Friday
Aug022019

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars
Makes 24 bars

2¼ cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. nutmeg
¼ tsp. allspice
¼ tsp. ginger
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup brown sugar, packed tightly
1 egg, plus 1 yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup canned pumpkin
12 oz semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup finely chopped pecans

8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
½ cup butter, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
2. Line a 9- by 13-inch rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, leaving enough room to lift paper out of the pan after baking.
3. Sift flour, baking soda, salt and spices in a medium bowl using a wire whisk.
4. Using a mixer, cream butter and both sugars until light and fluffy.
5. Add egg and yolk one at a time, until combined.
6. Add pumpkin and vanilla and mix until completely combined.
7. Stir in chocolate chips and chopped pecans, reserving a small amount of each to spread on top before baking.
8. Spoon batter onto parchment paper lined pan and then spread evenly.
9. Bake for 25–28 minutes or until done.
10. Cool, remove from pan and cut into 24 rectangular bars. Then pipe frosting on top. You can also spread frosting on top first and then cut into bars.
11. To make frosting: Beat butter and cream cheese using a mixer until completely combined. Mix in vanilla. Turn the mixer to low and add powdered sugar in small amounts until smooth and creamy.

Source: Bakerella

Wednesday
Sep262018

Cam's Fave Halloween Costumes

I love this collage of Halloween costumes that Cam has worn over the years-

 

 

Monday
Aug272018

Halloween To Do List

Monday
Sep252017

Jack o Lantern Cheeseburgers

Great dinner idea for the kiddos before they head out trick or treating! Simply stock up on Kraft cheese singles, gently carve out a jack o lantern face, melt on hamburger patty and you are done!
Monday
Sep252017

Mini Orange Jack o Lanterns

Carving oranges is a lot easier than pumpkins. Cam and I used a small paring knife and scooped out the inside of the orange. Carving the front was super easy! If you like, insert a small tealight and you have a mini jack o lantern.

orange1

Look how cute this turned out??

 orange2

Sunday
Aug202017

Chocolate Acorns

  1. Melt 1/2 bag of Mini-Chips {5 second interval in the microwave, stirring really good each time}
  2. Dip the flat end of the Hershey's Kiss into melted chocolate and top with a bite-size NutterButter.
  3. Dip the flat end of a Mini-Chip into the melted chocolate and stick it to the NutterButter.
Friday
Jul082016

Halloween Hand Pies

 

Jack-O-Lantern Hand Pies

  • Ingredients
  • 2 package pie dough for a double crust
  • 1 1/3 cups roasted or canned pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup regular cream cheese, softened and slightly warm
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs {1 beaten together for egg wash}
  • Raw sugar for sprinkling

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, mix together the granulated sugar, dark brown sugar, salt, cream cheese, pumpkin pie spice, ginger, and vanilla extract until smooth. Scrap down the sides as needed. Set aside.

4. Gently roll out the pie dough just until smooth between two pieces of wax paper. Using a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter (we used this pumpkin cookie cutter from Williams-Sonoma), go around the pie dough in a circle and cut out pumpkin shapes. Using the tip of a sharp knife gently cut out triangle eyes and mouth. Feel free to have fun making different jack-o-lantern faces.

5. Place the pumpkins without faces on the cookie sheet. Brush the edges lightly with egg wash. Take 1 ½ to 2 teaspoons of filling and spread it around the pumpkin leaving the edges clear. Too much filling will ooze out so be careful here.

6. Press the faces gently on top of the puree and seal the edges with a fork. Brush lightly with egg wash and sprinkle the top with a little raw sugar.

7. Bake for 12-15 minutes on the middle rack. Serve warm or cold.

Makes about 12 hand pies.

Source: Pottery Barn

Wednesday
Oct142015

Pumpkin Carving Projects

We really enjoy carving pumpkins every year. Every year, we are always trying a new design. Here are some of our past projects!



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