Chocolate Caramel Turtle Brownies

Topped with caramel bits, chocolate chunks and pecans,
these Chocolate Caramel Turtle Brownies are sure to be a hit in your house!

Loaded with chocolate, caramel and pecans, these Chocolate Caramel Turtle Brownies are sure to be a favorite in your house! As I’ve mentioned many times here on Spiced, I grew up in the South.  I was born in Texas, but raised in South Carolina and North Carolina.  After college, I spent some time in southern Louisiana and then Atlanta, Georgia.  My family still lives in Texas and Tennessee.  So, yeah, I know the South.

However, my wife and I now call the frozen tundra that is upstate New York home.  Continue Reading »

Baked Powdered Sugar Doughnuts

These Baked Powdered Sugar Doughnuts are a quick and easy classic!

These Baked Powdered Sugar Doughnuts are a quick and easy breakfast classic!I have a history with doughnuts.  More specifically, I have a history with powdered sugar doughnuts.  So I’ve always enjoyed waking up early…even as a kid.  Don’t ask me why.  It’s just in my blood, I guess.  For some reason, my parents didn’t really enjoy the fact that I woke up at 5:15am on weekends.  I can’t imagine why not.  Maybe it had something to do with the fact that I would sneak downstairs and stare at them until they woke up.  Continue Reading »

Toasted Coconut Rum Cake

Soaked overnight in dark rum and then topped with toasted coconut,
this Toasted Coconut Rum Cake is a great way to celebrate the holidays!

Soaked overnight in dark rum and then topped with toasted coconut, this Toasted Coconut Rum Cake is a great way to celebrate the holidays! I trust that everyone is having a great holiday season so far.  I know I am!  My wife and I went down to visit her family and friends in central Pennsylvania.  This week between Christmas and New Year’s is one of my favorite weeks of the entire year.  Sure, there is the whole no work thing, but this week allows me to recharge the batteries.  As fun and exciting as it is, the holiday season is still hectic…and we always leave a few days here at the end of the year just to sit on the couch and watch college football bowl games.  (Ok, maybe we throw in a couple of movies, too…for some reason, my wife wasn’t born with the ability to watch 12 straight hours of football.  I know…crazy!)Continue Reading »

Eggnog Ice Cream Sandwiches

These Eggnog Ice Cream Sandwiches are a new holiday favorite.  They’re just like your favorite holiday drink…only in ice cream form and stuffed between thin, crispy cookies!

These Eggnog Ice Cream Sandwiches just like your favorite holiday drink...just in ice cream form and stuffed between thin, crispy cookies!Some of my favorite recipes have come about when I was just playing around in the kitchen.  These Eggnog Ice Cream Sandwiches definitely fall into that category.  A couple weeks ago, I had pulled out my pasta machine to make these Kalamata Olive and Sea Salt Grissini.  Did you know that a pasta machine is an easy way to make thin, crispy breadsticks?  Yup, that fettuccine cutter is perfect for this task.Continue Reading »