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

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Sweet Travels

We have no plans on attending Mardi Gras this year. However, when a love one recently visited New Orleans, she brought us back a box of Cafe Du Monde beignets mix. It’s a little earlier than Fat Tuesday, but this weekend we will be baking up these delicious pastries. And with a few dipping sauces on the side, we will be creating our own little party.

Annual Sweet Outing

It’s that time of year again…time for our annual trip to the apple orchard. This has easily become one of our favorite fall outings. There’s a little something for everyone: apple cider donuts and coffee for the dads, hayrack rides and apple pie smoothies for the kids, and fresh picked apples that are perfect for baking for us! This time we’re bringing home a stash of apples to make Apple Pie Dump Cake.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

pinch of cardamom

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1/4 cup melted butter

1 large egg, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups freshly picked, roughly chopped apples (peeled and cored, about 2 apples)

vanilla ice cream

caramel

pecan pieces

Heath Bits

INSTRUCTIONS

1 Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 8×11 inch baking dish.

2 In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. Set aside.

3 In a mixing bowl, use a wooden spoon to mix the brown sugar, white sugar and melted butter together. Add the beaten egg and vanilla extract and mix until sugar mixture is wet. Slowly add the set aside dry ingredients and mix until just wet. Fold in the apples.

4 Pour the apple mixture into the set aside baking dish and put it in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Remove from the oven when the top is brown. Let cool for 10 minutes.

5 To prepare an apple cake sundae, place 2 spoonfuls of apple cake in a bowl. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzle caramel, and handful of pecan pieces on top.

* recipe inspired by Honey And Birch

A Love For Sweets

Don’t you love it when the people you love know exactly what you love and turn around and give you these lovely things? That has happened to us a lot recently. I guess we’ve made it perfectly clear that we LOVE chocolate. This weekend we’ve decided to use a few of these delicious gifts to create a unique treat. We’re taking a box of chocolate fudge brownies and a box of caramel turtle brownies and layering bits of an enormous milk chocolate bar in between. Thanks loved ones! We’ll be share to leave enough to share! 

16 Ways to My Sweetie’s Heart

Happy sweet 16th Anniversary to my hubby and me! He’s one lucky guy! Ha!Ha! Seriously time goes by so fast, especially when you’re busy having fun (and raising kids)! We’re not much for extravagant gift giving around here, but we gotta celebrate! So what better way than 16 differently topped brownies! Love never tasted so yummy! 

16 Differently Topped Brownies

  1. Caramel Sea Salt
  2. Hazelnut Grenache
  3. Toasted Marshmallow
  4. Rice Krispie Treat
  5. Hugs & Kisses
  6. Candy Bar
  7. Peanut Butter
  8. Almond Joy
  9. Dark Chocolate Toffee
  10. Chocolate Chip Cookie Pieces
  11. Trail Mix
  12. M&M
  13. Potato Chip
  14. Salted Pretzel
  15. Coffee Bean
  16. Sugar Dusted

Sweet! Another Satis”frying” Treat

We’re at it again! Turning two of our favorite vices into one. This time it’s brownies’ turn. Brownie Fries are so gonna satis”fry” us this Saturday! Brownie Fries

Ingredients

  • 1 box of dark chocolate brownie mix plus ingredients on the back of the box
  • Sea salt

Directions

Make the brownies according to the directions on the back of the box in a 9×13 pan. Once baked sprinkle with sea salt. Cool. Then use a pizza cutter to slice brownies into small 3 inch rectangles. Enjoy!

So Long Sweet Summer

Even though our kiddos started school this week, it is only August and we are trying to hold onto any last bits of summer. Nothin says summer like ice cream sundaes. Around here we like to make things extra cutesy so we grabbed a few jars, some yummy toppings, a few flavors of ice cream and created our own ice cream sundae bar. From there we layered up the most deliciousy,
adorable ice cream sundaes in town. Summer never tasted so sweet!