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Caramel Mudslide Shot

Kick up your heels and enjoy this simply rich and decadent Caramel Mudslide Shot!

Rich & Creamy Caramel Mudslide Shot | Sweet Baked Life

Who would have known that combining your favorite Nestle Coffee Mate creamer with alcohol would make an amazing libation? Well, not me.

You see, while walking through the aisles of my local Raley’s grocery store, I was pursing the shelves to get some inspiration for a new recipe. And while doing so, I wondered by the flavored coffee creamers — I always wanted to try one of these and decided to spruce up my morning coffee with a dab of Nestle’s Coffee Mate Salted Caramel Chocolate creamer.

I love caramel and chocolate so the idea of stirring this decadent creamer into my hot coffee made me go just about crazy. The next morning I tried it, and I was hooked.

Rich & Creamy Caramel Mudslide Shot | Sweet Baked Life

The more I thought about the delicious flavor combination of creamy caramel and chocolate the more I imagined the things I could use it for.

Ah, ha…a festive cocktail would be incredible. I shuffled through my liquor cabinet and pulled out my Bailey’s Irish Creme and my favorite vodka.

As I shook up the concoction, I could barely wait until I poured it into my glass. I was delighted with the outcome. The cool, creamy, thick drink was to-dye-for! It’s definitely a sipping drink, one that’s maybe best served after dinner; cozying up with a loved one, or extreme bonding with a good friend! It’s sweet, however the vodka melds the flavors together into in amazing drink!

Rich & Creamy Caramel Mudslide Shot | Sweet Baked Life

Caramel Mudslide Shot

By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

1 shot Bailey’s Irish Creme
1 shot Vodka (good quality)
1 shot Nestle Coffee Mate Salted Caramel Chocolate creamer

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add add ingredients. Shake until well chilled. Strain into small glass & enjoy!

Rich & Creamy Caramel Mudslide Shot | Sweet Baked Life

Cheers and may the luck of the Irish be with you!

Walls for the wind,
And a roof for the rain,
And drinks beside the fire —
Laughter to cheer you
And those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire!



Apple Cinnamon Caramel Crunch Ice Cream {no-churn}

Are you feeling stuck between two seasons? Me too! So get ready to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of fall by serving up a big bowl of this scrumptious Apple Cinnamon Caramel Crunch Ice Cream! You’ll be glad you did as it will satisfy your sweet tooth from season to season!

Apple Cinnamon Caramel Crunch Ice Cream

Yep, it’s that time of year when it’s still hot enough for cool summer meals, but your heart-strings may be pulling you towards warm comfort food! It’s true…before we know it the fall months will be upon us. Can you believe that? Where has the time gone?

The stores are already filled with fall inspired gold and brown themed decorations, bright orange pumpkins and everything to make that perfect Thanksgiving feast!

Really?! I’m still trying to enjoy the last glow of summer and now my mind is filled will all things fall!

Apple Cinnamon Caramel Crunch Ice Cream

What’s a girl to do?

Go with the flow I guess! And for me that means celebrating both seasons with one mouth-watering dessert.

Now I’m not one to be burning the oven all hours of the day when it’s still 90 degrees outside and that’s when this recipe came to me. A cool, creamy ice cream surrounded by all of the flavors of fall without having to bake and for that matter you don’t even have to break out your ice cream machine for this easy no-churn ice cream.

Apple Cinnamon Caramel Crunch Ice Cream

This warmly cool concoction is super simple to make and even though your heart may still be in the summer, your taste buds will be doing somersaults for more of this traditional apple-cinnamon flavor combination. The soft vanilla base with a hit of cinnamon will instantly give you that sense of warmth, while the sweet apples, gooey caramel and crunchy toffee bits will provide an amazing flavor and texture combination. Just one bite will have you making this ice cream all-year round!

Apple Cinnamon Caramel Crunch IceCream

Apple Cinnamon Caramel Crunch Ice Cream {no-churn}

2 Pink Lady apples (or apple of your choice), pealed, cored and chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 cups heaving whipping cream
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk, chilled
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2-4 tablespoons caramel sauce (homemade or store-bought)
1/2 cup Hershey’s Heath Bits’O Brickle Toffee Bits

Place chopped apples, butter, sugar, 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in a sauce pan over medium heat. Cook for about 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally until apples are tender. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl. Cool completely. You can also place in the refrigerator to quicken the cooling process.

When the apples are completely cooled, make the ice cream base. In a bowl of an electric stand mixer with the whisk attachment, add the heavy whipping cream and beat on high-speed until stiff peaks form.

In a separate large bowl, add the sweetened condensed milk, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and stir to combine. Then fold in the whipped cream a little at a time and stir lightly until smooth. Add apple mixture and gently fold in until just combined.

In a loaf pan or ice cream container, add 1/2 of the ice cream. Top with about 1-2 tablespoons of caramel sauce and run your knife through to swirl, then sprinkle with about 1/4 cup of toffee bits, and repeat ending with the toffee bits on the top. Cover with plastic wrap and put in your freezer for about 6 hours, until firm, or overnight.

Apple Cinnamon Caramel Crunch Ice Cream

Place large scoops of this luscious Apple Cinnamon Caramel Crunch Ice Cream into bowls, and if you dare, drizzle with a douse more of caramel and an extra sprinkling of toffee bits. Then serve immediately to your hungry family and friends!



Easy Caramel Sauce

Are you craving something sinfully rich, hot and delicious to pour generously over your lonely bowl of ice cream? If so, get ready for this super quick and devilishly good Easy Caramel Sauce. And be warned, it will be gone before you know it – so be sure to make a double batch!

Easy Caramel Sauce

Really, nothing is easier and nothing tastes better than homemade caramel sauce. Yes, I love caramel and can smother it pretty much over any dessert! I was super surprised and delighted to learn how easy this addicting stuff is to make! And believe me, once you make it, you will never buy it at the store again!

This lip-smacking sauce will bring new life to your favorite bowl of ice cream — I especially love to pour mine over smooth vanilla ice cream. I love the texture combination of the cool, creamy frozen ice cream downed in the rich decadent hot sauce. What kind of stuff do you like your caramel sauce on?

Yes, I prefer my caramel heated, what about you? But it does not matter, hot or cold it’s still amazingly good and satisfying.

So with only 5 ingredients and just about 5 minutes you will be able create a sensational caramel sauce that will impress your family and friends alike.

Just gather some butter, brown sugar, heavy cream, vanilla and salt, and no thermometer needed, you’ll have a hot topping that will make your desserts smile. Ok, and your heart and tummy too!

As this cooks on your stove top your home will be filled with a sweet aroma and once the sauce is done, you’ll be tempted to take a spoonful…but be careful, this caramel sauce will be hot!

Easy Caramel Suace

Easy Caramel Sauce

1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of coarse salt

Over medium heat, add the sugar, heavy cream, butter and salt to a medium saucepan. Whisk occasionally while it cooks and becomes thick (about 4 minutes). Slowly stir in the vanilla and let it cook for about 1 more minute. Remove from head and let cool slightly. Pour into a jar. Use immediately or cool completely then store in the refrigerator until ready to use. When ready to use, heat in microwave. You can serve at room temperature or warm.

Easy Caramel Sauce

Come on now, give your ice cream some lovin’ with this deliciously Easy Caramel Sauce!


{recipe adapted from Pretty.Simple.Sweet.} 



Chocolate Caramel Twix Tart

Caramel and chocolate — the perfect combination. Well, yes, in my mind. And if you love Twix Candy Bars like I do, you will LOVE this incredibly decadent Chocolate Caramel Twix Tart. It’s got a buttery shortbread crust layered with gooey caramel and delectable milk chocolate ganache — and it really does taste just like a Twix Candy Bar!

Chocolate Caramel Twix Tart

You see Twix Bars have been one of my all-time favorite candy bars for a long time. I adore the incredible flavor combination of chocolate and caramel. And when I came across a recipe made as a tart of this treasured sweet bar, I knew I had to make it! Even though this Chocolate Caramel Twix Tart recipe looks long and involved, once you read through it you will discover that it really quite simple to put together. So please don’t be put off by how long the recipe seems. As if you know me, I am all into quick and simple recipes! Trust me, if you give it a try, you’ll want to make it again and again!

Chocolate Caramel Twix Tart

The original recipe called for a rectangular tart pan — something I did not have. So I improvised and decided to use my 9-inch round tart pan. I was ready for my Twix candy bar tart challenge — and hoped for the best with the outcome. You start by making an easy buttery shortbread crust, while that is baking, you create some rich, hot caramel on your stove-top, this is then poured over the baked and cooled crust. The last part is not only super easy, but the milk chocolate ganache is pure delight…I could eat this stuff by the spoonful, however I refrained and poured it over the set caramel.

Can we say AMAZING! This recipe got rave reviews both at home and at my office. When I brought it into the office I actually cut it into rectangular pieces so it looked similar to Twix bars. And I was I was even praised by one guy at my office who told me this Chocolate Caramel Twix Tart was the “best thing I had ever made” and proceeded to tell me, “you can make this anytime and bring it in.” This person went for seconds and thirds — I was impressed and I guess he was too!

Chocolate Caramel Twix Tart

Chocolate Caramel Twix Tart
(recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baker)

For the Shortbread Crust:
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
9 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes
1 large egg, lightly beaten

For the Caramel Filling:
1/2 cup + 1 teaspoon heavy cream
4-1/2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
6 tablespoons corn syrup
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into small pieces

For the Milk Chocolate Ganache:
8 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped
5 tablespoons heavy cream

First, make the Shortbread crust:
In a food processor, pulse together the flour, sugar and salt. Then toss in the pieces of butter and pulse until the mixture looks like coarse sand (with no large pieces of butter remaining). This should take about 6-8 pulses. Add the beaten egg a little at a time, pulsing after each addition. Once you have added all of the egg, process until the dough forms large clumps (about 10 seconds).

Place the dough into an 8 or 9-inch round tart pan and using your fingers, press dough into an even layer all over the bottom and up the sides of the tart pan. Place the dough-lined pan in your freezer for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat your to 375 degrees. Remove the crust from the freezer and pierce the dough all over with a fork. Then cover the crust with aluminum foil, pressing the foil tightly against the crust and covering the sides. Place the tart pan on a baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until lightly browned. Carefully remove the foil. If the tart has puffed up , press it down gently with the back of a spoon. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and place the tart pan on a wire rack and allow to cool completely.

Second, make the Caramel Filling:
In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk, stirring to combine until the sweetened condensed milk is melted and incorporated into the cream. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.

Place the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a medium saucepan and warm over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar melts. Increase the heat to medium and cook, without stirring, until the mixture reaches 250 degrees on a candy or instant-read thermometer. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter, then carefully pour in the cream mixture (note, the caramel will bubble up when doing this so please be careful!). Return to medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, until it reaches 240 degrees. Immediately pour the caramel into the shortbread crust and allow to cool and set completely, this will take about 30-40 minutes.

Third, make the Milk Chocolate Ganache:
Place the chopped chocolate in a small bowl and set aside. Place the heavy cream in a small saucepan and bring to a rapid simmer over medium heat, then pour over the chocolate. Let sit for 2 minutes, then stir until completely smooth. Pour the ganache over the caramel layer, spreading it into an even layer with an offset spatula if necessary. Refrigerate the tart for at least 30 minutes to allow the ganache to set. Allow the tart to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving. Remove the tart from the pan, slice and serve.

Chocolate Caramel Twix Tart

I could hardly wait for this beauty to be ready to eat. It was defiantly calling my name. Cutting into this rich tart made my heart flutter and from the very first bite, I was hooked. Oh, the amazingly soft and flakey shortbread crust, with gobs of rich and silky caramel smothered in sweet heavenly ganache – I think I immediately went to cloud 9!



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