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September 2020

How to Make Amazing Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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It’s fall and that means pumpkin flavored everything! Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies sounded perfect as the weather has finally turned a bit colder. Today’s recipe is from Sally’s Baking Addiction and was super unique in that this recipe does not call for eggs. This cookie recipe wasn’t difficult to make and didn’t take too long! I will say that I did not pat the moisture out of the pumpkin puree, mainly because I kept trying to do so and epically failed each time! I have no idea what I’m doing wrong but I decided to stop wasting precious pumpkin puree and just move forward with it as is!

Regardless, I kept pushing forward and finished the recipe! And instead of taking the advice in the recipe, I ate a cookie straight out of the oven. Let me tell you…. it’s not as good as it was this morning! This is definitely a cookie that tastes better a few hours later. So if you are headed to a family or friend get together, this is the recipe to make. You can make it the night before and remove all the stress of cooking the day of the event.

Overall, I would say that these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are really good, but I would probably have added some more spices. I like quite a bit of cinnamon and spice flavor in my cookies and I think a bit more spice would have made these an A+ cookie! But the pumpkin and chocolate flavor is still so good and make this pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe worth it!

Overall Review: 4/5

P.S. If you are looking for more fall recipes, check out my other post, 5 Recipes to Make with Your Apple Picking Haul! Definitely some great apple options for those that are interested!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe From: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/pumpkin-chocolate-chip-cookies/
Servings 18 cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter melted & slightly cooked
  • 1/4 cup Light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 6 tbsp Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 & 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl whisk the melted butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar
  • Mix in the vanilla and pumpkin puree with the sugar/butter mixture.
  • In a larger bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda and powder, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spices until combined.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix to combine(use a spatula).
  • Once fully combined add the chocolate chips and mix as well as you can.
  • Cover and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. You CANNOT skip this step.
  • Once chilled, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Roll about 1 1/2 tbsps of the cookie dough into balls and place on a parchment covered baking sheet.
  • Place in the oven for 11-12 minutes until edges are set.
  • The center will still be super soft and its okay.
  • Don't eat right ahead, let the cookies cool for 15-20 minutes so the flavors combine.
  • Serve with a glass of milk or a PSL and enjoy!

5 Recipes to Make with Your Apple Picking Haul

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It’s apple picking haul season and that means bushels of apples and all the apple recipes! If you are like me, its a bit overwhelming trying to find good recipes to make with all the apples. So, I went to work finding 5 recipes to make with your apple picking haul! (All recipes are linked in the headings below)

1.) Crock-Pot Apple Butter

Apple butter was without doubt one of my favorite recipes! So easy to do and you get a great result. This apple butter is great on a good piece of toast or in some oatmeal in the morning. I highly recommend making this to share with family and friends!

2.) Apple Cinnamon Fritter Bread

Apple cinnamon fritter bread was my husbands favorite and a huge hit! The layer of apple cinnamon in the middle of the bread is a game changer and really enhances the taste of the bread. This apple bread is one that I will continue to make for seasons to come as its the perfect fall compliment to a cup of coffee on a chilly morning.

3.) Apple Muffins

Apple Muffins were a spur of the moment Friday afternoon decision. They didn’t take long at all and were such a treat for breakfast on Saturday morning. Apple muffins are full of that crisp apple flavor and spices. It’s not overpowering in spice and it hits the spot! The best part about these is they don’t take a lot of apples so you can make several batches for friends and family!

4.) Mini Apple Pies

Let me start out by saying that these mini apple pies took work. It wasn’t that they were necessarily hard to make, its that they take quite a bit of time to make. To make the lattice tops like I did, just requires patience to get them set up right and placed on top of the pies. However, I truly think they were worth the effort. Mini apple pies are the perfect compliment to a party and they use a bunch of apples!

5.) Harvest Chicken Apple Skillet

Finally, we have the harvest chicken apple skillet. This skillet is unique in flavors, but definitely has a fall vibe to it. I grew to really like this recipe but its definitely a sweet and savory dish and that presents a big flavor profile. I do recommend trying it though! It’s good to mix things up and try something new and different and this fits the bill!

And that’s it! These are my top 5 recipes to make with your apple picking haul. If you decide to try any of them let me know below in the comment section!

How to Make Mini Apple Pies

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Made the cutest mini apple pies this weekend! This mini apple pies recipe has a filling that was perfect and full of that great fall cinnamon flavor. I served these at a small get together this weekend and they were perfect for that bite size dessert you are looking for! I highly recommend serving them warm if possible, but they were still amazing cooled off.

Let me start my review of these by saying that the tops took forever. I’ve never latticed a pie before and doing it on a mini scale for 18 pies was crazy. It took a long time and some of them turned out terrible because I couldn’t get the dough to cooperate with me! But once you push through and get everything done, they look absolutely adorable and are the perfect single serving of apple pie. The filling was easy enough to make. Like I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, peeling, coring and dicing several cups of apples is most of the prep work. I will say this recipe made too much filling, mainly because I think I used too many apples. But even with the 1/2 cup extra apples I filled twice as many muffins and still had filling leftover.

I would definitely make sure to buy two packages of dough. One package will be solely for the bottoms of the mini apple pies and one package solely for the tops of the apple pies. That would be my biggest suggestion based on my experience with this recipe. I would also be sure to let the dough thaw to room temperature so its easy to work with. Overall, this mini apple pies recipe turned out super cute and tasted great! I have no complaints with the taste and while they took a long time to make they were well worth the time!

Overall Review: 4.5/5

How to Make Mini Apple Pies

Recipe From: https://www.sprinklesomesugar.com/mini-apple-pies/
Servings 18

Ingredients
  

  • 5 cups Apples peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • pinch salt
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 or 2 packages (2 9") store-bought pie crust
  • 1 Egg beaten for egg wash

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • Grease a 12 cup muffin tin (and a 6-cup tin if making full amount) and set aside for later
  • Peel, core and dice apples and put into bowl. Drizzle lemon juice on top and toss
  • In another bowl mix granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  • Transfer to a saucepan on medium heat. Pour in water and stir to combine. Continuously stir to prevent sticking at bottom.
  • While still on medium heat bring to a boil for 3 minutes so mixture gets thicker.
  • Add apples and mix well. Bring to a boil again. Then reduce heat to low and let simmer for 10 minutes
  • Once apple mixture is done simmering set aside to cool.
  • While mixture is cooling (or done earlier) – take first pie crusts and a 3 1/2" circle to cut the bottoms of the pies. once you have your circles, place them in the pan and push them to cover the bottom and sides.
  • On another pie dough, cut the pie into 1/2" strips and then into 2 1/2" smaller strips. Take 6 of the strips and criss cross them into the lattice form.
  • For the lattice form, just cross them one over the other and repeat. The middle will be different than the bottom and top.
  • Once the bottom crust is in, fill the muffin pin with the apple filling. About 2/3 full.
  • After the filling is in, place your lattice tops on the top and cut any extra off.
  • Use your egg wash to brush the tops of the pies
  • Place in oven for about 15 minutes until tops are lightly golden.
  • Absolutely best served warm and with some ice cream!

How to Make Homemade Crock-Pot Apple Butter

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It’s officially fall! That means all the apple recipes! Today’s recipe is all things apple butter. I love apple butter is so sweet and it paired so well with a good piece of toast. This homemade crock-pot apple butter is especially perfect after a trip to the orchard when you have excess apples. What I loved about this recipe is that while it does take a while to cook, most of that time is in the Crock-Pot.

My personal opinion was that this recipe tasted great. The flavors were just right and not too much that it overpowered the apple taste. My husband was a huge fan and has had at least two pieces of apple butter toast a day! This is also the perfect recipe for those who are beginner cooks, it’s really not a challenging recipe and produces great results.

This recipe is not a canning recipe. There are specific things that have to be done to preserve the apple butter and this recipe does not do that. However, this does last a couple weeks if you make double or triple the recipe. The amount listed below is perfect for a small family that wants to have a couple days of apple butter(my single batch photos are below). For those with larger families or those who want to gift it, I would triple the recipe. When I did that it filled two mason jars completely. Which would be perfect for sharing or giving one away to friends!

Overall, if you are looking for a super easy crock-pot apple butter recipe, this is the one! If you do decide to try it, let me know below in the comments!

Overall Review: 5/5

Crock-Pot Apple Butter

Ingredients
  

  • 6 Medium-Large Apples
  • 1/2 cup Raw Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp Allspice

Instructions
 

  • Peel and dice all your apples and set in your crockpot
  • Add raw sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Combine Well.
  • Set crock-pot to high for 5 hours
  • Use an immersion blender to blend until there are no apple chunks. I personally don't have an immersion blender so I had to transfer to a regular blender and puree that way.
  • Once fully blended, put the crock-pot on high for 2 hours
  • Transfer to some mason jars and use on all your favorite foods!

How to Make Apple Fritter Bread

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This bread is TO DIE FOR! Seriously this is a non negotiable fall item that you must bake! All the layers come together to form the most perfectly balanced fall bread that will have you craving more. I always know a dessert is good when my husband goes back for more. He absolutely loved this bread and I guarantee you will too. The biggest thing I love about this recipe from Home is Where the Boat is, that the layer in the center keeps the bread moist and allows that great apple cinnamon flavor with every bite. If you have a group dinner or event coming up, or just want something special to eat Sunday morning, this is the bread for you! See the photos below to see what I mean!

Please note that there are a lot of bowls involved in this, and that is to help create the layers that make the bread so good. So just be aware that there will be more cleanup than normal for this recipe. But the work is so worth it that you won’t care about the cleanup!

Overall Review: 5/5

Apple Fritter Bread

From: Home is Where the Boat Is
https://homeiswheretheboatis.net/2020/02/19/cinnamon-swirl-apple-fritter-bread/

Ingredients
  

  • 1/3 cup Light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 Apples Peeled and Chopped
  • 2/3 cup Sugar plus 2 tbsps
  • 1/2 cup Softened butter
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups All purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 tsps Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Spray a 9×5 inch loaf ban with nonstick spray
  • In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon and set aside
  • In another bowl mix 2 tbsp granulated sugar and tsp cinnamon with apples and set aside
  • Using a hand mixer and a large bowl, beat butter and remaining 2/3 cup sugar with mixer until fluffy
  • Add eggs to butter mixture one at a time.
  • Add vanilla extract to egg/butter mixture.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add butter mixture to flour mixture and combine until well blended.
  • Mix 1/2 cup milk until batter is smooth
  • Pour half the batter into loaf pan. Then add half of the apple mixture
  • Sprinkle half the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture on top of apple mixture
  • Pour remaining batter on top of cinnamon/apple mixture. Then top with remaining apple mixture and then remaining cinnamon sugar mixture.
  • Lightly push down the top apple layer and swirl the brown sugar mixture through apples with a knife.
  • Bake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a toothpick stuck through center of bread comes out clean.
  • Let cool and serve with butter! Enjoy!

How to Make the Easiest Apple Muffins

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Hey y’all! Another fall day, another apple recipe! When fall hits, I am cooking all things apple and this recipe did not disappoint! It’s from Southern Living, a favorite of mine as all the recipes are amazing! These muffins did not take long to make and had a great flavor profile. My only suggestion to this would be that you may want to incorporate another 1/2 cup of apples. I like chunky muffins with lots of apple bites and feel like another 1/2 cup would have made the perfect muffin! Overall though, they are the perfect fall breakfast item and I highly recommend them!

Overall Review: 4.7/5

Apple Muffins

From: Southern Living https://www.southernliving.com/recipes/apple-muffins-recipe

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cup Diced Apples
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/3 cup Packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Whole Milk
  • 1/2 cup Salted Butter Melted and Cooled
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Eggs Slightly Beaten

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Grease a 12 cup muffin pan with spray
  • In a medium bowl mix the apples and granulated sugar and set aside
  • In a large bowl — Whisk flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon
  • Stir milk, butter, vanilla and eggs in the apple mixture
  • Add apple mixture to flour mixture. Stir until just combined.
  • Evenly pour into muffin cups
  • Bake for 18 minutes until a wooden pick inserted to center comes out clean.
  • Remove muffins to wire rack and let cool.
  • Serve with butter and enjoy!

How to Make a Harvest Apple Chicken Skillet

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So we went apple picking this weekend and I have a serious overflow of apples! As I’m working on ways to eat all of these apples I stumbled upon this Harvest Apple Chicken Skillet and it sounded perfect! I will say right off the bat that this takes a lot of prep work. There are so many vegetables and ingredients to chop beforehand that you will need to make sure you set aside time for the prep. But once you’ve completed the prep, the cook time doesn’t take long at all!

As for taste, this is definitely a sweet and savory dish. I would say this dish is decent, but not in my top favorites. I love all the vegetables and the bacon and chicken addition. But the sauce wasn’t quite there for me. I think that a different sauce would take this dish to a whole new level! But still, it was a good dinner and a fun new recipe to try!

Overall Review: 3/5

Harvest Apple Chicken Skillet

From: https://www.closetcooking.com/harvest-skillet-chicken-with-apples/
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Slices Bacon Chopped into 1/2 inch sections
  • 1 pd Chicken Bite Size Pieces
  • 1 Onion Diced
  • 1 Sweet Potato Peeled and Diced
  • 1 pd Brussel Sprouts Trimmed and quartered
  • 4 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1 Jalapeno Diced
  • 2 tsp Thyme
  • 2 Apples Diced
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 2 tbsp Whole Grain Mustard
  • 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • Salt to taste
  • Black Pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Prep Ingredients: Bacon, Chicken, Sweet Potato, Onion, Brussel Sprouts, Garlic and Apples
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and cook the bacon until crispy
  • Once the bacon is done, transfer to a plate but keep the bacon grease in the pan.
  • Add the chopped chicken to the skillet and cook until golden about 7-8 minutes
  • Once the chicken is cooked transfer to a separate plate
  • Add onion, sweet potato, jalapeno, and brussel sprouts and cook until tender (10-15 minutes).
  • Add garlic, thyme and chopped apples. Cook for about 1-2 minutes
  • Add chicken broth.
  • Add cooked bacon and chicken and combine.
  • Add mustard, syrup, salt and pepper and combine. Let sauce thicken for 2-3 minutes
  • Serve in a bowl and enjoy!