to visit her a few days ago and we made Rice Krispies treats. They were yummy, as you will see in the pictures below. She was a sport and stayed patient as I took pictures of each step like I do with the rest of my posts.

I decided not to make an entry based off of that, however, since it was the regular cereal box recipe that we followed. Instead, I created my own today that mimicked our steps. Popcorn treats are very similar with the exception of the cereal, of course. And some other ingredients that I plopped in there. Let’s begin.

You’ll need:

  • 1 pack of microwaveable popcorn, popped
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 2/3 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • sprinkles (of your choice)

Steps:

1. In a large pot, melt butter over medium/low heat.

2. Once melted, add marshmallows and stir until creamy. Remove from heat.

3. Add popcorn, chocolate chips, and sprinkles (as many as you’d like), and fold gently until combined. Pro tip — make sure you take out any kernels that did not pop. You don’t want those sneaking into your mouthfuls and breaking your teeth!

4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread popcorn mixture evenly on top. If you find that it is very sticky, spread butter on the back of the spoon to ease the job. I added some more sprinkles and chocolate chips at the end 🙂

5. Let sit for about 10 minutes or until the marshmallow hardens. Then dig in!

Gimme some oven lovin’.