I know, I know. Thanksgiving is on Thursday and this isn’t a recipe for pie. I hope you’ll forgive my holiday faux pas once we get going. In all honesty, I made these amazing little gems for a Halloween party, and I’ve had so many requests for the recipe, that I thought I’d present them to you as a possible addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table. They are deliciously sweet, sticky, and gooey, just the way a caramel apple should be. And, even though they aren’t pie, you’ll find they’re perfect for any fall celebration. It’s not often that adults go nuts over cupcakes, but that was certainly the case when I made these the first time.
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That’s all you need to make this amazing, surprisingly light, deliciously tasty summer dessert.
I had a feeling this would be good, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out exactly how seriously good it really was. There’s just enough chocolate to keep the chocolate fans happy, it’s light enough that it won’t weigh you down after a big meal, and it’s different enough to make people think that you’ve spent a ton of energy on it. Only you need to know that it’s actually pretty simple!
OK, we have less than a week until Thanksgiving dinner. Are you ready?
Thanksgiving dinner is, for a lot of people, THE biggest dinner production of the year. It’s a matter of scheduling, multiple shopping trips, pre-baking, pre-making, freezing, thawing, checking, double checking, counting, serving, and finally, eating. It’s exhausting, but wonderful, and we look forward to it every year.
This dessert is a simple, no-fail, delicious option to add to your Thanksgiving menu. It needs to be made ahead, comes together in a matter of minutes, and looks quite impressive once it hits the table. My family really enjoyed it, and I have a feeling it will become a regular at our holiday table.
Today is THE day!
It’s the last day of school!
The last day of school is always so bittersweet for me. While I’m excited about the fun and sun of summer break, it means that in the blink of an eye, my girls have passed another milestone. Emily will be a 4th grader in August when she heads back to school. Fourth graders are the big kids at school! I’m not ready for that! And my baby, Avery, is done with Kindergarten! How does this happen??? When I was a kid, the school year dragged on and on, and summer always seemed like it was a lifetime away. Now that I’m the grown-up, time moves so quickly, I can’t keep up. My dad warned me that this would happen. I should have listened.
When I have to choose a dessert, nine times out of ten, I’ll pick something other than a fruit pie. I’m a cake person, through and through. There’s something about fall, though, that brings out the pie baker in me. It’s really the only time of year that I ever get a hankering for pie, and this thrills my husband. As into cake and chocolate as I am, he loves a good fruit pie. My husband’s mom and dad are visiting this week and they are pie people, too. So, in honor of it being fall and having three pie loving people in my house at one time, I baked a pie yesterday.
As I was trying to come up with my Game Day menu for this week, I found myself flipping through one of my favorite cookbooks. I was looking for an appetizer, but flipped to the wrong part of the book and landed in the dessert section. There is was, staring right at me…Caramel-Coconut-Pecan Cheesecake Bars. I looked at the recipe, it looked at me. It said, “Christine, I think you should make me.” Never one to argue with a talking recipe, I replied, “Yes. I think I should.”
And so I did.