Red Velvet Caramel Slice

Red Velvet Caramel SliceThe iconic caramel slice redressed for Valentine’s Day with a chewy red velvet base, a dreamy caramel center, and topped with dark chocolate, chopped white chocolate, and cute little red heart sprinkles.  This Red Velvet Caramel Slice is way better than a box of chocolates!

Red Velvet Caramel SliceI know lots of people don’t particularly look forward to the dreaded V-Day.  Let’s look at the perks though.  Chocolate.  Red Velvet. Cheap cutesy pink and red candies.  Champagne.  Oh, and chocolate.  I know I mentioned chocolate already, but…chocolate.  I like Valentine’s because it distracts my brain from realizing my birthday was the day before and now I’m one year older.  Ughh.  It helps to gorge on copious amounts of champagne and sweets.  Which is why I’m excited to dig into this huge slice of Red Velvet Caramel Slice.

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Nutella Red Velvet Cupcakes

Nutella Red Velvet CupcakesClassic red velvet cupcakes smothered in decadent and rich Nutella buttercream frosting with a sprinkle of chopped milk chocolate and drizzle of dark chocolate.  Chocolate and red velvet are the perfect match in these Nutella Red Velvet Cupcakes.

Nutella Red Velvet CupcakesQuick, what do you always think of when someone says Red Velvet?  Cream cheese frosting, right?  BORING…Let’s break this mundane cycle people.  I’m here to show you that red velvet’s partner in crime doesn’t always have to be cream cheese.  I mean, just look at how insane these are! And just to make sure you get the idea, I used three kinds of chocolate in this cupcake.  Three!

Nutella Red Velvet Cupcakes First is the creamy and smooth Nutella buttercream frosting which is absolute perfection.  Then I topped them with a little chopped milk chocolate.  I used Cadbury.  The mother of all milk chocolate. (Thank you Great Britain…) And then to shake things up a bit, I drizzled some melted dark chocolate on top.  Seriously, these Nutella Red Velvet Cupcakes will make you wonder why you always settled for boring old cream cheese frosting.

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Caramel Apple Cookie Sandwiches

Caramel Apple Cookie SandwichesSoft and chewy apple spice oatmeal cookies sandwiched with brown sugar and cinnamon buttercream frosting and drizzled with salted caramel.  Think of the perfect caramel apple pie you can eat with your hands!

It’s cookie swap time people!  I’ve only been to one cookie swap party which was back home in the states.  I really wish I had participated in more because now that I’m living overseas in Dubai I haven’t heard of anybody doing that sort of thing.  I think they’re too beautiful and fit to be swapping dangerous and decadent cookies between one another.  I’ve done a cookie swap through the mail before, so I thought that would work until I remembered it costs about 75.00 to ship a box to the U.A.E.  Whoever gets stuck with me would probably sneeze all over my cookies.

Caramel Apple Cookie SandwichesI haven’t hit the peppermint craziness yet.  I’ve still got apples and pumpkins on the brain. That’s why these Caramel Apple Cookie Sandwiches are perfect for a cookie swap party.  There’s always someone in the group that’s a little too stubborn to let go of Fall.  So while the tables are full of chocolate peppermint meringue cookies and red and green sugar cookies, these cookie sandwiches will be sure to stick out.  Plus, salted caramel.  I would be grabbing anything with salted caramel drizzle.  I used my Apple Pie Cupcakes as inspiration for these cookie sandwiches.

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Pear and Fig Baklava

Pear and Fig BaklavaLuscious layers of buttery phyllo dough nestled between gorgeous layers of cinnamon pear, pistachios, and pecans.  Baklava was never meant to be boring.  It was meant to be epic like this Pear and Fig Baklava!

I hope everyone is ready for a fabulous New Year’s Eve!  I’m going to live vicariously through all the cool kids tonight.  First of all, I’ve never been able to stay up past midnight.  Don’t think that’s because I’m a parent, or old, or have two early to bed kids.  I’ve been that way since my 20’s.  It’s so sad!  I blame it on my old soul.  Secondly, I do have two little kids who can’t seem to keep it together past 9.  In our house 9 P.M. is the witching hour of tantrums, whiny little voices, and utter melt downs.  So every New Years Eve it’s hot chocolate, a cozy blanket, and the good old fashioned New Year’s countdown from my quiet little television.

Pear and Fig Baklava

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Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Cookies

Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Cookies Chewy chocolate chip pecan cookies that taste just like buttery pecan pie!  These Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Cookies will be the hit at your next cookie swap party!

Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Cookies

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Double Chocolate Chip Pecan Bars

Double Chocolate Chip Pecan BarsExtra chewy and full of pecans and chocolate, these Double Chocolate Chip Pecan Bars are sure to make an impression.  The easiest holiday pie ever just got even easier.  

Will you look at that.  That glistening chocolate ganache pouring down the sides of the best cake mix bars you will ever eat.  Yes!  These bars are from cake mix!  Pecan pie is one my favorite desserts during the holidays.   Notice that it’s usually gone before the pumpkin pie?  At least when I’m invited to the party.  Especially if it’s made with chocolate chips.

Double Chocolate Chip Pecan Bars

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Apple Pie Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Buttercream

Apple Pie Cupcakes with Brown Sugar ButtercreamSoft and fluffy spiced apple cupcakes topped with brown sugar buttercream and tart apple pie filling.  It’s America’s favorite pie turned into perfect holiday cupcakes.

Apple Pie Cupcakes with Brown Sugar ButtercreamToday the weather in Dubai has finally hit the perfect temperature!  It has been so beautiful lately and taking a walk doesn’t render you useless for the rest of the day.  I usually feel like I need a 3 hour nap after a stroll due to the heat.  Not anymore!  Oh, and the breeze doesn’t feel like a hot blow dryer.  We don’t get those gorgeous red and orange Fall leaves, but we get perfect beach weather.  I think that’s a good trade.

Apple Pie Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Buttercream

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The Best Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

The Best Chocolate Chip Pumpkin BreadThe most delicious, moist, chocolatey pumpkin bread you will ever eat.  That’s why I’m calling it The Best Chocolatey Chip Pumpkin Bread.  Ever.

The Best Chocolate Chip Pumpkin BreadIs anyone sick of pumpkin yet?  No?  I didn’t think so, but if you are one of the few on the outs with pumpkin this season,  stick around.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.  Just one bite of this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread and you will be back on that happy little pumpkin bandwagon again.

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Pumpkin Spice Oreo Magic Cookie Bars

Pumpkin Spice Oreo Magic Cookie BarsMagic Cookie Bars just got a Fall time makeover!  With a buttery Oreo cookie crust, and pumpkin spiced chewy filling, these Pumpkin Spice Oreo Cookie Bars will always go faster than pumpkin pie!

Pumpkin Spice Oreo Magic Cookie BarsOh, America how I miss thee.  I miss your Christmas decorations that come way too early, your change of seasons, and your mountains of canned pumpkin puree.  That last part is really pulling on my heart strings.  I live in Dubai, and canned pumpkin does not come easily.  At home I usually can grab some year round and go pumpkin crazy.  In Dubai, not so much.

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15 Halloween Desserts

 

Halloween collageHalloween is only a few days away!  If you’re scrambling like me about what to make at your upcoming parties, here are some of my favorite creepy desserts crawling around on the web.  Here is a perfect round-up of 15 Halloween Desserts just in time for the scariest day of the year.  Make sure you pin this for next year too!

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