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Caramel Apple Muffins

This recipe is just in time for fall y’all! I would have to say that fall is one of our favorite times of the year. Fall marks the transition from summer to winter. We say goodbye to swimsuits (thank GOD) and hello to layers, which we love!

It is something about the cool breeze that starts to flow in, leaves changing their colors, the falling of leaves, fall festivals, pumpkins, college football, apple cider and of course caramel apples that make you feel all cozy inside.  

This is a pleasant treat to make to stimulate your taste buds! With each bite you will find a delicious surprise of baked apples and cinnamon. Get in my belly GOOD!

Ingredients

Cinnamon topping

1 cup heavy whipping cream (plus 3 tablespoons for caramel topping)

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 cups all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

2 cups peeled and diced Granny Smith apples

1 14 ounce package caramels

1 cup chopped walnuts

Wax paper

Craft sticks

Cinnamon Topping

Stir together 1/3-cup firmly packed light brown sugar, 1½ tablespoon all purpose flour, and ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in 1½ tablespoons butter with a pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles course meal.

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare cinnamon topping as directed. Beat whipping cream and next three ingredients at low speed with an electric mixture 30 seconds or until blended. In a separate bowl stir together flour and next three ingredients. Add to whipping cream mixture, beating at low speed just until blended. (Do not over mix.) Stir in diced apples. Spoon into a lightly greased 12-cup muffin pan, filling three-fourths full; sprinkle with cinnamon topping. Bake at 375 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from pans to wire racks; cool completely. (About 30 minutes).

Microwave caramels and cream in a microwave safe bowl at high 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth, stirring at 30-second intervals. Let mixture stand, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until thick enough to coat muffins.

Quickly dip bottom three-fourths of muffin into caramel mixture; roll bottom half of caramel coated portion of muffin in chopped walnuts and place muffins caramel side up on lightly greased wax paper. (If caramel starts to harden you may microwave for a few seconds to soften). Insert craft stick into caramel covered portions of muffins. Enjoy!!!

Dark Chocolate Cherry Cake

You know it’s weird how sometimes you feel skinny, well after eating a piece of this cake you might feel like a busted can of biscuits. But it is ok you can diet tomorrow!

Can the sister’s just get an Amen! “Amen brother Ben”! This recipe will have you on your knees praying to the grocery God’s for another slice of heaven. You know who you are, we wont bust you out in front of everyone, but you know when life hands you some lemons, 9 times out of 10 you don’t make lemonade, you reach for chocolate. If you are planning for all your girlfriends to come over to have a gripe session, you definitely need to have this cake on hand.

Dark Chocolate Cherry Cake

Ingredients

Unsweetened cocoa

1 package chocolate fudge cake mix

½ cup sugar

1 (3.8 ounce) package French vanilla instant pudding mix

4 large eggs

¾ cup vegetable oil

½ cup water

1 (8 ounce) container sour cream

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

3 (3-ounce) dark chocolate bars

½ cup coarsely chopped dried cherries

1 tablespoon butter

1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions

Grease a 12-cup Bundt pan, and dust with cocoa, set aside. Combine cake mix, sugar and pudding mix in a large mixing bowl. Beat eggs and next four ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Gradually add oil mixture to dry ingredients, beat 2 minutes. Coarsely chop one chocolate bar, fold cherries and chopped chocolate into batter. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack. Coarsely chop 1 chocolate bar. Place chopped chocolate and butter in a small bowl, set aside.

Bring whipping cream to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Remove from heat, and immediately pour over chocolate and butter. Whisk gently until smooth. Cool glaze 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Drizzle glaze over cake. Coarsely chop remaining chocolate bar, sprinkle chopped chocolate over cake.

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