Banana Bread Ice Cream Shooters


I have so much to explain about these little lovelies pictured above!  Let me start by saying exactly what they are: crumbled up banana bread layered with a little vanilla ice cream and a few walnuts, all drizzled with caramel sauce.  And served in shooter glasses, so they are just the right amount of dessert for those times when you've had a lovely satisfying dinner but still want just a bite or two of something sweet.  That's the easy part to explain...but there's more to the story! Read More & Get the Recipe

Easy One Bowl Apple Cake


Millions of years ago when the Southern husband and I were young and crazy, we tended to go out a lot more than we do now.  As in, we left the house in the evening to go to things that actually went on past, oh, 9:30 at night.  (Somewhere out there the Southern daughter is shaking her head in disbelief, but honey?  Daddy and I were wild and crazy back in the day.  We WERE!)  Anyway, I hate going to parties empty-handed, and so I tended to make a lot of this rich, moist, sweet and spicy apple cake.  It mixes up in one bowl, it is very portable, and if you show up with this cake and some caramel sauce you are pretty much going to be the life of the party. Read More & Get the Recipe

Girl Scout Caramel Delight!

Girl Scout Caramel Delight!

Well, the holidays are behind us, but never fear...a season that is almost as good is here to help us out.  I'm talking Thin Mints.  I'm talking Peanut Butter Patties.  I'm talking Caramel deLites, people!  Yes, Girl Scout Cookie season is upon us, and while I am perfectly, perfectly happy cuddling up with a box and eating them just as they are, I was tickled pink when the Girls Scouts asked me if I would be interesting in writing about a recipe that used their cookies as a main ingredient. Read More & Get the Recipe

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chunk Cookies


Tis the season of cookie baking!  And this time of year, the bigger and grander and merrier, the better.  This cookie recipe is a ridiculously good mash-up of a few of my favorite things: caramel, chocolate (and chocolate in CHUNKS, thank you very much), with a teeny bit of sea salt sprinkled on top to give them that sweet and slightly salty thing that drives me out of my mind.  In a good way.  Not in a how on earth am I going to get everything done before Christmas Eve way. Anyway, this recipe comes from the Picky Palate site, which is always my first stop when I get a craving  for over-the-top desserts of any kind, and these were no exception.  The original recipe calls for making them in muffin top pans (yes, these are BIG cookies), but even with all the mountains of stuff I have in my kitchen, I didn't have a muffin top pan.  But did I let that stop me?  Goodness, no.  I just scooped them out onto cookie sheets in the vague shape of muffin tops, and they baked up just Read More & Get the Recipe

Caramel Walnut Dream Bars


I am usually all about making cakes and cookies and other treats from scratch, but every once in a while I run across one of those recipes that combine using some kind of prepared mix with enough "scratch" ingredients that it seems just close enough, and this is the kind of recipe that can completely shock you (in the best possible way) with how good it is.  I'm talking Ridiculously Easy Peach Crumble.  I'm talking Butterfinger Cake.  And I'm talking these Caramel Walnut Dream Bars, which sucked me in on the basis of the title alone.  Caramel, Walnut and Dream all in the same title.  Oh yeah, I'm there. As you can tell, this is a delectably sweet treat.  Sweet, sweet, sweet.  Want to know something else that is impossibly sweet?  (This has nothing to do with food in any way, so if you just want the recipe, feel free to skip on down to the bottom.  It's just too good a story to NOT tell, so I'm a-telling it.) The teenager and her adorable boyfriend have been going out for a year Read More & Get the Recipe

Devil’s Food Butterfinger Cake


Oh, this cake. I'm kind of at a loss, and probably the best thing to say is simply the following: Devil's food cake. 2. Caramel glaze poured OVER the devil's food cake. While it is still warm. After you have poked holes in it so that the caramel can soak deep into the warm cake. 3. Freshly whipped sweetened cream on the top of the cake. 4. Crushed Butterfinger bars sprinkled liberally over the cream topping. And I do mean liberally. At this point you may need to breathe into a brown paper bag because of all the excitement. This recipe comes from a great new cookbook called SOUTHERN PLATE that holds a particular special place in my Southern husband's heart, for obvious reasons. I think you'll be able to see from this cover why he was very happy to see this particular book on the kitchen counter. It's full of all sorts of great stuff, but the desserts are what really caught my eye. Many of them call for packaged ingredients like cake mix, which is just fine with Read More & Get the Recipe