Vanilla Bean Guinness Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Coffee Buttercream {Small-Batch}

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Vanilla Bean Guinness Cupcakes with Salted Coffee Caramel Buttercream

These are definitely grown-up cupcakes with a complex flavor.

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Fat Toad Farm’s Caramel {Giveaway}

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Armed with a spoon in the kitchen can be a dangerous thing. Heading over to the pantry, there are things like peanut butter and coconut-vanilla syrup. And the fridge can be even more of a hot zone, housing spoon-able treats like pudding, custard, mousse, or jam. Or yogurt treats. And caramel. Always rich caramel, with its beautiful flavor notes....

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Skinny Caramel Macchiato Cookies

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Ladies, this treat is for you. Because I know that some afternoons just require a little sweet treat to perk things up.  (And afternoon coffee needs a partner, right?  ;) ) On one such afternoon when I was brewing up a pot of French press, I decided to take a peek into my pantry to see what I could nibble on along with my coffee.  As soon as I opened the door, the overwhelming smell of my favorite caramel extract wafted out.  Sadly, it had spilled (no idea how that happened!) but at least it made the entire pantry smell like heaven.  And don’t worry, […]...

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Caramel-Vanilla Cupcakes for 5 {Vegan}

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So, what are you making for dessert tonight?  Maybe something like that Caramel Apple Cake I saw on your blog a while ago?, a friend excitedly asked me around 2 o’clock one afternoon.   I thought we’d forgo dessert this time, you know, since everyone is trying to eat healthy…, I trailed off.  Dead silence from my friend.   I guess “eating healthy” doesn’t mean skipping dessert, even for a regular weeknight meal among close friends that’s not in celebration of anything other than it being a Tuesday night.   I can roll with it.  Dessert was back on the menu, stat....

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Caramel Apple Cake

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I can be such a party pooper when it comes to surprises. Every year before his birthday, I spend weeks searching for the perfect gift for Mike, which I buy in secret and then stash away. This is all wasted energy really, since I always, always tell him what it is before his birthday (really, it’s sort-of a windfall for him). At Christmas I’m no better. I’ve been known to bribe my sister with Tim Hortons coffee (her favorite) and homemade muffins for information on gifts. I can’t help it, lol…the anticipation is too much for me!...

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Salted Caramels

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The third candy recipe I made for my Halloween Candy-Making Event* is something I’ve wanted to make for quite a while – the fabulous Ina Garten’s Fleur de Sel Caramels.  All of Ina’s recipes that I’ve made in the past have been delicious and this one was no different.  I’m sharing the recipe here because I made a few changes to Ina’s original recipe, in both the ingredients and method.  These soft little caramels are rich and flavorful with the perfect texture; they’re chewy, but they don’t stick to your teeth the way store-bought soft caramel has the tendency to do.  Ina cut her caramel […]...

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Twix Bar Cookies {aka Millionaire’s Shortbread}

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Twix is my husband’s favorite candy bar, and I immediately knew I wanted to make him these bar cookies when I first saw the recipe for Millionaire’s Shortbread on Joy of Baking. Millionaire’s Shortbread is nothing other than shortbread topped with a layer of caramel and then a layer of chocolate – just like Twix! It’s a pretty simple and straightforward recipe to make; the only thing that’s even a little difficult/time consuming is the caramel filling....

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