Peanut Butter Bars

Looking for a Halloween treat that’s easy to make, not super scary, and reminiscent of those peanut butter cups that you can get at the store? If that’s the case, these are perfect for you! They look more complicated than they actually are, and the most difficult part is waiting for them to free, and the only thing that difficult about that is that you’ll want want to eat them the moment you start putting them together. Trust me, though–it’ll be worth the wait!

What You Need

  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cupsalted butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 4 graham cracker sheets
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup peanut butter chips
  • Chocolate mold to create bars

How You Do It

  1. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until chocolate is smooth.20181027_154246.jpg
  2. Pour melted chocolate into molds, paying special attention to sides. Make sure there are no holes. When finished, stick in freezer for at least 15 minutes.
  3. While chocolate is freezing, crush graham crackers and set aside.
  4. Begin to make the filling by melting butter on the stove.
  5. Once melted, keep pot on stove and add in the peanut butter. Stir until smooth.
  6. Remove pot from stove. Add the sugar and graham cracker crumbs.
  7. Pull mold out of the freezer and fill with peanut butter filling, making sure that edges are filled. When finished, return to freezer for at least 15 minutes.20181027_164225.jpg
  8. While bars are in freezer, melt peanut butter chips.
  9. Pour over bars, making sure to fill all the way. When done, place back in freezer for at least 15 minutes.
  10. When the bars are set, remove from freezer and pop out of mold. Flip over so that the chocolate is on the top and drizzle with the remaining peanut butter.20181027_172654.jpg

That’s it! These are so simple but taste amazing.

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Not to mention, look at how beautiful. I love the contrast of the peanut butter against the chocolate.

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Seriously. If I wasn’t busy eating all of these in one sitting, I’d be busy admiring how nice they look.

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That’s all for now. As I mentioned in my previous post, this isn’t going be my last Halloween/fall inspired treat. One more post is coming your way tomorrow, and, hint, it involves cupcakes. Until then,

Danielle

Apple Muffins

I recently went apple picking and came back with nearly fifty (!) apples. Since then, I’ve been using them in everything, including an apple pie (recipe coming soon), apple sauce, my breakfast smoothies, and of course, these apple muffins.
These muffins are dense, packed with flavor and a delicious brown sugar topping. The apples are thinly chopped, practically melting into the batter. You might not see the apple pieces when you pull them out of the batter, but boy will you taste them. Plus, by having the apples chopped thinly, you won’t have to worry about them not fully cooking. Of course, if you’d like large apple chunks, cut them according to your preference–it’s completely up to you!

What You Need
Batter

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 8 tablespoons salted butter, softened
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups chopped apples of choice (2 ½-3 medium apples)

Brown Sugar Topping

  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter, cold
  • ⅛ teaspoon vanilla

How You Do It
Batter

  1. Preheat oven to 375F and line muffin tin.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. Chop apples into small pieces. As mentioned above, a bulk of the apple pieces will dissolve into the batter as the muffins bake, so if you’d like bigger piece, cut apples larger. Otherwise, follow directions below, and set aside when finished.
  4. In stand mixer, combine butter and sugar.20180929_0926571.jpg
  5. Add in the eggs and vanilla.20180929_092902.jpg
  6. Add the apples. To avoid breaking the pieces into even smaller pieces, be careful not to overmix. Either stir using a spoon, or, if using a stand mixer, mix for ten seconds at most.20180929_093105.jpg
  7. Mix in the flour. Batter will be thick. If necessary, use a spoon to finish mixing.20180929_093756.jpg

Brown Sugar Topping

  1. In a small bowl cut the butter into the brown sugar using a fork. Do not fully combine; if there are small lumps, that’s okay.20180929_094501.jpg
  2. Stir in the vanilla.
  3. Add in the flour and cinnamon and stir into just combined. Do not mix until you make a paste–the topping should be in small pieces, none bigger than the size of a pea.20180929_094952.jpg
  4. Fill liners ⅔ full and sprinkle brown sugar topping atop. Bake for 15-20 minutes.20180929_095952.jpg
  5. When they’re done, pull them out, give them five minutes, and enjoy!

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These are great for breakfast with a cup of tea.

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The brown sugar topping provides just the right amount of sweetness.

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Are these something you’d like to try? I hope so!
That’s all for now. If you give these a go, let me know how it goes. Also, I’d love to get your recommendations. With of of the apples I recently acquired, what should I do with all of them? What are your favorite apple recipes. Let me know below! Until next time,
♥Danielle

Spice Cupcakes with Vanilla Chai Tea Frosting

Its fall.

Okay, maybe not technically, but, yes, it’s fall. To me it has been since the beginning of August. It’s time to start baking with everything fall related, and, if you ask me, what’s the perfect food for that? Spice cupcakes.

And when I say spice, I mean spice. These cupcakes have ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and clove–not to mention the cinnamon in the frosting. Speaking of the frosting, it’s just a slight modification of my cream cheese frosting, yet still absolutely easy to make.

So, without further ado, let’s pull out our mixing bowls and get started!

What You Need

Cupcake Batter

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon clove
  • 16 tablespoons (1 cup; 2 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup milk

Frosting

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla chai tea
  • 8 ounces (1 block) cream cheese, softened
  • 8 tabespoons (1/2 cup; 1 stick) salted butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups powered sugar

How You Do It

Cupcake Batter

  1. Preheat over to 350 F and line cupcake tin.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine all of the dry ingredient: flour, cornstarch, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and clove. Set aside.
  3. Cream together the butter and sugar.
  4. Add in the eggs and vanilla.
  5. Alternating with the milk, add in the dry ingedients: 1/2 cup flour to 1/4 milk until both are fully added.
  6. Fill liners 3/4 full. Bake for 12-17 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Frosting

  1. Brew a full cup of tea according to instuctions. I reccommend using loose leaf, as you can make it as strong as you would like.
  2. While tea cools, cream together the butter and sugar.
  3. Along with the tea, add in the cinnamon. Its okay if the tea isn’t fully cool.
  4. One cup at a time, add in the powdered sugar. Blend until no lumps remain.
  5. Decorate cupcakes as desired. You can sprinkle over added cinnamon or keep them plain like I did. If you’re piping, the tip you use is up to you.
  6. When you’re all done, step back and admire your work!

These are absolutely perfect for fall. They make me want crunchy leaves, cool weather, and oversized sweaters.

Added bonus? They smell amazing. Somewhere out there, a candle wishes it could smell this good.

So what do you think? If you’re like me and absolutely love fall, what’s your favorite part about it? Do you love spice cupcakes, or do you have another favorite fall treat? Whatever it is, let me know below! Until next time,

-Danielle

Caramel Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Did you ever want chocolate chip cookies but wanted to make something a little different than plain ol’ chocolate chip cookies? If so, this recipe is perfect for you! Taking the base of original chocolate chip cookies, this caramel chocolate chip skillet cookie combines a thin ribbon of caramel sauce and is so much harder to burn (I’m not the only one who routinely burns chocolate chip cookies, right?).

What You Need

  • 6 tablespoons salted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce + extra to drizzle

How You Do It

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. While oven is heating, combine the butter, sugars, and vanilla
  3. Add in the egg.
  4. Going 1/3 cup at a time, add the flour and baking soda.
  5. Add in the chocolate chips. If you’ve been using a hand or stand mixer a up until the point, stir in the chocolate chips by hand to prevent them from breaking.
  6. Separate the dough in half. Press one half into the bottom of an ungreased, 10-inch cast iron skillet. It’s okay if the bottom isn’t completely covered; the dough will expand as it bakes. Pressing the dough into a 6 or 7-inch disk will work
  7. Avoiding the edges, pour over the caramel sauce.
  8. Heavily flour your hands and shape the second half into a disk (saving a little). When it’s roughly the same diameter as the first half, place it on top and press together the edged.20180826_140409.jpg20180826_140816.jpg
  9. If there are any cracks, or caramel seeping through, fix them with any dough that you’ve saved.20180826_140606.jpg
  10. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Note: it’s incredibly easy to overtake this. Because there might be air pockets inside, the cookie might jiggle a little, making it seem like it’s undercooked. If you’re unsure, simply take it out, wait five minutes, and cut open slightly.
  11. When done, drizzle over as much caramel sauce as you’d like, slice, and enjoy!

I wanted the caramel sauce to harden slightly so I popped it back in the oven for 5 minutes, but totally not mandatory.

These are perfect for dunking in milk. Maybe put some whipped cream on them. Absolutely delicious.

Plus, they’re absolutely stuffed with chocolate chips–no skimping here.

Give these a try and let me know how they turn out. If you haven’t already, make sure to follow me on Instagram. Until next time,

-Danielle

Mix It Up: Prefer butterscotch chips instead of chocolate chips? Feel free to substitute those!

Blueberry Muffins

I love muffins; they’re the perfect on the go breakfast. They’re also so easy to make that they’re amazing to make on the weekends, especially if you’re not an early riser but still want something homemade. These muffins are stuffed with blueberries (nothing worse than getting a flavored muffin and it barely being flavored) and go excellent grilled. Plus, with the potential exception of the blueberries, you probably have all of the ingredients already in your kitchen.

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Batter

2 cups fresh blueberries
3 cups flour plus 1/4 cup
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2/3 cup vegetable or canola oil (NOT olive oil)
2 eggs
2/3 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla

Topping

1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

How you do it

Muffin Batter

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F and line cupcake tin. Wash and dry blueberries then coat in 1/4 cup of flour. This will prevent blueberries from sinking to the bottom of the batter.20180804_090652
  2. Combine flour and baking powder.20180804_085232.jpg
  3. Mix in sugar.20180804_085353
  4. Into the dry ingredients, add wet ingredients: milk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Batter will be thick.20180804_090009
  5. Fold in blueberries. Do not use a hand or stand mixer, as these will break the blueberries. Use a spoon. When done, sit batter aside and make the topping.20180804_090949

Topping

  1. Combine the flour, sugars, and cinnamon first.
  2. Once combined, cut in the butter using a fork. Mix until butter is incorporated and a paste is formed. Mixture should not be crumbly.20180804_092303
  3. Fill cupcake liners until they are just about full. Sprinkle a generous amount of topping over each–even more than pictured below!–and cook for 20 minutes.20180804_092328
  4. When they’re done, take them out, let cool for a few minutes, and enjoy! If you have leftover topping, you can cut the muffins in half and spread it over them– it tastes very much like a cinnamon butter. Otherwise, enjoy as is.

I just love how pretty these are–the contrast between the muffins and the topping is gorgeous.20180804_094602

They’re so full of blueberries–no skimping here.20180804_094831(1)

You’ll get about 16 muffins from this recipe, but there’s nothing telling you that you have to share.20180804_095158

Give them a go and let me know what you think. Until next time,

Danielle

Mix It Up: Prefer a sweeter muffin? Combine powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla and drizzle over top–it’ll provide a nice glaze!