The following is a repost of what is becoming one of our most popular recipes. After a 2015 trip to the nearest Starbucks, which was at the time almost 50 miles away we did a calorie re-make of one of our favorite drinks Caramel Frappuccino. Behold…… Skinny – Caramel Frappuccino !
Today we have a Starbucks less than a mile away, but they kept all the calories in our favorite drinks 🙄 we still enjoy the real deal but we also enjoy this recipe, and we hope you do too!!
PS….updated picture too!!!
This post is gonna be a real quickie……Starbucks is the bomb for coffee……well, at least Tim and I think so. One of our favorites is the Caramel Frappuccino………but with a Grande coming in at about 380 calories……… yikes! Talk about drinking your calories.
When I saw the recipe for Skinny – Caramel Frappuccino from Averie Cooks, and it boasts only 50 calories…….we were in!!
We tried it yesterday, as a light dessert after our Grilled Spaghetti and Cheese Sandwich, which was not light, but excellent! Continue reading “Skinny – Caramel Frappuccino”
Cranberries and orange…….a match made in heaven…….or in Cranberry Orange Brownies!
Tart ruby red and delicious cranberries, harvested from bogs when cold weather arrives and available throughout the winter months. Fresh cranberries are a signature fresh fruit of autumn and early winter.
The combination of tart cranberries sweetened with oranges, another fruit of winter, is a classic flavor pairing in baking.
Blond brownies are a tasty treat in their own right, but add the tart of the cranberry and sweet bright citrus of the orange, and you have a fall dessert treat that is sure to please.
A basic brownie batter…butter, sugar, eggs, flour, vanilla, a bit of orange flavoring, those beautiful berries, and orange zest. Sprinkled with a bit of my favorite turbaned sugar that gives a nice sugary crunch to the top. Baked to a perfect golden brown.
Cranberry Orange Bownies are gooey, chewy, tart and sweet. The perfect fall dessert!
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon orange flavor extract
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 cups flour
- 1 3/4 cups fresh cranberries, divided
- 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
- Beat the butter and brown sugar until creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla, and orange flavoring and beat again. Sift together the salt, baking powder, and flour. Slowly beat into the butter mixture. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of the cranberries, and orange zest by hand.
- Spread the batter in a greased 9×13 baking dish. Sprinkle the top with the extra 1/4 cup cranberries and turbinado sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 23-25 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into squares. Store in a sealed container.
made mine in a smaller pan for a thicker brownie. Adjust baking time if using a smaller pan.
Cookies, cookies, cookies, has there ever been a treat so sweet???
When your sweet tooth acts up, give into the temptation with a Toffee Butterscotch Shortbread Cookie.
A classic cookie with a tasty twist. Buttery, golden, sweet and tender shortbread cookies with rich butterscotch chips and buttery toffee bits…….a match made in heaven.
I love shortbread cookies, but add the butterscotch and toffee
Butterscotch and toffee both have that luscious caramel essence. One smooth ( butterscotch), and the other crunchy ( toffee ).
Toffee Butterscotch Shortbread Cookies are simple to make and go perfect with a cup of steaming coffee for an afternoon treat.
I made these and sent a care package of them to my brother. When I ask him a few days later how they were he said they were awesome!
I asked him how my nephew and his girlfriend liked them, and he said …….eh! Which meant more for my brother!!!
Now, if you are a fan of shortbread cookies, butterscotch, and toffee……..Toffee Butterscotch Cookies are the cookie treat for you!!!!
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butterscotch chips, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup English toffee bits
- In a large bowl, cream butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Sift flour, cornstarch and salt onto a large bowl; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Fold in butterscotch chips and toffee bits. Place between 2 sheets of parchment paper, pressing flat and refrigerate for about 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-in. round cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
- Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.