Salted Caramel Apple Bars

Rich brown sugar shortbread base is topped with tart apples, salted caramel and a brown sugar oat crumble topping. Then drenched in homemade salted caramel these Salted Caramel Apple Bars are irresistible! 
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So I know this is kind of a late post. Like its more of a “fall” type dessert and we are in “winter” but inSouthern California we don’t really have seasons as much. So I tend to eat lemon bars in fall and caramel apple bars in winter.

Caramel and apples are two of my all time favorite flavors. It’s a classic and goes back to eating caramel apples as a kid for me.

 

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And then when you add a shortbread crust and an oaty brown sugary crumble, well I kind of die. And while these are bars, and you do not need ice cream, sometimes I like things over the top. Because let’s be honest, everything is better a la mode.

 

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I miss blogging. My job keeps me SOO busy. And this time of year, is the best time of year, is also the craziest time of the year. We have so many people calling in for a last minute reservations, and of course it’s 40 people, coming in tomorrow. We also have the Dickens Christmas Carolers coming in, they carol at disneyland, they are sooo expensive but so amazing!!

My new years resolution is to get back into the swing of things. And I am trying to start that new year resolution now, with these Salted Caramel Apple Bars!

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Salted Caramel Apple Bars

Ingredients

    Crust
  • 3/4 Cup AP Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, cold and diced
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • Filling
  • 3 Medium Granny Smith Apples, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup AP flour
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • Topping
  • 3/4 Cup AP Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 6 tsp Unsalted Butter, cold and diced

Instructions

    Crust
  1. Preheat 325F and line a 8X8 pan with foil, so the foil hangs over the sides of the pan. Grease the pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar and cinnamon. Using clean hands mix in the cold butter. Rub together with your fingers or a pastry blender. Once combined press into prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Filling
  5. In a large bowl place thinly sliced apples, flour, brown sugar, and spices together. Set aside.
  6. Topping
  7. In a medium bowl combine flour brow sugar, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Add in cold butter and rub together to create a thick crumble. Set aside until crust has baked.
  8. Once crust has baked lay apples on top in an even layer and sprinkle topping on.
  9. Increase oven temp. to 350F and bake for 35-38 minutes, until top is golden brown.
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Sea Salt Double Chocolate Cookies

Sea Salt Double Chocolate Cookies made with rich milk chocolate freshly chopped and fleur de sel  make a decadent cookie you will not resist. 
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When we were kids we went to a summer camp and once in a while the camp took us took a swimming pool. While most kids would love the pool, we did, but we had our own pool, we loved that we could get hot fresh cookies at this public pool.

Chocolate Chip Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies, disgusting Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and my sisters favorite Double Chocolate Chip Cookies. They were always so ooey gooey, the chocolate still melting and the cookies hot. Kind of like the cookies from Middle School and High School in the blue and white paperbag, those chocolate chip cookies were what got me through school.

 

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When I made these Sea Salt Double Chocolate Cookies, I was baking them because of my new favorite ingredient in cookies, milk powder. It wasn’t until my sister had a one six cookies that it dawned on us that they were just like those amazing double chocolate cookies we had as children. Bar the sea salt. But sea salt makes everything better, as an adult anyways 😉

 

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Sea Salt Double Chocolate Cookies

Prep Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 25 minutes

Yield: 32 Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup of Unsalted Butter (2 Sticks), at room temp.
  • 3/4 Cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup of Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs, at room temp.
  • 1 tbsp Real Vanilla Extract
  • 1 2/3 cup AP Flour
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp Milk Powder
  • 1 cup Chopped Milk Chocolate or Chips
  • 1/2 cup Mini Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Fleur De Sel Sea Salt for Sprinkling

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer combine the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Beat until light and fluffy and the color has lightened. About 3-5 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cornstarch and milk powder.
  3. When the butter/sugar mixture has lightened add the eggs one at a time beating on medium speed. Add vanilla and beat mixture for another 2 minutes.
  4. Slowly add the dry mixture and as the dry mixture is half mixed in add the chocolate.
  5. Using a medium (2 T) cooke scoop, scoop the batter into balls on a parchment lined baking sheet or plastic container. Once you have scooped the cookies sprinkle sea salt on top and slightly press into the dough. Chill the cookies for at least 2 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F and place cookies on a silpat lined baking sheet. Bake for 9-12 minutes. Sprinkle more sea salt on top if desired.
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Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins

Rich, moist pumpkin muffins are filled with a cheesecake mixture and topped with pumpkin spiced pumpkin seeds. Forget Starbucks Muffins, this is the only pumpkin muffin you will need this fall! 
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I am that basic white girl in the fall. I love pumpkin everything,from pumpkin candles to pumpkin lattes and of course pumpkin muffins!  I want to wear flannels, boots, sweaters and of course a dark rich lipstick, currently loving Nars Audacious Lipstick in Fanny. The problem is here in Southern California we are STILL experiencing “summer” like weather, I am talking 95 degrees. It’s just dreadful for this basic white girl!

 

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So as a hot pumpkin latte is delicious, I can’t handle hot drinks right now. And I cannot get away with boots or sweaters unless I want to sweat profusely (it’s not a good look).

So, I burn my pumpkin candles and bake with pumpkin.

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins- Confessions of a Baking Queen If you’ve been on my site before you know I am obsessed with cheesecake. While I don’t mind having a slice of cheesecake for breakfast, I’m a rebel like that, I know its not traditional breakfast food. But you know what is? A Muffin! So naturallyI baked cheesecake mixture right into the muffin. So sneaky!

 

This recipe is quick and easy. The only “hard” part is making sure your cream cheese is at room temperature. And to be honest, sometimes mine isn’t but since we are baking the cheesecake into the muffin it doesn’t really matter if its not completely smooth.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins- Confessions of a Baking Queen

I usually cut my cream cheese into small chunks so it gets to room temp. quicker.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins- Confessions of a Baking Queen

I am not gonna lie, these muffins disappeared! Too quickly for my liking if I am being honest. My friends, family and co workers all enjoyed!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins- Confessions of a Baking Queen

The pumpkin seeds are optional but I think necessary. The added texture they give is amazing. You could use plain pumpkin seeds but I picked up some from Trader Joe’s, pumpkin spiced pumpkin seeds… let me tell you they are ADDICTING!!!

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 12 regular size muffins & 12 mini muffins

Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins

Ingredients

    Pumpkin Muffin
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp pumpking pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 can pumpkin
  • 2 eggs, at room temp.
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • Cheesecake Filling
  • 8oz cream cheese, at room temp.
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, at room temp.
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • Optional Topping
  • 1 cup Pumpkin Spiced Pumpkin Seeds (Found mine at Trader Joe's)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F and grease a regular sized muffin pan and mini size muffin pan, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and and salt. Set aside,
  3. In a large bowl combine the sugars, pumpkin, eggs, vanilla extract and vegetable oil. Mix until fully combined. Slowly fold in the dry ingredients.
  4. Scoop the batter evenly into the muffin pan, making sure to fill 3/4 of the way.
  5. In the bowl of an electric mixer combine the cream cheese, vanilla, sugar and egg and beat until smooth and fully combined.
  6. Pour the cheesecake batter into a piping bag or into a ziplock bag and snip the corner off.
  7. Stick the tip of the piping bag into the center of the muffin and squeeze for a few seconds.
  8. Top with pumpkin seeds.
  9. Bake at 400F for 5 minutes then reduce temperature to 350F and bake for an additional 13-15 minutes for the mini muffins and 22-25 minutes for the regular sized muffins.
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Lemon Cheesecake

Loads of fresh lemon juice and zest make this Lemon Cheesecake irresistible. The perfect make ahead dessert. Lemon Cheesecake filled with fresh lemon juice and zest make this a creamy lemon dream. http://confessionsofabakingqueen.com/lemon-cheesecake

SO… I made this Cheesecake for Easter. And my life has been all over the place since I last blogged in November (eeeeeek).

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Working in the restaurant industry December is a crazy busy month, then I went on holiday to England, Amsterdam, Prague and Dublin. Then I had to get back into the swing of things at work. And then the oven nightmare began.

The oven stopped working, the lighter would not light. The oven is 1.5 years old. Basically the oven saga started in beginning of April and Sears was a PAIN in the BUTT! Sears sent us a company they hire and the guys were USELESS! We demanded a Sears rep and we got one. But each guy had a new idea of why it wasn’t working. It was fixed a total of 6 times until now they have officially decided we can get a new oven. Mind you 6 times means 12 visits. And in between the oven has worked then one day just doesn’t. Believe me when you have cracked the eggs, whisked the cream…etc and then when you turn your oven on and you can’t bake it… it is SOOO frustrating.

So we are going to look at ovens later this week and do some major research. Hopefully by the end of next week I will be living with a working oven again.

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But on to what is really important here, Cheesecake. Specifically Lemon Cheesecake with or without a raspberry sauce.

 

This recipe calls for fresh lemon juice, lemon zest and lemon extract. If you don’t like as much lemon flavor then leave now. Just kidding 🙂 Take the lemon extract out.

Lemon is so refreshing and makes what is normally a heavy dessert, Cheesecake, taste lighter.

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I adore making cheesecakes but they are a tad bit time consuming. I find it easiest to bake the cheesecake around 8pm done by 9:30/10 then let it sit in the oven for an hour or so and then wrap and chill over night.

I hope you love this as much as my family and friends did !


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Lemon Cheesecake

Yield: 9 inch Cheesecake

Lemon Cheesecake

Ingredients

    Crust
  • 1 12 oz package Golden Oreos, crushed
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • Cheesecake
  • 2 lbs cream cheese, completely softened to room temp.
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup sour cream or greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 5 large eggs, at room temp.
  • Raspberry Sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp corn starch

Instructions

    Crust
  1. Grease a 9 inch springform pan, set aside. Preheat oven to 350F. In a small bowl combine Oreos and melted butter. Press into bottom and slightly up upsides of prepared pan. Place in fridge while you make the cheesecake.
  2. Cheesecake
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment beat cream cheese for 3 minutes on medium to high speed. Add granulated sugar and beat for another 3 minutes. Add in heavy cream, sour cream, lemon juice, lemon zest and lemon extract- mixing until fully combined. Add in eggs one at a time. You should have a creamy batter with no lumps. Pour into prepared pan. Place 9 inch springform pan in a 10 inch cake pan- place cake pan in roasting pan and fill roasting pan with hot water half way up the sides of the cake pan. This prevents ANY water from getting in the cheesecake and you don't have to wrap everything with foil.
  4. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes, the middle of the cheesecake should jiggle just a little bit. Turn oven off and let cool in oven for 1 hour then take out of roasting pan and wrap with plastic wrap. Let sit in fridge over night.
  5. Raspberry Sauce
  6. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat cook raspberries and granulated sugar. In a small bowl mix lemon juice and cornstarch together then pour into saucepan. Mix everything together and using a masher help break raspberries up, after 5 minutes of cooking take off of heat and pour into a food processor. Process raspberries until liquid. Strain sauce into a clean bowl to chill overnight in the fridge.
  7. The next day take the cheesecake out of the fridge and using a hot clean knife cut slices of cheesecake, pour a few tablespoons or however much you like on top of each slice of cheesecake.
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Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecake

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I’ve been gone from the blogging world for a few weeks now, and I don’t really know how that happened. Well, I sort of do. At workwe are going into the busy season… THE CHRISTMAS SEASON!! 🙂 Also known as my favorite time of year.

 

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I have also been working out, thus trying to not eat as many sweets. And while I do admire the bloggers who can bake a ton of desserts and not eat any of them I am not one of those people. I must eat everything so I know I LOVE IT. And if I love it, well we know I have no self control. So basically what I am saying is I have not been baking a ton.

 

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I did bake for my best friends sisters wedding, 250 pieces and I have made a few birthday cakes but I always use my favorite cakes for birthdays, chocolate strawberry or salted caramel chocolate cake. Hey, they are great cakes that I know will turn out amazing.

But last week I made a this Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake… and OH MY GAWWWWWSH!!! TO DIE!

Cheesecake has to be my favorite thing to make. I enjoy that it’s a process but an easy process kind of like making cinnamon rolls. I like to make both the night before. It’s weirdly relaxing. And then the next day you get to devour an amazing product.

 

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Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecake

Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecake

Ingredients

    Crust
  • 8 oz Oreos, crushed
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • Cheesecake
  • 16oz cream cheese, completely softened to room temp.
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup sweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer or Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/3 cup sour cream or greek yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 large eggs, at room temp.
  • Garnish (Optional)
  • Whipped Cream (homemade or store bought)
  • Hersheys Candy Cane Bar, Melted

Instructions

    Crust
  1. Grease a 9 inch springform pan, set aside. Preheat oven to 350F. In a small bowl combine Oreos and melted butter. Press into bottom and slightly up upsides of prepared pan. Place in fridge while you make the cheesecake.
  2. Cheesecake
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment beat cream cheese for 3 minutes on medium to high speed. Add granulated sugar and beat for another 3 minutes the beat in cocoa powder until combined. Add in creamer, sour cream & peppermint extract mixing until fully combined. Add in eggs one at a time. You should have a creamy batter with no lumps. Pour into prepared pan. Place 9 inch springform pan in a 10 inch cake pan- place cake pan in roasting pan and fill roasting pan with hot water half way up the sides of the cake pan. This prevents ANY water from getting in the cheesecake and you don't have to wrap everything with foil.
  4. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until the middle of the cheesecake should jiggle just a little bit. Turn oven off and let cool in oven for 1 hour then take out of roasting pan and wrap with plastic wrap. Let sit in fridge over night.
  5. The next day take the cheesecake out of the fridge and using a hot clean knife cut slices of cheesecake.
  6. Garnish (Optional)
  7. Drizzle melted Hershey's Candy Cane Chocolate Bar over cheesecake. Squirt whipped cream in dollops around edge of cheesecake.
  8. Store in fridge in a sealed container for up to 8 days.
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Brown Sugar Apple Blondies

Brown Sugar Apple Blondies are the perfect fall blondie, sweet but not too sweet, caramel undertones and chunks of juicy apples.

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I had so many plans for these blondies. But things just didn’t go according to plan, and I am soooooo happy they didn’t.

First I wanted to swirl the blondies with caramel, but I didn’t have any made and I didn’t have time to make any.

Then I wanted to do a maple version, since I freaking love maple. But I was out of maple syrup.

So then I was going to do an apple blondie and do a browned butter glaze.

But then I thought of sautéing the apples in some brown sugar and butter like I did in this cake and then folding the semi cooked apples into a delicious blondie batter.

Yes that was the winner, carmelized apples into a delightful blondie batter.

Yes it was amazing, it still is. I am eating a bite or two while writing this post.

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Brown Sugar Apple Blondies

Brown Sugar Apple Blondies

Ingredients

    Apple Mixture
  • 2 tbsp butter, unsalted
  • 3 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 large apple, cut into small pieces
  • Blondie
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

    Apple Mixture
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a 8X8 pan with foil and grease.
  2. In a medium saucepan cook apple chunks in butter and brown sugar. Cook on medium heat for 4-6 minutes, until apples are slightly softened.
  3. Blondie
  4. In a medium bowl mix butter and sugar together. Whisk in egg and vanilla extra. Mix in flour, baking soda and salt. Fold in all of apple mixture. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, until middle is set and golden brown. Place on wire rack and let cool completely before slicing.
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Pumpkin Cheesecake with Biscoff Crust

 

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There is something about the month of October, that just makes me happy.  It’s as if the year starts to turn and the weather cools of (although it has not yet here in CA, 90 degrees is really getting OLD), its halfway to my birthday, its my dads birthday and pumpkin desserts seem to pop up everywhere. Especially Pumpkin Cheesecake.

 

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There is something about seasonal desserts, I can’t resist them. My favorite Italian restaurant does seasonal cheesecake and I can’t wait for spring and Lemon Cheesecake and then fall and Pumpkin Cheesecake. I can’t get enough. Even though I knew I could make cheesecake whenever I want. And this recipe has just confirmed that.

 

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The caramelized flavor of the Biscoff crust really sets this pumpkin cheesecake apart from others. Some prefer to do the curst just on the bottom but I think more is better, so up the sides I went. I also like a thick crust, the richness of the crust and creaminess of the cheesecake compliment each other so well.

 
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I can GUARANTEE you I will be making this again before Halloween, I loved it, my friends loved it and so did my family.

 
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Pumpkin Cheesecake with Biscoff Crust

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Yield: 1- 9 inch Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Biscoff Crust

Ingredients

    Biscoff Crust
  • 12 oz Biscoff Cookies, finely crushed
  • 4 tbsp butter melted
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • 2 lbs Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temp.
  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp & 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Optional Garnish with Whipped Cream & Pieces of Biscoff Cookies

Instructions

    Biscoff Crust
  1. Grease a 9 inch springform pan, set aside. Preheat oven to 350F. In a small bowl combine Biscoff crumbs and butter. Press into bottom and slightly up upsides of prepared pan. Place in fridge while you make the cheesecake.
  2. Pumpkin Cheesecake
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment beat cream cheese for 3 minutes on medium to high speed. Add granulated sugar, brown sugar and beat for another 3 minutes.Add in eggs one at a time. Add in pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, heavy cream, and sour cream mixing until fully combined. You should have a creamy batter with no lumps. Pour into prepared pan. Place 9 inch springform pan in a 10 inch cake pan- place cake pan in roasting pan and fill roasting pan with hot water half way up the sides of the cake pan. This prevents ANY water from getting in the cheesecake and you don't have to wrap everything with foil.
  4. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes, the middle of the cheesecake should jiggle just a little bit. Turn oven off and let cool in oven for 1- 1 1/2 hours then take out of roasting pan and wrap with plastic wrap. Let sit in fridge over night.
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Raspberry Swirl Lemon Cheesecake

 Raspberry Puree is swirled through a luscious lemon cheesecake all on top of a Lemon Golden Oreo Crust make this Raspberry Swirl Lemon Cheesecake irresistible. 

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Cheesecake is one of my favorite things to make, especially in the summer. A nice cold dessert, oh it hits the spot! Especially lemon desserts and this year I have loved the combination of Lemon & Raspberry. They just go together so well.

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So Cal is in the 100’s right now, so freaking hot. But that didn’t stop me and my mom from craving a roast dinner tonight. If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen a delicious dinner.. Yorkshire puddings.. ugh so delicious. I could literally eat 10 yorkies, dipped in gravy or even plain. And then roast chicken, roast potatoes, cheesey cauliflower, brussels sprouts, carrots, mashed potatoes and TONS of gravy all over it all!

 

Makes me so happy.

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And you can’t have a delicious dinner that is not followed by dessert. So I think you should make this one, I brought it into work and it went over very well. But cheesecake usually does, creamy dreamy deliciousness!

 

 

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Raspberry Swirl Lemon Cheesecake

Ingredients

    Crust
  • 1 12 oz package Lemon Oreos, crushed
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • Raspberry Swirl
  • 1 container Raspberries
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • Cheesecake
  • 16oz cream cheese, completely softened to room temp.
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup sour cream or greek yogurt
  • Zest of two medium sized lemons
  • Juice of 2 medium sized lemons about 1/3 cup
  • 3 large eggs, at room temp.

Instructions

    Crust
  1. Grease a 9 inch springform pan, set aside. Preheat oven to 350F. In a small bowl combine Lemon Oreos and melted butter. Press into bottom and slightly up upsides of prepared pan. Place in fridge while you make the cheesecake.
  2. Raspberry Swirl
  3. In a food processor blend raspberries and sugar until mixture is in liquid form. Pour mixture through strainer to get rid of all seeds, set aside.
  4. Cheesecake
  5. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment beat cream cheese for 3 minutes on medium to high speed. Add granulated sugar and beat for another 3 minutes. Add in heavy cream, sour cream, vanilla beans, lemon zest and lemon juice mixing until fully combined. Add in eggs one at a time. You should have a creamy batter with no lumps. Pour into prepared pan, place dollops of raspberry puree and use a knife to swirl the dollops into the cheesecake batter. Place 9 inch springform pan in a 10 inch cake pan- place cake pan in roasting pan and fill roasting pan with hot water half way up the sides of the cake pan. This prevents ANY water from getting in the cheesecake and you don't have to wrap everything with foil.
  6. Bake for 60-70 minutes, until the middle of the cheesecake should jiggle just a little bit. Turn oven off and let cool in oven for 1 hour then take out of roasting pan and wrap with plastic wrap. Let sit in fridge over night.
  7. The next day take the cheesecake out of the fridge and using a hot clean knife cut slices of cheesecake.
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Chicken Pesto Mac & Cheese

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  Pasta is a love of mine. Who the heck doesn’t love pasta?! A crazy person that’s who. Sorry if you are that person, I just don’t understand how you cannot be in love with pasta. A garlic olive oil sauce, a beautiful juicy tomato sauce or a rich cheesey cream sauce…how on earth can you go wrong? I’ll take all of the above!

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My favorite Italian restaurant around where I live is Roman Cucina. On Tuesday nights there special is a creamy pesto and I freaking LOVE IT! It is that good. They also have a delicious tiramisu, oh and they have seasonal cheesecakes- lemon, Oreo, cookie dough, pumpkin..oh how I love all of them!

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Well last week I made some homemade basil pesto, so easy and delicious, and for dinner I had to make a creamy pesto sauce. The problem was I was craving mac and cheese so I kind of combined the two. Awesome choice, if I do say so myself. I also made a cheesey cream sauce with no heavy cream! I used 2% milk and greek yogurt! I was quite proud of myself because the pasta still tasted rich. ( I am on a #fitlife kick right now, let’s see how long that lasts! LOL)

This is the Basil Pesto Recipe I used in the pasta

Classic Basil Pesto

Chicken Pesto Mac & Cheese

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 Servings

Chicken Pesto Mac & Cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 2 1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese/ parmsean
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt

Instructions

  1. Cook elbow macaroni according to box instructions, set aside.
  2. In a large skillet cook chicken breasts in a little olive oil over medium heat, cook until no pink remains and chicken breasts are fully cooked.
  3. Take chicken breasts out of pan and add butter and flour. Whisk flour and butter for two minutes, so the two are fully combined. Mix in salt, pepper and milk once combined let simmer for two minutes. Whisk in cheddar cheese then add pesto and greek yogurt. Mix in chicken and pasta, let cook for two minutes. Serve immediately, sprinkle with parmesan cheese, if desired.
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Cookie Butter Granola

Cookie Butter Granola is easy to make and absolutely irresistible, you will devour the whole batch. 
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Yogurt has been my go to breakfast lately because the thought of oatmeal or even a waffle with peanut butter & fruit makes me start sweating. The past few weeks have been absolutely dreadfully hot! I find myself waiting to do my makeup in the car (not while driving) so I can have the ac blasting all over my face.

I look forward to October when *hopefully* the weather cools down. Last “winter” we had like two days of rain, I bought a new coat and three new sweaters last season that STLL have the tags on them because it was never cold enough to wear them. I hope this year it is.

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Well, back to the yogurt. Chobani Pineapple Greek Yogurt is my favorite of all time. But the boring routine of yogurt each morning is annoying so I like to add granola.

I was out of my go to recipe so I decided to make a new granola, Cooke Butter Granola. Because who doesn’t freaking LOVE cookie butter?! No one I know!

The best part about this is the cluster are so big, so its perfect for crumbling on top of your yogurt or snacking on for your mid morning snack.

 

Cookie Butter Granola

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup Cookie Butter
  • 3 cups Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup Quick Oats

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F and line a baking sheet with a silpat liner or parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl mix together the coconut oil, brown sugar, maple syrup,cookie butter and vanilla extrat.Fold in oats and almonds and mix until fully combined.
  3. Dump onto baking sheet and using a spatula press down so granola is in a compact even layer.
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes, the granola will be a beautiful golden brown.
  5. Let cool on baking rack for 1 hour then break into clusters. Store in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks.
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