Hi, my name is Ashley, and I am a coffee house addict. (That’s where you guys respond “Hi, Ashley!”) I feel so much better now that I have that confession off of my chest. For those of my fellow coffee aficionados, you know just how amazing coffee house coffee and treats can be, but you also know what a pinch it can be on your wallet. If you don’t want to cry, I don’t recommend looking up the “latte effect” it’s likely to make you sob like a small infant.
This year, are saving up for a few things so we are trying to save money where we can. Cutting out our coffee house habit was the first place we decided to start. Not only does it save us money, but in the long run, I think it will save us calories too. I have always deep down wondered are they really giving you that skinny latte you asked for! (I used to work in a coffee house, you would be surprised how often they just give you whatever milk they have steamed)
If I was going to cut out my weekly trips to the coffee house, you are darn skippy that I wasn’t going to feel like I was being tortured. There is nothing worse than awful coffee, or bland munchies. No, I was going to save my wallet and make some treats at home that were drool-worthy.
Mr. Crunchy and I headed to Walmart to grab some supplies. We grabbed some great Coffeemate creamers, Hazelnut, and Peppermint Mocha, and then set back to get cooking!
I always splurge each week on a gourmet coffee drink and a treat, like pumpkin bread or cheesecake, when I go out. That’s why I decided to make my own recipe for a hazelnut caramel latte and a mini hazelnut cinnamon cheesecake.
They are both REALLY easy to make, and they are amazing! Here’s the recipe for the latte!
Hazelnut Caramel Latte
- 1/4 cup Coffeemate Hazelnut Creamer
- 2 Tablespoons Caramel Sauce
- Whipped Cream
- Coffee of your choice
Brew your coffee like you normally do.
In a small saucepan, gently heat the caramel sauce and hazelnut creamer. Stirring constantly. Add to coffee.
Top with whipped cream and more caramel sauce.
Now onto the Hazelnut Cheesecake. These mini cheesecakes are the perfect size for a coffee treat without all the calories of a whole slice of cheesecake!
These recipes are so awesome, that you won’t want to go back to the coffee house. It’s so much nicer to stay at home, spend time with the family, and enjoy your own homemade cup of joe!
1/2 stick of butter melted
1 package of graham crackers (crushed in a food processor)
2 t cinnamon
2 T sugar
2 (8oz) packages of cream cheese softened
2 T sour cream
2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup Coffeemate Hazelnut creamer
3 T flour
2 t vanilla
Preheat oven to 350
In a food processor, mix your graham crackers, sugar, and cinnamon. Blend until crackers are crumbs.
In a small bowl, melt butter then add it to graham cracker mix and use a fork to combine.
Press graham cracker mixture into bottom of ramekins (or lined cupcake pan)and set aside.
In a stand mixer, blend the cream cheese, sugar, and eggs (adding one egg at a time)
Add creamer, vanilla, and flour.
If your mixture is EXTREMELY liquidy add another T of flour.
Mix until well blended, and then pour into ramekins.
Cook at 350 for approximately 30-40 minutes. Check using a toothpick starting at 25 minutes. Once the toothpick
Allow to cool, and once cool refrigerate for 4 hours.