Desserts

Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes with Biscoff Frosting #PumpkinWeek

Moist and flavorful brown butter pumpkin cupcakes topped with sweet cookie butter frosting. If you’re bringing them to a party you may want to double the batch!

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Welcome to #PumpkinWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections. We are celebrating our love of the season with a whole week of pumpkin goodies, leading up to National Pumpkin Day. Seventeen food bloggers have come together to share over 65 recipes with you. In addition to homemade pumpkin puree, pie, and cookies, we are also sharing savory pumpkin dishes like hummus, chili and pumpkin corn chowder. Come back every day for #PumpkinWeek recipes. You can also find these great recipes and more on Love and Confections’ #PumpkinWeek Pinterest Board!

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Check out all the #PumpkinWeek Bloggers and their recipes:

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If you haven’t been browning your butter you really should start. One extra step is all it takes to increase the depth of the flavor or whatever you are cooking, whether it be sweet or savory. In the case of these cupcakes the result was so delicious that I should have made a double batch. I brought them to a party and people were practically fighting over them and the last one was split into fourths just to keep the peace. The cupcakes are a bit heavier than traditional cupcakes due to the addition of pumpkin puree but they are not lacking on moisture. And if you love Speculoos/Biscoff cookies, you will rave over the frosting made out of cookie butter!

P.S. For those of you wondering, my friend Maggie adored her birthday cake saying it was “the best cake ever“! Just like the cake the weekend was filled with greatness. We also ran a 5K in which both Maggie and I placed 2nd in our respective age groups. If Maggie hadn’t just turned 30 I would’ve only made 3rd place haha.

One year ago: Cinnamon-Raisin Bagel for One

Two years ago: Peanut Butter-Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

Three years ago: Whole Wheat Pumpkin Waffles by Lauren’s Latest
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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Dark chocolate peanut butter cupcakes with dark chocolate peanut butter frosting. As dangerous as they sound especially in the deceptively innocent mini size. 

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Last year during football season I made white chocolate peanut butter mini cupcakes and they were super addictive. Since today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day I decided to revisit that recipe using dark chocolate peanut butter. It’s the dark-side equivalent of the more innocent looking white chocolate peanut butter cupcakes, but equally as sinful. That’s why I made them minis so you can eat 4 or 5 of them without feeling guilty. Oh the deception!

One year ago: Horror Show Pistachio Zombie Cupcakes

Two years ago: Review: Baking for Friends

Three years ago: Homemade Potato Knishes by Overtime Cook
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Reese’s Oreo Chocolate Cake with Funfetti Cookie Dough Filling

Ever have trouble deciding on your favorite kind of cake? Combine them all in one with Reese’s, Oreos, Funfetti, and cookie dough.

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Remember when I told you how most of my friends (and myself) are turning 30 in the next 12 months? Well today marks my friend Maggie’s 30th birthday! Last year she made the wild request for her birthday dessert to include cheesecake, cookie dough, funfetti and Oreos and you better believe I delivered with what I dubbed birthday explosion mini cheesecakes. This year however she was a bit stumped as last years dessert topped anything should could have ever imagined. She did finally challenge me by requesting the same combination plus Reese’s peanut butter cups. It took me lots of brainstorming to finally decide on what to make.

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This cake should be named “All of Maggie’s Favorite Things”. It is a chocolate cake with chopped Reese’s and Oreos mixed in, Funfetti cookie dough filling, chocolate ganache, Funfetti frosting, and more Reese’s and Oreos on top. Now that’s a birthday cake! I fear for her 31st birthday. We may need to regress to simpler ideas.

What is your ideal birthday dessert?

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One year ago: Spicy Black Bean Burgers

Two years ago: Mini Pink Ombre Sugar Cookie Cake
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Apple Pie Cookies

Cookies or apple pie? Now you don’t have to decide between the two because you can have them both at the same time with these fresh apple pie cookies.

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Since today is National Dessert Day it seemed fitting to share a dessert recipe, but I decided one dessert wasn’t enough. Introducing “Dessert Mash-Ups” from Dorothy Kern, the mastermind behind Crazy for Crust, with 52 creative recipes combining your favorite desserts – Blueberry Muffin Waffles, Pumpkin Cheesecake French Toast, Mint Chip Truffles, Oatmeal Cookie Cheesecake Bars, Snickers Cake Roll, Banana Cream Pie Dip, Chocolate Chip Cookie Toffee Bark, etc.

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With is being apple season I jumped on the apple pie cookies. You cannot go wrong with cinnamon cookie cups with apple-pie filling and I bet you could change up the fruit in the middle depending on the season. I’m dreaming of blueberries and I happen to have some frozen from the summer’s haul. But for now let’s focus on apples and apple pie in miniature cookie form.

What’s your favorite two-in-one dessert combo?

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One year ago: Pumpkin Spice Brownies

Three years ago: Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate with Oreo Crumbs
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Homemade Peanut Butter Goo Goo Clusters

You favorite Nashville candy can now be made at home. These peanut butter goo goo clusters taste like buckeye truffles with crunchy peanuts.

Homemade Peanut Butter Goo Goo Clusters

If you lived in or near Nashville, TN you have heard of Goo Goo Clusters. The traditional one is made with marshmallow, caramel, and peanuts which is covered in milk chocolate. As delicious as that sounds, being a smart company they also made a peanut butter version which of course wins my heart every time.

I’m not sure how they make their peanut butter Goo Goo Cluster but I used my buckeye candy recipe as the basis for this one. Peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar, and graham cracker crumbs come together to make the peanut butter discs which then have peanuts pressed into them before being dunked in milk chocolate. Simple as that!

One year ago: Crispy Gnocchi

Three years ago: Butternut Squash Soup
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No-Churn Pumpkin Cannoli Ice Cream

Start off fall right – with ice cream! This easy no-churn ice cream takes just like a pumpkin cannoli or at least what I think a pumpkin cannoli would taste like.

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I am a true believer of ice cream and its application year round. To prove my point I made a seasonal ice cream using pumpkin! It’s also super easy to make and does not require an ice cream maker, which means you have no excuses not to make this.

The flavor is pumpkin cannoli and while I have never actually tasted a pumpkin cannoli before I bet it tastes just like this ice cream, minus the cold factor. My favorite part is the crispy roasted pepitas which is why I sprinkled even more over the top.

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One year ago: Ghost Chili with Cornbread Topping and Chipotle Creama
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Banana Bread Brownies

These banana bread brownies are what you get when you combine moist banana bread with chewy brownies. Perfect for chocolate and banana lovers.

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The best part about this being the last year of my 20s is that I am not alone. Many of my friends are also turning 30 this and next year making it feel like a year long celebration. One such friend is Brandi who was my roommate for the first two years of grad school and retained our friendship since. She is a fantastic person, incredibly talents and thoughtful, and I was stoked when I found out that one of her friends organized a “30 celebrations” for her 30th birthday. For 15 days before and 15 days after her birthday, friends signed up for a day or two to wish her happy birthday in whatever way they choose. I of course decided to mail her baked goods. She loved the combination of chocolate and bananas so these banana bread brownies seemed like the appropriate choice. They should be arriving at her doorstep today and I hope she likes them! Happy (almost) 30th birthday Brandi!!!

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One year ago: Orange Chicken with Asparagus

Two years ago: Buckeye Monkey Bread Muffins

Three years ago: Oatmeal Meatballs with Spinach
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Buckeye Granola Bites

These healthy peanut butter granola bites are dipped in dark chocolate to resemble buckeyes. They are a snacky, healthier version of the popular buckeye candies.

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Today is yet another Buckeye football Saturday and therefore PB+Choc Saturday. I am actually tailgating today, but oddly enough NOT for the Ohio State game. Some friends are in town this weekend for the UT-Florida game and I will be joining them for the adventure! I have never tailgated at a game where I did not have a sworn allegiance so I’m just along for the ride.

While I will wear some orange to join in the spirit of the day, I may layer some Ohio state gear in there as well since both games are at the same time. With highs barely reaching 60 today (wasn’t it 80 on yesterday?) no one can blame me for layering. Besides, I plan on bringing these granola bites along just in case they need persuasion. They resemble buckeye candies but are healthier (even more than my healthier buckeyes), made with oats, peanuts, dates (or raisins), and honey.

One year ago: Jalapeno Popper Fettucine Alfredo

Two years ago: Hazelnut Praline Paste

Three years ago: Pumpkin Danish
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Maple Apple Pie with Walnut Crumble Topping

Apple crumble pie is the best of both worlds with a flaky crust and crumbly topping. This pie also has some maple syrup in the mix for added fall flavor.

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The last day of September is upon us, seriously where did the month go? While I have finally succumbed to fall baking starting with apples the last two weeks it’s already time to start diving into pumpkin and Halloween candy with October. But first the apples. It has come to my attention that I have a decent supply of apple pie recipes. Regular double-crust apple pie, caramel apple, apple pecan, apple blackberry, and even an apple crumble. However, evidently I have not reached the quota and have yet another apple pie recipe for you and it may be my new favorite. It combines the classic deliciousness of a traditional pie crust with the excellence of a nutty crumble topping and some maple syrup for good measure. The sugar content of the filling may be slightly decreased but don’t worry the sugar in the crumbly topping compensates.

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One year ago: Sloppy Joses with Avocado Cream

Three years ago: Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n’ Peanut Butter Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar
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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Yogurt Covered Pretzels #10DaysofTailgate

Welcome to #‎10DaysofTailgate hosted by Culinary Adventures with Camilla! There are nearly two dozen bloggers with over one hundred recipes to inspire you through an entire tailgating season. From Chili, Meatballs and Wings to Sangria, Pretzels and some sweet Desserts, we have all your tailgating recipe needs covered. #10daysofTailgate runs from September 20th through September 30th. A huge thank you goes to our event sponsors who have graciously donated prizes for our readers. There are fourteen different prize packages so make sure you enter the rafflecopter HERE and don’t forget to follow the hashtag on Twitter too, #10DaysofTailgate.

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Here’s what everyone brought to the table today…

Starters
Chicken Bacon RanchTaquitos by Things I Make (for Dinner)
Cherry Chipotle Glazed Wings by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Firewired Pancetta-Wrapped Seafood by Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Mains
Maize and Blue Chicken Salad by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Savory Duck Handpies by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Slow Cooker Smoky Date Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Smokey Red Lentil Chili by Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
Thai Beef Skewers by The Pajama Chef

Sips
Apple Cherry Spice Cocktail by CafeTerraBlog

Dips
Kicked up Spinach Dip by Miss Laura’s Kitchen
Pizza Dip by Making Miracles

Sweets
Peanut Butter & Chocolate Hard Pretzels by The Spiffy Cookie

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Yogurt Covered Pretzels

It’s another #PBChocSat and #10DaysofTailgate mash up! And yet again another pretzel combination. I did not do that on purpose but evidently I have been craving the sweet and salty combo of peanut butter, pretzels, and chocolate. Thankfully that goes well with tailgating.

Today’s sweet treat may not be considered a healthy option but it is made with Greek yogurt. Any health benefits from the yogurt is cancelled out with the copious amounts of sugar used to create the coating. But feel free to convince yourself that they are not as bad for you, because that’s what I did as I nearly devoured the entire stock of them in one sitting.

Don’t forget to enter the #10DaysofTailgate giveaway HERE!

Two years ago: Sweet Potato Kale Pizza with Rosemary & Red Onion

Three years ago: “Don’t Judge Me” Mac & Cheese
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