Lucky Charms Cheesecake Is Magically Delicious

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There’s nothing like a big bowl of Lucky Charms cereal to remind me of being a kid again. There is just something about having colorful marshmallows for breakfast that gets me excited, although it could just be the sugar rush. Anyway, great news for all the Lucky Charms loving adults, we have CAKE!

This amazingly easy Lucky Charms Cheesecake pairs a classic dessert with one my secret favorite breakfast treats. Whip this up just in time for St Patrick’s day and enjoy this magically delicious treat!

FOR THE CRUST:

  • 7 cups Lucky Charms cereal
  • 1 (10 ounce) bag miniature marshmallows
  • 5 Tbsp butter
  • Pinch salt

FOR THE CHEESECAKE & TOPPING:

  • 1 (8 ounce) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow fluff
  • 1 (8 ounce) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • Additional whipped cream and cereal marshmallows for garnish
  1. Lightly grease a 9″ round springform pan and set aside.
  2. Add Lucky Charms into a large bowl.
  3. Melt the marshmallows, butter and salt together over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat and add the hot marshmallow mixture to the cereal and coat completely. Pour the coated cereal in the greased pan and pack and press firmly into the bottom and up the sides to form a crust.
  4. Let cool completely.
  5. Mix the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla together until smooth. Add in the marshmallow fluff until combined, and then fold in the Cool Whip. Spread the marshmallow cheesecake mixture into the crust smoothing an even layer.Refrigerate until set.
  6. To serve, decorate with some added cool whip and garnish with a few ‘Lucky Charm’s!

Give Them a Try and You’ll Understand Why They Call Them the Best Burnt Grapes!

If you aren’t familiar with the recipe “burnt grapes”, then the idea of them may come as an odd thing to try. However, once you do, you will not be sorry! This easy to make dessert is one your whole family will enjoy, so what are you waiting for?

Give this dessert a try at your next dinner party!

  • 5 cups grapes, seedless
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  1. Wash and dry grapes. Mix sour cream, sugar, and vanilla together.
  2. Pour cream mixture over grapes and stir gently. Pour into a 9×13 inch pan, or individual serving dishes.
  3. In a saucepan, bring butter and brown sugar to a boil and let boil for about 3 minutes.
  4. Immediately pour over grapes. Don’t stir. Chill for 3 to 4 hours.

Take Advantage Of McDonald’s Secret Menu For Brunch, Dinner, And Dessert

If you are like me, you like McDonald’s, but will always need a “reason” to eat there.

This justification has ranged from “Graduation Day” to “It’s Friday so I’ve earned this” and everything in between.

Well, if you were looking for an excuse to drop by the golden arches, then trying out the “Secret Menu” is a good one.

It doesn’t matter what meal you stop by for, these confidential combos have got you covered!

McBrunch Burger

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so go big or go home!

McCrepe

Order some hotcakes with a yogurt parfait on the side and eat like royalty!

Land, Sea And Air Burger

Trouble deciding between a chicken, fish, or beef patty? Why not all of them at once!

Big McChicken

With two burger patties and THREE chicken burgers, we cannot guarantee your safety should you choose to eat this…

I hope you saved room for dessert!

Why Your Waiter Hates When You Order Dessert

Sadly, we have news about a popular restaurant trend that doesn’t involve tasty new foods.

Have you noticed that your favorite local eatery has stopped offering dessert specials? Or your server just seems really reluctant to ask if you want a slice of cake after your meal? It sounds paranoid, but you could be right.

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The reason behind this weird behavior is desserts just don’t make money for most restaurants. And there are a number of reasons why.

First and foremost, customers love to share a small dessert, and any menu item with the cost split between two people is bad news for a restaurant owner.

Economics professor Tyler Cowen also told the Washington Post that people have a very tight mental limit for how much they’ll pay for dessert.

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“Dessert needs good ingredients to taste good, but you can’t psychologically convince people to pay even $20 for dessert,” he explains.

Ordering dessert can also double your meal time, and the restaurant business demands tables “flip” to new customers quickly, to keep money and tips flowing.

More and more restaurants are eliminating dessert from their menu entirely, but there’s a good reason they shouldn’t.

Ben And Jerry’s Reveals Their Biggest Flavor Flops (And Their Most Polarizing Ones)

Everyone loves a scoop or two (or three) of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream! It’s a little expensive, but treating yourself to a pint can be a perfect pick-me-up. Of course, everyone has their favorite flavors and with the sheer number of options, it’s likely not the same one as all your friends!

Ben & Jerry’s knows how to admit defeat, however. They released their list of “biggest flop flavors” and frankly, we haven’t even heard of some of them! The company also released their most polarizing flavors, and it’s interesting to see how some people’s favorites are hated by others!

Let’s start with the most polarizing:

What’s in it: This exclusive flavor consists of coffee ice cream with fudge chunks and a brownie batter swirl

Why it’s polarizing: “Maybe it’s the coffee ice cream, because we can’t believe people would turn down fudge chunks or brownie batter swirl.” — Ben & Jerry’s

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What’s in it: chocolate and peanut butter ice cream with mini peanut butter cups and peanut butter fudge core

Why it’s polarizing: “Maybe it’s the lack of jelly. Yeah, that has to be it.” — Ben & Jerry’s

Ben and Jerry’s

What’s in it: chocolate ice cream with peppermint and fudge swirls and mint chococlate cookie bits

Why it’s polarizing: ““Put mint chocolate cookies in a pint,” they said. “People will love it,” they said. Lots of our fans do, but many more opt for our other minty flavors.” — Ben & Jerry’s

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What’s in it: banana ice cream with fudge chunks and walnuts

Why it’s polarizing: “We don’t know why some people stay away from this flavor, but we sincerely hope it’s not because they think it’s full of monkeys.” — Ben & Jerry’s

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What’s in it: pistachio ice cream with lightly roasted pistachios

Why it’s polarizing: “For every one person who turns up their mustachio at Pistachio Pistachio, we think there are at least two who crave its sweet-and-salty fusion.” — Ben & Jerry’s

Ben and Jerry’s

What’s in it: red velvet cake ice cream with red velvet cake pieces and a cream cheese frosting swirl

Why it’s polarizing: “We think we have a knack for turning cakes into ice cream flavors. Some say this one went too far, though. We tend to think that they just don’t love cake as much as we do.” — Ben & Jerry’s

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What’s in it: cherry ice cream with cherries and fudge flakes

Why it’s polarizing: “We don’t get it, either. Cherry Garcia used to be our top seller. Now it’s second. Have cherries fallen out of favor? Has the whole world gone crazy?”– Ben & Jerry’s

But which flavors couldn’t cut it in the ice cream world?

Krispy Kreme Adds A New Item To Their Menu And They Say It’s The First In The World

Donut lovers, prep your sweet tooth, because Krispy Kreme has come out with a new dessert that’ll have you salivating for hours.

Dubbed the “Kreme Shake,” the new desert consists of an entire Original Glazed donut, blended with milk, ice cream, and vanilla syrup, and topped off with whipped cream.

The mouthwatering milkshake is also served with an Original Glazed donut on the side, for maximum enjoyment.

It also comes in three flavors, the Original Glazed donut shake, Classic Kookies & Kreme, and Choc Honeycomb.

But, before you get your wallet out, these shakes are only available in Australia, as a promotion for its summer season.

“We have been a popular destination for milkshakes for a long time, and we’ve also seen the ‘loaded shakes’ as a trend,” Jack Minchin, digital marketing manager at Krispy Kreme Australia, told Daily Mail.

“But we thought of our original twist to this, which was to include our own iconic Original Glazed donut actually within the shake. We think Australia will love it!” Minchin said.

However, despite looking delcious, is their Kreme Shake really the first time a donut and milkshake have been combined?

Perfect Your Banana Bread Recipe By Using These Bountiful Tips

There’s no doubt that your mother’s recipe for banana bread is far superior than the store-bought variety. After all, it’s been a hit at every potluck, birthday, church function, and bake sale.

Maybe, though, there’s one element you’d like to get just right, or even if only to mix things up a little.

Here are some quick and easy tips for perfecting this a-peel-ing bakery item that every kitchen needs!

Okay! For the first step in making the perfect banana bread, you will have to choose the ripest and darkest bananas you can. Ideally, they will have no green what-so-ever and already have a wide spread of freckles appearing over the yellow skin.

Take these, and slip them right into the freezer. This way, they ripen faster, last longer, and when you remove them and let them thaw, they will already be in a mushy consistency.

You may have spent your whole life using real butter when baking banana bread, and I’m here to tell you that this needs to change. It sounds like a strange substitution, but in actuality, most recipes call for an oil because of the high fat content, which is what makes the bread rich and moist!

However, many liquid oils add too much heaviness to the final loaf, so try using coconut oil! It adds the moistness of oil while tasting closer to butter. A win-win!

But what about the toppings?

One Bite Snowman Snack!

These adorable snowmen are the perfect one bite desserts to have around your table this Christmas. Just follow this easy step recipe, and you’ll have a melt in your mouth, delicious Christmas treat!

  • decorating gel
  • vanilla candy melts
  • 48 mini Oreo’s
  • 36 Oreo’s
  • 1 brick of cream cheese

1. Use a food processor to crumble the large Oreo’s, and then mix the crumbs with the cream cheese.

2. Once the crumbs and cream cheese has been well combined, shape a spoonful of the mixture into 1″ balls and place on a tray of parchment paper, then into the freezer for 20 minutes.

3. After the balls have froze, melt the vanilla candy melts and dip each ball into the chocolate until fully coated. Set aside to chill until the coating is set.

4. Use remaining candy melts as a glue to attach the hat, then decorate the face as you’d like.

It’s a Marshmallow World in the Winter!

It’s time for Christmas treats! Get the kids together, get the supplies you need, and have a complete blast making these delicious chocolate covered marshmallow sticks! Use your imagination and decorate them however you’d like with all your favorite dessert toppings!

  • large marshmallows
  • candy canes
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • white candy melts
  • green candy melts
  • red candy melts
  • assorted toppings

1. Begin by melting your chocolate chips.

2. Next, take your candy canes and break off the curved top part. With the remaining stick  of the candy cane, slide on 3 large marshmallows.

3. Dip your marshmallows into the melted chocolate and then place onto a sheet of parshment paper and allow to set.

4. Once your chocolate dipped marshmallows have hardened, melt each of your candy melt colors and then transer to a piping bag.

5. Get decorating! No rules apply, just do whatever you’d like!

The Perfect Treat to Put on Display This Holiday Season!

It’s the time of year for festive holiday parties! Christmas carolers and Christmas colors are everywhere you look, so why not add to the Chistmas cheer with these Holly Jolly Jello treats. These beautiful squares will be the perfect treat to have at your holiday parties!

  • 1 box of cherry Jell-O
  • 1 box of lime Jell-O
  • 3 packs of unflavored gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cups of vanilla vodka
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • whipped cream
  • mint leaves
  • red candies (for garnish)

1. In an 8×8 baking dish, using cooking spray to coat a thin layer around the entire dish.

2. For the 1st mixture… Sprinkle half a pack of unflavored gelatin into a bowl and add 1/4 cup of water. Allow the gelatin to bloom.

3. Once your gelatin has bloomed, add in the box of cherry Jell-O along with 1 cup of boiling water. Stir until dissolved.

4. Add in 3/4 cup of vodka to the cherry mixture.

5. For the 2nd mixture, repeat steps 2 through 4 with the lime Jell-O.

6. For the 3rd mixture, use two packs of unflavored gelatin mixed in with 1/2 cup of water. Allow the gelatin to bloom.

7. Once the gelatin has bloomed, pour in 1 cup of boiling water and your can of sweetened condensed milk. Stir all together, then set aside to allow to cool.

8. Time to layer! Pour half of the 1st mixture (cherry) into the bottom of the dish and place into the refridgerator to set.

9. Remove the dish from the refridgerator and pour 1/3 of the 3rd mixture (white) into the dish. Place back in the refridgerator to set.

10. Remove the dish from the refridgerator and pour half of the 2nd mixture (lime) into the dish. Place back into the refridgerator to set.

11. Repeat the layers, and then set in the refridgerator over night.

12. Slice and serve!

Study Reveals How You Eat Your Ice Cream Says A Lot About Your Personality

When I enjoy a bowlful of ice cream the one thing I learn about myself is “I really, really love ice cream.”

But it turns out there’s a hidden code to just how you enjoy this frozen treat that reveals a lot about your inner self. Juliet A. Boghossian is a food behavioral expert and the woman behind the Food-Ology blog. She helped ice cream chain Baskin-Robbins study their customers to unlock the secrets behind their buying habits.

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Her results are pretty enlightening. Check out what your eating habits say about you.

Sundaes

More is more when it comes to banana splits and hot fudge sundaes, and ice cream lovers who tackle these huge bowls are known for being determined and ambitious.

Ice Cream Journal

Boghossian says sundae eaters like to take “calculated risks,” and are very loyal to their close friends.

Favorite flavor: Vanilla and chocolate.

Cups and bowls

This takes the mess out of eating ice cream, but isn’t that part of the fun? Of course cup eaters are practical, logical and level-headed.

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The study reports that they’re also “responsible, dutiful, family-oriented and hardworking.”

Favorite flavor: Chocolate.

Milkshakes

Milkshake fans are regarded as “eccentrics,” and it’s true they like to think outside the box. Boghossian calls them free spirited risk-takers, who are young at heart and fearless.

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They draw strength from music and their family, and they’re usually athletic (despite their weakness for milkshakes).

There are even more results, if you don’t fit into those three categories.

This Ingredient Will Change The Way You Make Cookies

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My mind has been blown! Did you know that you can make deliciously soft cookies using boxed cake mix? It’s basically the most amazing hack ever! The best part is that no one will ever know you had a little help in the kitchen, because these cookies are totally tasty.

Ingredients

  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup pumpkin pie filling

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the dry cake mix, vegetable oil, eggs, and pumpkin pie filling.
  3. Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, drop scoops of dough on the prepared baking sheet, at least 2 inches apart. Bake about 10-12 minutes, or until set in the middle.
  4. Cool 2 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely or until just slightly warm. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup M&Ms

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the dry cake mix, vegetable oil, eggs, and M&Ms.
  3. Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, drop scoops of dough on the prepared baking sheet, at least 2 inches apart. Bake about 10-12 minutes, or until set in the middle.
  4. Cool 2 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely or until just slightly warm. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, chopped coarsely

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the dry cake mix, vegetable oil, eggs, and chopped peanut butter cups.
  3. Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, drop scoops of dough on the prepared baking sheet, at least 2 inches apart. Bake about 10-12 minutes, or until set in the middle.
  4. Cool 2 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely or until just slightly warm. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 box red velvet cake mix
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the dry cake mix, vegetable oil, eggs, and white chocolate chips.
  3. Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, drop scoops of dough on the prepared baking sheet, at least 2 inches apart. Bake about 10-12 minutes, or until set in the middle.
  4. Cool 2 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely or until just slightly warm. Enjoy!

You Haven’t Lived Until You’ve Tried These 3 Ingredient Fudge Recipes

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Have you got desserts on the mind? I know I do! These fudge recipes are perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth, and they’re super easy to make. Give them a try and let us know what you think!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 6 tablespoons coffee

Directions

  1. Prepare an 8×8-inch pan with parchment paper, allowing some overhang on all sides to remove the set fudge later.
  2. In a pan over low heat, melt down the chocolate chips and cream until smooth. Stir in the coffee.
  3. Transfer chocolate/coffee mixture into prepared pan. Chill in the refrigerator until firm, about 4 hours-overnight.
  4. Remove from pan and cut up into squares to serve. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 10 cups Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, coarsely chopped

Directions

  1. Prepare an 8×8-inch pan with parchment paper, allowing some overhang on all sides to remove the set fudge later.
  2. In a pan over low heat, melt down the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk until smooth.
  3. Transfer quickly into the prepared pan, then top evenly with chopped peanut butter cups, pressing down as needed to make sure they stick. Chill in the refrigerator until firm, about 4 hours-overnight.
  4. Remove from pan and cut up into squares to serve. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 ½ cups Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped

Directions

  1. Prepare an 8×8-inch pan with parchment paper, allowing some overhang on all sides to remove the set fudge later.
  2. In a pan over low heat, melt down the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk until smooth and creamy.
  3. Remove pan from the heat, then stir in about half of the chopped Oreos, stirring until just-combined. Transfer quickly into the prepared pan, then top evenly with remaining chopped Oreos, pressing down as needed to make sure they stick. Chill in the refrigerator until firm, about 4 hours-overnight.
  4. Remove from pan and cut up into squares to serve. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • Assorted rainbow/pastel sprinkles

Directions

  1. Prepare an 8×8-inch pan with parchment paper, allowing some overhang on all sides to remove the set fudge later.
  2. In a pan over low heat, melt down the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk until smooth and creamy.
  3. Transfer melted chocolate/sweetened condensed milk mixture into prepared pan, then top evenly with sprinkles, pressing down as needed to make sure they stick. Chill in the refrigerator until firm, about 4 hours-overnight.
  4. Remove from pan and cut up into squares to serve. Enjoy!

The Whole Family Will Love This Pumpkin Breakfast Treat

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This is one of the best breakfasts you will ever make! This Pumpkin Pecan Braid is so delicious – it tastes just like cinnamon buns and pumpkin pie…yum! Serve it warm with some glaze drizzled on top for a mouthwatering breakfast you’ll want to eat every day!

  • 1 can crescent dough
  • 1 egg, whisked with 1 teaspoon water, for egg wash

For the pumpkin pie filling:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 egg

For the pecan pie filling:

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 ½ tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tablespoon sugar
  • ½ tablespoon butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon flour
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ heaping cup pecans, coarsely chopped

For the glaze:

  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ½ teaspoon maple syrup
  • Dash of cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese using a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Mix in the pumpkin puree until well-combined. Add in the egg, continue to beat until well-combined. Set in fridge.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, brown sugar, egg, sugar, butter, flour, vanilla extract, and pecans. Set in the fridge while you prepare the crescent dough.
  4. Unroll crescent dough onto prepared baking sheet, then press dough into a rectangle.
  5. With a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut 1 ½-inch long slices 1-inch apart on both sides of the rectangle. Leave the center uncut – there should be the same amount of slices on each side.
  6. Spread the chilled pumpkin pie filling down the middle third portion of the crescent dough,  then scoop the chilled pecan pie filling on top, trying to mix both evenly.
  7. Fold the slices on each side over, alternating from side to side over the filling to form a braid, then brush the braid with egg wash.
  8. Place in oven and bake for 20-22 minutes (until golden brown).
  9. In a small bowl mix together the ingredients for your glaze.
  10. Once braid is removed let sit for 5 minutes to cool, then drizzle the glaze on top. Enjoy!

Did You Know You Can Make This Delicious Dessert In An Instant Pot?

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Have you ever made a cake like this before? This Slow Cook Spiced Carrot Cake is SO GOOD…and it’s all made in a nifty Instant Pot.

If you haven’t heard of these amazing gadgets, well let me be the first to tell you that they’re a lifesaver in the kitchen. They’re basically a slow cooker on steroids that cuts down cook times for dishes that would take hours to make. It’s a definite must have for your kitchen.

Buy one for your kitchen here.

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Cooking Spray
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg grated whole
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups carrot finely shredded
  • 1 cup Water

Frosting:

  • 3 ounces cream cheese softened, 1/3-less-fat
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. To make the cake: Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife.
  2. Coat an 8-inch round (thin-rimmed) cake pan with cooking spray. Line cake pan with parchment paper; coat parchment paper with cooking spray, and dust with 1 tablespoon of the flour.
  3. Combine raisins and a second tablespoon of the flour in a small bowl; toss well.
  4. Combine remaining flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, ground ginger, nutmeg, cloves and allspice in a large bowl; stir with a whisk.
  5. Combine oil, vanilla, and eggs in a small bowl; add to flour mixture, stirring until blended. Stir in carrot and raisins. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  6. Remove inner pot from a 6-quart Instant Pot. Place steam rack in inner pot; fold handles under rack. Pour 1 cup water into pot, and place prepared pan on rack.
  7. Tear off a 10 1/2-inch-long piece of aluminum foil; lay foil on top of inner pot, gently smoothing it down the side of the pot. Trim pointed corners even with the rest of the foil, and tightly tuck it in under the rim.
  8. Cut 1 (1 1/4-inch-long) slit in foil about 1 inch from edge with a thin, sharp knife. Cut a second 1 1/4-inch-long slit parallel to and about 1 inch to the inside of the first. Repeat this procedure 3 times, creating 2 concentric slits in foil at intervals of 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. Set inner pot inside cooker.
  9. Close and lock the lid of the Instant Pot. Turn the steam release handle to “Venting” position. Press [Slow Cook], and use [Adjust] to select “More” mode. Press [-] or [+] to choose 1 hour 30 minutes cook time. (Cook additional time, if necessary, until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.)
  10. Carefully remove lid from Instant Pot. Blot any water that has collected on top of foil with a towel. Carefully remove foil from inner pot, so as to keep condensation from dripping onto cake.
  11. Transfer pan to a wire rack. Lightly blot top of cake with a paper towel, if necessary, to remove any collected moisture. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.
  12. To make the frosting: Beat cream cheese with a mixer at medium speed until smooth; add powdered sugar and vanilla, beating until smooth. Garnish slices of cake with frosting.

Recipe Credit: Instant Pot by Time Inc.

9 Fruit-Cake Facts That Will Make You Love The Treat Even More

When we were younger, we all seemed to shy away from this colorful and strange ‘dessert’ that our weird relatives would bring over. As we got older though, we figured out how delicious this seasonal treat really was!

You may now understand why people love fruitcake, but what else do you know about it?

The earliest records we have of something resembling the modern-day fruitcake are recipes of Roman satura. Made with nuts, barley, fruit, and honeyed wine, many historians believe this is where we get the name satire, because of the sweet and sour elements in both!

No, the dessert your aunt brought last Christmas wasn’t made in Roman times, but it does stay very well preserved! How well? Apparently, it can last for over 25 years if stored correctly! But it’s much too tasty to last that long.

Someone has claimed that they own a fruitcake that was once a gift to President George Washington. The esteemed general sent it back however, saying it was “unseemly for Presidents to accept gifts weighing more than 80 pounds, even though they were only eight inches in diameter.”

Fruitcake has been a staple to the royal diet for many generations of rulers. Prince Albert and Queen Victoria had it at almost every major event, and Kate Middleton and her beloved Prince William even had it at their wedding!

It is likely due to how expensive the ingredients were at one point in history. Fruit, nuts, and sugar were at one point really hard to get a hold of. But that may have also been what inspired its popularity…

Many sailors travelling between the Americas and the European mainland in the 1500’s found that they were subject to a terrible sickness called scurvy. They would develop ulcers and other oral hygiene problems from not getting enough vitamins on their travels.

They found a way around this by preserving fruits in sugar, which was plentiful in the colonies. But they didn’t want to just eat the sugary fruits all the time, they needed something to expound it in. Thus, baking it into cakes became the norm for them and their families both home and abroad.

If you’ve ever offered to help bring this treat from the kitchen to the table, you’ll have an understanding of just how much food is contained within the one cake.

According to Harper’s Index, the density of fruitcake is the same as hardwood mahogany! This year, try cutting a slice off yourself, it is really thick!

Pecan Pie Rolls Are The Easy-To-Make Dessert You Need For The Holidays

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Pecan Pie Rolls are totally delicious and super easy to make. They’re actually the perfect alternative to making regular pecan pies (because they’re so much less work!). Feed them to your family and friends this holiday season and watch as they get devoured in an instant!

  • 1 pound caramel squares
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons heavy cream
  • 2 cups marshmallow cream
  • 2 cups pecans, toasted
  1. In a large bowl, combine the marshmallow cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Stir with a wooden spoon until it becomes too difficult, then knead with your hands inside the bowl until all of the sugar is incorporated and you have a smooth ball.
  2. Divide the candy into 6-8 equal parts, and roll them into thick logs about 1 inch in diameter. Place the logs on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper, and freeze the logs for 1 hour.
  3. Place the unwrapped caramels in a large microwave-safe bowl with the cream. Microwave for one minute, then stir the caramels. Stir until the caramel is smooth.
  4. Place the chopped pecans on a pie tin or plate.
  5. Remove the logs from the refrigerator. Using a fork dip one in the melted caramel until it is completely covered. Remove it from the caramel, then roll it in the chopped pecans until completely covered with nuts. Repeat until all logs are done.
  6. Once all of the logs have been coated in caramel and nuts, return them to the freezer for 30 minutes. Slice into coins and serve!

Denny’s Is Giving Away Free Whole Pies For An Entire Month

The most wonderful time of the year is slowly approaching and we can’t help but get excited every time we think about all the fantastic family gatherings, presents, and delicious food that we’ll get to enjoy.

However, with that said, the holidays aren’t always stress-free, especially when you have to host a dinner party. This year, Denny’s is hoping to take some of that responsibility off your back and help you get into the spirit of the holidays by giving away some free treats.

Nation’s Restaurant News

The diner launched a promotion just in time for the holidays, during which you will be able to score a whole pumpkin or pecan pie for free.

“At Denny’s, we take great pride in sharing meals with family and friends throughout the holidays,” John Dillon, Denny’s chief marketing officer, said in a statement.

“However, we know how hectic this time of year can be so we’re offering our guests a taste of convenience that will allow them to spend more time with each other and less time preparing a meal to please every picky member of the family!” he added.

So how can you get your hands on one of these sweet treats?

Satisfy Your Chocolate And Peanut Butter Cravings With These Easy Reese’s Turkey Bites

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If you love chocolate and peanut butter, then this is the dessert for you. Easy Reese’s Turkey Bites are the perfect little mouthfuls of chocolate and peanut butter delight…plus they’re adorable! Serve them at your Thanksgiving dinner for a treat everyone will love.

  • Full size Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Candy eyes
  • Chocolate chips
  1. Melt your chocolate chips and place in a ziptop bag. Cut the corner off the bag and use like a piping bag.
  2. Use your melted chocolate to secure Reese’s Pieces around one side of your large Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. These will be your turkey’s tail feathers.
  3. Next, take a mini peanut butter cup and secure it to the larger one using the melted chocolate. Place it just below the row of Reese’s Pieces. This will be your turkey’s head.
  4. Use the melted chocolate to secure two candy eyes to the smaller peanut butter cup.
  5. Take an orange Reese’s Pieces and place melted chocolate on one of the edges of the candy. Place between the eyes. This will be your turkey’s beak.
  6. Once the chocolate has hardened your little turkeys are ready to be gobbled up!

Have You Ever Had Cakes Like These Before?

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These cakes are almost too cute to eat! Mini Bundt Pan Pumpkin Cakes are so adorable for the fall season. They’re perfect for Thanksgiving, Halloween, or any kind of get-together with family or friends. What’s great about this recipe is that you don’t need any special cake carving skills to make them look like pumpkins…the bundt pans do all of the hard work for you!

  • 1 box vanilla cake mix + ingredients required on the box
  • 1/2 cup orange candy melts
  • 1/2 cup chocolate candy melts
  • 1/2 cup white frosting
  • 3 pretzel sticks
  • Assorted sprinkles
  • Mini bundt pan to make 6 cakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare mini bundt pan with a generous coating of nonstick spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk or beat together the cake mix, plus the ingredients required on the box. Divide evenly between the mini bundt pan.
  3. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean or with a few crumbs.
  4. Remove from oven, then let sit in pan about 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Once cooled completely, slice off any excess from the bottom of each cake to ensure they are flat.
  6. To assemble, flip a cake over cut side-up on a flat surface, then finish the “pumpkin” by placing a cake cut side-down on top. Try your best to line up the design of the bundt ridges.
  7. For the candy melt coating, melt the orange and chocolate candy melts in two separate bowls according to package directions, stirring until smooth. In a separate bowl, melt the white frosting 15-30 seconds in the microwave, or until smooth and more liquidy.
  8. Drizzle each assembled “pumpkin” with a separate color, allowing to drip down the sides. Sprinkle quickly with desired sprinkles, then place a pretzel stick in the center as the “stem.”
  9. Allow to set, about 15-30 minutes. Enjoy!

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