Time-Saving Caramel Dip

Holy monkeys! What happened to December?

I can’t believe I’ll be flying home in just a few days! I’m almost done Christmas shopping, but I can’t believe how quickly it’s coming. Which is probably good considering the amount of holiday goodies I’ve been eating.

And as you can see, I’ve been busy making a Gingerbread Toaster:

The iphone picture doesn’t do it justice. You can’t see the power cord coming out of it, or the little lever that you’d push down. I’m also not sure why the toaster has a face, but that’s ok. It was the winner of the terribly-unofficially-twitter-voting-system. And that’s what matters. *(Note, I was busy taking pictures and barely had a hand in this creation. But the boys on my team did an excellent job.)

Anyways, I’m sure I’m not the only one who is feeling like the days are becoming a blur. Where the heck did the time go? I had 10 christmas parties (+2 birthday parties) to attend over the course of 6 days. Needless to say, I had to give up making all of them, and just hit as many as I could!

Since a lot of these events were the “bring a dish to share” type of shindigs, I’ve been relying on some super quick, super simple recipes.

And if I can incorporate some fruit, well, that’s a bonus.

I did some googling for basic types of caramel dip, and then improvised my own with some ingredients I had on hand. So here’s what went down

Caramel Sauce

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1/2 cup Half-and-half
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt

All you have to do is cook it over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, while stirring to ensure that it doesn’t burn. Then pour into a bowl or jar and let it cool. (You don’t even have to let it cool, I served it warm!)

I recommend it with apple slices and pretzel sticks! It also ensures that you’ll have the option of fruit at the party! :)

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It was hard to get a picture without getting a hand in there!

(Good sign, I think!)

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 Did you make a gingerbread house? What would you dip in caramel?

Comments

  1. Yummm sounds great! I love your gingerbread toaster house thing too haha ;) I’ve only made a house once, but I kinda ate all the gumdrops before decorating…oops haha 8)

  2. 10 parties? Omg… I have like… 2. Not jealous of you one bit!

  3. The gingerbread toaster looks awesome! I’ve made a couple houses in my time, but they never have turned out well.

  4. I’ve never made a gingerbread house but I would love to! That caramel dip looks lovely, I need to make a caramel sauce for a cake for Christmas day – I would definitely be dipping chocolate!

  5. I have never made a house out of gingerbread but it looks like so much fun building one

  6. Ahhhhhh!!! I used to make REAL ginger houses with my mom, she’d make all the pieces and bake them and the ones that broke I could eat! The smell of them is amazing. Yours is uber cute!!

    xxoo

  7. I am dying to make a gingerbread house! So fun. This sauce looks yummmmmy :)

  8. Pretzel sticks in caramel sauce?? I threw a mini-party Saturday night, if only I’d seen that brilliant idea first…And no gingerbread house this year, which makes me sad since I usually make one each Christmas. Maybe I’ll make an out-of-season toaster after the holiday…bet I can get lots of cheap candy then ;)

  9. constant hand-in-photo is the best sign of something DELISH! =) love it!

  10. Cracking up over your gingerbread toaster!!!

  11. Yummy! This souds so good :)

  12. Whoop whoop – party animal! ;) I haven’t made a gingerbread house in years, but I kinda of wanna’ give it another shot.

  13. I love the fact that you created a gingerbread TOASTER!

  14. Mmmmmmmm! Looks delicious :D Would sweet potato taste good with that!? Hmmm

  15. Michelle and I made a gingerbread house when we were in HS with our older sister. and I remember it being a lot of fun but also a lot of work haha
    love caramel sauce. love mixing chocolate and caramel together, a treat for me :)

  16. Love your gingerbread toaster! It’s so cute and creative! Haha!

  17. Drooling over that sauce.Do you think I could make it with soy creamer or maybe even almond milk? I need it now. ;)

  18. i’d dip in some chocolate covered pretzels! (:

  19. I love your gingerbread toaster! I am totally asking the same question: “where has december gone??”

  20. I am totally with you on the where the heck did the month go mantra?? As for the caramel dip….totally would go with apples :)

  21. Yummm caramel dip sounds delicious! I’d definitely dip apples all up in that haha, hello yes!

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