Delicious Pumpkin Cookies

The Best Pumpkin Cookie Recipe

I made pumpkin cookies over the weekend, and it’s the best pumpkin cookie recipe I’ve used yet. They tasted far chewier and less cakes than other pumpkin cookies, and tasted perfect for fall. We had a friend in town for the afternoon on Saturday, which is what prompted me to make them. I tend to like pumpkin flavored food more than the rest of my friends and family, but these were a hit with everyone! 

The Best Pumpkin Cookie Recipe

I used this recipe  https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/pumpkin-chocolate-chip-cookies/. They tasted good when they got out of the oven, but they taste even more yummy the next day. I actually left them out uncovered on the counter, and it made them a little chewier (in a good way.) they taste great with coffee too! 

The Best Pumpkin Cookie Recipe

I always use this cookie tray, a wire cooling rack (both on sale!) and a solid flat spatula when I bake. It ensures that the cookies don’t fall apart, and transfering the cookies immediately from the baking tray to the cooling rack stops them from over cooking.

The Best Pumpkin Cookie Recipe

Whats your favorite new recipe? Any pumpkin dishes I need to try and make?

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The Best Apple Pie Recipe

The Best Apple Pie Recipe

Last weekend I made the best apple pie I’ve ever had. It was so quick and easy, and I am so excited to share the recipe! I am definitely a pie person, and I made it so I might be a little biased, but it was so delicious. My husband couldn’t stop nibbling at it all night, and normally if it isn’t Oreos he doesn’t go back for seconds with dessert so I felt pretty good about it!

The Best Apple Pie Recipe
The Best Apple Pie Recipe

To make the pie:

Preheat oven to 425.

Peel, slice, core, and quarter 6-7 applies, depending on the size of the apples. You want the slices to make a mound that rises a few inches above the edge of the pie plate. I used this slicer/peeler and it speeds up the process considerably!

Then, in a sauce pan on the stove melt one stick of butter and mix with 3 tablespoons butter until combined. Next, add in 1/4 cup water, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, a dash of cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg, and a couple shakes of salt. Simmer on the stove until everything is melted, and constantly stir so that everything is evenly combined.

Line a pie plate with one crust. I’ll admit, I use store bought ones. I prefer the Pilsbury, but the Trader Joe’s ones are good too (just make sure you defrost them for 45 minutes at least). Fill the pie crust with the apples, and then pour the sauce on top. Place the other pie crust over the filling and seal the edges together. Finally, cut a few slits on the top.

Bake at 425 for 15 minutes, and then reduce oven to 350 and bake 35-45 minutes until pie crust is golden brown.

The Best Apple Pie Recipe

Enjoy!

What’s your favorite pie recipe?

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My Acai Bowl Recipe

I recently started making Acai bowls for breakfast, and they are so easy and yummy! Plus, making it at home is so much cheaper than going out. Acai bowls are almost $8 around us, and they only cost a few to make. 

Trader Joe's acai bowl recipe

Here's what I use for one bowl:1 packet Trader Joes frozen acai berry puree 

1 packet Trader Joes frozen acai berry puree; ½ cup frozen berry mix; 1 banana; 1 tablespoons almond milk; ½ cup coconut granola; 2 dates. I buy all my ingredients at Trader Joe's, but they can all be found elsewhere. 

Blend the acas packet by itself until smooth and creamy. Then add the berries, half of the banana, and the almond milk and blend until smooth. Transfer the puree to a bowl and add the granola, the other half of the banana sliced and cut up dates. Enjoy!

What's your favorite breakfast food this summer? I love new recipes! 

 

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The Best White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Cookie Recipe

This weekend I wanted to try and bake something new, so I put together a white chocolate chip macadamia cookie recipe. The cookies hit the spot! I brought them to my parents, and they were a hit! We only have a few left, and that might not be the case tomorrow...

White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Cookie Recipe

Here's the recipe:

Whisk together: 2 cups minus 2 Tbsp. cake flour (8 1/2 oz), 1 2/3 cups bread flour (8 1/2 oz), 1 ¼ tsp. baking soda, 1 ½ tsp. baking powder, and 3/4 tsp. coarse salt, such as kosher. Set aside.

Cream together 2 ½ sticks (1 ¼ cups; 10 oz.) unsalted butter, softened, 1 ¼ cups (10 oz.) light brown sugar. 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. (8 oz.) granulated sugar. Once light and fluffy add in 2 eggs (one at a time) and then 2 tsp. vanilla extract.

Add in dry ingredients a little at a time until combined. Finally, add in one bag white chocolate chips and 1 cup macadamia nuts. 

White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Cookie Recipe

Refrigerate the dough 24-36 hours. Once the dough is ready, bake at 350 for 10-13 minutes depending on the oven.  

White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Cookie Recipe
White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Cookie Recipe

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Finally, enjoy! I love mine with a nice cold glass of almond milk and a funny movie. Have you made any god desserts lately? 

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bar Recipe

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bar Recipe

On Sunday I made peanut butter chocolate chip bars. After a relaxing Saturday, and largely conquering my cold, it was the perfect way to end my Sunday (and set our week up for success, i.e. good dessert!). After making so many cookies recently (see here, here, here and here) I decided to switch it up and make a dessert bar. Since peanut butter and chocolate is one of my favorite combinations, I decided on peanut butter chocolate bars and they did not disappoint! They were very quick and easy to make, quicker than cookies, and delicious! 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bar Recipe

Here's the recipe:

Preheat oven to 375 and grease a 13x9 pan. Mix together 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar and 1 jar of Jiff Peanut Butter (the smaller jar, not the family size). Once combined, add in 1 egg, 1 tbsp vanilla and 1/4 cup milk. Once those ingredients are mixed in, add in  1 1/4 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt and mix well. Finally, stir in a bag of chocolate chips. Bake 20-25 minutes, until the edges are brown. 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bar Recipe

Finally, enjoy! Perhaps with a glass of milk 

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Sprinkle Cookies

Sprinkle Cookies

After going to Momofuku Milk Bar last weekend I was inspired to bake this weekend. I don't need much convincing to make something sweet, so it didn't take too much thought before I decided to try to make sprinkle cookies. These are my favorite treat from Milk Bar, so getting to enjoy them all week is going to be wonderful. 

Sprinkle Cookies
Sprinkle Cookies

I used this recipe and my Kitchenaid Mixer, and they turned out delicious! Other than my mixer I used a standard baking sheet and a cooling rack. I highly recommend using a cooling rack whenever you bake, since otherwise the cookies will keep on cooking after you take them out of the oven. 

Sprinkle Cookies

The only caveat to this recipe is that it required a few ingredients I didn't have on hand, namely corn syrup, powdered milk and grape seed oil. Also, just FYI, I tried to swap out the grape seed oil for canola oil, and the dough of the cake crumbs wasn't perfect. Next time I'll use grape seed oil. 

Sprinkle Cookies

Now I'll I need is a glass of milk!

Have you made any good cookies yet? Please share, I love trying new recipes! 

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Royal Wedding Scone Recipe

Royal Wedding Scone Recipe

Is anyone else excited for the royal wedding on Saturday? In honor of the occasion I’m excited to share my Royal Wedding Scone Recipe. I made these for Kate & William’s wedding and they were delicious, I’m excited to enjoy them again while I watch the festivities! 

This recipe makes about a dozen small round scones. I suggest serving them with jam and Devonshire cream.  

Royal Wedding Scone Recipe

To make: 

Mix together 1 3/4 cup flour, 1/3 cup white sugar, 2 tsp. baking powder, and a dash of salt. Next, use a pastry blender or large fork to cut in 5 tbsp. chilled unsalted butter. Once the butter is fully combined mix in 4 tbsp. orange juice. Finish the dough by adding 1/2 cup chocolate chips. 

On a flat and floured surface roll the dough into a disc about 1/2 inch thick. Use a biscuit cutter or juice glass to cut out the scones. Bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes, or until golden brown. 

Royal Wedding Scone Recipe
Royal Wedding Scone Recipe

Finally, enjoy!  

Do you have any scone recipes? I’m always looking to try new ones so please share! Also, if you can’t find Devonshire cream anywhere this recipe is pretty good!  http://thepioneerwoman.com/food-and-friends/how-to-make-mock-devonshire-clotted-cream/

 

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Smores Cookie Recipe

I am so excited to share this amores cookie recipe with all of you! These cookies were so easy to make, and they are delicious. I also like the twist on the classic s'more, which I am of course a huge fan of. 

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Here's the recipe:

Combine 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, 3/4 cup light brown sugar, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 egg, 2 teaspoons vanilla. Mix until combined, which takes about 5 minutes. 

Next add in 1 3/4 cups flour, 2 teaspoons cornstarch, 1 teaspoon baking soda, a pinch salt. Finally, stir in 4 full-size crushed graham crackers (I put them in a zip lock bag and pound them with a rolling pin), 2 cups chocolate chips, 1 1/4 cups mini marshmallows. 

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Let sit in the refrigerator at least 2 hours (this keeps them from spreading out when they bake). Bake at 350 about 8 minutes (they get firmer as they cool). Make sure to grease your cookie sheet, the marshmallows make these cookies sticky.

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Enjoy!

Do you have any fun new recipes? I love baking desserts for week on Sunday. It starts the week off to a such a sweet start, don't you think? 

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Cookies and Cream Cookies

Yesterday I baked cookies and cream cookies for the first time and I am so happy with how they came out! They are gooey and chocolatey and delicious, without being overly sweet. Plus, they were very easy to make! Simply the perfect dessert to end a lovely weekend. 

Cookies and Cream Cookies

Cookies and Cream Cookie Recipe:

Cream together 1 cup softened unsalted butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 granulated sugar. Add in 1 package of Oreo Cookies & Cream pudding mix. Once combined, mix in 2 eggs and 1sp vanilla. Next, gradually add in 1 tsp baking soda and 2 1/4 cups flour. Once the dough is thoroughly combined, stir in 1 package white chocolate chips and 15 crushed Oreos (pro tip - to crush the Oreos place them in a gallon plastic bag, seal, and crush with a rolling pin).

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Bake at 350 for exactly 10 minutes, and make sure to remove the cookies from the cookie tray as soon as you take them out of the oven. 

Cookies and Cream Cookies
Cookies and Cream Cookies
Cookies and Cream Cookies
Cookies and Cream Cookies
Cookies and Cream Cookies

Voila! Cookie perfection. 

Has anyone else made cookies and cream cookies? Do you have a favorite recipe? 

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Healthy Blueberry Muffin Recipe

Today I am excited to share my favorite healthy blueberry muffin recipe. These muffins don’t have flour, sugar or oil and they taste delicious. I’ve been making them on the weekends to replace the granola bars my husband and I were eating for breakfast. They are simple to make, and I feel so much healthier eating some thing homemade and oil free in the mornings instead of breakfast bars with who knows what in them. 

Healthy Blueberry Muffin Recipe

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Here’s what you need:   

2 1/2 caps old-fashioned oats

2-3 overripe bananas

2 eggs

1/3 cup honey

3/4 cut milk

2 tsp vanilla

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tsp cinnamon

Blueberries to taste (I used about 1.5 cups of frozen blueberries)

Healthy Blueberry Muffin Recipe

To make: 

1. Preheat oven to 325. Spread the oats out on a baking sheet and toast until lightly browned, about 5-10 minutes. Once you remove the oats, increase the oven to 350.

2. Pleace 1.5 cups of the oats into a food processor or blender (I used a ninja bullet) and pulse until they look like flour. 

3. Mash the banana until there are no lumps. I used my mixer  with the paddle attachment. Add in honey, vanilla, and eggs and mix to combine. 

4. Add in the oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and mix to combine. Let the mixture sit for at least 10 minutes to soak the oats. 

5. Add in your add in of choice. Scoop into a greased muffin tin and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.  

Enjoy! 

Healthy Blueberry Muffin Recipe

Do you have any healthy recipes? I love brining in a homemade baked good for breakfast at work - anything made with love tastes so delicious and is such a bright start to the day!

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The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

I have been craving some home made cookies for weeks, and finally had the time over the weekend to make some. I love to bake, and have made a lot of cookies over the years, and finally found the best sugar cookie recipe. Carly originally posted the recipe a few years ago, and every time I used it the cookies are light and fluffy, the dough isn’t too sticky for cutouts, and they come out perfect. 

Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

You’ll need: 

- 2 sticks of butter

- 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar

- 1 egg

- 2 tsp. vanilla

- 2 3/4 cups flour  

- 2 tsp. Baking powder

- 1 tsp. salt

Let the butter and egg sit out on the counter to come to room temperature. Next, use a mixer to cream together the butter and powdered sugar. Add in the vanilla and egg and mix to combine. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add these dry ingredients to the butter mixture, and mix until the dough is fully combined. It shouldn’t be too sticky; if it is add a little more flour. Refrigerate for at least an hour (can be refrigerated overnight). 

Best Sugar Cookie Recipe
Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

Roll out onto a clean surface dusted with flour. Cut out cookies in whatever shapes and sizes you wish, and bake at 400 for 6-8 minutes. Once the cookies are removed from the over, immediately remove from the baking sheet and place on a cooling rack - otherwise the cookies will continue cooking on the hot baking sheet.  

Best Sugar Cookie Recipe
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If you choose to frost the cookies, here is a great royal icing recipe

 - 5 tbsp meringue powder

- 3/4 cup of water

- 1 tsp. cream of tarter  

- 2 lbs of powdered sugar

Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

Use the whisk attachment on your mixer to mix the meringue powder and water for 30 seconds. Add cream of tarter and mix another 30 seconds. Switch to the paddle attachments and add in the powdered sugar a little bit at a time. Combine until the icing is stiff enough to hold a point. Cover with a damp paper towel immediately so it doesn’t harden. Use a pastry bag and decorating tip to decorate. If you would like to use different colors, separate the frosting into different bowls and add a little food coloring to each one. Also, the frosting that you want to be the middle should be a thinner consistency. To thin, add more milk. 

Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

Enjoy! 

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