June Bakin’ Friends

by Erin

Welcome to June’s Bakin’ Friends! Every month we ship a goodie to a different Bakin’ Friend using the ingredient of the month. This month was caramel and I was completely spoiled by my Bakin’  Friend, Valerie of Keep Calm and Bake.


I was so completely surprised by what I saw when I opened my box this month, it was packed full of so many things! And it was so cutely presented that it made me feel guilty for not putting more effort into the packages I send to my Bakin’ Friends (my apologies I will try harder from now on!). On top of this adorably cute spring/summer theme to my package, there were not one, not two, but FOUR baked goodies in there all made with caramel. Valerie included a note saying she made them all hoping I would like at least one of them, but they were all favorites of hers. I immediately had not doubt that I too would love it all.

June Bakin Friend 1

The first thing I dug into was the Pay Day Candy Bars. Seriously? These alone would have been more than enough to have received. They were very addicting and I was super excited to have two little canisters full of them to hoard all to myself – no way I am sharing these!

June Bakin Friend 2

Next was the double layer fudge. I really liked how these were a two-in-one treat because they are molded into cookie cutters! Which was made even more convenient because the fudge was a bit warm after sitting outside in the heat for a little while. They were easily rejuvenated by placing in the fridge to harden once again in their shapes. I also had never had a two layer fudge before, the combination with the caramel was wonderful and I can see why this is another favorite of hers, and I am sure of everyone shes gifts it to.

June Bakin Friend 3

Next was Caramel Oatmeal Cookies. I like how she prevented them from sticking together by using cupcake liners. All these years I have been individually wrapping each cookie in saran before I shipped them out but this method seems much easier, and prettier! The cookies themselves were as good as they sound and I enjoyed warming them up in the microwave for 10 seconds to get the caramels bits soft.

June Bakin Friend 4

Last but not least I found a jar of Caramel Apple Jam at the bottom of the pile. But then I noticed there was something else still down there – oh look a second jar! I’ll be spreading this stuff on everything in sight.Valerie, you clearly know how to spoil someone.

June Bakin Friend 5

Thank you again so much Valerie! I hope you received an equally delicious package from your Bakin’ Friend, and I am jealous of whoever you send goodies to next month ;-)!

Want to join in on the baking fun? Send an e-mail to [email protected] by the 5th!

One year ago: Pesto Chicken Burger

Two years ago: Bubble Up Pizza



Emily @ Life on Food June 29, 2013 - 5:08 am

I would have been sold on the pay day candy bars too. Love that candy bar.

Doris June 29, 2013 - 1:36 am

WOW…..this looks like so much fun…..I can’t at this time…but hope this exchange will continue and I will be able to join at a later date…I love baking and making goodies for family and friends and this type exchange would be so much fun. Is there anywhere to see all the recipes for the goodies you received this month…??…they all look great.

spiffycookie June 30, 2013 - 9:10 pm

Possibly her blog?

Doris June 30, 2013 - 10:56 pm

I went through all of Valerie’s recipes that are posted on her blog, and the one for her PayDay candy bar wasn’t there. :-(

spiffycookie June 30, 2013 - 11:06 pm

I would suggest e-mailing her. I do not feel comfortable distributing her recipe she provided to me without her permission. But I am sure she will tell you if you ask!

Nessa June 28, 2013 - 5:46 pm

Go Valerie!

alex June 28, 2013 - 11:30 am

Valerie is so awesome! When I received my package from her I had the same feeling…step it up! And how great to get 4 different treats!! I am totally going to start putting my cookies in cupcake liners!

Dad June 28, 2013 - 11:02 am

Good thing I do not have friends like Valerie, I would weigh 500#.

steph@stephsbitebybite June 28, 2013 - 10:44 am

Look at all these yummy treats you got! I’m especially jealous of the pay day candy bars!

Zainab June 28, 2013 - 10:24 am

Oh wow! These all look so amazing. I need to try harder next time too because your package is awesome.


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