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Wayfair Battle of the Pies – No Bake Caramel Apple Mini Pies

by Jennifer Wieland
Wayfair Battle of the Pies - No Bake Caramel Apple Mini Pies

 

Wayfair Battle of the Pies - No Bake Caramel Apple Mini Pies

I love the smells and tastes of fall and nothing brings those flavors and smells together like Thanksgiving. With all of the prep and cooking that goes into the perfect Thanksgiving meal it’s nice to have some things that don’t need to take up valuable oven space. It’s also nice when you can get all hands on deck and have the kids help with making some of the food. That’s what makes my entry into the second annual Wayfair Battle of the Pies entry perfect! My No Bake Caramel Apple Mini Pies are an easy dessert that can be made ahead of time and simple enough for the kids to make with supervision.

Wayfair Battle of the Pies - No Bake Caramel Apple Mini Pies

These No Bake Caramel Apple Mini Pies are fun, tasty and so much lighter than some more traditional Thanksgiving pies. After such a large meal it’s nice to have a lighter dessert choice.

Wayfair Battle of the Pies - No Bake Caramel Apple Mini Pies

This recipe is easy to put together especially if you get store-bought mini graham cracker pie crusts in tins. If you wanted to make your own graham cracker crusts you could and just use these Mini Pie Dishes that you can find on the Wayfair.com website.

Wayfair Battle of the Pies - No Bake Caramel Apple Mini Pies

Since my  two youngest kids are all about helping me bake and cook in the kitchen I like coming up with recipes that they can do the bulk or all of the work. They love being able to tell people they made something! They really like recipes where they get to whisk. I guess there’s just something fun and exciting about going as fast as you can with a mixing bowl, some ingredients and a tool that looks like a balloon. I’ve found over the years that getting my kids mini or kid sized tools makes it easier for little hands to help.

Wayfair Battle of the Pies - No Bake Caramel Apple Mini Pies

To take my No Bake Caramel Apple Mini Pies to a whole other level of fun and to give the kids yet another fun project to work on, I purchased some disposable appetizer forks. I then picked up some Washi Tape in a fall color. We then wrapped the handles of the forks in the Washi Tape and then put the forks into the center of the No Bake Caramel Apple Pies so that they look like sticks. This really plays up the whole caramel apple take on these mini pies.

Wayfair Battle of the Pies - No Bake Caramel Apple Mini Pies

No Bake Caramel Apple Mini Pies
Serves 6
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1111 calories
144 g
17 g
54 g
14 g
13 g
294 g
810 g
55 g
0 g
38 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
294g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1111
Calories from Fat 482
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 54g
83%
Saturated Fat 13g
63%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 34g
Cholesterol 17mg
6%
Sodium 810mg
34%
Total Carbohydrates 144g
48%
Dietary Fiber 4g
17%
Sugars 55g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A
5%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
16%
Iron
28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 3.9 oz. package of instant vanilla pudding
  2. 1 1/2 c. cold milk
  3. 1 .74 oz. packet of spiced apple cider
  4. 1 c. whipped topping
  5. 6 mini graham cracker pie crusts
  6. 1/2 c. caramel ice cream topping
  7. 1/4 c. chopped peanuts (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the pudding mix and the milk for two minutes.
  2. Pour the packet of spiced apple cider into the pudding and fold in.
  3. Spoon half of the pudding mixture into the mini graham cracker pie crusts.
  4. Fold the whipped topping into the remaining pudding.
  5. Spoon the pudding and whipped topping mixture into the mini graham cracker pie crusts.
  6. Refrigerate for three hours.
  7. Just before serving slightly warm the caramel ice cream topping so that you can work with it. You do NOT want it at all hot.
  8. Using a spoon or small offset spatula spread the caramel onto the tops of the pies. Do NOT spread the caramel to the edge as it will spread on it's own.
  9. Sprinkle the pies with chopped peanuts if desired.
Notes
  1. To truly make your pies look like caramel apples insert disposable appetizer forks into the center of each pie. To make the forks festive wrap the handles in Washi tape.
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Super Simple Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake

by Jennifer Wieland
Super Simple Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake

I always have these ambitious ideas for the weekends. I’ll wake up early, clean house before everyone wakes up, make a grand breakfast and follow all of that up with some fun family time. The reality is though I wake up thanks to my internal alarm clock and I may or may not clean house a bit. Breakfast falls short and is usually just a quick trip to the donut shop for some sugar laden treats and usually after that I decide after spending all week with the kids that I need at least one afternoon for a break and stretch out errands to an ungodly amount of time. Don’t judge me! You know you have roamed the grocery or discount store for hours just to enjoy the alone time. This past Sunday though I did wake up early, clean some house, make a yummy breakfast and spend the afternoon with the family. My yummy breakfast ended up being much easier than I thought with this super simple apple cinnamon roll cake.

Super Simple Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake

While I do love elaborate baking I’m just like anyone else and I sometimes like to take shortcuts to create recipes. This Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake was so easy to make! All I needed was one tube of cinnamon rolls with icing and a can of apple pie filling.

Super Simple Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake

This is one of those awesome things to make that tastes great and is ready to pop in the oven in just minutes.

Super Simple Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake

Once it’s out of the oven and cools for a minute or two you can ice it and enjoy it warm. I bet this would even make a great dessert if you topped it with some ice cream.

Super Simple Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake

This is the perfect breakfast for someone with a sweet tooth! It’s like cinnamon rolls meets apple pie meets a cake. Just what you need for those times you want something sweet but can’t decide between a few different things.

Super Simple Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake

This was a big hit in my house!

Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake
Serves 6
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
40 min
99 calories
26 g
0 g
0 g
0 g
0 g
99 g
47 g
14 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
99g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 99
Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 47mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 26g
9%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 14g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
0%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 12.4 oz. tube of cinnamon rolls with icing
  2. 1 21 oz. can of apple pie filling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and spray a 9" X 9" pan with baking spray.
  2. Open the tube of cinnamon roll dough. Set the icing aside. Cut the cinnamon rolls into quarters and place in a mixing bowl. Open the apple pie filling and pour into the mixing bowl. Stir together and then spread evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool for a minute or two.
  4. While the cake is cooling pour the icing into a plastic baggie and seal it. Cut a small piece off of one of the bottom corners. Squeeze the icing bag to drizzle the icing over the still warm cake.
  5. Cut, serve and enjoy!
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Oatmeal Raisin Apple Muffins

by Jennifer Wieland
It's National Raisin Week so enjoy it with some yummy Oatmeal Raisin Apple Muffins #RaisinHOP

 

It’s National Raisin Week and a group of us bloggers decided to get together and create some super yummy, out of this world raisin recipes for all of you. I debated for weeks on just what my recipe would be. I didn’t want to do the standard cookie and I have been trying to eat healthier (meaning not as much fat) as usual and decided to go with an Oatmeal Raisin Apple Muffins recipe. 

I love muffins for breakfast! They are so easy to grab and go when you are running around on a busy morning. I also like that for muffins you can mix up the dry ingredients in advance and store them in a baggie or a sealed container and add the wet ingredients when you are ready to bake. This makes having a warm, fresh muffin on a weekday morning a snap. It's National Raisin Week so enjoy it with some yummy Oatmeal Raisin Apple Muffins #RaisinHOP

These muffins are made even better because they are super moist and flavorful. They have so much apples and raisins you are getting something good for you in each and every bite. The topping gives them a nice little bit of sweet and crunchy.

It's National Raisin Week so enjoy it with some yummy Oatmeal Raisin Apple Muffins #RaisinHOP

 

Oatmeal Raisin Apple Muffins
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2636 calories
520 g
422 g
41 g
61 g
16 g
1186 g
644 g
288 g
1 g
20 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1186g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2636
Calories from Fat 362
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g
63%
Saturated Fat 16g
80%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 422mg
141%
Sodium 644mg
27%
Total Carbohydrates 520g
173%
Dietary Fiber 23g
93%
Sugars 288g
Protein 61g
Vitamin A
29%
Vitamin C
15%
Calcium
63%
Iron
69%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the muffins
  1. 1 c. all-purpose flour
  2. 1 c. oat flour (pulverize old fashioned oats in a food processor or blender)
  3. 1/2 c. sugar
  4. 1/4 c. dark brown sugar
  5. 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  6. 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  7. 1 c. milk
  8. 1/2 c. natural applesauce
  9. 2 eggs
  10. 1/2 c. organic raisins
  11. 1 c. granny smith apples (peeled, cored and finely diced)
For the topping
  1. 1/4 c. dark brown sugar
  2. 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  3. 1 tbsp. butter, melted
  4. 2 tbsp. old fashioned oats
For the muffins
  1. Preheat the oven to 400° and line a muffin tin with liners and spray with baking spray.
  2. In a large bowl combine the dry muffin ingredients and stir to combine. Make a well in the center and add the wet muffin ingredients. Stir to combine. Stir in the raisins and the apples.
For the topping
  1. In a bowl combine the brown sugar, flour and cinnamon and stir together to combine and break up any lumps. Stir in the melted butter and mix until combined. Stir in the oats.
  2. Fill the muffin tin liners to 2/3 of the way filled and sprinkle some of the topping on each one.
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then remove. Eat warm or continue cooling.
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protein
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For more delicious recipes featuring raisins for National Raisin Week, visit a few of my favorite blogs:

 


Super Easy Individual Apple Tarts

by Jennifer Wieland
Easy Individual Apple Tarts

I love sweet treats that can be used as not only dessert but that you can easily use any leftovers for breakfast the next morning. I don’t know about you but eating dessert for breakfast makes me feel like a kid again. Like I have pulled something over on society’s rules by finding away to take dessert from an after dinner treat (if you are lucky enough to get one) to something you can munch on for a quick breakfast the next day. These super easy individual apple tarts completely fit that description for me and even better if an older adult catches you eating one for breakfast they won’t complain not unless there aren’t anymore for them to enjoy right along with you.

Next to cherries, apples have to be my favorite fruit to bake with. They are inexpensive, last a long time and are readily available year round. My favorite apples to eat and bake with are Granny Smith apples. I love the tart, crispness of them. That tart, crispness is what makes them the perfect baking apple. Most apples turn mushy or almost dissolve into nothingness when baked so to make a successful apple dish you always need to work with a crisp apple that will hold up to the heat of the oven.

If you are serving these apple tarts to guests for dessert top them with a dollop of whipped cream of a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a caramel drizzle. If you are eating them for breakfast then all you need is to dust them with powdered sugar and it will be a delicious apple danish like treat for you and whoever you decide to share with.

Easy Individual Apple Tarts

Easy Apple Tarts
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1075 calories
254 g
31 g
13 g
2 g
7 g
780 g
50 g
229 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
780g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1075
Calories from Fat 110
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g
19%
Saturated Fat 7g
37%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 31mg
10%
Sodium 50mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 254g
85%
Dietary Fiber 15g
60%
Sugars 229g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
13%
Vitamin C
79%
Calcium
18%
Iron
12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 sheet set of puff pastry
  2. 1 tbsp. Butter, melted
  3. ½ lemon
  4. 3 medium Granny Smith apples
  5. 2/3 c. dark brown sugar
  6. ½ tsp. Cinnamon
  7. powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400º and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat.
  2. Defrost your sheet of puff pastry and unfold. Cut sheet into six equal pieces. Place them on the prepared baking sheet and brush with the melted butter.
  3. Peel and core the apples. Cut the apples into thin slices. You can use a mandolin or an apple peeler, corer machine if you have one. Place the apples in a bowl and squeeze the juice from the half lemon over the apple slices. Toss together to coat all of the apples. Add the dark brown sugar and cinnamon to the bowl with the apples and use a spoon to stir together. The sugar will begin to liquify and coat the apples. Arrange the apples in a row on each piece of puff pastry so that they overlap each other. Spoon the juice over the apples.
  4. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the puff pastry has risen, is golden brown and the sugar has started to caramelize. Remove from oven and let cool on the pan for 5-10 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar and serve warm.
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 Do you have any sweet treats that you like to use for breakfast and dessert?

 


Big Slice Pouch Review

by Jennifer Wieland
Big Slice

I was supplied with a product for the purpose of review but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

FTC Disclosure

I recently heard about a new product and was delighted when I found out I would be getting a chance to review it. I am an apple girl. I love whole apples, applesauce, apples baked into goodies and I even like the kiddie applesauce pouches you can get. So, how fun is it that Grandma Hoerner’s came out with Big Slice Pouches, kettle cooked apples ready to eat & go. These are nice big pouches with so much apple goodness (slices, chunks & sauce) and variety that there is sure to be one for every adult or little kid with good taste.

Big Slice

The pouches come in 16 truly amazing flavors and each of those flavors falls into one of the 3 collections. Each one is non-GMO (except for Pineapple Passion Fruit) & naturally gluten-free. Every flavor is low-calorie too. So what are the categories and flavors? Well, take a look below. You will be amazed at both the traditional and unique flavor pairings.

Pure Collection

The Pure Collection is simple and light with pure and wholesome ingredients.

Natural (simplicity)

Orange Ginger (zesty)

Apricot (tangy)

Blueberry Pomegranate (revive)

Lemon Berry (refresh)

Chai (comfort)

Cherry Vanilla (happy)

Fit Collection

The Fit Collection promotes energy, power, beauty & balance.

Raspberry Hibiscus & Green Coffee Extract (energy)

Banana Mango & Hemp Seed (power)

Peach Green Tea & Aloe (beauty)

Pineapple Passion Fruit & Fiber (balance)

Luxe Collection

The Luxe Collection was designed to be both decadent and healthy.

Peach Bellini (sassy)

Cinnamon Candy (playful)

Boysenberry Chocolate (decadent)

Cinnamon French Toast (classic)

Caramel (luscious)

I have tried the five pictured above and I am planning to get more the next time I’m at Super Target. That’s where you’ll find them. Every flavor I have tried so far has been great! These have been my afternoon snack and they are perfect because they are healthy but get me past my sugar cravings without sweets adding to many calories. I also like that it’s not just a sauce but that there are big chunks and slices too. I would like to share with you what the kids and hubby thought of each flavor but I shared one bite form the first pouch and kept the rest for just me.

 

 

 


Apple Cider Funnel Cake Sundaes

by Jennifer Wieland
Apple Cider Funnel Cake Sundae

With fall in full swing the last of the years festivals, carnivals and such are happening now. I don’t know about the rest of the country but here in the Midwest funnel cakes are always a part of these things. There is just something about sharing a funnel cake with friends or family. The fried dough coated with powdered sugar is such a simple yet yummy treat. Who can resist? Some places even make them into sundaes. Topping the already heavenly treats with ice cream and toppings.

I decided that I wanted to make something different from the standard funnel cake though. I wanted it to be fully fall in flavoring. I decided to go make it an apple cider funnel cake seasoned with cinnamon and nutmeg to give that full fall flavor. Then instead of just topping it simple powdered sugar, I opted to top it with that and cinnamon sugar. Now these were good just like that but I really wanted to take it to a whole other place and I did with an apple pie sundae on top. Oh goodness, but that was some really good stuff!

Apple Cider Funnel Cake Sundae

Apple Cider Funnel Cake Sundae

Apple Cider Funnel Cake Sundaes
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2033 calories
423 g
406 g
23 g
40 g
9 g
1294 g
1110 g
175 g
0 g
10 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1294g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2033
Calories from Fat 201
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g
35%
Saturated Fat 9g
45%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 406mg
135%
Sodium 1110mg
46%
Total Carbohydrates 423g
141%
Dietary Fiber 14g
54%
Sugars 175g
Protein 40g
Vitamin A
22%
Vitamin C
21%
Calcium
52%
Iron
38%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 eggs
  2. 2 tbsp. sugar
  3. 3/4 c. apple cider
  4. 1/4 c. milk
  5. 1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
  6. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  7. 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  8. 1/4 tsp. salt
  9. 1 tsp. baking powder
  10. oil for frying
  11. powdered sugar
  12. cinnamon sugar
  13. vanilla ice cream
  14. apple pie filling, warmed
Instructions
  1. Beat the eggs and sugar with a whisk. Slowly pour in and whisk the milk and apple cider. Add the dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
  2. Heat about one inch of oil to 300° in a heavy bottom pot. Using a funnel, pastry bag or baggie that has been filled with the batter and the end or corner snipped, create a circular pattern overlapping the batter. Fry for a minute or two on each side. Remove to paper towels do drain and then top with powdered sugar and cinnamon sugar.
  3. To assemble place a funnel cake on a plate. Top with ice cream, warm apple pie filling and some more cinnamon sugar and whipped cream.
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Apple Cinnamon Donuts

by Jennifer Wieland
Apple Cinnamon Donuts

This morning I had to be up before the sun for hockey registration for my 6-year-old. It’s all kinds of fun getting up super early on my one day a week I am not required to set an alarm clock. It is an utter treat to get dressed on a Saturday when it is still dark outside. It is even more fun doing it without any caffeine. So after filling out the registration and heading home, only to be called because I totally missed the birth date section, I decided that not only did I need some caffeine but that I deserved a heavy dose of sugar too. Enter my apple cinnamon donuts.

Apples are probably one of my three favorite fruits, so once September comes and they are in season and on sale, well then it is time to let my apple addiction have a free reign. There are a ton of apple orchards within reasonable drives from my house and I plan on going with the kids soon. Many of the orchards also have bakeries where you can buy all sorts of treats. One treat is usually apple cider donuts. I am willing to admit that I have a completely unhealthy love affair with these donuts and while I love them as they are, I wanted to make them even more apple-y. I decided the best way to do that was to add in apples. I did try to make them healthier by baking them instead of frying them. Of course, I may have ruined that though by dredging them in melted butter.

Apple Cinnamon Donuts

Apple Cider Donuts
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2415 calories
351 g
435 g
101 g
33 g
61 g
795 g
1082 g
176 g
4 g
31 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
795g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2415
Calories from Fat 885
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 101g
155%
Saturated Fat 61g
306%
Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 26g
Cholesterol 435mg
145%
Sodium 1082mg
45%
Total Carbohydrates 351g
117%
Dietary Fiber 9g
37%
Sugars 176g
Protein 33g
Vitamin A
64%
Vitamin C
8%
Calcium
43%
Iron
26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
  2. 1/4 c. sugar
  3. 1/4 c. firmly packed, light brown sugar
  4. 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  5. 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  6. 1/4 tsp. salt
  7. 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  8. 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  9. 1/4 c. buttermilk
  10. 1/2 c. apple cider
  11. 1 lrg. egg
  12. 1/2 c. shredded apples (I used Granny Smith.)
  13. 1/2 c. butter, melted
  14. 1/4 c. sugar
  15. 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
Instructions
  1. I used a mini-donut maker to make my donuts so I plugged it in to preheat. If you are using a donut pan it should come with directions on how to bake them. More than likely though you will bake mini-donuts at 425°. Be sure to spray either the pan or donut maker with cooking spray.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer add the flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix on low until well mixed. In another bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, apple cider and egg. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix on low-speed until combined. Do not over mix. Stir in the shredded apples.
  3. If baking donuts in the oven bake for 6-8 minutes and if baking in a donut maker it should only be 2-3 minutes before they are done. Mix the remaining sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Once the donuts are cool enough to handle, dip into the melted butter and then dredge them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
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Brown Sugar Apple Cupcakes

by Jennifer Wieland

I spent the day yesterday, making a smash cake and three dozen cupcakes for a friend’s grandson. I made a vanilla and vanilla bean frosting cupcake, a chocolate on chocolate cupcake and the last cupcake I was to make, was an apple cupcake with brown sugar frosting. When I went to make these though I realized that I could not find my recipe and that I had never posted it to the blog. I searched all of my hiding spots and recipe notebooks. I came up with nothing. Hmm… what was I to do?

I decided the best thing to do would be to just try to find one that was similar from what I could remember to mine. So I began searching and came up with Martha Stewart’s apple cupcakes as the recipe that sounded closest to what I wanted. Her recipe though still needed some alterations to be exactly what I wanted. So, I set to work on the recipe and when I was finished the batter looked and tasted good. When they were baking, the whole house smelled amazing! It was a cool day here and having the place smell of fall was just perfect. When they came out of the oven though I was not so sure. They looked like they may have been overcooked. I don’t know how though because the centers had just started to bounce back when touched.

I let them cool and worked on the brown sugar buttercream. Since I was baking cupcakes for a party for today I brushed all of the cupcakes with a vanilla simple syrup to help them stay moist. Once that was done I frosted one of the cupcakes to test its taste and texture. OH MY GOODNESS! The frosting was fluffy as always and paired with the apple cake recipe it made something magical. I actually stopped while eating the cupcake to take a pic of it on Instagram and declare it the best cupcake ever.

This cupcake was so good in fact, that the extra cupcakes could not remain in my house. Oh no, that would be a waistline disaster waiting to happen. I noticed my neighbors across the street outside and decided to bring them and another house cupcakes. I saved a couple for here. They are already gone and I am now thinking that I need to make another batch. I usually only taste test when I bake. I try not to eat any more than that. This recipe though is dangerous to me.

Brown Sugar Apple Cupcakes

Brown Sugar Apple Cupcakes
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3786 calories
680 g
616 g
105 g
44 g
62 g
1306 g
5074 g
447 g
4 g
35 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1306g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3786
Calories from Fat 927
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 105g
162%
Saturated Fat 62g
311%
Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 28g
Cholesterol 616mg
205%
Sodium 5074mg
211%
Total Carbohydrates 680g
227%
Dietary Fiber 20g
78%
Sugars 447g
Protein 44g
Vitamin A
72%
Vitamin C
29%
Calcium
30%
Iron
39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  2. 2 tsp. baking soda
  3. 2 tsp. cinnamon
  4. 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  5. 1 tsp. salt
  6. 1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
  7. 1 1/2 c. sugar
  8. 1/2 c. light brown sugar
  9. 2 lrg. eggs
  10. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  11. 3 c. shredded, Granny Smith apples
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line two cupcake pans with liners.
  2. Place the shredded apples into some cheesecloth and squeeze to remove the excess juice from the apples. Don't crush the apples just make sure they are not to soggy. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Set the flour mixture aside.
  4. Cream the butter and sugars on medium-high speed for 4-5 minutes. Mix in the eggs and vanilla until combined. Mix in the apples on low-speed. Once incorporated add the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Scrape down the bowl and mix just until everything is combined completely.
  5. Scoop into the prepared pans and bake for 20-22 minutes. Let them cool in the pan for a couple of minutes and then remove them to finish cooling on a wire rack.
  6. Frost with brown sugar buttercream or another frosting of your choice.
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105g
protein
44g
carbs
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Adapted from Martha Stewart Apple Cupcakes
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Caramel Apple Pie Chex Mix

by Jennifer Wieland

With all of the kids back in school now, I am trying to come up with some more snack options for their lunches. I know they get tired of the same old things. My whole family loves Chex Mix. I make it using my mother-in-law’s recipe and it is awesomely, addictive. Now while I do so enjoy the salty goodness that brings, I wanted to try my hand at a sweet version.

I already had Cinnamon Chex on hand but needed to head to the store for the rest of the components and inspiration. I decided to go with a fall flavor combo since fall is right around the corner and well, fall flavors are my absolute favorite. To me they are just warm and homey.

At the store I decided to pair my Cinnamon Chex with Apple Cinnamon Chex and then lo and behold there were some Dulce De Leche Cheerios. Oh my goodness! Those three were like flavor combo gold to me. Picked up a couple of other items to pair all of this cereal with and headed home.

Once I got home I knew I needed to make this taste like a cross between an apple pie and a caramel apple in a crunchy snack. I think I nailed it and if either of those are flavors you like I highly recommend this. Not only will this make a great lunchbox snack but it will also make a great game day snack this fall.

On a side note: Added benefit, this will make your house smell amazing while it is cooking in the oven!

Caramel Apple Pie Chex Mix

Caramel Apple Pie Chex Mix

5 c. Cinnamon Chex
5 c. Apple Cinnamon Chex
2 c. Dulce De Leche Cheerios
2 c. Apple Chips (I used Granny Smith)
2 c. Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
12 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. applesauce
3 tbsp. dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 225°. In a large pan (I use a disposable lasagna foil pan) measure out and add the Chex, Cheerios, Apple Chips and Cinnamon Roasted Almonds.

In a saucepan add the butter, applesauce, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Heat over low heat stirring occasionally. Once it begins to bubble lower heat a bit more and stir until it begins to thicken. (It will go from looking buttery with stuff in it to a consistent brown color that is slightly thick.) Pour the butter mixture over the dry mix in the pan and stir together gently until everything is coated.

Bake in the oven for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Stirring every 15-20 minutes. When done take out and empty onto paper towels and let cool and dry out for half an hour. Then store in airtight container.


Back To School With a Special Breakfast

by Jennifer Wieland

So, school is right around the corner for kids and many families are happy about this and just as many are sad. I am always a confusing mix of the two. I never get everything done with the kids that I had planned and that makes it hard to see them going back to school. I will be able to clean, cook/bake and blog with a full 2.5 hours of completely child free time though which is nice. (Youngest is only in Pre-K)

The other reason I am a mix of the two groups is that, well, sometimes there are kids that you want to spend more time with and others that you need a break from. I know some of you are reading this and thinking, “OMG! That is just awful! What a horrible mother!” Who knows, maybe your righteous indignation on behalf of my children is correct or maybe, just maybe some of you out there get me in this. You know that some of you are tired of attitude, eyes rolls and door slams from tweens and teens. You know that you are tired of having to explain to a college kid why they have to attend family functions even though they are an adult with their own things to do. You know you are tired of whining and pouting, well let’s be honest here, from any aged child. Then you have your opposite children. The ones who want to please. Usually the younger ones. Who still want to cuddle and acknowledge you and you want to hold on to that and bask in the happiness and joy it brings because you know that all to soon you will be facing eye rolling, slamming doors and being told that, “You don’t get it!”

Whether you have the ones you want to keep home longer or the ones where you want to call the school and ask if they can start early. I’m sure like most families you have your traditions. You know, new outfits, a picture, a special breakfast, lunch or after school treat. Today we are going to do a breakfast treat for the first day of school.

This is a breakfast treat that is over the top and basically has two breakfast staples mashed into one. The first part of this can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer. You would then just need to bring it up to room temperature when it was time to do the rest. So what do I have for you today? It’s a French Toast Pancake Bake and it is over the top decadent. This recipe has flavor layered on flavor for a real treat.

French Toast Pancake Bake

French Toast Pancake Bake

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter Pancakes
makes 8 pancakes

3/4 c. milk
2 tbsp. vinegar
1 c. all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 large egg
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. Peanut Butter & Co. Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter

Measure out the milk and add the vinegar to sour the milk. Combine the butter and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 45-60 seconds and stir until smooth. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.

In a bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda & salt. Whisk to mix well.

Whisk the soured milk mixture, egg and peanut butter mixture together. Pour into dry mix and whisk until well combined with a few small lumps. Let this sit for 5 minutes. While it is sitting preheat non-stick griddle over medium-low heat.

Pour batter into griddle and let cook until bubbles form and pop along the outer edges and then flip. Place on a plate to cool when they are done. Once cool you can proceed to next step or place in a large baggie and refrigerate or freeze to use later.

French Toast Pancake Bake

8 pancakes, cut into pieces
3 large eggs
3 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350° and spray an 8×8 pan with cooking spray. Place the cut up pancakes in a fairly even layer in the pan.

In a bowl whisk together the eggs, cream, vanilla and cinnamon. Pour over the pancakes and toss to make sure that it is all coated well with egg mixture and then spread again in a fairly even layer.

Bake in the oven for 18-22 minutes. Remove and let cool for a few minutes before cutting into. While baking make cinnamon apple raisin mix and peanut butter sauce.

Cinnamon Apple Raisin Mix

1 apple, peeled, cored and sliced thin
1 tbsp. raisins, optional
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tbsp. water
1 tbsp. butter

Place apples, raisins, brown sugar and cinnamon in a baggie and shake to coat the apples. In a small frying pan place the apple mixture, water and butter and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently. Cook until the sugar has melted and the apples have softened, 5-10 minutes.

Peanut Butter Sauce

2-3 tbsp. Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter

Place in a microwave safe bowl and cook for 45-60 seconds and then stir. If it is not completely melted put it back for another 15-30 seconds.

Assembly

Cut the French Toast Pancake Bake into squares and plate. Top with apple mixture. Drizzle the peanut butter sauce over the top and sprinkle with powdered sugar to finish it all off.


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