Caramel Apple Trifles

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These Caramel Apple Trifles are the perfect apple treat - no bake, super easy and full of cinnamon! It's also my last recipe for Apple Week. It's sad to see it go, but be sure to check out my blondie cheesecake and layered cake. So many tasty apple choices! Julianne, from Beyond Frosting, has been cranking out some awesome apple recipes too, so be sure to check out her cheesecake bars, muffins and ice cream. So the craziest thing happened the other night. I was sleeping peacefully when all of a sudden the tv in our bedroom came on. Immediately I turned to accuse the hubs of waking me up. I was ready to banish him to the living room to go watch that tv. I had my death stare ready to go but when I looked over at him, he was passed out cold. Not even moving. I called his name and woke him up and … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Layer Cake

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This Caramel Apple Layer Cake is made with layers of brown sugar cake soaked with caramel sauce and cinnamon apples. And without a need to ice the cake (it's naked!), it's so easy to put together! It's also amazingly good and my second recipe for Apple Week! If you missed my first Apple Week recipe, check out my Caramel Apple Blondie Cheesecake here. And be sure to check out Julianne's recipe for today too - Bourbon Apple Pie Ice Cream! This cake is based on this recipe for a Salted Caramel Cake. I made it a while ago and it was HUGE hit! I thought it'd be perfect with apples and I've been wanting to make this fun new version ever since. This cake looks complicated, but there's actually just a number of steps involved. The main three phases are making the cake layers, the caramel sauce and the … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Blondie Cheesecake

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This Caramel Apple Blondie Cheesecake is pure caramel apple heaven, I kid you not. It's an apple spice blondie filled with apples, topped with a no bake caramel cheesecake, topped with cinnamon apples and even more caramel sauce. It's one of my new favorite desserts ever and the perfect way to start off Apple Week! This week my bloggy BFF, Julianne, and I will be bringing you all the apple recipes you'll need for fall! Get ready, because we've got some awesome recipes planned. And before I go any further, I want to thank everyone who read, commented, emailed, etc in response to my post on Friday. Thank you so much for the support. I'm trying to respond to everyone, but haven't been able to get to everyone yet, so know that I appreciate it SO much! So this weekend was quite nice. Funny … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon Glaze

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These Pumpkin Cookies are full of cinnamon, spice and everything nice! Then they are topped with cinnamon glaze. They were a massive hit with all of my taste testers and have me craving all things pumpkin. :) As far as cookies go, these are certainly more of the cakey variety, but they are absolute cookie perfection. They are super moist, and the glaze makes them even moister. Plus, the spices in the cookie and the additional cinnamon in the glaze ramp up the flavor and will make you want to shove 5 cookies in your mouth at a time. I might have done it myself. Ok not really, I do have some self control. But it took all of it to not do that. :) One thing to note when baking these is that unlike the other cookie recipes I have where you want to under bake the cookies just slightly, you don't want … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Cookie Cups

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These Caramel Apple Cookie Cups are my first real taste of fall! A brown sugar cookie cup is filled with caramel, then topped with cinnamon apples and it is SO good! Kind of like an apple pie in a cookie! The hubs went nuts over them and has officially named them the best thing I’ve ever made - with some serious enthusiasm. :) I have kind of fallen in love with cookie cups lately. There will be more to come. I love that they are a fun way to add more texture, layers and flavors to a cookie. The possibilities are endless when you have that little cup to fill with goodies. Since apples and caramel are the perfect pair, and I could just eat caramel with a spoon, I filled these cookie cups with it. Topped with cinnamon apples, these are some seriously dressed up cookies. Eaten warm, they are … [Read more...]

Raspberry Chocolate Cupcakes

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These Raspberry Chocolate Cupcakes are a classic flavor combination! I used my favorite chocolate cupcake and topped it with a delicious raspberry icing that uses fresh raspberry puree. Delish! So you know how I mentioned last week that our air conditioning hasn't been up to par lately and we installed fans? Well we finally got someone out to the house yesterday to check things out. The hubs had a break from lessons and was able to be there, which was great. Turns out, we have a leak of the coolant, or whatever it's called, in the air conditioning unit. The good news is that it's still under warranty, so it can be replaced. The bad news is that he couldn't actually find where the leak was coming from and he has to find that before they can do whatever has to be done for the warranty. So … [Read more...]

Red Velvet Oreo Trifles in a jar

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These Red Velvet Oreo Trifles in a jar have layers of moist red velvet cake, chopped Oreos, no bake Oreo cheesecake and chocolate sauce! Chocolatey, easy to make and so tasty! So we had kind of a crazy Saturday night. We out on the boat during the day, which we hadn't done in a few weeks. It started out great - we took our black lab and our friends brought along their dog. It ended up not being too terribly hot, so the dogs actually did pretty well. The lake was pretty busy though so we waited until a little later to start tubing and wake boarding. The last tuber was the hubs, who decided he wanted me to come out and ride with him, so I did. Unfortunately, on our first run we hit a pretty big wave and when I came down on the tube, my chest hit first and my back bent, with my legs kind … [Read more...]

Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies are thick and full of chocolate chips! The hubs and I are totally in love with them. I've already promised to make them again - stat! When I went down to Miami in May for the BlogHer Food Conference, I stayed with some friends the first night I got down there. My friend Natalie, being an awesome friend and knowing that I am obviously a massive sweets lover, had some of her favorite cookies waiting for me to try. They were delicious! Some of the things I noticed most about those cookies were how big and thick they were and how much delicious chocolate was in every bite! I knew I needed to make my own. Having just the right amount of chocolate chips is something we all try to get right. I've seen chocolate chip cookies with mini chocolate chips to try to … [Read more...]

Red Velvet Ice Cream Cake

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This Red Velvet Ice Cream Cake might just be my new favorite cake, period. I couldn't decide if I want to give it all away so that I couldn't eat it all or just give in and eat it every last bite. The longer it stayed in the house, the more I ate. And not only do I have a great cake today, I joined together with some other bloggers for a giveaway! Woohoo! But back to the cake for a minute... One of my great taste testers said, and I quote, "You told me it was good, but you didn't tell me it was this good!" Well friends, you can't tell me I didn't tell you now. It is that good! I utilized my favorite, super moist red velvet cake, originally from Bakerella but with a tad more cocoa. The cake alone is amazing. The cake layers sandwich ice cream that is just full of red velvet cake crumbs, as … [Read more...]

Mint Chocolate Cookie Cups

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These Mint Chocolate Cookie Cups are little bites of heaven. A soft, chocolate cookie with an Andes mint stuffed in the middle is topped with mint buttercream and a chocolate drizzle. They were devoured by all. Have you ever had one of those days where you went out on the lake and had a lovely, relaxing day. You ate good food, enjoyed good company, got a little sun kissed, went tubing for the first time in a year since you can't ski or wakeboard, then you totally crash that night, completely exhausted but grateful for the fun day you had, then you dream about sunscreen and afternoon naps only to wake up in the morning and not be able to move your arms because you are so sore from said tubing? Yea, yesterday was that morning. Oh. my. goodness. My arms and chest. Putting on clothing was a … [Read more...]

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