Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Caramel Apple Milky Way Cheesecake Bars



Oh hi! So I've been super busy with a few things these days.... Finishing up with my writing (my book that is), tending to the brood, being wicked lazy out of my mind busy. Oh and cooking a new baby. Yeah and then there's that! I'm almost five months pregnant, kinda big news. My bad, so so busy with appointments etc... a toddler... yada yada, life it gets in the way of all the fun stuff, dagnabbit!! I'm over thirty five so my doctors have me doing all kinds of tests the young uns don't have to go through ::sigh:: Advanced Maternal Age. {sounds like I'm wicked old. I don't feel old??} Meh...

This Friday is the big ultrasound when we find out the gender! ::eeeeeeeee::  I am hoping for a girl, since I have three boys and if I don't get a whole bunch of pink dust sprinkled my way... this will be my last shot at a little girl. Of course, I will be estatic with a boy, but Oh how I would love to shop down the pink aisles at Babies R' Us and Target oh and buy Princess outfits! My family has ALL boys, this will be the seventh grandson on my side {that's if it's a boy}. My husband has two super adorb nieces.... lucky. So to all my readers, sprinkle me with tons of pink dust please!!! ty~

I don't know about you guys, but I love love love this time of year!!! I love Halloween, so much fun! Comfort food is awesome, apple picking is a blast {well, for me. my boys think it's lame. so does my husband. i make him stifle and deal}. Scary movies are the bomb, although I'm nearly certain the fetus doesn't appreciate it, since I jump out of my skin. TV is bearable again in the fall!! Yah for non crappy TV! Hoodies and sweatpants to wear, which is good after those comfort meals. Also, I am thankful for being pregnant in the fall/winter this time around, rather than the summer. Not fun at all. Being pregnant in the summer is grounds for justifiable homicide. seriously.  So yep I'm due in March,  the 15th. Last time I delivered two weeks early... but I'm a patient lady. 

Oh and we had our yearly family photos done last week. I will post a few under my about me section, since I've been uber lazy about updating. Click Here: to see my new "About Me" section. For now... here's a lil' preview:

Left to Right, Myles, Jim @ Jameson, Moi & Cob



 So how bout them yummo bars?? I thought you'd never ask... ::ahem:: i will give you fair warning, they are super evil! So very very apropos for the upcoming holiday. Scary good!!! boo.

Adapted from: Inside BruCrew Life

Ingredients: 

Cookie Layer:

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
2 Tblspns sour cream
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup of brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup of graham cracker crumbs
2 cups of Caramel Apple Milky Way Candy Bars (you can use the regular Milky Way if you cannot find Caramel Apple flavor)

Cheesecake Layer: 

1 pkg. cream cheese (8 ounces)
1/2 cup of sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup of caramel ice cream topping
2 Tblspns of Flour

Topping: 

4 ounces of caramel candies (about 14 squares)
4 Tblspns of heavy cream
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 tsp. shortening 


Instructions: 

 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter, shortening, sour cream and sugars until creamy. Then add in the eggs and vanilla. 

2. Sift together the flour, crumbs, baking soda, and salt and then slowly add in the candies by hand. 

3. Press HALF of the mixture into a greased 8 inch pan. 

4. Beat the cream cheese and sugar together until creamy and then add in the egg and caramel ice cream topping and beat again. Stir in the flour and then pour the cream cheese mixture on top of the cookie dough in the pan. 

5. Take the other Half of the left over cookie mixture and gently drop the rest of the dough by the spoonfuls on top of the cream cheese layer. 

6. Bake for 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees. Allow to cool completely before adding the toppings. (also watch the color on the top of the bars... toward the end I added a little tin foil to avoid over browning)

7. While the bars are cooling, place the caramels and the heavy cream in a small saucepan. Heat and stir until melted and creamy. In a microwave safe bowl, place the chocolate chips and shortening. Heat the chocolate for a full minute at HALF the power, then stir. After the minute heat at 20 second intervals, stirring each time until smooth. Drizzle the caramel and chocolate over the top of the bars after they are cooled. 

Details: Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 40 Minutes Total Time: About 1 hour Yield: 1 dozen bars (depending on how big you cut them.)

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