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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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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Upside Down Caramel Apple Spice Cake

Upside Down Caramel Apple Spice CakeA gooey Upside Down Caramel Apple Spice Cake to start the Fall season right.  It’s your favorite retro cake with a spicy Autumn apple makeover!

Upside Down Caramel Apple Spice CakeYou guys, I’m a little sad.  I think it has finally hit me that Dubai will never “feel” like Christmas.  If you don’t know, I live and breathe Christmas.  Many of my friends and especially my husband know my secret.  I break out Ella Fitzgerald’s Swinging Christmas and Dino’s Christmas as soon as July hits.  I told you I’m crazy!  Well guys, I can say Dubai has finally broken me.  It’s September and the sugar plumbs haven’t even crossed my mind.  It’s hard to feel cozy about the holidays when the temperatures are steadily hanging in the low 100s.  And the sand.  It’s everywhere. It’s like living in Tatooine!  I think Norman (my kid’s Elf on the Shelf) is probably thinking “Where on Earth have you taken me?!”  We are about to have a serious pow wow soon.  I need his advice on this one.  He is an elf after all.

Upside Down Caramel Apple Spice Cake

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Chocolate Chunk Banana Caramel Poke Cake

Chocolate Chunk Banana Caramel Poke CakeSoft banana cake littered with dark chocolate chunks and walnuts while swimming in salted caramel.  What’s not to love?  Turn those brown bananas into a lovely Chocolate Chunk Banana Caramel Poke Cake!

 Everyone knows not to grocery shop when you’re hungry.  We all do it anyway and end up with a cart load of food we probably will never get around to eating.  You also shouldn’t grocery shop with a two year old, regardless if she’s hungry or not.  Every time I’m in the produce section, she’s super excited to see those bright yellow bananas.  “Bananas!”, she always squeals when she rides by them.  Will she eat those bananas?  Nope.  Does she scream if you don’t put them in the cart? Yes.  It’s okay though, that means plenty of opportunities for baking this Chocolate Chunk Banana Caramel Poke Cake.  You would be squealing about bananas too.

Chocolate Chunk Banana Caramel Poke Cake

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Caramel Potato Chip Brownies

Caramel Potato Chip Brownies - www.yummycrumble.comCaramel Potato Chip Brownies with only six ingredients!  Salted caramel drizzling down warm from the oven brownies and topped with crunchy, salty kettle cooked potato chips.  Being bad never felt so good.

Caramel Potato Chip Brownies - www.yummycrumble.comAnd…this just happened.  I know what you’re thinking.  Are the potato chips and that ungodly amount of thick, salted caramel necessary?  Yes my friends.  It’s totally necessary.  So if you call yourself an American, it’s very necessary.  A couple weeks ago I posted about this Skinny Deep Dish Cookie Pie.  It was low-calorie, skinny, and it hit the spot.  It also had an ingredient that terrified me, but then it blew my mind after that first bite.   Now that February is coming,  it’s time to roll out some crazy indulgent desserts.  Like these trashy Caramel Potato Chip Brownies.  You know you want it…

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Star Wars Sarlacc Bundt Cake

Star Wars Sarlacc Caramel Bundt Cake dusted with Biscoff Cookie Crumbs and drizzled with Salted Caramel Sauce - www.yummycrumble.comButtery caramel flavored moist bundt cake drizzled with homemade salted caramel sauce and dusted with Biscoff Cookie Crumbles.  Two Biscoff madeleines with salted caramel buttercream teeth make the monster of this Star Wars Sarlacc Bundt Cake.

I have a little confession about my family.  We’re a bunch of geeks.  Geeks to the core.  I’m a Disney fanatic sprinkled with a little Harry Potter and drizzled heavily with I Love Lucy.  My husband is a Trekkie who’s obsessed with Star Wars all while being a loyal Battle Star Galactica fan.  But geeks are awesome. So while October comes to a close, this Star Wars Sarlacc Bundt Cake is for you geeks!

Star Wars Sarlacc Caramel Bundt Cake dusted with Biscoff Cookie Crumbs and drizzled with Salted Caramel Sauce - www.yummycrumble.comSo for all you non-geeks, a Sarlacc is a horrific plant-like omnivorous creature found across the galaxy.  It’s got huge tentacles and a beak and was in the famous pit scene from Return of the Jedi.  This is where Bobba Fett met his maker.  This thing gave me the heebie jeebies the first time I saw Return of the Jedi, so this is my little tribute to him.  I know the Sarlacc traditionally does not have teeth on his beak, but  I just couldn’t resist.  Teeth made of frosting is my new favorite thing.

Would this trigger PTSD for Luke?  Maybe…But I could totally hear him say,

“But I don’t remember the Sarlacc ever having teeth…”

And all the Star Wars trolls nod and clap in agreement.  Hey guys, just think of this Sarlacc as the suped up version with CGI teeth.  I know, CGI is a sore subject.  Either way, this guy is super delicious.  You should make him now.  Teeth or no teeth.

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Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies

Caramel Pumpkin cheesecake brownies www.yummycrumble.comDark chocolate brownies swirled with spiced pumpkin cheesecake and thick buttery caramel.  The only thing better than a Pumpkin Spiced Latte are these Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies!

Brownies are hands down one of my most favorite desserts ever, so I adore mashing them with different flavors.  I always make these Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies in the Fall, because well, they’re pretty amazing.  There are lots of pumpkin cheesecake brownie recipes floating around on the internet and I’ve found this one to be my favorite.  I adapted it a teensy bit from Bake at 350, and the results were truly scrumptious.

Caramel Pumpkin cheesecake brownies www.yummycrumble.comI just poured the dark chocolate brownie batter on the bottom of the pan, then layered the pumpkin cheesecake batter on top.  Lastly, I plopped big gooey spoonfuls of brownie batter and thick caramel on top and swirled with a thin knife.  Pretty simple, if you don’t run into the problem of licking too much brownie batter off the spoon and your left with minimal “plops”.  So lick sparingly!

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Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies
 
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Ingredients
Pumpkin Cheesecake Layer
  • 2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ cup vanilla greek yogurt
  • 2 beaten eggs
Brownie Layer
  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter melted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Tbs vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbs cooled espresso or your favorite coffee
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Grease a 9 x 13 pan and set aside.
Pumpkin Cheesecake layer:
  1. With an electric mixer, beat the softened cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Beat in the pumpkin, sugar, spices, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth.
  3. Mix in eggs and yogurt on low.
Brownie Layer
  1. Microwave butter or in a saucepan on low heat, melt the unsalted butter. Pour into large bowl when cooled.
  2. Add sugar and whisk until smooth and shiny
  3. Next whisk in cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, vanilla extract, and coffee.
  4. Whisk in eggs until fully incorporated.
  5. Mix in flour until smooth.
Assembly
  1. Pour ¾ of brownie batter into greased pan.
  2. Pour Pumpkin Cheesecake batter on top and smooth out with a spatula.
  3. Using a spoon or cookie scoop, dump dollops of brownie batter onto pumpkin cheesecake batter.
  4. Pour melted caramels in lines around brownie drops.
  5. Using a thin knife swirl the batters and caramel into a pretty pattern.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes or until cheesecake sets.
  7. Let completely cool in refrigerator before cutting.
Notes
Adapted from Bake at 350.

Caramel Pumpkin cheesecake brownies www.yummycrumble.comJust had a thought.  I mentioned these were the only thing better than a Spiced Pumpkin Latte…What if you munched on these WHILE drinking a Spiced Pumpkin Latte.  Oh my Lord.

More Pumpkin and Fall Goodies:

Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cupcakes filled with Pecan Pie Filling and topped with Cream Cheese Frosting - www.yummycrumble.comPecan Pie Pumpkin Cupcakes

Chocolate Pecan Pie Pumpkin Blondie BarsChocolate Pecan Pie Pumpkin Blondie Bars

Salted Caramel Apple Cider Blondies - Yummycrumble.comSalted Caramel Apple Cider Blondies

Salted Caramel Apple Cider Blondies

Salted Caramel Apple Cider Blondies - Yummycrumble.com

Salted caramel and spiced apple cider mingle together in a golden and chewy brown sugar and walnut blondie.  Tart apple slices drenched in salted caramel make the perfect topping for this September treat.

I’ts official.  I’m a soccer mom.  I knew this day was coming, but man I didn’t expect it to come so soon.  Oliver has practice every Thursday night and a game every Saturday.  My little CRV is doomed for piles of dirt and grass.  Oh, how I loathe thee.  It always looks like I was transporting livestock back there.  Yeesh.  If I haven’t cleaned after practices and games (especially after the rain) I sometimes just avoid turning and looking at the back seat.  Thank God for rear view cameras.  I haven’t fully transitioned into super mini van mom yet, but I’m super jealous of the new models with built in mini vacuums.  That right there is genius.

Salted Caramel Apple Cider Blondies - Yummycrumble.comSo since Autumn has started I must confess that I have totally neglected apples.  I dove right off the cliff into pumpkins.  Glorious pumpkins.  Like with these Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cupcakes.  I’ts apple season and I completely overlooked it.  So before we head into October I wanted to bake something with delicious, beautiful, sweet apples.  A nutty and spiced blondie bar topped with tart baked apples was the perfect choice.  Oh, and don’t forget the salted apple cider caramel drizzle.  I call this baby, Salted Caramel Apple Cider Blondies.

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Sticky Turtle Cookie Trifle

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If you’re a baker you most likely have a few leftover chocolate chip cookies or cupcakes that never made it to the frosting stage.  Sure, you could just pick at them until they’re gone, bring them to the office for your coworkers to devour, or freeze them for another day.  Instead of gingerly snacking on the rest of the leftovers throughout the week, I decided to stuff my face right now with an incredibly easy and super gooey delicious mash up.  I used some leftovers from my Chocolate Alfajor Cupcakes and some of my Caramel Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Like I said, it was ridiculously easy to throw together.  This would be great if you have guests coming over for dinner and wanted to serve a nice little treat at the end.  It presents itself beautifully and looks like there was quite a bit of effort put into it.  Little do they know, its just some leftover goodies layered with caramel and whipped cream.

“Here madame, is your dessert made of my leftover cookies that were about to expire. Enjoy.”

No one has to know right?

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Caramel Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Hands down, my favorite go to sweet is, and always will be the chocolate chip cookie.  I cannot resist a fresh from the oven, warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie.  It makes my little heart skip a beat.  Dramatic?  Yes.  Do I care?  No.  So let me show you why chocolate chip cookies are the best thing ever.  I love the fact that they are so versatile.  Browned butter, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, stuffed with Nutella…I could go on and on.  These Caramel Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies have three kinds of chocolate, (because you can never have too much chocolate in a cookie), a caramel drizzle, and a light sprinkle of sea salt.  All these things make a super yummy cookie.

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