Snickerdoodle Blondies

This snickerdoodle blondies recipe is irresistibly rich, buttery, tangy, and sprinkled with a crunchy cinnamon-sugar topping. Yes, they’re just as good as you would imagine. ♡♡♡ Turns out that everyone’s favorite cinnamon-sugar cookie (with its signature slight hint of tanginess) is a dessert mashup match made in heaven with rich, buttery, caramelized blondies. I simply […]

This snickerdoodle blondies recipe is irresistibly rich, buttery, tangy, and sprinkled with a crunchy cinnamon-sugar topping.

Yes, they’re just as good as you would imagine. ♡♡♡

Turns out that everyone’s favorite cinnamon-sugar cookie (with its signature slight hint of tanginess) is a dessert mashup match made in heaven with rich, buttery, caramelized blondies. I simply added some extra cinnamon and cream of tartar to my favorite blondies recipe, tossed the batter with white chocolate chips, sprinkled the tops with a thin layer of crunchy cinnamon sugar and popped them in the oven until they were just ever-so-slightly underbaked (the key with blondies!). And oh my goodness, they were so much better than I even expected.

We absolutely loved these snickerdoodle blondies, as did everyone who happened to be passing through out house during the weeks that our first batch…the second batch…then third batch were available for the sampling. Highly recommend adding them to your baking bucket list this holiday season!

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Homemade Croutons

Homemade croutons are the best finishing touch to a salad! Learn what breads to use, how to season them, and how to make sure they’re perfectly crispy. When you’re planning a big holiday dinner, it’s easy to get so wrapped up in the ham or turkey and all of the sides – like garlic mashed potatoes …

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Homemade croutons are the best finishing touch to a salad! Learn what breads to use, how to season them, and how to make sure they’re perfectly crispy.

Wooden spoon holding a spoonful of homemade croutons on a baking sheet.

When you’re planning a big holiday dinner, it’s easy to get so wrapped up in the ham or turkey and all of the sides – like garlic mashed potatoes and Jiffy corn casserole – that you forget to add a fresh veggie to the menu.

A beautiful salad is a great way to add some freshness to a heavy meal, and I’m here to tell you that it does not have to be boring. 

One of the easiest ways to make a salad both delicious and impressive is with some homemade croutons. Everyone loves croutons and they’re so easy to customize with any seasonings you like!

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Mini Pumpkin Pies

What’s better than pumpkin pie? An entire pumpkin pie in ONE bite! All the classic spices and glorious pumpkin in a mini shortbread crust for poppable Fall flavor.

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These simple and delicious mini pumpkin pies are just about the only thing better than a traditional pumpkin pie. These bite-size beauties will amaze your holiday guests!

Three mini pumpkin pies garnished with whipped cream on a white plate.

You guys all know that my FAVORITE season of the year is fall. If it’s pumpkin and spice and everything nice, I’m all in.

I mean, in case you hadn’t noticed by the number of pumpkin recipes I’ve made over the years.

These bite-size mini pumpkin pies have been a fan favorite for years. This year, I decided to spruce up the post with new photos to show you just how simple and delicious they are.

What could be better than my favorite kind of fall pie? My favorite kind of fall pie in bite-size form.

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie

A classic pumpkin filling tops a tangy cream cheese layer in this old-fashioned pumpkin cream cheese pie – a beautiful addition to any Thanksgiving table! Is there a more classic Thanksgiving dessert than pie? I know some families that are absolutely set on one kind of pie and others that need to have at least 3-4 …

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A classic pumpkin filling tops a tangy cream cheese layer in this old-fashioned pumpkin cream cheese pie – a beautiful addition to any Thanksgiving table!

Pie server lifting up a slice of pumpkin cream cheese pie from a white platter.

Is there a more classic Thanksgiving dessert than pie?

I know some families that are absolutely set on one kind of pie and others that need to have at least 3-4 different pies to enjoy. 

Whether you’re all about the classic pecan pie or apple crumb pie or prefer to go a little less traditional with cherry pie, mini pumpkin pies or peanut butter pie, you really can’t go wrong.

If you’re looking for a new recipe but don’t want to stray too far from the classics, might I suggest this pumpkin cream cheese pie?  

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Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam

Looking for the perfect coffee-shop finish to your iced coffee at home? Whip up this luxurious vanilla sweet cream cold foam! As much as I love cruising through the Starbucks drive-thru, I’ll admit that going there on a regular basis gets kind of expensive. The other day I discovered that a single slice of pumpkin …

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Looking for the perfect coffee-shop finish to your iced coffee at home? Whip up this luxurious vanilla sweet cream cold foam!

Close up of vanilla sweet cream cold foam dusted with cinnamon on top of a glass of iced coffee.

As much as I love cruising through the Starbucks drive-thru, I’ll admit that going there on a regular basis gets kind of expensive.

The other day I discovered that a single slice of pumpkin loaf costs almost $4 at Starbucks. But I can an entire batch of my pumpkin bread – which makes 2 whole loaves – for less than $7.50.

You get where I’m going? Those green cups are a great treat, but not a daily habit for me. 

So instead, I like finding ways to make some of my coffee-shop favorites at home. And if you like iced coffees as much as I do, this vanilla sweet cream cold brew is a must-try.

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Brown Sugar Syrup

Make this easy and flavorful brown sugar syrup at home for mornings when you don’t have time to drive by the coffee shop. Its rich sweetness is the perfect accompaniment to your favorite coffees and teas. I love a morning coffee shop coffee or tea. Whether it’s hitting up my local coffee shop or swinging …

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Make this easy and flavorful brown sugar syrup at home for mornings when you don’t have time to drive by the coffee shop. Its rich sweetness is the perfect accompaniment to your favorite coffees and teas.

Close up of brown sugar syrup in a glass jar on a wooden board.

I love a morning coffee shop coffee or tea. Whether it’s hitting up my local coffee shop or swinging through the Starbucks drive thru, it’s a great way to start my morning. Or get my second wind in the afternoon.

But doing that daily is not the best habit. It does add up after a while.

That’s why I like making homemade vanilla coffee syrup and keeping it on hand for dressing up my coffee at home. And once I became hooked on the Starbucks brown sugar syrup, I knew I had to come up with a homemade version of that, too.

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Brown Butter Frosting

The nuttiness of brown butter pairs with the sweetness of powdered sugar in this decadent brown butter frosting. It’s incredible any time of year, but especially when used to top your favorite fall cakes and cupcakes. I’m a big believer in taking my recipes and making them your own.  This is especially true with my …

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The nuttiness of brown butter pairs with the sweetness of powdered sugar in this decadent brown butter frosting. It’s incredible any time of year, but especially when used to top your favorite fall cakes and cupcakes.

Close up of a spice cupcake topped with brown butter frosting.

I’m a big believer in taking my recipes and making them your own. 

This is especially true with my cakes and cupcakes. I often give you cake and frosting pairings, but you should just consider those to be suggestions or starting points. 

It’s the reason why I have so many different frosting recipes for you, from buttercream and cream cheese frosting to strawberry frosting and whipped cream frosting

And today I’m sharing my newest favorite: brown butter frosting. I’ll give you some suggested ways to use it later in this post, but I really hope you’ll get creative. Feel free to use it however you like and make something brand new with it – that’s really the whole point of baking, after all!

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Apple Cobbler

Sweet, spiced apples are topped with a biscuit-like topping in this easy apple cobbler recipe. This one is sure to become a fall favorite! I love cobblers and crisps. They’re easy to throw together, feed a crowd, and are always a hit. In fact, it’s hard not to just eat them directly from the pan, …

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Sweet, spiced apples are topped with a biscuit-like topping in this easy apple cobbler recipe. This one is sure to become a fall favorite!

White bowl with a helping of apple cobbler topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

I love cobblers and crisps. They’re easy to throw together, feed a crowd, and are always a hit. In fact, it’s hard not to just eat them directly from the pan, they’re always that delicious!

I don’t know about you, but until recently I always thought of summery fruits when I thought of cobblers. Blackberry cobbler, easy peach cobbler…if it’s a berry or a stone fruit, I have probably had it in a cobbler at some point.

But I recently decided to try apple cobbler and I don’t know what took me so long! Between the tart-sweet apples, the warm spices, and the lightly sweet biscuit topping, this is a dessert that is hard to get enough of.

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How to Can Apple Butter

Want to store your homemade apple butter long-term but don’t have freezer space? Learn how to can apple butter and enjoy this fall favorite all year long. Without a doubt my most popular recipe this time of year is my slow cooker apple butter. And there’s really no question why! It’s incredibly easy and absolutely …

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Want to store your homemade apple butter long-term but don’t have freezer space? Learn how to can apple butter and enjoy this fall favorite all year long.

Close up of a jar of canned apple butter.

Without a doubt my most popular recipe this time of year is my slow cooker apple butter. And there’s really no question why! It’s incredibly easy and absolutely delicious.

One of the most common questions I get about the recipe is: Can I can this apple butter?

I didn’t grow up with a grandmother who canned food, so I never messed around much with it. It always seemed really intimidating to me. But I called up my friend Megan and asked her to teach me what I needed to know to can my apple butter.

I don’t think I’ll become a master canner, but it’s nice to know how to preserve one of my favorite fall foods without taking up a bunch of space in my freezer. 

So let’s talk through the basics on how to can apple butter!

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Crêpes

This classic French crepe recipe is easy to make with 7 basic ingredients. Feel free to customize with your favorite sweet or savory fillings! Is there anything more lovely than a plate filled with warm, delicate, buttery French crêpes? ♡ We were fortunate to have the opportunity visit a number of charming creperies during our […]

This classic French crepe recipe is easy to make with 7 basic ingredients. Feel free to customize with your favorite sweet or savory fillings!

Is there anything more lovely than a plate filled with warm, delicate, buttery French crêpes? ♡

We were fortunate to have the opportunity visit a number of charming creperies during our years living in Europe, especially on our various trips to France. And I have to say, there is nothing like a well-made, paper-thin, lacy-edged crepe served fresh off of the pan. They are so effortlessly elegant and delicious in their simplicity. And, of course, the perfect blank slate for all of your favorite sweet or savory fillings!

The beauty of classic French crepes is that they are surprisingly easy to make at home too. All you need are 7 basic pantry ingredients, plus whatever fillings sound good, and your kitchen can transform into your own little French cafe in no time. I have always been partial to making crepe batter in a blender, which I find to be the simplest method, but you can just as easily make yours with a bowl and whisk if you prefer. Be sure to read the notes below for extra tips, plus bonus ideas for how to customize the batter or fillings to your liking.

Let’s make some crepes!

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