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Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake Tart

A Gooey Chocolate Caramel Fantasy dessert is the perfect sweet ending to any meal. This fun dessert looks fancy, but it can be made and in your refrigerator in a few simple steps.

Adding cheesecake to a cookie crust and gooey caramel will make everyone smile at dessert.

Hi, Delish Dish readers. Jocelyn from Inside BruCrew Life back again this week with another fun and fabulous chocolate recipe for you. I am having so much fun making all these chocolate goodies for you this month. Of course, getting to eat them is definitely a big plus. Chocolate is one of my favorite food groups.

Gooey caramel and creamy cheesecake on a cookie crust is the best kind of dessert.

As soon as I saw this Gooey Chocolate Caramel Fantasy, I stopped dead in my tracks. This was a definite must make. I mean, do you see all that gooey caramel in the original recipe? You know you want a big slice, too!

One of my all time favorite things to do to a recipe is to include cheesecake somehow. My mind went right away to these No Bake Caramel Mud Pie Cups I made a few years ago. I had a feeling that adding a cheesecake filling would take this tart from amazing to down right fabulous.

Chocolate and caramel dress up this easy cheesecake cookie tart. Perfect for an after dinner dessert!

Make sure you print out the original recipe, then make a note of the fun recipe “tweaks” I gave this gooey dessert.

  • I used 20 cream filled cookies in place of the chocolate wafer cookies because I already had those in my cupboard.
  • I doubled the cheesecake filling from this No Bake Caramel Mud Pie Cup recipe. Spread that on the cooled cookie crust and let it chill for an hour.
  • I heated the whipping cream to boiling, and then stirred in 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips until it was creamy. Make sure you let this cool for 10 minutes before spreading over the cheesecake layer. Refrigerate again.
  • I halved the caramel portion of the original recipe. Again let this cool slightly before spreading over the chocolate layer.
  • I pressed 1/4 cup pecan chips and 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips into the caramel before it cooled completely.
  • At the last minute, I sprinkled some sea salt over the top of the entire cheesecake tart. Best idea ever!

A chocolate crust with a creamy cheesecake and gooey caramel will get rave reviews from everyone.

I definitely suggest making this Gooey Chocolate Caramel Fantasy recipe when your sweet tooth needs to be satisfied with something rich and delicious. Also, make sure you check out the cheesecake section on my blog to see all the fun ways I love to include cheesecake in my desserts.


Chocolate Hazelnut Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are a Holiday classic, and this version, with a hint of Orange and Hazelnut, are sure to become a yearly tradition!

Chocolate Hazelnut Crinkle Cookies

Hey there, Delish Dish readers!  I’m Allie and I usually blog over at Baking a Moment.  I’m a mom of two and I just love spending time in my kitchen, baking up scrumptious desserts for my loved ones to enjoy.

Now that the holidays are upon us, all I want to do is cozy up and make cookies.  When I spotted this recipe on the Better Homes and Gardens website, it instantly brought back so many memories.

Chocolate Hazelnut Crinkle Cookies

There’s something about that soft and chewy chocolate interior, with its slightly crisp and crackly crust, that’s just so nostalgic.  You’ve probably enjoyed this kind of cookie many times before, but this version offers a little something different to tease your tastebuds.

Chocolate Hazelnut Crinkle Cookies

I’m always a fan of cooking and baking seasonally, so I took the original recipe and added in the zest of one clementine.  I also cut back the flour to just 1 1/2 cups, and swapped in 3/4 cup of finely ground hazelnuts for a bit of a nutty bite.  Two tablespoons of hazelnut liqueur intensifies the wintry flavor, and I also replaced the demerara sugar coating with powdered (aka: confectioner’s) sugar, for a soft and snowy effect.

Chocolate Hazelnut Crinkle Cookies

The cookies came out just as perfectly as I remembered them always being, but with a seasonal flavor that my whole family really enjoyed!

 


Strawberry-Mascarpone Dessert Pizza

Strawberry-Mascarpone Dessert Pizza

Ditch the dough, skip the marinara sauce and bypass those bell peppers because there’s a new pizza in town and it’s taking the savory slice for a spin on the sweet side. Introducing Strawberry-Mascarpone Dessert Pizza.

Just imagine the perfect pairing of buttery shortbread cookies and tangy cheesecake … and then up the indulgence with a layer of creamy Nutella. The result is a quick and easy dessert that looks just as great as it tastes. So how do you make this sliceable sweet happen in your home?

Strawberry-Mascarpone Dessert Pizza

It all starts with a basic brown sugar shortbread cookie dough made by working cold butter into your dry ingredients. While a pastry blender or two forks work well, don’t hesitate to forgo the gadgets and use your hands to break up the butter until your mixture is the consistency of wet sand.

Strawberry-Mascarpone Dessert Pizza

Once you’ve mixed up your cookie dough crust, transfer it to a pizza pan, pressing it firmly into an even layer. Using a pan will guarantee your pizza retains its round shape and will help it bake to golden brown perfection from crust to crust.

Strawberry-Mascarpone Dessert Pizza

And then it’s on to the toppings! Creamy mascarpone and heavy whipping cream go for a spin in the stand mixture and are given a sweet and tangy taste with the addition of powdered sugar and fresh lemon zest. I recommend zesting a bit extra off of the lemon so that you can use any leftover zest as a garnish.

Strawberry-Mascarpone Dessert Pizza

Once your cookie crust has cooled, transfer it to your serving dish. It’s easier to slice and serve the pizza if it’s no longer in the pan, so a large wood cutting board works well for this crowd-friendly sweet finale. 

I’ve added the layer of Nutella to this recipe, as I love the combination of tangy mascarpone and fresh citrus with the rich and creamy chocolate spread. You’ll need about 1/3 of a cup of Nutella, give or take a few tablespoons lost in the transfer process from container to spatula (to mouth) to cookie crust. Next up, pile on the mascarpone mixture, scatter the strawberries on top and then finish it all off with your leftover lemon zest.

Strawberry-Mascarpone Dessert Pizza

And it’s as easy as that! Ready to serve up a sweet slice? Preheat your oven and check out the recipe for Strawberry-Mascarpone Dessert Pizza.

- Kelly Senyei, Just a Taste


Pumpkin Chocolate Palmiers

As you may already know from my Chocolate-Pumpkin Brownie recipe, once autumn arrives, I like to incorporate pumpkin into pretty much everything I make. Thankfully, I’m not the only one who has this love for pumpkin.

This week on my blog Inspired by Charm, I’m hosting the Second Annual Fall Cookie Week. Essentially, it’s a week (or eight days as is the case this year) of fall-inspired cookie recipes. As I was searching for inspiration and recipes on the web, I knew that I had to include a cookie from Better Homes and Gardens. Their cookie recipe collections are some of the best.

I’ve also always been intrigued by palmiers. They look so fancy and they taste delicious – two essential characteristics of any cookie. So when I stumbled upon this recipe for Chocolate Palmiers, I thought it would be the perfect place to sneak in a little fall flavor. Yes, this is where the pumpkin comes into play.


Other than chilling time, which is a must for making these sweet treats, they came together quickly. Plus, I love the combination of pumpkin and chocolate. These are definitely a winner in my book.

I followed this Chocolate Palmier recipe except for these few changes:
- I omitted the nuts from the filling.
- I put in six tablespoons of pumpkin puree before adding the egg.
- In addition to the cinnamon, I used 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves, and 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg.

That’s it. Simple touches, but a big difference in flavor!

Over the years I’ve learned that adding pumpkin puree to a recipe isn’t enough to get that wonderful pumpkin taste. It’s all about the spices. The combination of cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, cloves, and nutmeg really bring the pumpkin flavor to life.

So if you are looking for a scrumptious autumn treat, be sure to give this

a try. For more fall cookie inspiration, swing on over to Inspired by Charm’s Fall Cookie Week.

As always, happy cooking!

Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm


 

Memorial Day is on the horizon, and it’s not too early to start planning what you’ll make for friends and family. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m usually the person who volunteers to bring the dessert. It’s my thing. A few years ago I discovered BHG’s recipe for White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies. Being red and white, they were perfect for the holiday season so I decided to bake a batch.- I’m always on the hunt for new cookie recipes and I struck gold with this one.

My family adores these cookies and so do I. They have become a new holiday favorite. The cherry and white chocolate combination is a classic flavor pairing. It’s sweet, fruity, and rich. It also has a weird way of instantly reminding me of the holidays, family, and good times.

I realize that some recipes are special because you make them only once a year. However, since my family is always begging me to bake these cookies, I wanted a way to change them up a little for another holiday.

I was in the grocery store the other day when inspiration struck! I stumbled upon these adorable red, white, and blue sprinkles and thought they would be perfect. I also picked up a bottle of blue sugar crystals. Adding just a touch of the red. white, and blue would instantly make these a festive dessert for Memorial Day, Independence Day, or summer in general.

I bought a few other ingredients, mostly pantry staples, and headed home to bake.

Needless to say, the results are adorable! I couldn’t resist snapping a few pictures and teasing my family over Instagram. They were so happy to see that they won’t have to wait another six months for one of their favorite treats!

So tell me, what traditionally seasonal items do you serve all year long? What’s your favorite dish served on Memorial Day?

Get the recipe for these White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies here.

Cheers,

Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm


Cookie Exchange Party

I love baking cookies. It’s one of the things I really look forward to each holiday season. I usually set aside a day or two and bake up a storm. Since it’s just me here, this leaves me with a lot of cookies. Thankfully, my mom and grandma are able to take some off my hands. Unfortunately, for some of you, this tradition of making a beautiful variety of cookies may have become a dreaded chore. Well, not any more! This year consider having a Cookie Exchange Party.

Here’s how it works. When hosting a Cookie Exchange Party, you bake up one big batch of a particular type of cookie (or fudge, chocolate covered pretzels, candy, etc.) as do your friends. Then everyone joins you at your house with a large supply of treats. During the party (after sampling a few cookies, of course) you swap cookies and recipes. When you leave the party, you have a huge variety of holiday treats and you only had the stress of baking one item. Plus, you had a chance to hang out with your friends. Sounds pretty fun, right?

So whether you are considering holding a cookie exchange or doing all the baking yourself, I found 12 fabulous cookie recipes that will leave your guests satisfied and impressed. Some are classics and some are new favorites.

1. White-Chocolate Cherry Shortbread // 2. Christmas Sugar Cookie Cutouts // 3. Peanut Butter and Mocha Checkerboards // 4. Tangerine Butter Cookies // 5. Mini Raspberry and White Chocolate Whoopie Pies // 6. Ultimate Chocolate-Dipped Cookies // 7. Chocolate Palmiers // 8. Cherry Surprise Crinkles // 9. Roly-Poly Santas // 10. Buried Cherry Cookies // 11. Lemony Star Sandwiches // 12. Mint Meringue Kisses

 

I also took things a bit further and created a little round up of my favorite holiday-inspired platters, trays, and cake stands. I mean, if you are going to all the trouble of baking these delicious treats, you want them to look as scrumptious as they taste, right? You could even fill one of these delightful pieces with a variety of homemade sweets and you’d have an instant gift. Too perfect!

1. Mikasa Scarlet Vine // 2. White Enamel Cake Stand // 3. Williams Sonoma Vintage Footed Platter // 4. Plaid Platter // 5. Dancing Dreidel Platter  // 6. Rectangular Plates // 7. French Bull Ziggy Plate // 8. Williams Sonoma Christmas Tree Platter // 9. Artist Palette Tray // 10. Jadeite Cake Stand // 11. CB2 Clarity Plate // 12. French Bull Black and White Platter

 

How do you handle all of your holiday baking? Do you host a cookie exchange? What’s your favorite holiday cookie?

Cheers, Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm


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