Category Archives: Caramel

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

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I just need to tell you guys that Brandy is awesome because without her, I would have never discovered these gems.

I made these cheesecake cookie bars for my family a couple of weeks ago and they were devoured in a day.  Mind you, my family consists of my mom and dad… that’s it.  We have dessert issues.

If you like cheesecake, you’ll like these.  If you like cookie dough, you’ll like these.  If you like them both, you’ll love these.

Also, to add to how happy these cheesecake bars make me, I’m just going to post some more things that are making me happy right now  (*Note: the only pictures that are mine are the cheesecake bar photos):

 

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What are you loving right now??

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars
From:  Brandy

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough:

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips

Cheesecake Filling:

  • 10 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Line an 8″ square baking pan with parchment paper or foil allowing a little overhang and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
2. Mix the melted butter and graham cracker crumbs until thoroughly combined. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 6 minutes. Remove pan to a cooling rack. Leave your oven on while you prepare the dough.
3. While the crust is cooling, prepare the chocolate chip cookie dough. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt and vanilla until smooth and thoroughly combined, about 1 minute. Mix in the flour on low speed, and mix until just incorporated. Mix in the chocolate chips. Set aside. (*Note: This mixture is going to be dry…that’s okay. You’re going to crumble it on top of the cheesecake layer.)
4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl with an electric mixer cream together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Mix in the egg and vanilla on low speed just until incorporated. Pour the cheesecake batter into the prepared crust. Use your hands to form “clumps” of the cookie dough, smoosh it together and flatten it out.  Distribute the cookie dough onto the top of the cheesecake batter in teaspoon-sized clumps. Be sure to use all of the dough.
5. Bake for about 30 minutes, until the top feels dry and firm (the cookie dough) and the entire pan looks set if given a gentle shake. Move bars to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely. Chill in refrigerator overnight or for at least a couple hours.
6. Lift the bars out by the overhang and cut into squares for serving.

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Garrett’s Caramel Corn Copycat Recipe

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First of all, CONGRATS to Dawn for winning my giveaway! 🙂

When Kellen and I went to Chicago, we had Garrett’s Caramel Corn.

Once we left, I was on a mission to make a copycat recipe because it’s SO GOOD.  It’s really shocking how easy this popcorn is to make.  It’s a little time consuming, but so worth the wait because the slight crunch/slight chewiness is awesome.

Also, I recommend you either a) make your own cheesy popcorn or b) buy some cheddar popcorn to add to mix in with this because the sweet and salty mix of Garrett’s caramel corn is so addicting.  I bought these the other day just because I was craving that cheddar/caramel mixture so much after trying Garret’s:

 

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I’m obsessed with these now. They’re SO good, although the cheddar flavor is a little overpowering.

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Garrett’s Caramel Corn Copycat Recipe
From: Anju’s Kitchen Treasures 

Ingredients:

  • 1 heaping tablespoon solid coconut oil or peanut oil
  • 1 cup unpopped white popcorn
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Directions:

  1. Heat coconut oil in a large pot over high heat.
  2. Add 6 kernels to pan as testers; cover. When at least 3 of the kernels pop, add remaining kernels.
  3. Shake pan occasionally as corn pops. Keep over high heat until popping slows to a few pops per second, about 5 minutes.
  4. Empty popped corn into a large brown paper bag. Add 2 teaspoons salt. Shake bag to distribute salt and drain excess oil; discard un-popped kernels.
  5. Measure 13 cups of fully popped kernels; spread on large roasting pan; set aside.
  6. Combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and baking soda in medium heavy saucepan; heat to boiling over medium-high heat.
  7. Cook, without stirring, until mixture reaches 235 degrees F on a candy thermometer, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat.
  8. Heat oven to 250 degrees F.
  9. Carefully pour caramel mixture over popcorn. Stir mixture with heat-resistant spatula or buttered wooden spoon to evenly coat popcorn, working quickly to coat kernels
  10. Bake popcorn 1 hour, stirring every 10 minutes to continue coating uniformly.
  11. Remove pan from oven; cool on wire rack. Break apart any clumps of corn with your hands.

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Ganache Topped Caramel Tart



Wow.


I’m sorry it’s been so long since I’ve written.


I should have given you THIS recipe to abruptly leave you all stranded with for a week because half of that time will be spent making it.


This is one of those recipes that the pictures looked really delicious so I started making it without reading the directions first, so by the time I realized I had to chill it for 4 hours TWICE, I had already gotten too far into it to back out.  It’s not hard, just time-consuming.


But trust me when I tell you it is WELL worth the wait.

 beat, beat, beat!
 add the eggs
 add the cocoa mixture
 put in the oven… AFTER you’ve pricked it with a fork
 make the caramel
 watch it CAREFULLY
 pour into the shell
 heat the whipping cream and let the chocolate sit
 after three minutes, mix until it looks like this
top with white chocolate shavings OR salt, your preference
ugh, someone save me!


Ganache Topped Caramel Tart
Adapted from:  Not Lazy-Rustic

-adapted from saveur, diner journal and lottie and doof
crust:
1 1/2 cups flour
5 tablespoons unsweetened dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed and softened
10 tablespoons (1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons) confectioners’ sugar
2 egg yolks, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
caramel:
1/2 cup water
2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 stick unsalted butter, cubed
2 tablespoons condensed milk (or creme fraiche)
ganache:
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 ounces chocolate chips
grey sea salt, coarse sea salt or fleur de sel
in bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder and salt.
in separate large bowl using hand mixer, beat butter and sugar 2 minutes, or until mixture is combine, pale and fluffy. add yolks and vanilla extract; mix to combine. stir in dry ingredients, just until combined. place dough in 9″ fluted tart pan with removable bottom; press evenly into bottom and up sides of pan. chill in fridge 30 minutes. (i skipped this part, it turned out perfectly) meanwhile, heat oven to 350˚f.
place tart pan on baking sheet; pierce crust all over with fork; bake 20 minutes, or until firm, dry and fully cooked through. transfer to rack; let cool.
in large pot, stir together water, sugar and corn syrup. cook over medium-high heat 10-20 minutes, or until mixture reaches a medium-amber color, swirling occasionally. (you ultimately want a caramel that’s a bit darker and deeper in color, but it does continue to cook after you remove it from the heat.) remove saucepot from heat. carefully drizzle in heavy cream, then the butter, then the condensed milk (the mixture will bubble VIOLENTLY). stir until smooth. pour the caramel into the cooled crust. let sit until cool and firm; transfer to fridge and chill 4 hours, or until very firm.(i chilled mine in the freezer until the chocolate was finished… so like thirty minutes tops?)
place chopped chocolate in small bowl. in small saucepot, bring heavy cream to a boil. pour cream over chocolate; let sit 3 minutes. using spatula, slowly stir mixture, starting in the center, until the cream and chocolate come together. pour ganache over tart; use spatula to spread and smooth. chill tart for several hours.
when ready to serve, remove the sides and bottom of the tart pan (trick: place the tart on top of a large can and gently wiggle off the side). cut tart into wedges; sprinkle with salt (i topped mine with white chocolate pieces). wait 5-10 minutes before serving slices.


Ganache Topped Caramel Tart



Wow.


I’m sorry it’s been so long since I’ve written.


I should have given you THIS recipe to abruptly leave you all stranded with for a week because half of that time will be spent making it.


This is one of those recipes that the pictures looked really delicious so I started making it without reading the directions first, so by the time I realized I had to chill it for 4 hours TWICE, I had already gotten too far into it to back out.  It’s not hard, just time-consuming.


But trust me when I tell you it is WELL worth the wait.

 beat, beat, beat!
 add the eggs
 add the cocoa mixture
 put in the oven… AFTER you’ve pricked it with a fork
 make the caramel
 watch it CAREFULLY
 pour into the shell
 heat the whipping cream and let the chocolate sit
 after three minutes, mix until it looks like this
top with white chocolate shavings OR salt, your preference
ugh, someone save me!


Ganache Topped Caramel Tart
Adapted from:  Not Lazy-Rustic

-adapted from saveur, diner journal and lottie and doof
crust:
1 1/2 cups flour
5 tablespoons unsweetened dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed and softened
10 tablespoons (1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons) confectioners’ sugar
2 egg yolks, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
caramel:
1/2 cup water
2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 stick unsalted butter, cubed
2 tablespoons condensed milk (or creme fraiche)
ganache:
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 ounces chocolate chips
grey sea salt, coarse sea salt or fleur de sel
in bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder and salt.
in separate large bowl using hand mixer, beat butter and sugar 2 minutes, or until mixture is combine, pale and fluffy. add yolks and vanilla extract; mix to combine. stir in dry ingredients, just until combined. place dough in 9″ fluted tart pan with removable bottom; press evenly into bottom and up sides of pan. chill in fridge 30 minutes. (i skipped this part, it turned out perfectly) meanwhile, heat oven to 350˚f.
place tart pan on baking sheet; pierce crust all over with fork; bake 20 minutes, or until firm, dry and fully cooked through. transfer to rack; let cool.
in large pot, stir together water, sugar and corn syrup. cook over medium-high heat 10-20 minutes, or until mixture reaches a medium-amber color, swirling occasionally. (you ultimately want a caramel that’s a bit darker and deeper in color, but it does continue to cook after you remove it from the heat.) remove saucepot from heat. carefully drizzle in heavy cream, then the butter, then the condensed milk (the mixture will bubble VIOLENTLY). stir until smooth. pour the caramel into the cooled crust. let sit until cool and firm; transfer to fridge and chill 4 hours, or until very firm.(i chilled mine in the freezer until the chocolate was finished… so like thirty minutes tops?)
place chopped chocolate in small bowl. in small saucepot, bring heavy cream to a boil. pour cream over chocolate; let sit 3 minutes. using spatula, slowly stir mixture, starting in the center, until the cream and chocolate come together. pour ganache over tart; use spatula to spread and smooth. chill tart for several hours.
when ready to serve, remove the sides and bottom of the tart pan (trick: place the tart on top of a large can and gently wiggle off the side). cut tart into wedges; sprinkle with salt (i topped mine with white chocolate pieces). wait 5-10 minutes before serving slices.