Christmas Spice Soft Caramels

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These soft, chewy caramels are perfectly spiced for the season with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and a touch of molasses. Show the special people in your life how much you care by investing a little time instead of a lot of money. Don’t be intimidated by DIY candy. This recipe is surprisingly easy to pull off! Just use a reliable candy thermometer and stir often. This large batch recipe can be easily halved by using an 8×8″ pan instead of the 9×12″ mentioned in the recipe below.

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Turtle Mocha and Donuts Pudding + History of Bread Pudding

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This bread pudding riff combines all the delicious probably-shouldn’t-be-for-breakfast-but-are-foods… pecans, chocolate chips, espresso, donuts and caramel and chocolate sauces. …No, I’m pretty sure caramel and chocolate sauces are intended to be eaten at breakfast. Anyway, on the off-chance that you ever have leftover donuts, this is an excellent way to use them up. Already rich and decadent donut and espresso pudding with a turtle filling, topped with hot fudge and an espresso-infused caramel sauce… Yum… This caffeine and sugar-laden pudding is perfect served warm on a weekend morning spent in bed. Read on for the recipe and a brief history of bread pudding!

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Vegan Pumpkin Spice Salted Caramel Swirl ‘Ice Cream’ + History of Veganism

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Happy National Ice Cream month! July really is the perfect time for ice cream but the 3rd Sunday in July is even more perfect. National Ice Cream Day is coming up on the 17th. Make sure you are prepared by stocking up on homemade and/or store bought ice cream.

But, SweetJ, my strict diet doesn’t allow for ice cream! Nonsense! There is always room for ice cream. This recipe will satisfy your sweet tooth while sticking any kind of diet. Vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free, low fat… I’ve got you covered! A quick freezer pumpkin spice base (no machine needed) plus a coconut oil-based salted caramel sauce and a sprinkle of sea salt.

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Life’s Like a Box of Chocolates Brownies + History of the Heart-Shaped Box

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Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.

Sorry, I couldn’t resist. But, in fitting with Mama Gump’s saying… each of these rich, dark chocolate brownies contains a different surprise filling! How is this possible without spending all day in the kitchen? A box of assorted chocolates of course! Simply layer the filled chocolates between two layers of extra-chocolatey Nutella and cocoa brownie batter.Lifes Like a Box of Chocolate Brownies 5

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Candy Bar Brownies + Candy Bar Trivia

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Rich, dark chocolate brownies spiked with chocolate caramel vodka and stuffed with high quality chocolate bars. Then topped with a thick salted caramel sauce, peanuts, crisp rice cereal and even more chocolate. The toppings for these boozy brownies are easily customizable to riff your favorite candy bars. Read on for this recipe plus candy bar trivia!

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Apple Butter French Toast Bake + History of French Toast

 

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This French toast recipe uses multigrain bread, caramely cashew almond milk and apple butter to deliver a flavorful and surprisingly healthy breakfast. Reduce your hands-on time and increase your Saturday snooze time with a cast iron skillet and the stove top to oven method. Top with spiced, cooked apples that can be prepared in advance.

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For more information about cast iron, check out Caring for Your Cast Iron Skillet.

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Derby Pie Brownies + Derby History + Mint Julep Special

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These brownies are inspired by my favorite pie which is Derby pie, of course! I extolled the virtues of this jacked up Southern pecan pie in an earlier post for my Not Derby Pie Milkshake. (Again, I want to be clear that there are NO WALNUTS in a Derby pie. ZERO.) A rich and chewy dark chocolate brownie layer spiked with bourbon is topped with toasted pecan halves and bourbon spiked caramel and chocolate sauces. A can’t miss recipe for lovers of chocolate, bourbon and/or the Kentucky Derby and all its related festivities. Like drinking bourbon. And eating pie. You’re welcome.

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