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Butterscotch Caramel Cheesecake

Creamy butterscotch cheesecake and a thick layer of caramel sauce over a gingersnap crust .  A unique combination of delicious seasonal flavors!!!

Are you ready for Thanksgiving?  Have you decided what you’re having for dessert yet–other than the proverbial pumpkin pie?  This cheesecake combines three unique fall flavors- ginger, butterscotch and caramel- and it simply melts in your mouth.  Wow your guests with an Easybaked cheesecake!!

INGREDIENTS:

Crust:

  • One bag (13 oz.) of Archway ginger snaps, finely crushed. (approximately 2 cups)
  • 1/4 c. butter

Cheesecake:

  • 2 (8oz.) packages of Philadelphia Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 1/2c. sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 c. butterscotch chips (melted)
  • 1 c. heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tsp. vanilla

Caramel Topping:

  • 32 Kraft caramels (unwrapped)
  • 1/2c. butter
  • 1 can (14oz.) sweetened condensed milk

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  • Crush cookies into fine crumbs and add melted butter.  Combine well and press into the bottom of a 9-Inch Springform Pan
  • Beat softened cream cheese with sugar until smooth.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating in between each one.
  • Add remaining cheesecake ingredients, beating until smooth.
  • Pour into crust and allow to sit at room temp for 30 minutes.
  • Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 60 minutes,
  • Turn off oven, open oven door a little and allow to sit for another 30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and run knife around edge of pan.  Remove edge of pan. 
  • Allow to come to room temperature (make caramel topping during this time.)
  • Put caramels, condensed milk and margarine into a saucepan and melt over medium heat, stirring constantly until smooth (6-8 minutes)
  • Pour caramel over the top of the cooled cheesecake, spreading to edges.
  • Refrigerate overnight
  • Remove bottom of pan when cheesecake is thoroughly chilled.
  • Before serving, pipe whipped cream around edges of cheesecake if desired and sprinkle with a little cocoa powder.


My thoughts: A flavorful creamy cheesecake.  I love the gingersnap crust– that adds a lot of the fall spice to this.  I ADORE caramel- so there’s a lot of it on this cheesecake.  If you want less, simply halve the recipe and be happy!!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends!!!!  Enjoy!  r~

One last yummy bite…..

Other cheesecake recipes from Easybaked that you might enjoy~ click on the image to be taken to the recipe:

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Lemon Lime Cupcakes

Refreshing lime cupcakes topped with lemon butter cream- SO easy and fun!!

I just can’t say goodbye to those summer flavors and colors….I know I should be sharing my apple and pumpkin recipes with you, but these just make me so happy!!  The tart and the sweet….lime green and yellow….if you are missing summer already these are the perfect remedy this weekend!

INGREDIENTS:

  • One boxed white cake mix
  • Oil, eggs and water to make mix according to box
  • 1 small box(3 oz) of lime jello
  • 2 sticks of salted butter
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 3 c. powdered sugar
  • 3 t. lemon extract
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • Yellow food coloring (to desired shade)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Make cake according to directions on box, but add lime jello before mixing.
  • Pour into 24 lined cupcake tins and bake according to package.
  • Cool cupcakes completely.
  • Make frosting by combining butters (softened), powdered sugar, lemon and vanilla extracts and coloring in a large bowl and beating on high until light and fluffy.
  • Pipe frosting onto cupcakes (watch this video for techniques)
  • Decorate as desired.  I topped with heart sprinkles and sour fruit heart candies, but I thought it might be fun to top with course salt and a cute straw and call them Margarita cupcakes!  Be creative!

 

My thoughts:  These are so easy.  Because they use Jell-O, the flavor possibilities are incredible.  Raspberry and Lemon?  Peach?  If you want a really easy twist on a plain cupcake these are your recipe!  Enjoy!!!  ~r

Mini Heath Bar Crunch Cakes

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These mini Chocolate cakes are filled with a creamy Heath Bar filling and covered in a chocolate glaze.

A few weeks ago I posted a Boston Cream Pie recipe using this fun little Mini Cake Pan.  Again, this recipe would work just fine as a regular cake with the cream as a filling between the layers and the glaze poured over the top– but I chose cute over practical and used these pans.  This is the second dessert I’ve done in them and they just turn out beautifully!  Here’s the recipe- it is an easy one!!!

Ingredients:

  • One chocolate cake mix (with oil, water and eggs to make according to box)
  • 2 c. Cool Whip Topping
  • 2 1/2 c. crushed Heath Bars
  • 2 c. semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 c. unsalted butter
  • 1 T. corn syrup

Directions:

  • Make glaze 1st:  Melt together chocolate chips, butter and corn syrup.   Place in fridge for at least one hour
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Make cake mix according to box
  • Spoon  about 1/2 c. of batter into each Mini Cake Pan
  • Place on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes
  • Tip baked cakes on to a cake rack and cool completely.
  • Repeat this process (one cake mix will make 4-5 complete cakes)
  • To make filling, combine Heath bars with Cool Whip topping.
  • Spoon filling in the cavity in each cake.

    • Tip one cake layer on to a second (keeping the fillings in the middle)
    • Remove glaze (it will be pretty thick) from the fridge and frost tops and sides of each cake.
    • Reheat remaining glaze and pour over the top of each cake to make a smooth outer layer (do this on a cake rack over a cookie sheet so excess glaze can drip through).
    • Sprinkle tops of each cake with remaining crushed Heath bars.
    • Chill until glaze is hard.

My thoughts:  I’m a huge fan of heath bars and chocolate together, so this was a dream dessert in my book!  I really like how the white filling is a “surprise” when you cut into the cake.  These are VERY easy to make and put together- my only dilemma was the glaze.  I tried it with the Boston cream Pie recipe and struggled with it then, but it was SO YUMMY that I used it again here.  I didn’t get the smooth finish I was hoping for…sigh.  If any of you have a good smooth glaze that you use– please share!!!!  Enjoy!!! -r

NOTE:  This recipe will be automatically posted for me as I will be out of the country for a few weeks.  I will be unable to answer your questions or respond to your comments during this time– my apologies ahead of time!  I will catch up with all of you when I return!  -r



Mini Boston Cream Pies

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These miniature Boston Cream Pies are the CUTEST treat!  Covered in chocolate glaze with a surprise yummy filling in the middle, these are sure to make you and your family smile!

When you are as obsessed with desserts as I am, you get really fun kitchen presents!  For my birthday last year, my friend Angie got me the most adorable Mini Cake Pan ever.  They are made by Wilton and they create cute little layer cakes that have a square of filling on the inside.  I love them and decided to use them with this Boston cream Pie recipe instead of just a plain old regular size cake.  If you want to try the pans out just click on Mini Cake Pan and you can see them on Amazon– if you don’t want another kitchen gadget (I totally understand the dilemma!) just make this recipe in two regular round cake pans- put the filling in the middle and just pour that glaze right over the top.

Ingredients:

  • One white cake mix (with water, oil and eggs to make according to box)
  • One box (3.4 oz) JELL-O instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 1/2 c. Cool Whip Topping
  • 2 c. semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1c. unsalted butter
  • 1 T. corn syrup

Directions:

  • Make glaze 1st: Melt together chocolate chips, butter and corn syrup and mix well.  Refrigerate at least one hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Make cake mix (whole egg method) according to box.
  • Spoon about 1/2 c. batter into each well greased Mini Cake Pan.
  • Place pans on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes.
  • Tip pans over onto a cake rack and allow cakes to cool completely.

  • Repeat process (one cake mix makes 4 to 5 full (two piece) cakes).
  • To make filling, combine pudding mix with milk and whisk for 2 minutes.
  • Fold Cool Whip topping in and set aside for at least 5 minutes.
  • Trim bottoms of cakes flat and spoon filling into each cavity.

  • Tip one cake on top of the other, keeping the filling in the center.
  • Remove glaze (it will be pretty thick) from the fridge and frost tops and sides of each cake.
  • Reheat remaining glaze and pour over the top of each cake to make a smooth outer layer (do this on a cake rack over a cookie sheet so excess glaze can drip through).
  • Chill until glaze is hard.




My thoughts:  I just served these last night and they were a huge hit.  Everyone loved how cute they were and the surprise filling in the center.  I loved the creamy filling with the rich glaze…YUM!  The glaze is a little difficult to get right (I thought!)  I was hoping for a smoother finish- but it tasted GREAT!  –Enjoy!!!!!!!  -r

Pumpkin Pie Dip

Try a new twist on the pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving: crisp squares of pie crust ready to dunk in a creamy pumpkin pie dip!  This is the perfect Thanksgiving party dessert recipe!!!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 refrigerated pie crusts
  • 1 box (8oz.) Philadelphia Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 t. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tub of Cool Whip
  • Cinnamon and granulated sugar – enough to dust crust squares.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Unroll pie crusts on a cutting board and using a knife or pizza cutter slice into squares.

  • Place pieces of crust on a cookie sheet, spray with cooking spray and dust with sugar and cinnamon.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20-22 minutes- until light brown and toasted.
  • Remove from oven and cool.
  • Place softened cream cheese in a bowl and cream it with the brown sugar until smooth.
  • Add pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice and mix with a mixer on medium until smooth and creamy.
  • Fold in 1/2 tub of Cool Whip.
  • Place in a serving dish and top with remaining Cool- Whip.  Dust with cinnamon.
  • Serve dip with crispy cinnamon crust squares– YUM!

 

My thoughts:  Again, pumpkin is not a flavor I enjoy– I did taste test this though, and went back for seconds!  This was a HUGE hit both times I served it and I had so many people ask for the recipe I decided to post this earlier than intended so I don’t get mobbed.  If you want to try a unique twist on the traditional pumpkin pie, this is it!  Make a practice round before Thanksgiving and try it out on your friends– they will love you!  ENJOY!!!  r-

Inside-out Caramel Apples!

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Celebrate fall with a unique twist on the caramel apple: soft creamy caramel and chocolate on the INSIDE of the apple! Happy October to YOU!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 12-16 medium apples
  • 1 to 2 cups of 7-up
  • 32 Kraft caramels (unwrapped)
  • 1 can (14oz.) of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 c. margarine
  • 6 oz. Wilton Dark Candy Cocoa Melts

(note: these amounts will make more caramel sauce than you need – you can cut the ingredients in half, but then you will have 1/2 of a can of condensed milk left-??!!  I say put the extra caramel sauce over ice cream 🙂 your call….)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Cut top off of apple, scoop out core and seeds with a melon baller
  • Fill apple “cup” with 7-up and use a kitchen brush to coat edges and top  with 7-up (this will prevent browning).









  • Repeat process with all apples (re-use the 7-up if you want- just pour it from one cup to the next!)
  • Make caramel sauce by adding caramels, condensed milk and margarine to a saucepan and stirring over medium heat until completely melted and smooth.
  • Melt chocolate in microwave in 30 second increments until smooth.
  • Spoon or pipe chocolate into apple cups, saving a little to drizzle on top.
  • Spoon or pipe caramel (cool a little 1st if you decide to pipe this!) into apple cups over chocolate.
  • Drizzle chocolate over top of caramel and serve warm and gooey- or chill and serve cold-mmmm!

My thoughts: No worries– I’m sure a “normal” caramel apple post is in my future– I just wanted something different from the expected.  These really are a beautiful dessert- serve them with a knife and a fork though- they are a wonderful gooey mess if you serve them warm!  Hope you enjoy these!  -r

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