Snickers Cheesecake {no bake}

Rich, creamy cheesecake with chunks of candy inside.

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Is it too late to be posting a recipe that uses up Halloween candy? I still have quite a bit. This recipe is an easy way to get rid of some excess and also elevate it to another level. And this cheesecake is definitely elevated. It is so creamy and rich and the perfect dessert to serve to guests.

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I knew I wanted to incorporate a popular candy bar into a dessert, but I wasn’t sure which candy or which dessert. 3 Musketeers? Butterfingers? Cookies? Brownies? Finally, I settled on a Snickers cheesecake since I had so many laying around. 

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Brulee Bars

A thick, velvety pumpkin filling on top of a firm crust with a crackly sugar surface.

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You guyysssss. The pumpkin cheesecake brulee bars are my new favorite pumpkin dessert of the moment.

Sure, I love my pumpkin maple cupcakes, and pumpkin chai shortbread, but this luscious filling paired with the crust is irresistible. 

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I was already planning on making something with a burnt sugar crust. I love bruleeing things, partially because of the wonderful sugar crust and also because I get to whip out my blowtorch. I LOVE my blowtorch. It makes me feel so cool whenever I use it.

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Then I saw recipes everywhere for cheesecake. While I do love cheesecake, I’m always too lazy to make the whole deal. It requires so much cream cheese, and there’s always that thing about not whipping the eggs too much and letting it cool slowly to prevent cracks. Dealing with cheesecake cracks is not my thing.

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Cascal

400 Castro Street,

Mountain View, CA, 94041

www.cascalrestaurant.com/

Along the quaint and lively Castro Street of downtown Mountain View, Cascal is a bustling restaurant serving up “Pan-Latin” cuisine. It includes Spanish, Peruvian, Brazilian, and many more types of food. We went for a special birthday occasion.

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We were given the option of either sitting indoors or outdoors, but since it was quite warm we opted to sit inside. The decorations included lots of colorful patterns and several short palm trees.

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Trader Joe’s Fall 2015

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I realize that this post is more than a bit overdue, but I wanted to share my haul of autumn purchases from Trader Joe’s. I love receiving their Fearless Flyer in the mail; I get unreasonably giddy whenever it arrives. The way they advertise their products is so fun and makes me want to buy them even more.

 

Typically I don’t buy ordinary snacks as I’m constantly making my own food in the kitchen. But just this once I bought quite a bit of premade and prepackaged foods.

 

This post is all about their seasonal fall products, most of which have pumpkin. I also apologize for the quality of photos before we get into this post. I was just too excited to try all my pumpkin goodies to take out the nicer camera.

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Tartine Bakery & Cafe

600 Guerrero St

San Francisco, CA, 94110

http://www.tartinebakery.com/

    

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Located in the Mission, Tartine Bakery is probably the most popular bakery in the area. In San Francisco, there are tons of great ice cream shops competing with one another, all equally worthy of a gold medal. But there aren’t many big old school bakeries selling the classics such as croissants, bread puddings, and pies. Other San Francisco bakeries nowadays are leaning towards the more modern side of things.

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Even on a late afternoon, Tartine had a line that stretched out the door. The location itself is fairly small but has ample seating and a beautiful glass case showing off their classic baked goods.

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La Patisserie

19758 Stevens Creek Blvd,

Cupertino, CA, 95014

http://www.lapatisserie.net/

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La Patisserie is a small bakery located in Cupertino. It’s in the corner of a plaza with Marukai, a Japanese grocery store.

My family has gone to La Patisserie several times for their burnt almond cake. Apparently there are two OTHER bakeries in San Jose known for burnt almond cake to the point of a rivalry, but my family has always gotten our burnt almond cakes from La Patisserie.

 

Even though the burnt almond cake is our traditional birthday cake, I’ve also gotten one of their chocolate cakes in the past. I forgot which one it was, but it was very rich and sweet. I still enjoyed it though.

 

On this visit I decided to purchase a couple smaller items that I’ve never tried before.

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Humphry Slocombe

2 locations in San Francisco (one in the Ferry Building and one in the Mission)

http://www.humphryslocombe.com/Home.html

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If you ask about ice cream in the city of San Francisco, you’ll likely hear these two names: Humphry Slocombe and Bi-Rite Creamery.

 

Humphry has two locations, one in the Mission district and one in the Ferry Building. I went to the one in the Ferry Building. Even though it was still morning, I was happily surprised to see that they were already open. Most ice cream shops don’t open until around noon, but I guess this place is just too popular to open that late.

 

While Bi-Rite is known for more simple and classic flavors, Humphry is well known for their ever-expanding menu of unique and eclectic flavors.

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Pumpkin Maple Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

Wonderful pumpkin cupcakes sweetened with maple syrup and topped with a tangy frosting!

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I am jumping on the fall recipes train extremely late. I’m sorry but while everyone was making apple-this and pumpkin-that, I’ve still been stuck in summer. We’ve even recently bought a basil plant (which, unfortunately, is dying).

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Back in April, before I started blogging, I was all pumpkin. I was going through several cans of pumpkin puree a month, adding it to my oatmeal and smoothies wherever I could get the chance. So lately I’ve been feeling all pumpkin-ed out.

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Bi-Rite Creamery and Bakeshop

3692 18th St

San Francisco, CA, 94110

http://biritecreamery.com/

 

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Bi-Rite is one of the top ranking ice cream shops out there in San Francisco, located in the Mission District. It’s so popular that they always have a long line out the door. While they are most well known for their ice cream, they also produce a variety of baked goods. Bi-Rite also has a couple supermarkets where they sell produce and selected dairy, along with pints of their famous ice cream.

 

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They also have a little window just a few feet away from their actual shop where they sell soft serve and baked goods. They offer two flavors a day and a swirl. Of course, the line here is never short either.

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S’mores Oatmeal

A perfect combination of being able to cozy up with a comforting breakfast and the flavors of a summer campfire!

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I used to not really like summer. As a kid, I would find myself with nothing to do over the long summer days. Occasionally I’d go to a week long summer camp or be invited to a birthday party, but other than that I was just stuck doing nothing at home.

 

I love summer now. I enjoy the summer atmosphere of being relaxed, I love all the summer produce (seen with blueberries, pears and figs, mangoes), ICE CREAM, and especially just finding time to chat with friends and family on a breezy summer evening. The sun sets later so we can all enjoy it together.

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And of course, campfires. And to go with them, s’mores. I miss all the parts of summer now that we’re in fall, but this oatmeal is the perfect transition between the two seasons.

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