Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pumpkin Oreo Stuffed Pumpkin Cookies

Did you know that you can substitute pumpkin for eggs (1/4 cup pumpkin puree for 1 egg)? In baked goods, that is. I wouldn’t recommend trying to make scrambled eggs and subbing out the eggs for pumpkin… but I wouldn’t NOT recommend it either.

So, because it's fall and therefore everything must taste of pumpkin, I put this switcheroo to good use and made these Pumpkin Oreo Stuffed Pumpkin Cookies. The dough recipe is adapted from Alton Brown’s “Chewy” and the concept is based on Picky Palate’s Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies… with my own seasonal twist.

Pumpkin Oreo Stuffed Pumpkin Cookies

To find out how to fill your face... and your heart, with this perfectly pumpkin-y cookie, visit Foodbeast.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Oreo Fudge

So I know I've already made fudge using the Salted Caramel Flavored Hazelnut spread from Jif, but it's so good, and I needed to get it out of my pantry so I would stop just eating it straight from the jar. Plus, there's all this pumpkin stuff out this season that I needed to try. So I thought I'd put the two flavors together (I know I'm not the first and shant be the last) to create this simple and simply fall-tastic fudge.

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Oreo Fudge

Ingredients

  • 10 Pumpkin Oreos, coarsely chopped
  • 10oz Salted Caramel Flavored Hazelnut Spread
  • 10oz Nestle Pumpkin Spice Morsels

Directions

  1. Line 9x9 baking dish with wax paper.
  2. Microwave pumpkin morsels until melted. Stir in caramel hazelnut spread, then stir in chopped up Pumpkin Oreos.
  3. Pour fudge mixture into wax paper lined baking dish and spread around evenly.
  4. Let set in freezer for 30 minutes. Cut into bite-sized pieces and enjoy!
The verdict? Like l said before, it's salted caramel and pumpkin. You know it's a good combo. You don't need me to confirm that for you. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Caramel Apple Oreo Bark

October is here and fall-themed, limited edition foods are out in full force. Pumpkin this. Candy Corn that. Caramel Apple Oreos. Wait, what? Yes, Caramel Apple Oreos are a thing, and they are awesome: half caramel and half green apple creme sandwiched between two golden Oreo cookies. They were just begging to be used in a recipe. So I headed to Target, bought every caramel apple flavored item in sight, and put them all together in this sweet and easy white chocolate bark.


Caramel Apple Oreo Bark

Want the recipe, visit Foodbeast.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Buttery Plum Dump Cake

It's fall! That means it's time for leavings changing, crisp mornings, and fruit harvests. A coworker has been bringing her spoils from her plum tree to the office, so I thought I'd grab a few pounds and see what I could make. 

Buttery Plum Dump Cake

Ingredients

  • 1.5lbs of Italian plums, halved and pitted (I weighed them before I pitted them.)
  • 1/2c brown sugar
  • 1/2t cinnamon
  • 4T butter
  • 1 box spice cake
  • 2 sticks butter, melted
Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 glass baking dish.
  2. Melt 4T butter and pour it into the baking dish.
  3. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle evenly over melted butter.
  4. Cover bottom of baking dish with single layer of halved plums, cut side down. (Mine were really tight together.)
  5. Pour dry cake mix evenly over plums
  6. Pour remaining melted butter (2 sticks worth) evenly over cake mix. 
  7. Bake 50-60 minutes until dark brown and not runny.
The conclusion? This cake has two sticks of butter in it and then some, so of course it's good. If you don't have plums, I imagine any kind of stone fruit would do just as well. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bacon, Date, and Goat Cheese Cupcakes

Are you familiar with the appetizer “Devils on Horseback”? While there are many variations, the basic idea includes dates wrapped in bacon then stuffed with some sort of cheese and/or nut. I wanted to take this time-tested recipe and use it in a new way… and what a more fitting way than to reimagine this classic as a dessert? So today we have Bacon, Date, and Goat Cheese Cupcakes:

Bacon, Date, and Goat Cheese Cupcakes

Wanna know how to make it happen? Visit Foodbeast.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Salted Caramel Cashew Fudge

Lately it feels like all I make is fudge. But it's so easy, so tasty, and there are so many varieties to try! I've already made this one three times—that's how good it is. Have you tried Jif® Salted Caramel Flavored Hazelnut Spread? Gloooriouuus! It's featured in this fudge, and it's what makes it oh-so eatable and repeatable. Let's get to it...

Salted Caramel Cashew Fudge

Ingredients
  • 1 jar (13oz.) Jif® Salted Caramel Flavored Hazelnut Spread
  • 12oz. white chocolate chips
  • 1c cashews, chopped
Directions
  1. Line 9x9 pan with wax paper. 
  2. Melt white chocolate chips in medium bowl in microwave.
  3. Stir salted caramel spread into melted chocolate until fully combined, then stir in cashews.
  4. Pour mixture into wax-paper lined pan, spread out evenly (trying your best not to eat it all right now), and  place it in the freezer for 30 minutes or until solid. 
  5. Chop into bite-sized pieces and try to eat only one. (I usually cut it into quarters, cut each quarter into five slices, and then cut each of those slices into five pieces). 
You know when you get a nice fluffy towel out of the dryer and just cuddle it? This fudge is like that but for your mouth. Make it now and thank me (and Jif!) later.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cake Batter Cookie Cake Pie with Cake Batter Ice Cream

If you could only eat one flavor of dessert for the rest of your life, what would it be? If you said cake batter, this recipe is for you.

Two boxes of cake mix equals four distinct layers of cake batter awesomeness with a side of cake batter goodness. Let’s break it down: cake mix crust, birthday cake cookies, cake, cake mix frosting, and cake mix ice cream. Now this recipe is a bit a more complex than what I usually get myself into, but, oh man, is it worth the extra effort. Get ready, cuz here it comes:

Cake Batter Cookie Cake Pie with Cake Batter Ice Cream

You know you want to know how it's done. Find out here