BISCOFF Cookie Bars!

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Cookie butter…. I didn’t even know it existed!! But boy am I glad this stuff is now in my life πŸ™‚ I saw a recipe that used the stuff and I was like, “what’s that?!” Obviously it sounds amazing, so I thought I would try it! You can find it in your grocery store in the peanut butter aisle. My local Target had it and I was so happy! These cookie bars are the perfect Halloween treat because you can cut them big or small for larger groups or parties, and they aren’t scary! A little drizzle of melted white chocolate and you are good to go. This recipe is so simple and you don’t need a lot of ingredients. So here we go!

What you will need:

13 x 9 inch bake dish sprayed with non-stick spray

1 pouch (17.5 oz) Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup cookie butter (I used Lotus Biscoff)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 large egg
1/2 cup white chocolate chips + 3 tablespoons for the drizzle

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. In a large bowl, stir together cookie mix, butter, cookie butter, cinnamon and egg until combined. Stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan and bake for 18-20 minutes. Allow to cool on a wire rack about 20 minutes before making the drizzle.

In a microwave safe bowl, place 3 tablespoons of white chocolate chips. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, 20 seconds, stir until melted. Place in a small ziplock bag with a corner cut off and drizzle over cookie bars. Allow to cool before cutting and serving.

Store covered at room temp. Enjoy!

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Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Cake

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Yep, another pumpkin recipe! I just love baking with it! So delicious and comforting this time of year πŸ™‚ I originally wanted to make a coffee cake-like cake, however, I’ve made so many coffee cakes and posted those recipes on here, this one just spoke to me! Let me say, this cake is very VERY sweet. Cinnamon roll times 2, sweet. So if you want it for breakfast, go for it,Β  but it is definitely more of a dessert in my opinion, and that’s saying something πŸ˜‰

So get those ovens on, and here we go…

What you will need:

13 x 9 inch bake dish, greased

For the batter:

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves (or nutmeg)
1 cup milk
2 large eggs
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter, melted

For the filling:

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon

For the glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and cloves (or nutmeg). Stir in milk, eggs, pumpkin and vanilla until combined. Stir in melted butter. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly.

In another bowl, stir together all filling ingredients until combined. Drop by spoonfulls over the cake batter and swirl with a knife. Bake for about 30 minutes.

When the cake comes out of the oven, mix together the glaze ingredients. Drizzle over the hot cake. Allow to cool a bit before serving.

Store covered at room temperature. Warm up to serve (optional).

Pumpkin Muffins

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Who doesn’t love the perfect fall snack in the middle of the day?! I made these while Liam was at school because 1. I wanted them and 2. I never know when he’s going to invite a friend over after school and I want to be able to offer food! He is SO hungry after school because the kindergarteners eat lunch at 10:45! Super early. They do get a snack at 2:00 but it’s just not enough. These muffins are the perfect energy treat before dinner or even breakfast!

So, if you’re feeling the pumpkin vibe this October and want THE perfect snack, look no further! Let’s get to baking…

What you will need:

Muffin tin either sprayed or lined

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (see note)
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (15 oz.) can of pumpkin purΓ©e

Note: instead of using pumpkin pie spice, you can also use 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/2 teaspoon cloves. Add whatever spices you like!

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices and salt. Set aside. In another large bowl, whisk together both sugars and oil. Add in eggs, vanilla and pumpkin and whisk until combined. Slowly fold in flour mixture until just combined. Batter is thick.

Fill the muffin tin about 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Allow to cool a few minutes before taking the muffins out and cooling completely on a wire rack.

Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie Spice Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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I know! I know! It’s a mouthful to say but just give me a mouthful of this cake! Seriously, happy fall everyone. No better way to celebrate the cooler air than with this beauty right here. And this frosting…. I think I ate half of it out of the bowl as I was frosting the cake. Ooops! At least there was enough to cover it πŸ™‚ Cream cheese frosting always reminds me of Dunkaroo’s from the 90’s. Anyone remember those? Yum!

Anyway, enough reminiscing. Go start those ovens and let’s bake this cake!

What you will need:

13 x 9 inch baking pan sprayed with non-stick spray

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup applesauce
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups shredded zucchini, drained

Frosting:

8 oz. cream cheese
1/4 cup butter at room temp
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spice. Set aside. In another bowl, beat together oil, both sugars and applesauce. Then add in eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. Slowly add in flour mixture until just combined. Fold in zucchini until combined. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 25-35 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

While cake cools, beat together all frosting ingredients. Spread over the cooled cake. Store cake covered and in the fridge. Slice and enjoy!

Super Quick and Easy Cinnamon Bread

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I have made this bread so many times I lost count! It really is super quick and easy and when I have last minute guests coming over, this is what I make. I (usually) already have all 7 ingredients so I don’t need to make a trip to the store and it’s so delicious and can be served literally anytime. No kneading, just 1 bowl and 1 spatula. Have it for breakfast, after school snack, dessert, whenever! So, go start those oven and let’s bake some cinnamon bread…

What you will need:

1 loaf pan, greased

For the batter:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temp
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 cup buttermilk

For the cinnamon sprinkle:
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Whisk together flour and baking soda and set aside. In another large bowl, stir together butter and sugar until well mixed. Stir in egg until combined. Gradually stir in flour mixture, alternating with buttermilk until everything is combined.

In a small bowl, stir together sugar and cinnamon. Pour half of the batter into prepared pan and then evenly sprinkle half the cinnamon sugar mixture. Pour the rest of the batter on top and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar. Bake for about 40-45 minutes. Allow to cool a bit before inverting and cooling completely. Slice and enjoy!

Soft Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

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Kids are going back to school already…. what?! The summer has really flown by, I can’t believe it! Luckily for me, my guy doesn’t start until after Labor Day so we have a couple weeks left. But for those of you who are ready for fall, this recipe is for you!

It’s a super easy cinnamon cookie for a surprise after school snack or one that kids can help with, too. It would even be a perfect Christmas cookie but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. I’m still in summer mode. So go ahead and get those aprons on! You probably already have these ingredients in your kitchen…

What you will need:

Cookie sheet lined with parchment paper

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup unsalted butter almost melted
3/4 cup sugar (+ 1/4 cup for rolling)
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon and baking powder. Set aside. In another bowl, beat butter and sugar until smooth. Add in egg until combined. Beat in vanilla. Slowly add in flour mixture, stirring at the end with a spatula so you don’t over-mix.

Cover the dough with plastic wrap and put in the fridge for 20 minutes while you preheat the oven.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. In a small bowl, put 1/4 cup of sugar. When dough is chilled, form balls and roll in sugar and then place on prepared cookie sheet. Bake for about 9 minutes. Leave them on the cookie sheet for about 2-3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. This will help them set because they will be very delicate right out of the oven.

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Makes about 2 dozen cookies. Store in an airtight container and enjoy!

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Lemon Zucchini Bread

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It’s been a minute since I made a post! I’m so sorry! We have just been enjoying summer to the fullest. The last 4 days have literally been pool, beach, pool, beach and tomorrow we have plans to go back to the beach! Trust me, I know how lucky I am to be able to do that. Living close to the lake in Chicago is the best and I would not have it any other way πŸ™‚ Until it’s January and I’ll be looking at real estate in California…

Anyway, here I am with an absolutely delicious bread or cake, whatever you want to call it. The perfect summer snack for you and your loved ones to enjoy after a fun filled sun filled day! So turn on your ovens and let’s get baking….

What you will need:

1 loaf pan greased and lined with parchment paper hanging over the sides

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 tespoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
6 tablespoons olive oil
2 eggs
1/3 cup milk (I used almond milk)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini, drained and dried
1 tablespoons lemon zest

For the glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.Β  In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.Β  In another bowl, beat together the sugar and oil until blended. Add in eggs and milk and beat until incorporated. Beat in lemon juice and vanilla. Slowly beat in flour mixture until just blended. Fold in the zucchini and lemon zest.

Pour into prepared pan and bake for 45-50 minutes. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before lifting it out with the parchment paper. Cool completely.

To make the glaze, stir ingredients together. Start with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and go up from there depending on consistency. Drizzle over bread. Slice and enjoy!