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Homemade Caramel Apple Pie

Who’s responsible for bringing pie to your Thanksgiving feast this year?! Two hands up from this gal right here! 

No Thanksgiving is complete with an apple pie, am I right?! This holiday classic is always one of my favorite dishes and is what keeps me from that second serving of mashed potatoes. My aunt makes the most incredible apple pie, and this year, I’m giving it a swing. The stakes are high, so I’ve been experimenting with tons of different recipes, and have concluded that this Homemade Caramel Apple Pie is by far the gold medalist.

The cinnamon-spiced apples combined with the sweet caramel sauce…yuuu–ummmm! Bake up this holiday favorite, and your family and friends are sure to be talking about it for years to come!

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Enjoy!

Homemade Caramel Apple Pie
Serves 8
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Prep Time
50 min
Cook Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
50 min
Cook Time
1 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. unbaked pie crusts
  2. 7 medium apples, cored, peeled, and thinly sliced
  3. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  4. 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  5. 2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest
  6. 3 tbs fresh lemon juice
  7. 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  8. 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  9. 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  10. 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  11. ½ cup caramel sauce
  12. egg wash: 1 egg beaten with 1 tbs milk
  13. coarse sugar for sprinkling on crust
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Press one pie crust into a 9-inch pie dish and place onto a large baking sheet.
  3. Place apple slices into large bowl. Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, flour, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Toss to combine.
  4. Pour apple mixture into prepared pie crust.
  5. Drizzle with 1/2 cup of caramel sauce.
  6. Place the second pie crust over the filling (in a lattice shape or simply cut slits to vent the steam). Press edges to seal.
  7. Brush the lattice top with the egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  8. Place the pie (on the baking sheet) in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Keeping the pie in the oven, turn the temperature down to 350°F and bake for another 45-50 minutes. The pie is done when the crust is golden-brown and a small knife inserted into the pie comes out relatively clean.
  9. Allow the pie to cool before serving. If you would like, drizzle the pie additional caramel sauce.
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Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Pops

For every party, we all want those jaw-dropping uber creative menus that all our guests will be talking about long after the event, don’t we? I always envision my guests oohing and aahing over every dish they taste and just marveling in the originality of it. But let’s be honest. Not every dish we make can be that innovative and unique. Every party and event needs one of our favorite basic no-fail recipes, where we can just kick our feet up and know that it will be a success.

For me, Rice Krispie Treats can be just the ticket! I mean who doesn’t love a good Rice Krispie Treat? They instantly create a sense of nostalgia and remind us of a fun childhood memory. Plus they are an easy festive bite that you can customize to any party.

I recently incorporated them into our Ghoul’s Night Out Halloween Party, and they gave it the perfect spooktacular flare! I dressed them up by dipping them in white chocolate and then rolled them in some fun Halloween sprinkles! I grabbed some orange paper straws to use as sticks and voila! An adorable and festive Rice Krispie Pop perfect for your upcoming party! Change up the sprinkles and straw color, and you’ve got yourself a treat for any birthday party theme or holiday!

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Check out our recipe below! Enjoy!

Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Pops
Yields 30
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 tbs unsalted butter
  2. 4 cups mini-marshmallows
  3. 6 cups Rice Krispies
  4. 20 candy sticks or paper straws
  5. White or milk dipping/baking chocolate
  6. Assorted sprinkles
Rice Krispie Treats
  1. Grease or add parchment paper to a 9x13 inch baking pan
  2. Melt butter in a 3 quart saucepan over low heat
  3. Add marshmallows; stir until melted and well blended
  4. Remove from heat and add the Rice Krispies; Stir until fully coated
  5. Remove Rice Krispie mix from the pan and press into your greased baking dish.
  6. Allow Rice Krispie mix to cool
Decorating
  1. Once cooled, cut into squares, and insert sticks or straws into one end
  2. Melt chocolate in the microwave according to package directions being careful not to overcook
  3. Take one Rice Krispie treat by the stick and dip one end into the chocolate
  4. Immediately dip into sprinkles or shake the sprinkles onto the chocolate
  5. Place chocolate and sprinkle coated Rice Krispie Treat onto parchment paper to fully set
  6. Repeat for remaining treats
Notes
  1. If you really want to cut down the work (I do this A LOT), you can buy the prepackaged Rice Krispie treats and cut in half before dipping into chocolate.
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Ice Cream Social

If y’all checked out our recent ice cream social inspiration board, you know how much we love incorporating this theme into our end of summer soirees, birthday parties, and school gatherings! I mean what’s not to love? A fun party theme with a beautiful pastel color palette and a bar filled with all your favorite toppings to dress up your ice cream sundae! No guest can complain about that!

Now this is one inspiration board we just HAD to bring to life! And that we did! With a bright color palette of pink, yellow, mint and lavender, we threw the cutest ice cream social complete with a DIY topping and sundae bar!  Check out the original inspo board here and see how we brought it all to life below! Keep Reading!

Easter Dessert Table with Swoozies

 Happy Easter! My goodness Easter sure has snuck up on me this year! Between all of the wedding planning for both me and my best friend, my holiday preparation has, unfortunately, taken the back seat. Whether you’re like me and short on time or have a big sweet tooth (also like me!), join us in setting the perfect Easter dessert table this year!

I partnered with my friends over at Swoozies to put together this adorable, bright, and festive Easter sweets display that’s the perfect addition to any Easter brunch or is also bold and beautiful enough to stand on it’s own! Check out all our fun details below!

      

Favorite Cake Stands

Okay my sweet bakers, this one’s for you!

Cakes are my absolute favorite dessert to bake and decorate. Not only are they delicious, but they can be true works of art depending on how you design and display them. I am a true believer that presentation is key, so the best way to top off any perfectly baked cake, or any dessert really, is with a gorgeous stand!

Take a look and shop some of our favorite cake stands on the market right now!

Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

Chocolate dipped pretzel rods are one of my favorite go-to party snacks! They are the perfect sweet and salty treat and are always a crowd pleaser! Plus, they are super easy to make and can easily be customized to the theme of your event!

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Milk chocolate dipped pretzels with white chocolate drizzled on top is always a classic, but with a little bit of food coloring and sprinkles, the options are endless! I always love experimenting with dyeing the white chocolate bright colors (think light pink for a princess party, green for tailgates, or red for Christmas) and adding coordinating colored sprinkles to make this sweet treat extra festive!

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Whip up a batch of these chocolate dipped pretzel rods for your next event, and I promise they will be the talk of the town!

Enjoy!

Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods
Yields 16
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Total Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup melting milk chocolate (Ghirardelli)
  2. 1 cup melting white chocolate
  3. 16 pretzels rods
  4. Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Line the inside of a tall glass with Saran wrap.
  3. Melt the milk chocolate according to the package directions and pour into the tall glass.
  4. Dip the pretzel rods in the milk chocolate and use a spoon to pour the chocolate as high as desired. Lay on the parchment lined baking tray until fully set. (Optional: add sprinkles to the wet milk chocolate)
  5. While the milk chocolate is hardening, melt the white chocolate according to package directions and pour into a small bowl.
  6. Using a spoon drizzle the white chocolate over the milk chocolate pretzel rods. (Optional: add sprinkles to the wet white chocolate)
  7. Allow to fully set. Once completely hardened (30-45 min), remove the pretzel rods from the parchment paper and enjoy!
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Football Puppy Chow

Puppy chow snack mix with a festive football themed twist!

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Puppy chow, aka Muddy Buddies, has to be one of the most addictive snacks of all time! I mean what’s better than taking your favorite bite-sized cereal and covering it in rich peanut butter and chocolate-y goodness and topping it with even more sweetness and powdered sugar?! I can’t think of much….except “football-ifying” this same tasty snack!

We’ve taken everyone’s favorite party treat and given it a football themed twist, so it’s the perfect addition to every tailgate or game watching party! With the addition of white chocolate puppy chow and our favorite football candy decorations from Wilton, football field flags, and our football chili bowls,  this recipe is game ready!

Cheer on your favorite team with this sweet game day treat, and it will score a touchdown with your guests!

Football Puppy Chow
Yields 8
Puppy chow snack mix with a festive football themed twist!
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Total Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
White Puppy Chow
  1. 4 cups chex cereal
  2. 1 cup white chocolate chips
  3. 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  4. 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  5. 1 cup powdered sugar
Brown Puppy Chow
  1. 4 cups chex cereal
  2. 1 cup chocolate chips
  3. 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  4. 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  5. 1cup powdered sugar
Additions
  1. Wilton Football Icing Decorations
  2. Football Field Toothpick Flags
White Puppy Chow
  1. Pour 4 cups of Chex cereal into a large bowl.
  2. Combine the white chocolate chips, vegetable oil, and peanut butter in a medium sized glass bowl and melt in the microwave in 30 second increments. Be sure to stir between each increment until fully smooth and melted.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate mixture into the bowl with the Chex Cereal. Toss lightly until fully incorporated.
  4. Add the powdered sugar to the bowl and gently fold. You can also pour the mixture into a plastic bag, zip and shake. Pour the puppy chow onto a cookie sheet and allow to sit out for 30-45 minutes until fully set.
  5. Set aside.
Brown Puppy Chow
  1. Pour 4 cups of Chex cereal into a large bowl.
  2. Combine the chocolate chips, vegetable oil, and peanut butter in a medium sized glass bowl and melt in the microwave in 30 second increments. Be sure to stir between each increment until fully smooth and melted.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate mixture into the bowl with the Chex Cereal. Toss lightly until fully incorporated.
  4. Add the powdered sugar to the bowl and gently fold. You can also pour the mixture into a plastic bag, zip and shake. Pour the puppy chow onto a cookie sheet and allow to sit out for 30-45 minutes until fully set.
  5. Once set, combine the white and brown puppy chow on a serving tray or large bowl. Add in the Wilton football decorations and football field toothpick flags!
  6. Serve and enjoy!
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Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

There is no dessert more classic than a traditional chocolate chip cookie. When many of us feel a sweet tooth coming on, these are our go to’s since they are easy to whip up and require few specialty ingredients! Plus everyone likes them, so if you are having guests over and looking for a quick and easy dessert, chocolate chip cookies tend to be an easy answer!

However, sometimes you want to serve something a little bit more special to your guests but still want to keep the convenience and tasty factor of this favorite treat! What do you do?!

Chocolate Chip Cookie

Da dada daaaaa! I present to you the Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie! These delicious chocolate chip cookies are baked in a skillet and taste just like your favorite pizookie from BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse! Plus, they are just as easy to make as traditional chocolate chip cookies, but look way more festive and creative! Cut it into pie shaped pieces and scoop some ice cream on top and you have yourself the perfect, super simple and guest-ready dessert!

I love including this dessert as part of a chili bar or backyard campout or BBQ, but they are excellent for any type of casual gathering and can feed up to 10 people!

Enjoy!

Photos by Beckley & Co.

Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
Serves 10
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter
  2. 1/2 cup Sugar
  3. 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  4. 1 Egg, beaten
  5. 1 tsp Vanilla
  6. 1 1/2 cup Flour
  7. 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  8. 1/4 tsp Salt
  9. 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Place an 8 inch skillet over the stove top set to low heat and melt the butter.
  3. Add sugar, brown sugar, beaten egg and vanilla. Mix well.
  4. In a small bowl, add the flour, baking soda and salt and whisk until combined. Add the flour mixture to the skillet and mix well.
  5. Add in chocolate chips and gently stir to evenly distribute.
  6. Remove the skillet from the stove and place in the oven. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  8. Cut into slices and top with vanilla ice cream.
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Apple Rose Tarts

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When most people think about Valentine’s Day they think about lots of sweet treats, candy, and beautiful flowers and roses! If you want all that Valentine-y greatness packed into one exquisite recipe, this is the post for you!

I present to you the Apple Rose Tart!

They’re little roses, they’re scrumptiously sweet, and I just so happen to LOVE them! It’s got everything you could possibly want this time of year. (And every other time of the year, but let’s stay topical here).

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This complex-looking Valentine’s Day game-changer is actually pretty simple to make — as if you needed another reason to fall in love with them! Plus the fresh apples makes you feel like your holiday treat is a litttttle bit healthier 😉

Check out the recipe and the simple steps below to start making your own little bouquets of deliciousness 🙂 Keep Reading!

Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake

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This Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake is one of the most refreshing and decadent cheesecakes I’ve ever had. I am a huge cheesecake lover, but this one tops the charts! The lemon flavored cheesecake is topped with fresh raspberries and drizzled with a lemon raspberry glaze that’s just to die for. The freshness of the lemon flavoring and the raspberries almost makes it taste (do I dare say?) healthy! It’s definitely not healthy, but the raspberries on top makes me feel a little bit better! 🙂

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It’s absolutely perfect for a sweet addition to a springtime brunch or after dinner dessert. And if you are hosting a Valentine’s day brunch or making a romantic meal at home, this is the perfect festive dessert to serve to your honey! I can guarantee you that this will be making an appearance at our Valentine’s Day festivities this year! Plus it is pretty simple to make and just looks absolutely GORGEOUS and so professional that people will be “oohing and ahhing” all day long! Keep Reading!