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31 Days of Halloween – Caramel Apple Bites

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Here we are again and we’re one day closer to my favorite holiday as we continue on with  31 Days of Halloween!

Today, I’m sharing a quick and easy caramel apple fix. Do you have five minutes? Then you can do this!

Caramel Apple Bites

What you’ll need:

  • One Granny Smith or your favorite tart apple
  • Caramel candies
  • chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • wooden toothpicks
  • microwaveable plate*
  • parchment paper

*Don’t want to microwave? Try this under the broiler, but keep any eye on it, the candy will melt fast!

Caramel Apple Bites

Slice and core the apple any way you like, I like to cut my apples in 8ths for a nice apple bite! Place apple slices on parchment lined microwave-safe plate.

Caramel Apple Bites

Using toothpicks, attach one caramel to the center of each apple

Caramel Apple Bites

Microwave until the caramel just starts to melt. It takes my microwave about 1 minute and 20 seconds. Time may very with yours, so keep an eye on it.

Some of your caramel slip off? That’s okay, just scoop it up and dump it back on top!

Caramel Apple Bites

As a finishing touch, sprinkle chopped pecans or walnuts (shown) on top while the candy is still warm. I recommend eating these warm, but you can refrigerate them, too. The candy may settle a bit, but it’ll peel right off the parchment paper!

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Of Age In the Wizarding World

Quidditch Birthday Cake
This awesome Harry Potter cake was made by a friend for her daughter’s 17th birthday party.

Hello, Quidditch cake?! It doesn’t get much better than that!

Accio, cake…and a very Harry Birthday, Turner!

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Recipe: Stenciled Brownies for My Sweetheart!



Brownies for My Sweetheart

I really don’t need a reason to tell my husband how much he means to me.  Even so, any excuse to make his day a little brighter is one I’ll take.  He loves brownies and homemade ones are extremely easy to make and much yummier (in my opinion!) than the store bought variety.  Baking brownies make the whole house smell like chocolate, which is an added bonus.

This year I thought I’d combine two of my favorite things, baking and stenciling, and make a Valentine’s treat fit for the sweetest of the sweet, my own True Love.

I think the original brownie recipe is my Mom’s but it’s in my handwriting in my recipe collection, and I’ve been making them this way as long as I can remember, so I’m not entirely sure.   Mom, let me know if it’s yours and I’ll give you credit!

Stenciled Chocolate Brownies

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temp or slightly melted in the microwave (~40 seconds)  *note – for a moister, chewier brownie, you can use shortening instead*
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 6 TBS baking cocoa
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • wax, parchment or clean wax paper, trimmed to fit inside a 9″x13″ baking pan
  • powdered sugar

You can make this recipe with or without a mixer.

Preheat oven to 350°F. With non-stick baking spray, coat the bottom only of a 9″ x 13″ baking pan.


Cream together butter and sugar, adding eggs one at a time.


Sift together flour, baking powder and cocoa. Add to sugar mixture, stirring well.


Mix in nuts and vanilla. Stir by hand.


Spread into prepared pan.

Bake for 20-25 minutes.   If you like chewier brownies, stay closer to 20 minutes.  Allow to cool at least fifteen minutes before stenciling.

Stencil:


Fold prepared wax paper in random lines vertically along the length of the paper.


Cut hearts out of the paper along the lines.  The amount and size of your hearts is completely up to you.


Completed stencil.


Place stencil on top of brownies. Trim if necessary to make sure it fits snugly as possible.



Sift on powdered sugar.


Carefully remove stencil onto another sheet of wax paper and admire your Sweetheart Brownies!

If you’re handy with an Exact-O Knife and have the time, you can get much more creative with the stencil.  Share your fandom love, write birthday wishes, admissions of undying love or maybe even a marriage proposal!  This same technique will also work on an unfrosted cake.

Fun with powdered sugar
A simpler version, made with store bought brownie mix.
These were for a school party.  They were cooled completely, cut and then stenciled.

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