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Milano Cookie cake ~ copycat recipe
Chocolate Caramel Dessert: by Tiffany
Homemade caramel is the best! It’s very very simple and really doesn’t take that long to make. You will reap the taste rewards for sure by making it yourself. That being said, this recipe calls for homemade caramel. I promise, it’s not hard to make and takes only about ten minutes from start to finish. You’ll be so happy you made it yourself. Let me ask you…. Do you have a chocolate cake mix, nuts and chocolate chips in your pantry? Butter and milk in the fridge? Oh and light corn syrup in the cupboard? I bet you do, because you’re rockin’ couponers. :) With just a little bit of work you’ll have an ooey gooey dessert that screams chocolate fix. A little goes a long way with this decadent dessert. Make sure to serve it hot with vanilla ice cream on top, just sayin’. The warm chocolate and gooey caramel combination, topped with vanilla ice cream that is slightly starting to melt into the crevasse of this cake, is a little piece of tasty heaven here on earth. You’ll be emailing wanting to send me flowers. I can’t take all the credit though. I found this recipe and adapted it from one of my older books. But you can still send flowers.
PS… I’d rather have chocolate instead of the flowers. hehehehe
For The Caramel
For The Cake
Notes: This is just as good served at room temp., It tastes like a chewy caramel brownie. But for me, there’s something about an ooey gooey chocolate caramel dessert topped with vanilla ice cream. Also you will have approx. 1 1/2 cups of homemade caramel left over. Suggestions for use – Wrap individual caramels in waxed paper sheets for a later treat in kids’ lunches or serve the adults the Ooey Gooey Chocolate Caramel Dessert and cut up some apples for the kids to dip in the remainder caramel.
Additional Notes: This can be made the day before. Make as directed. Let cool in baking dish on a wire rack. Once cooled completely, cover with foil. Leave dessert at room temp. When ready to serve, preheat oven to 200 degrees F. remove foil and warm dessert in the oven for approx. 8-10 minutes or until chocolate and caramel start to get gooey. Remove and serve.
Or to reheat single pieces, you can reheat individual pieces in the microwave. Start at 10 second intervals.
Original recipe for Caramel Bars from Blue Ribbon Recipes pg. 323
Adapted recipe/photos by: Tiffany
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School Lunch Idea ~ How to Keep a Sliced Apple From Turning Brown
I send apples with my kids in their lunches sometimes.
But the truth is, when I send them they rarely get eaten.
There is always some excuse as to why they didn’t eat it,
but I don’t know, maybe the cookies in the lunchbox next to them are too appealing,
or they don’t want to get it stuck in their teeth when they take a bite.
It all boils down to us, as parents, trying to help our kids make healthy choices most of the time and when the healthy choice comes home in the lunchbox untouched it is time for a new plan!
So I got creative. I had tried slicing them for them, but they are yucky and brown by lunch, so they didn’t get touched that way either. I got to thinking, if I could keep the air off of them while still having them sliced and easier to eat that would be great! This works!
You will need
These apple slicers sure do make life easier, don’t they? We use ours all the time! (If you don’t have one, you can get them at virtually any store in the kitchen section)
Slice your apple, but before you remove the slices, carefully slide the slicer back off trying to leave it still in shape. If it doesn’t work, just get it off as close as you can. Now that you have the apple off the slicer, use your hands to shape it back into shape so it still looks like a whole apple. While holding it with one hand, wrap the rubber band around with the other hand.
Now you can put it in a baggie, or just in the lunchbox like it is. Sometimes some of the skin rips off when I do it, so you may have some small brown areas by the time it is ready to be eaten, but it sure beats a whole apple wasted because it wasn’t pretty enough!
Now at least some of the sections are being eaten. I love to include some peanut butter or even a little caramel that they can dip the apple in. Makes a yummy treat, but they are still eating something that is great for them too! Try it, maybe it will lessen your lunchbox battles too!
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