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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Caramel Apple Bars

Caramel Apple Bars | The Sweets Life
Caramel Apple Bars 

After making caramel apple ice cream, I found myself with leftover caramel and a craving for all things caramel apple. I turned to an old recipe, caramel apple nut bars, that I've been thinking about remaking in the four years since I first made them. Side note: how in the world have four years passed? I'm increasingly aware of how fleeting time is, and this realization really hit home a few weeks ago, the night before my cousin Ashlyn's wedding. My sister Julia and I, her matrons of honor, slept over at my Aunt and Uncle's house the night before, as did my brother Quinn. With he and my cousin Ben in one room, and us three girls tucked away in another, we couldn't help but reminisce about the countless times the 5 of us had slept under the same roof before, for yet another cousin sleepover. Weren't we just six and seven, ten, eleven, and twelve years old? Where does time go?!?!
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Anyway, before I go too far down the nostalgic path, let's turn our attention back to this dessert. As I said before, I'd made a similar iteration in the past and they were begging to be remade. This time around I reduced the butter a bit (you'd never know), added a bit of whole wheat flour, and omitted the nuts, turning caramel apple nut bars into caramel apple bars. The nuts can just as easily be included, I was simply working with what I had on hand and truthfully, these were still fantastic even without the added crunch. The bars freeze well, and can be re-warmed once thawed (and served with ice cream!) or eaten at room temperature / chilled. If you choose to eat them warm have a fork on hand, that caramel gets gooey!
Caramel Apple Bars | The Sweets Life

Grab a few apples and some caramel and whip up this fall-inspired dessert bar! 

One Year Ago: Thai Cobb Salad
Five Years Ago: Pumpkin Bran Date Bread

Monday, October 27, 2014

Gingersnap Snickerdoodles

Gingersnap Snickerdoodle | The Sweets Life
Gingersnap Snickerdoodle 

The line of thinking for this recipe went as follows:

1. Pin Crepes of Wrath's Graham Cracker Snickerdoodles onto my To Make: Cookies board and make mental note to make sooner than later.

2. Weeks later, recall recipe and make mental note to pick up some graham crackers.

3. When writing grocery list, remember I have Spekulatius Spice Cookies (from Aldi, but any gingersnap or spiced cookie would work!) leftover from Caramel Apple Ice Cream.

4. Remember I also have some Rose Hill Ginger samples that were sent to me awhile back.

5. Decide a Gingersnap Snickerdoodle (a Gingerdoodle?! Gingersnoodle?!) sounds like the perfect seasonal cookie. Rush to kitchen and begin pulling ingredients out of my cabinets.

6. Bake. Bite. Boast. These are as chewy and spicy as you'd imagine. If you could bottle up the best parts of fall and put them in a cookie, these are what you'd end up with (okay, I guess they're missing pumpkin!). 
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In case you couldn't tell, I loved how these turned out! I'm so glad I strayed from the original recipe, because the gingersnap version was brilliance, if I do say so myself. I knew we would be fans of them, with as big of gingersnap fans as we are in our house, but they were a hit with those we shared them with too. Next time I might have to double the recipe because the 2 1/2 dozen disappeared rather quickly!

One Year Ago: Grandma's Apple Pie
Two Years Ago: Odds & Ends and Caramel Apple Dip