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When it comes to my dessert cravings, I tend to gravitate toward something warm and freshly baked, like a soft, tender cake or a chewy cookie. But whipping up a dessert isn’t always in the cards—I don’t always have the time (or the foresight) to plan anything very involved, especially if I’m already prepping and making dinner.

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How to Flambé (Yes, You Can!)

When entertaining at home (oh, those were the days), I love to fit a dish into the evening’s menu that will wow my guests. A flambé is a perfect way to do this.
What is a flambé, you may ask? It’s when liquor is added to a dish and ignite…

When entertaining at home (oh, those were the days), I love to fit a dish into the evening's menu that will wow my guests. A flambé is a perfect way to do this.

What is a flambé, you may ask? It's when liquor is added to a dish and ignited into flames—and it's very, very satisfying to watch (and eat, of course).  

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Salted Peanut Butter Cup Bars.

Chocolate peanut butter bars are basically my dream dessert.  Seriously. Is there ANY better combo?! I think not. Yes, there are other delicious things like brown butter and sage, tomato and basil and salt and vinegar, but peanut butter tops ALL for me. A dip of a peanut butter spoon into chocolate chips solves everything.  […]

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Chocolate peanut butter bars are basically my dream dessert. 

salted chocolate peanut butter bars

Seriously. Is there ANY better combo?! I think not.

pouring chocolate on peanut butter bars

Yes, there are other delicious things like brown butter and sage, tomato and basil and salt and vinegar, but peanut butter tops ALL for me.

A dip of a peanut butter spoon into chocolate chips solves everything. 

Solves all. I swear. 

salted peanut butter cup bars

That’s why peanut butter bars should totally happen for you this weekend! They are the perfect indulgent treat that everyone loves.

Errr, almost everyone. Can you believe that Eddie doesn’t love chocolate peanut butter?! I mean. HOW?! WHY?!

Does not compute for me.

salted peanut butter cup bars

These bars are a big bite of nostalgic. We ate these bars ALL the time as kids. They remind me of my grandma’s two toned fudge at christmas, but better, because… chocolate peanut butter of course. Mother Lovett rarely made peanut butter treats. All of the kids loved them, but the adults preferred more “grown up” flavors (as I called them), like butterscotch and chocolate walnut. Anytime peanut butter made an appearance, it was literally a treat. 

salted peanut butter cup bars

My favorite part of these bars? The graham cracker crumbs in the crust. They provide a little bit of texture and add some graham-like flavor that I adore. I love graham cracker crusts in general, so mixing them into this base is just delicious. There is a bit of a crunch and it’s perfect. 

These bars are no-bake but do require a little bit of fridge time. You can make them in a 9×13 inch dish for thin bars, or a 9×9 dish for thick bars. I suggest cutting them into tiny square because they are RICH! And indulgent. 

salted peanut butter cup bars

What are your Halloween plans this year?! Trick or treating is still on here, and we may plan on a safe distanced trick or treat, depending on the week. But I also am allll about making some treats at home that bring in the good feels. Things that taste like our favorite candy, but better! Think this almond butter snickers tart and these bars here.

Pretty sure we’re all set!

salted peanut butter cup bars

Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

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Salted Peanut Butter Cup Bars

These salted peanut butter bars and like a giant homemade peanut butter cup in bar form! Perfect when you need an indulgent treat.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Fridge Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12 people+
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter, (do not use natural PB!)
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups milk or dark chocolate chips, your preference
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon flaked salt

Instructions

  • Line a 9x13 inch pan (for thin bars) or a 9x9 inch pan (for thick bars) with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat together the butter, peanut butter, graham cracker crumbs, sugar and vanilla until combined. Press the dough into the bottom of the pan.
  • Melt together the chocolate and coconut oil. I like to use the coconut oil because it helps firm the chocolate, but if you don’t have it/like it/are allergic, you can skip it. Once the chocolate is melted, pour it over the peanut butter layer and spread it evenly. Sprinkle with flaked salt.
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 to 2 hours before serving. To serve, cut into small squares. These are rich and decadent, so a small piece goes a long way!

salted peanut butter cup bars

This bite is everything.

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To an American palate, Christmas pudding may taste like a yummy, gooey, extra-rich fruitcake (in a good way) that’s slathered with hard sauce (which ensures that you will like it even if you don’t care for fruitcake) and eaten with a spoon.
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To an American palate, Christmas pudding may taste like a yummy, gooey, extra-rich fruitcake (in a good way) that's slathered with hard sauce (which ensures that you will like it even if you don’t care for fruitcake) and eaten with a spoon.

This is one family’s version of a traditional English Christmas pudding, famously carried to the table in flames with a sprig of holly on top. It's studded with dried fruit—three kinds of raisins, plus prunes—along with chopped fresh apples and almonds, bread crumbs, grated suet (raw beef fat), stout, and brandy. A little flour and a couple of eggs hold it all together.

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Sauteed Apples (a la Mode!)

These sauteed apples are the perfect easy dessert! They take just minutes to make: serve topped with melty vanilla ice cream. Want an easy dessert? Look no further than these sauteed apples! There’s no baking necessary, and no advanced preparation. Just slice up some apples, saute them in butter and spices, and bam! Eat it warm topped with vanilla ice cream, and there’s really not much better. In fact, why even make apple crisp or apple pie at all? Here’s more about how to make this healthy dessert, and a few more topping ideas. Best apples for sauteed apples What variety of apple is best for sauteed apples? First off, please do not cook with red delicious apples. (Or perhaps, just stop buying them.) The ideal variety for sauteed apples is a firm, crisp tart apple. Crisp tart apples cook well and the tangy tartness accents the sweetness that’s naturally present. Here are some of the best apples for baking and cooking: Honey Crisp Jonathon or Jonagold Granny Smith Gala Fuji To peel or not to peel? Many people make sauteed apples with peeled apples. But we prefer leaving the skin on! Why? Skin on apples look prettier. The light […]

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These sauteed apples are the perfect easy dessert! They take just minutes to make: serve topped with melty vanilla ice cream.

Sauteed apples

Want an easy dessert? Look no further than these sauteed apples! There’s no baking necessary, and no advanced preparation. Just slice up some apples, saute them in butter and spices, and bam! Eat it warm topped with vanilla ice cream, and there’s really not much better. In fact, why even make apple crisp or apple pie at all? Here’s more about how to make this healthy dessert, and a few more topping ideas.

Best apples for sauteed apples

What variety of apple is best for sauteed apples? First off, please do not cook with red delicious apples. (Or perhaps, just stop buying them.) The ideal variety for sauteed apples is a firm, crisp tart apple. Crisp tart apples cook well and the tangy tartness accents the sweetness that’s naturally present. Here are some of the best apples for baking and cooking:

  • Honey Crisp
  • Jonathon or Jonagold
  • Granny Smith
  • Gala
  • Fuji
Sauteed apples

To peel or not to peel?

Many people make sauteed apples with peeled apples. But we prefer leaving the skin on! Why?

  • Skin on apples look prettier. The light blush shade makes the apples look lovely, instead of just brown mushy mounds.
  • The apple skin adds texture. Sauteeing the apple with the skin gives a nice texture when you bite into it, instead of turning into mush.
  • The apple skin has lots of nutrients. Not that you’re looking for nutrients in a dessert recipe! But the apple skin has lots of vitamins like Vitamin K, Vitamin A and Vitamin C that you’re throwing away with the skin.

How to cut apples…the fast way!

You’ll need to cut the apples into 1/4-inch slices for this sauteed apples recipe. We recently learned a trick to how to cut apples the fast way. Yes, this one is a lifesaver, and we use it on a daily basis. Here’s the method or check out the video below!

  1. Holding the core of the apple, use a large chef’s knife to slice off four sides of the apple, cutting as close to the core as possible.
  2. Take one of the quarters and place it flat side down on the cutting board. Then cut it into thin slices.
  3. Repeat with the remaining quarters!

How to slice apples

How to make sauteed apples: a few tips

Outside of slicing the apples, there’s not too much to know about sauteed apples! But here are a few things to note before proceeding to the recipe below:

  • Heat the butter until it’s just starting to brown. It’s like making browned butter, but you’ll add the apples right after it browns. This technique infuses a bit of nutty flavor into the apples.
  • Cook until just tender. Some recipes for sauteed apples you cook them until they’re mush. Not here! We like our sauteed apples on the crisp tender side: this takes only 5 minutes.
  • Ice cream is required! These sauteed apples are just sweet enough on their own: they’re customized to serve a la mode! The ice cream adds the remaining necessary sweetness. A great dairy-free and vegan option is this Cinnamon Ice Cream.
How to make sauteed apples

Topping ideas for sauteed apples

What other toppings are great for sauteed apples? This fall apple dessert is perfect with so many things. Add your own flair to this easy recipe by topping with whatever tasty crunchy bits or drizzles that you’d like. Here are some ideas:

This sauteed apples recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, use coconut oil and vegan ice cream.

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Sauteed apples

Sauteed Apples (a la Mode!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

These sauteed apples are the perfect easy dessert! They take just minutes to make: serve topped with melty vanilla ice cream.


Ingredients

  • 3 firm large tart-sweet apples (like Honey Crisp, Jonathon, Granny Smith, Gala, Fuji, etc) — enough for 5 to 6 cups sliced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 /2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons butter (or coconut oil for vegan)
  • 1/2 tablespoon Cointreau, optional
  • Vanilla ice cream or vegan cinnamon ice cream, for serving

Instructions

  1. Cut the apples into 1/4” slices (no need to peel unless you want to). In a medium bowl, stir together the apples with the brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
  2. In a large skillet heat the butter over medium heat until the butter is just starting to brown, about 2 minutes. Add the apples and saute 4 to 5 minutes until crisp tender. Add Cointreau if using and cook for additional 20 seconds. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Sauteed
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Sauteed apples

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Let’s clear one thing up before we get started: I love ice cream. And not just the way most people do in a casual, summertime sort of way. I eat ice cream year-round and I rarely, if ever, am without at least a few pints in my freezer. Mint chip tops my list of the best flavors—and I’m very particular about it. It should be bracingly minty with a refreshing, cool depth of flavor. It shouldn’t be too cloyingly sweet and should taste like chocolate, with some texture and slight bitterness from the chips.

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The original oatmeal cream pies you probably remember snacking on after school (or if you ate alllll your vegetables, after dinner) are the ultimate nostalgic treat. But even the most perfect of desserts could use a little update every now and then. So we're taking all the things you love about the classic—like soft cookies and a fluffy-sweet “creme” filling—and taking them up a notch with a few new ingredients.

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