DIY Caramel Apple Printables

Download these free apple printables & make these DIY Caramel Apple Pouches! So fun!

Looking for a fun Fall treat idea without going to all the hassle of actually making full-on caramel apples? Well then, you’ve come to the right place! Download these free caramel apple printables & put your paper sewing skills to use with this full (and sweet) DIY!

Download these free apple printables & make these DIY Caramel Apple Pouches!

To start, you will need to download the apple printable PDF (link below) and cut along the edges with a scissors. To cut out the inner window, carefully use an exacto knife to go along the inside edges. Once cut, match up the front & backs of each color (red goes with red) so that the white (unprinted) sides are touching. Using a needle, carefully poke holes around the edges of each apple, so that the holes go through each side.

Download these free apple printables & make these DIY Caramel Apple Pouches! Fill with homemade caramel & stitch closed for a easy Fall treat!

Once the holes are ready, fill a clear plastic bag with a flat piece of caramel and tape the small pouch shut (you may need to cut excess plastic bag). Tape a wooden popsicle stick to the middle of each apple. Place the caramel pouch in between the two apple pieces and tape the edges to the apple so that it doesn’t slide around while stitching. Once placed, use a needle & thread to stitch the edges closed. (The layering will go: Back Apple Piece, Popsicle Stick, Caramel Pouch, Top Apple Piece.)

Download these free apple printables & make these DIY Caramel Apple Pouches! Fill with homemade caramel for a easy Fall treat!

 Download the DIY Caramel Apple Printables
Materials:
Paper // Scissors or Exacto Knife
Plastic Bag  // Caramel  //  Popsicle Sticks  // Needle & Thread

And that’s it! You can print as many apples as you need, so that you can create a whole bunch of caramel apple favors to pass out to family & friends! While this project requires a little more patience with the stitching, it will all be worth it when you unwrap & bite into the sweet center of each apple!

Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

These Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are the perfect mix of a dense cookie base & a sweet chocolately topping! So delish!

Now that the hot summer days seem to be over and I can finally leave the windows open without racking up a $150 energy bill, Fall baking is underway at last. I really didn’t bake much this summer (who needs baking when there’s ice cream?), but there’s something about gloomy, chilly days that makes me want to pull the Kitchenaid out of hiding & put it back to use. This is also the time of year I usually go out and buy new running shoes, so it’s safe to say that Fall brings upon an identity crisis. It’s like if Betty Crocker tried to be Jillian Michaels. No matter how may sit-ups she does, the only 6-pack she’ll probably ever has is this one. It’s okay Betty, I feel ya girl.

These Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are the perfect mix of a dense cookie base & a sweet chocolately topping! So good!

Ever since picking up a jar of coarse sea salt a while back, I’ve been wanting to make some kind of salted dessert recipe. I don’t bake much with salt (because I can hardly taste the difference with or without it) so I figured I’d step out of my comfort zone and toss some good ol’ pretzel salt on top of these chocolate chip cookie bars.

These Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are the perfect mix of a dense cookie base & a sweet chocolately topping! Recipe by Design Eat Repeat

And let me tell you, I think I’ll just throw it on top of every chocolate treat from now on. I know I’m behind on this trend, but I suppose it’s better late than never. The cookie dough from these bars tastes & looks like caramel, and after they’re baked, they have a nice & dense texture that is a little different than normal bars. They’re sturdy, yet soft – and also have a good amount of chew to it.

These salted chocolate chip cookie bars are the perfect mix of a dense cookie base & a sweet chocolately topping!

The perfect base to house a layer of chocolate chips, chocolate drizzle, and sea salt. I considered an extra drizzle of caramel on top, but figured I better wait until next time. My dish pile was already stacking up, and cleaning up caramel bowls just didn’t seem like something I wanted to do.

Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
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Serves: 18-24
Ingredients
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
For Topping:
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1-2 tablespoons coarse sea salt
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized saucepan, melt the sugar, brown sugar, and butter on low-medium heat until the butter is melted. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in eggs and vanilla.
  2. Carefully pour the hot mixture into a heat-resistant mixing bowl and slowly add in the baking powder, while stirring on low speed. (I use a Kitchenaid mixer.)
  3. Once the baking powder is incorporated, slowly add in the flour ½ cup at a time until all 3 cups are mixed in.
  4. Line a 9×13 pan with foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  5. Press the cookie dough mixture into the pan and use hands (or spatula) to flatten the dough until it covers all the corners of the pan.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
  7. Immediately after removing from the oven, place the pan on a wire cooling rack and top with the 2 cups of milk chocolate chips. Gently press the chocolate chips into the bars so they stick.
  8. Once the pan is cooled (30-60 minutes), place the pan in the fridge to allow the chocolate chips to harden.
  9. Once set, melt the 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips in a saucepan at low heat and drizzle over the bars. Top with sea salt and place back in fridge until the drizzle hardens.
  10. To serve, carefully cut the bars with a large sharp knife.

This bar base may be one of my new faves & I might try using it for a giant cookie cake this week for a family birthday. Not like I need another excuse to make them, but I first need to try to pawn this batch off on friends before my mixer manages to concoct anything else.

DIY Frankenstein Halloween Treat Bags

Learn how to make these (super easy!) DIY Monster Halloween Treat Bags over at Design Eat Repeat Blog

Thought the monster madness was over? Well hold on to your brains because we are just getting started! I have a few more friends to add to Tuesday’s monster bash, they come in the form of green goblins, and they are so easy to make! Kid friendly, monster approved.

Learn how to make these (super easy!) DIY Monster Halloween Treat Bags over at Design Eat Repeat Blog

Like I mentioned in Tuesday’s post, I cut these bags out of colored construction paper using one of my die cutters, but you can also find lots of fun bakery treat bags online. Stick on a plastic or candy eyeball, cut out the gray screws for the head, and color on faces with a black marker. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the personalities of these little monsters and you can create a whole array of characters just by changing the paper color.

Learn how to make these (super easy!) DIY Monster Halloween Treat Bags over at Design Eat Repeat

Materials for Frankenstein Halloween Treat Bags:
Treat Bags or Construction Paper // Candy Eyeballs (or you can use plastic) //  Black Marker
Candy to Fill  //  String (Optional)
Check out this post for instructions on how to make the other monsters!

Check back next week for more Halloween & sugar-filled projects! I think I’ll put the monster madness on hold for a little while, but the candy explosion is just getting started.

DIY Halloween Treat Bags

DIY Monster Halloween Treat Bags

Now that September is here, I have convinced myself that it is now acceptable to start posting Halloween projects. And while I may be jumping the gun a few weeks early, we’re just going to roll with it because Halloween is one of my favorite holidays in all the land. I don’t even do much for Halloween in the realm of dressing up or decorating my apartment, but the amount of joy I get from making creepy treats & recipes is rather ridiculous. But then again, it’s about the only time of year I can stick eyeballs on everything without being questioned so what’s not to love? These DIY halloween treat bags are just the beginning of the season of eyeball projects, so take this as your warning of spooky things to come.

DIY Monster Halloween Treat Bags

The fun thing about these halloween treat bags is that you can use any type of bag you would like. I cut these bags out of colored construction paper using one of my die cutters, but you can also find lots of fun bakery treat bags online. Stick on a plastic or candy eyeball and design your own faces! The paper clips can serve as hair & eyebrows so have fun creating your own expressions! Scared, happy, and spooked are just a few of the many faces you can achieve with simple eyeballs and paper clips.

Learn how to make these DIY Monster Halloween Treat Bags over at Design Eat Repeat!

Materials for Halloween Treat Bags:
Treat Bags // Candy Eyeballs  //  Black Marker
Paper Clips  //  Candy to Fill  //  String (Optional)

So be honest, too soon for Halloween projects?! I hope the answer is no because there are many more to come and I’m not sure I can hold off posting them much longer.

DIY Icecream and Fruit Party Idea

Fruit Ice Cream Party by Melissa at Design Eat Repeat Blog!

Happy Friday everyone! Before I leap into this Labor day weekend, I wanted to stop by quick today to share a little announcement and a fun DIY fruit party idea! We’ll start with the news. I’m so excited to announce that I am the newest Craft Designer for Sizzix! If you are unfamiliar with Sizzix, it is the mecca for all things paper crafting. As someone who spent a majority of my pre-teen years scrapbooking my little heart out with Sizzix (and Lisa Frank, duh) it’s so fun to be part of a team who is obsessed with paper crafting as much as I am. I’ll be blogging tutorials over on the Sizzix Blog each month and I will try and post the links so you can jump on over and find the tutorials!

Fruit Ice Cream Party by Melissa at Design Eat Repeat Blog

Fruit Ice Cream Party by Melissa at Design Eat Repeat!

To start off my newest endeavor, I’m sharing the full tutorial for this fruit party idea today over on the Sizzix Blog! Summer may be about over, but I’m not sure I’ll ever stop with the fruit projects. That’s a season that may never pass.