Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies

Now that Halloween is out of the way and we’re all sick of pumpkin everything (or are we?!), it’s time to embrace some Holiday favorites. These delicious salted caramel shortbread cookies are PERFECT for doing just that.I have a sweet tooth which those of you who follow me on Pinterest will already know. I don’t know about you guys but I LOVE salted caramel. Whether it’s chocolate, ice cream, coffee or baked goods – I just love the sharpness of the salt counteracting the sweetness of the caramel.

Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies

 

I am not a fan of cooking or baking that requires endless washing up or tricky preparation. If it has more than 10 steps, I’m not interested! This is why I adore these cookies. They have just three, yes three ingredients and they are so quick and easy! They won’t win any awards for being the lowest calorie cookie out there but sometimes we deserve a treat. Everything in moderation, right?

I posted before about my Fool Proof Shortbread Cookies but here’s a recap so it’s all in one place.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy salted caramel?

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Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

Who loves cinnamon rolls? I do! I’ve been known to eat a whole pan. Not that I condone that sort of behavior! I realized that I hadn’t baked any cupcakes in a long time and as I was humming and hawing over what flavor I was craving, I saw a tube of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls in the fridge (yes, I cheat sometimes!) and my mind was made up!

Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

Have you made any Cinnamon Roll variations?

Let me know in the comments!

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Homemade Snickers Bars

Snickers are my favorite! Peanuts, caramel, nougat and chocolate. What’s not to love?

Homemade Snickers Bars

 

I’ve noticed that European Snickers bars are a thousand times nicer than their American counterparts so I took matters into my own hands so I could enjoy the Snickers I know and love. Imagine my surprise when they turned out nicer than the originals. Toot, toot goes the sound of my own horn!

Snickers Bars
Homemade Snickers Bars
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Servings Prep Time
12-24 bars 20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12-24 bars 20-30 minutes
Snickers Bars
Homemade Snickers Bars
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
12-24 bars 20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12-24 bars 20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Line a 11×7 inch baking tin with baking paper.
  2. Microwave half of the peanut butter with a cup of chocolate chips in a bowl until melted.
  3. Evenly spread the chocolate mixture in the bottom of the baking tin.
  4. Freeze until hardened, 3-4 mintues should suffice.
  5. While your base is hardening, combine the marshmallow fluff, powdered sugar and 1/4 cup peanut butter until it resembles dough. This nougat stage is the trickiest. That marshmallow fluff is super sticky!
  6. Spread your nougat evenly into your tin and sprinkle the peanuts over it. Lightly press them into the nougat.
  7. In a small saucepan, over a medium to low heat, combine the caramels and cream. Stir continuously.
  8. Pour caramel over the nougat immediately. Spread evenly.
  9. Chill in the fridge for 5 minutes or until set.
  10. Melt the remaining half of the chocolate chips and peanut butter together.
  11. Pour over the caramel layer and return to the fridge for 15 minutes to set.
  12. Cut whatever way you wish and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

The great thing about these bars is that they are constructed in stages so while one layer is chilling in the fridge you can go about your other business and come back whenever you’re ready!

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Snickers Method

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes

St. Patrick’s Day is  just around the corner this Irish girl couldn’t be more excited! Mostly because I get to make these delicious chocolate Guinness treats and have a valid reason for it!

Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes

Ireland is famous for many things and Guinness needs no introduction. So what’s more festive than Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes? Don’t panic though, these cupcakes are irresistible to even the non-Guinness drinker!

My good friend Rachel’s birthday happens to fall just days before St. Patrick’s Day and at one particular gathering she presented the most delectable, moist Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes. I had such great intentions to bake them myself but college and life got in the way. Months later, I found myself looking online for something similar but every recipe was too complicated. I am no magician in the kitchen. If it’s got more than ten steps, I’m out. Combining some recipes and from what I remembered of Rachel’s instructions I concocted the Frankenstein of recipes and ended up with this one.

Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
12-24 Cupcakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12-24 Cupcakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
12-24 Cupcakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12-24 Cupcakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Cupcakes
Frosting
Instructions
Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C
  2. Line cupcake tin with cases and spray with non-stick cooking spray
  3. Whisk the eggs and yogurt together adding the Guinness and vanilla extract until well mixed
  4. In a separate bowl, sift all dry ingredients.
  5. Add dry mixture to wet mixture in a mixer until blended.
  6. Combine with melted butter.
  7. Scoop the batter into your tin (Don’t fill them all the way!)
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes
  9. Cool on a wire tray
Frosting
  1. Blend all wet ingredients and gradually combine with powdered sugar until smooth
Recipe Notes

A bottle of stout is preferable to a can and must be at room temperature when mixing!

Do you know of other interesting ways to enjoy a Guinness?

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