Thursday, October 24, 2019

Sweet Potato Crumb Muffins

Sweet Potato Crumb Muffins, Sweet Potato Muffins, Pumpkin Muffins, Streusel Topped Muffin Recipes, Sweet Potato Recipes, Fall Baking, Thanksgiving Recipes, ThanksgivingMy three-year-old has been very into muffins lately, and asks for them frequently, seeming to have forgotten his love of pancakes which we haven't had in a while now.  He may also have realized that muffins are about as close as he can get to eating cake for breakfast.  I've loved muffins since I was a kid, too, and what's not to love?  They're sweet, cakey, soft, warm and crumbly, perfectly portioned (if you can eat just one), as well as quick and easy to mix up.

Last Sunday, I had been planning on updating my recipe and photos for pumpkin muffins, but I had a couple of roasted sweet potatoes leftover from dinner a few nights before, so I impulsively decided to make sweet potato muffins instead.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cream Pies

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Cake will always be my favorite thing to bake, but sometimes, all I really want to eat in the afternoon is a plate of freshly baked cookies.  When I was in college, there was a cookie shop across the street from my dorm, and my friends and I would occasionally walk across the street for a treat.  When you walked in the shop, they would immediately hand you a free chocolate chip cookie, still warm from the oven, to eat while you looked around.  And I would always buy the chocolate chip cookie sandwich, filled with vanilla frosting.  Those soft, chunky cookies, just salty enough and filled with sweet frosting, were the best thing ever to take to the library later for a night of studying.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Snickerdoodle Cake

Snickerdoodle Cake, Fall Cake Recipes, Thanksgiving Desserts, Snickerdoodles, Polkadot Cake, White and Gold CakeLast weekend, I made my Snickerdoodle Cake, a recipe I created over five years ago, that became beloved with friends.  It's a cake that deserves to be made over and over, especially in the fall.

This recipe begins with a buttermilk cake that's a little dense like pound cake, but still soft, tender and fluffy.  It's rich and moist from both butter and cream cheese creamed together with white and brown sugars, and flavored with vanilla and a pinch of nutmeg.  The buttermilk cake has a slight tang that tastes just like a snickerdoodle cookie, and it's good enough to eat on its own, but even more spectacular layered with fluffy buttercream.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Appledoodles (Apple Cider Cookies)

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Now that it's October, we're finally starting to enjoy some cooler days, and there are hints of fall everywhere.  The flowers in our garden are still blooming, but starting to fade, and there's a hint of red on our maple tree.  Before long, our back yard will be blanketed in crispy, crunchy leaves in all shades of red, burgundy and purple for our boys to jump in and stomp through.  The nights are getting colder, and by this weekend, we'll need to pull up our fresh basil and dry it for winter.  The thyme and rosemary are hardier in the cold temperatures, and there's no rush to get those dried, other than my wanting to get these tasks completed and to be finished with all the yard work until next spring.

At the grocery store, there are pots of brightly colored mums everywhere, piles of pumpkins, and so many varieties of apples and pears to choose from.  And the bins of nuts in their shells are out, too.  We always have a nut bowl sitting in the kitchen for the holidays, usually from November until after New Year's, and they make the best snack along with a cold crunchy apple.