Whoopie! It’s Sweet Pumpkin Time!

Whoopie! It’s that glorious time of year again. Fall has officially arrived. Time to put our pumpkin spice to work! Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting are just the start to a season of yumminess!

INGREDIENTS

• 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

• 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

• 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

• 1/4 teaspoon cloves

• 1 cup butter-flavored Crisco

• 2 cups packed brown sugar

• 2 egg whites

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• 3/4 cup canned pumpkin

Filling

• Cream Cheese Frosting recipe -see below

• 1/2 cup salted caramel sauce

• 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

• Chopped pecans

•. Heath bits

Directions

1 Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F. Then, in a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Set aside.

2 In a large bowl, cream together Crisco and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.

3 Mix in the dry ingredients, alternating with the pumpkin.

4 Drop rounded tablespoons about 2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet. Flatten slightly with the back of a spoon or your fingers. Bake 10-11 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

5 In the meantime, prepare batch of Cream Cheese Frosting recipe. Once prepared, beat in 1/2 cup salted caramel sauce and an additional 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Beat until incorporated.

6 Once the cookies are cooled, spread the frosting onto the bottom of half of the cookies, then top with remaining cookies. Roll some of the frosted edges of the cookies in chopped pecans, some in Heath bits, and some in butterscotch chips

7 Store whoopie pies in the refrigerator.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 packages (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

3/4 cups unsalted butter, softened

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

3 cups confectioner’s sugar

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the cream cheese, butter, and salt until light and smooth. This will take about five minutes.

Blend in the vanilla and almond extract. Beat to combine.

Add the confectioner’s sugar slowly, about one cup at a time, and mix until smooth.

*recipe inspired by Inspired By Charm

Hello Sweetheart

There are a whole bunch of reasons why this Saturday’s treat will win your Sweetie’s heart! It makes no difference whether you call them Hello Dollies, Magic Bars, or 7 Layer Bars. What matters is how incredibly yummy they are! These easy to make goodies are everything plus a little bit more guaranteed to make your Sweetheart’s day!

Ingredients:

½ cup butter (melted)

1½ cups graham cracker crumbs

1 cup coconut flakes

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1/2 cup red M&Ms

1/2 cup butterscotch chips

1/2 cup Heath Bits

1 cup pecans, chopped

1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

While the oven is preheating, melt the butter in a 9×13 baking pan.

Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs evenly over the butter in the bottom of the pan, press lightly into the butter.

Evenly cover the crust with the coconut flakes, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and pecans. Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the top.

Bake for 20-25 minutes. Watch it closely until the edges are golden brown. You want to be careful not to burn the coconut and it can happen very quickly.

Let cool about 5 minutes and run a knife around the edges of the pan to prevent sticking.

Allow to cool completely before slicing into squares.

Homemade Birthday Sweet

The best part of our birthday is sharing it together…and the CAKE! Instead of letting someone else make it for us we decided to make our own. Greatest decision ever! Oatmeal Cookie Brownie Birthday Cake! 1/2 our favorite cookie dough + 1/2 our favorite brownie batter = 1 big birthday wish come true!

Oatmeal Cookie Brownie Birthday Cake

Directions

• make 1 box of dark chocolate brownies according to directions on the back of the box

• make 1 batch of Sister Sweetly’s favorite oatmeal cookie dough

• pour half of the brownie batter in a parchment lined 9 x 13 baking dish

• spread the cookie dough on top of the brownie batter

• top with the remaining half of brownie batter

• bake at 350 for 40 min

• enjoy while singing Happy Birthday if it’s your birthday too!

Golden Birthday Sweets

We have yet another family celebration this weekend. An eight year old birthday party. And this year isn’t just any old birthday–it’s a golden birthday.!!! Tina’s son will eight on the eighth and that’s cause for an extra special celebration. Of course, there will be birthday cake, but we thought it would be fun to gather a bunch of “golden” treats to create a Golden Birthday Snack Mix. Some might even use these as ice cream toppings. Rolos, vanilla cupcake Goldfish, Golden Graham’s, and mini Golden Oreos. Golden yumminess! Perfect for any old day but especially for a golden 8th birthday. 

Sweet Taste of Fall in February 

Even though Fall was so yesterday and it’s more like red velvet, chocolate covered strawberry season, we’re filling the kitchen this Saturday with the savory scent of Pumpkin Bread upon the request of one our kids. And it’s been a minute since we overindulged in this tasty treat, so why not! Plus we’re keeping it easy by following the simple instructions on the back of a box of Libby’s Pumpkin Bread Kit. Hands down the best pumpkin bread ever! 

So Long Sweet ’16

Happy New Year’s Eve!
Do you have big plans? Over the years, our plans have become quite a bit tamer, quieter, and earlier. We are lucky if we stay awake to watch the ball drop in NYC. But if you know us, you know we love to celebrate. And for us, it can’t truly be a celebration with out baking up something scrumptious to share. Today we are making Butterscotch Heath Cookie Butter Cookie Bars. We’ll be toasting them as we ring in the new year at 7:00 pm. No we aren’t joking! See, we told you…tamer, quieter, earlier. But still as sweet as ever!!!


Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour 
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

5 Tablespoons Butter Flavored Crisco Stick

1 cup light brown sugar, packed

1 large egg

1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter

3/4 cup chips butterscotch chips

3/4 cup Heath Bits

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F . Line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper.

In a medium sized bowl, toss together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 

In a large bowl, stir the Crisco and brown sugar together until combined. Whisk in the egg and egg yolk, then add the vanilla. Stir in the cookie butter.  Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Be careful not to overmix, which will result in crumbly, hard blondies. The batter will be very thick. Fold in the butterscotch chips and Heath Bits. 

Spoon the batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 25-26 minutes. The blondies may appear very soft, but they will set up as they cool. Allow the blondies to cool completely- about 3 hours. Cut into bars as toast the new year!

*recipe inspired by Sally’s Baking Addiction

Have A Sweet Christmas

The tree is trimmed, the presents are wrapped, and our kids are ready to impress Santa with their sugar cookie creations! Let the festivities begin. It’s the most wonderfully sweet season of all! Merry Christmas! 


Sugar Cookie Recipe