Bites as Sweet as Pumpkin Pie

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Nothing says fall like pie. This time of year I simply cannot wait until I have a few hours to set aside and make that buttery delicious dough with fresh hot filling bubbling through the cracks in the crust. I love the ceremony of making pie, the cutting of the flour and butter, the dusting of flour on wood before rolling out the dough, creating a filling and tasting it until it is just right. The decision of lattice, versus full top, verses crumb top…crimping the dough together. The ritual of making a pie reminds me so much of my mom.

Standing on a wooden stool with my tiny little rolling pin, pilfered from the ravioli tray kit, watching her hands deftly roll, cut and crimp. Flour covering the tiny apron she made me that matched hers. She makes the best pies…ever. I never make one without thinking about her; it’s a small tribute every time I take a pie out of the oven, hot and almost as perfect as hers. Her pumpkin pie is the best of the pies she makes. We all talk about it; in more and more detail the closer we get to this time of year, building our anticipation with every delicious memory we share. Then comes the call, or nowadays the text. Call me tonight I will be up late making pumpkin pies. Now that we are all older and wiser we don’t mess around. Those pies come out of the oven late the night before and sit to cool until we awake on Thanksgiving morning, then we pour a cup of coffee and sit down to, unhurriedly, delicious morsel by delicious morsel, devour it.

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We do this unabashedly without a thought or a concern for the big meal we will eat later, this is what we have all been waiting for all year.

Now pie takes time, so I have been thinking, how could we have the joy of pie in a pinch? Ladies and Gentlemen I give you Bites as Sweet as Pumpkin Pie. Now this recipe could be made even quicker and simpler if you went the way of the store bought crust. But besides the resting time in the fridge, pie dough is so easy and you almost always have the ingredients at the ready, so my humble advice is, “do it”.  The extra time makes a big difference.

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You will need:

For crust

  • 1 ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Stick butter
  • 2-4 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 Egg yolk and 1 Tablespoon cream for egg wash- optional

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Pumpkin Topping

  • 1 Block of cream cheese
  • 1 Can of pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • Nutmeg for garnish

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Espresso Double Shot Cupcake

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Magnolia bakery is one of the most famous bakeries in New York City and draws crowds in from all over the world to taste their famous cupcakes. This recipe was shared with me, and I wanted to share with you. One of their more popular cupcakes. The Espresso Double Shot cupcake with vanilla and chocolate marble cake topped with espresso meringue buttercream made with Peet’s (coffee) best-selling Major Dickason’s blend.

Makes 24 cupcakes For devil’s food cupcake batter: 2 cups cake flour 1 cup Dutch process cocoa powder 1½ tsp. baking soda ½ tsp. salt ¾ cup (1½ sticks) butter, room temperature 1½ cups brown sugar ½ cup sugar 3 eggs, large 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1½ cups buttermilk   For vanilla cupcake batter: 4 eggs, large 1 cup whole milk 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2½ cups cake flour 1½ cups self-rising flour 2 cups sugar 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature and cut into 1-inch cubes [Read more…]

Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies

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I love oatmeal cookies. I love cream filling of any sort, and I love Little Debbie Oatmeal cream pies. My mom was all about healthy snacks when I was growing up, and I think she justified the oatmeal as a healthy attribute to a daily snack.  I never got sick of them and I still could eat them all the time, until……..I found a homemade recipe.

Sometimes I don’t have the time to bake homemade cookies, so a trick for me is to buy some soft oatmeal cookies and make my own cream filling at home and assemble. The cream filling makes the sandwich and it is so easy.

Either way, these cookies (homemade or otherwise) are a delicious treat and perfect for packed lunches.

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Oreo Truffles – An Easy & Perfect Halloween Treat

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The grocery store near me is open until midnight.

Do you ever wonder who actually does their grocery shopping at midnight? Yeah… that would be me.

It’s not how I prefer to do it, and not something I do regularly, but honestly, some days are just too much. I literally got the the end of my day and realized that I had nothing to put in my kids sack lunches for the next day, and nothing available for breakfast or dinner either. Not grocery shopping was really just not an option.

I wanted to bake something yummy and fun, too, but what I ended up doing was grabbing a bag of Oreo cookies during my midnight trip to the store, and mixing them up into these quick and easy no-bake truffles.

They’re just as tasty as any other treat, but with only 3 ingredients and no baking, they’re way easier.

Plus they look really cute rolled in Halloween themed sprinkles.
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Let me walk you through how easy this is.

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