Double Chocolate Ginger Cookie Bars

Double Chocolate Ginger Cookie Bars

Chocolate cookies are crowd pleasers any way you serve them. I bake up a variety of chocolate cookies all year round, and these Double Chocolate Ginger Cookie Bars are a hit in any season. The brownie-like bar cookies are studded with chunks of candied ginger and are packed with both dark and …

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Double Chocolate Ginger Cookie Bars

Chocolate cookies are crowd pleasers any way you serve them. I bake up a variety of chocolate cookies all year round, and these Double Chocolate Ginger Cookie Bars are a hit in any season. The brownie-like bar cookies are studded with chunks of candied ginger and are packed with both dark and white chocolates, for a treat that is spicy, sweet and offers just the right amount of decadence.

Candied ginger is a great ingredient to pair with chocolate of any kind because it is so versatile. It’s warm spice is a lovely contrast for creamy white chocolate, while its sweetness adds a nice counter to the bittersweet flavors in dark chocolate. While chocolate is the star of these cookie bars, the candied ginger is what makes them both addictive and unique.

These bar cookies are brownie-like and have a deep chocolate flavor, but they have a lighter texture than a regular brownie and are a bit crispier on top. The chocolate cookie dough is similar to brownie batter. It has a relatively small amount of flour and a very generous amount of cocoa powder, and it needs to be spread into a pan to bake evenly. Be sure to use high quality dark and white chocolate in the dough for the best chocolate flavor!

Double Chocolate Candied Ginger Cookie Bars

Let the bars cool completely before slicing them. I like to line my pan with aluminum foil so that I can lift the whole batch out before slicing it. I made narrow bars and cut 30 (10 by 3) bars out of the batch. You can cut them down into slightly smaller squares or larger, more decadent, pieces, if you prefer. The bars keep well in an airtight container for at least 2 or 3 days after baking.

Double Chocolate Ginger Cookie Bars
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 butter, room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup candied ginger chips

Preheat oven to 375F. Line a 9×13-inch pan with aluminum foil and lightly grease.
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar until light. Beat in egg and vanilla extract, then stir in the flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and candied ginger. Batter will be very thick.
Drop dollops of batter into pan, trying to spread it out as much as possible. Use a spatula to push the batter into an even layer (it will spread more as it bakes, so don’t worry if you can’t get it quite into the corners).
Bake for 20 minutes, or until the bars are set on the edges and they begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Allow bars to cool completely in the pan – they will sink as they cool – then use the foil to lift them out before slicing them into bars.

Makes 30 bars.

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Graham Cracker Cake

I am a bad blogger. While others are posting recipes for green bean casseroles, newfangled stuffing, and yet another way to improve turkey (it’s amazing how many ways there seem to be, and they just keep coming…) this year, I’m back to digging into my recipe files, finally getting around to making some of the recipes I’ve clipped over the years. This usual-sounding cake was…

I am a bad blogger. While others are posting recipes for green bean casseroles, newfangled stuffing, and yet another way to improve turkey (it’s amazing how many ways there seem to be, and they just keep coming…) this year, I’m back to digging into my recipe files, finally getting around to making some of the recipes I’ve clipped over the years.

This usual-sounding cake was one of the clipped recipes that have been patiently waiting for almost a few decades (as was the case for this chocolate hazelnut tart and these butterscotch bars), and I’m just now tackling. If a cake made with crushed Graham crackers and spicy speculoos cookies, along with butter, whole wheat flour, and flaky sea salt, sounds good to you, you’re not alone. I traveled across the Atlantic with it!

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Chocolate Molasses Cookies

Growing up we called these cookies “chocolate gingersnaps” but they’re not like a crunchy gingersnap at all, they’re actually a classic soft and chewy molasses cookie full of warm spices and chunks of melty chocolate. These Chocolate Molasses Cookies are the perfect cozy cookie for cold winter days and they pair perfectly with a hot […]

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Growing up we called these cookies “chocolate gingersnaps” but they’re not like a crunchy gingersnap at all, they’re actually a classic soft and chewy molasses cookie full of warm spices and chunks of melty chocolate. These Chocolate Molasses Cookies are the perfect cozy cookie for cold winter days and they pair perfectly with a hot cup of cocoa or coffee (especially with my gingerbread creamer). And the best part? They freeze beautifully, so you can keep a batch in your freezer and just take one or two out at a time to enjoy with your afternoon cup of tea or coffee. :)

Originally posed 12/11/2011, updated 11/29/2021.

Close up of chocolate molasses cookies on a cooling rack

Why You’ll Love these Molasses Cookies

Molasses creates an incredible chewy texture when added to cookies, as well as a slight sweetness with a rich and earthy flavor. If regular cookies tend to be a bit too sweet for you, I bet you’ll be a fan of these chocolate molasses cookies. Not only is the sweetness not super over the top, but the warm spices and semi-sweet chocolate give the cookie a little kick that helps counteract the sweetness. The flavor combination is absolute heaven!

What Kind of Molasses to Use

I used Grandma’s Original Molasses for these cookies. While you can use blackstrap molasses, keep in mind that it has a much more intense, slightly bitter flavor and the ingredients in these cookies were not formulated using that type of molasses. Will it still be good? Maybe! At the end of the day, that’s going to be a matter of personal preference.

How to Store Chocolate Molasses Cookies

Once the cookies have cooled completely to room temperature, store them in an air-tight container to keep them from going stale. The cookies will keep at room temperature for about a week, or you can freeze them for about three months. I absolutely love keeping these in the freezer so I can take just one or two out at a time. I like to microwave the frozen cookie for a few seconds to make it extra soft and gooey.

Can I Substitute the Fresh Ginger?

While I do think the fresh ginger is what makes these cookies extra special, you can substitute it for more ground dried ginger if needed. If you don’t have fresh ginger on hand, use two teaspoons of dried ginger instead of the 1 ¼ tsp listed in the recipe below.

Chocolate molasses cookies stacked on a cooling rack

 

Chocolate molasses cookies stacked on a cooling rack

Chocolate Molasses Cookies

These unique molasses cookies are sweet, chewy, full of warm spices, and big chunks of melty chocolate inside.
Total Cost $6.50 recipe / $0.27 each
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Refrigerate Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 54 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 136kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour $0.23
  • 1.25 tsp ground ginger $0.12
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg $0.02
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder $0.04
  • 1 tsp baking powder $0.02
  • 8 Tbsp butter, room temperature $0.80
  • 1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger $0.30
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar $0.24
  • 1/2 cup molasses $1.18
  • 4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate $3.49
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar $0.04

Instructions

  • Add the flour, ground ginger, cloves, nutmeg, coocoa powder, and baking powder to a bowl and stir until well combined.
  • To a separate bowl, add the butter, fresh ginger, brown sugar, and molasses. use a mixer to beat these ingredients together until light and creamy.
  • Begin adding the flour mixture into the molasses mixture, ½ cup at a time, beating at low speed, until all of the flour mixture has been incorporated.
  • Roughly chop the chocolate, then stir it into the cookie dough. Wrap the cookie dough in plastic, then refrigerate for at least one hour.
  • When you're ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 325ºF. Place the granulated sugar in a small bowl. Divide the cookie dough into four equal-sized pieces, then divide each of the quarters into six small pieces to make 24 total cookies.
  • Roll each piece of cookie dough into a ball, then roll the dough ball in the granulated sugar to coat. Place the shaped cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet, 12 per baking sheet.
  • Bake the cookies for about 12 minutes in the 325ºF oven, or until they're slightly cracked on top. Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack. Enjoy warm or at room temperature.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 56mg | Fiber: 1g

A hand holding a chocolate molasses cookie broken in half

How to Make Chocolate Molasses Cookies – Step By Step Photos

dry ingredients in the bowl

Add 1.5 cups all-purpose flour, 1.25 tsp ground ginger, ¼ tsp ground cloves, ¼ tsp ground nutmeg, 1 Tbsp cocoa powder, and 1 tsp baking powder in a bowl and stir until well combined.

Wet ingredients for cookies in a bowl

Add 8 Tbsp room temperature butter, 1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger, ½ cup brown sugar, and ½ cup molasses to a separate bowl.

Whipped whet ingredients in the bowl

Use a mixer to beat the wet ingredients together until they are light and creamy.

Flour added to the cookie dough

Begin mixing in the flour mixture at low speed, adding about ½ cup at a time, until all of it is incorporated.

Chopped choclate

Roughly chop the semi-sweet chocolate. You definitely want it to be fairly chunky.

Chocolate stirring into cookie dough

Stir the chopped chocolate into the cookie dough.

Cookie dough wrapped in plastic

Wrap the cookie dough in plastic, then refrigerate for about an hour to help firm it up. You can refrigerate overnight if needed.

Cookie dough being shaped and rolled in sugar

When you’re ready to make the cookies, preheat the oven to 325ºF. Place ¼ granulated sugar in a small bowl. Divide the cookie dough into four equal-sized pieces, then divide each quarter into six small pieces (24 total pieces). Roll each piece into a ball, then roll the ball in the granulated sugar to coat. 

molasses cookies on a baking sheet ready to bake

Place twelve of the shaped cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Baked molasses cookies on a baking sheet

Bake the cookies in the preheated 325ºF oven for about 12 minutes, or until the cookies are slightly cracked on top. Repeat with the second 12 cookies.

Chocolate molasses cookies on a plate with the cooling rack and glass of milk in the background

Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack to cool for a few minutes, or serve warm. Allow the cookies to cool completely to room temperature before storing in an air-tight container.

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Gingerbread Coffee Creamer

This gingerbread coffee creamer will make your morning cup of joe a little extra cozy. It’s creamy, lightly sweet, and full of warm spices!

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‘Tis the season for all things cozy and this gingerbread coffee creamer will turn your morning cup of joe into one big warm hug! It’s creamy, lightly sweet, and full of rich warm spices. I’m not going to lie, this creamer is so delicious that I’m tempted to just warm it up in a mug by itself and sip on it as an alternative to hot cocoa! Why not, right??

Overhead view of two cups of coffee with creamer being poured into one

Why I Love This Creamer

Aside from its incredibly warm and cozy flavor, I love this gingerbread coffee creamer because it only takes a few minutes to make and it’s totally customizable. Want it sweeter? Just add some brown sugar. Want it creamier? Substitute cream for the half and half. Need a smaller (or larger) batch? No problem. The recipe scales up or down without issue.

What is Half and Half?

I used “half and half” as the base for my creamer. For those outside the U.S., half and half is a 50/50 mix of whole milk and heavy cream. It’s a common add-in for coffee and can be purchased in pretty much every grocery store in the U.S.

You can make this gingerbread coffee creamer using just cream, or make your own “half and half” by combining equal parts whole milk and cream. Sure, you could probably do it with just whole milk too, but it just wouldn’t be nearly as cozy and creamy. :)

How Long Does it Last?

There isn’t an exact expiration date for homemade creamers like this, so I’d just stick to five days in the refrigerator just to be on the safe side. Luckily, you can make this creamer in very small batches if needed and it only takes minutes to make more when you run out, so there’s no need to risk leftovers going to waste.

How to Use Gingerbread Coffee Creamer

I set the serving size for this creamer at ¼ cup, but it’s totally up to you how much creamer you put in a cup of coffee. I can’t lie, while I was going through testing for this recipe I even drank it like a café au lait (half coffee, half milk) and it was incredible.

Serve your gingerbread coffee alongside a Cinnamon Nut Swirl Mug Cake or a Mini Chocolate Pecan Pie.

I also have plans to try using this gingerbread creamer in an ice cream maker. I’ll keep you posted.

gingerbread coffee creamer in a glass milk bottle with coffee cups and cookies in the background
Two mugs of coffee from above, a bottle of creamer on the side

Gingerbread Coffee Creamer

This gingerbread coffee creamer will make your morning cup of joe little extra cozy. It's creamy, sweet, and full of warm spices!
Total Cost $0.73 recipe / $0.18 serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 ¼ cup each
Calories 95kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup half and half $0.45
  • 1 Tbsp molasses $0.15
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract $0.07
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger $0.02
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves $0.02
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon $0.02

Instructions

  • Add all of the ingredients to a small saucepot. Heat over medium, stirring often, until the half and half is hot and steaming, but not simmering (about five minutes).
  • Serve hot or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g
creamer being poured into a cup of coffee

How to Make Gingerbread Coffee Creamer – Step by Step Photos

half and half being poured into a small saucepot

Start by adding one cup of half and half to a small saucepot (or one cup of cream, or any mix of cream and milk that you prefer).

spices being added to half and half in the saucepot

Add 1 Tbsp molasses, ¼ tsp vanilla extract, ¼ tsp ground ginger, ⅛ tsp ground cloves, and ⅛ tsp cinnamon to the half and half.

heated gingerbread creamer in the saucepot

Heat the creamer over medium, stirring often, until the creamer is hot and steaming, but not yet simmering. The spices will clump up while the half and half is still cold, but they’ll begin to mix in as it heats up. Heating the spices in the liquid also helps the flavors bloom and permeate throughout the creamer.

Two mugs of coffee from above, a bottle of creamer on the side

Serve your creamer hot, or refrigerate until ready to use (up to about five days). Enjoy!

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Biscoff Pumpkin Pie

I am normally not a huge pumpkin pie person, unless it is our Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie. That one is the BEST! I always savor every bite. Well, there is a new pumpkin pie in town that has stole my heart…this Biscoff Pumpkin Pie. You HAVE to try …

I am normally not a huge pumpkin pie person, unless it is our Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie. That one is the BEST! I always savor every bite. Well, there is a new pumpkin pie in town that has stole my heart…this Biscoff Pumpkin Pie. You HAVE to try it. It is creamy, dreamy, and divine!…

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Mini Pumpkin Pies

Make your Thanksgiving dollar go further by using simple pantry staples to make these adorable and affordable Mini Pumpkin Pies!

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Everyone loves Thanksgiving, but let’s be honest, it can get expensive, especially when you have several guests to feed. But I’ve got a great little Thanksgiving hack for you. Well okay, maybe two. Thanksgiving hack number one: make these Mini Pumpkin Pies. You get twelve servings with half the amount of ingredients used for a regular-sized pumpkin pie. So instead of trying to slice one pie into razor-thin slices so that everyone gets a bite, be the star of the show with these adorable little Mini Pumpkin Pies. Everyone will die over their cuteness and you’ll be smiling with satisfaction because you just fed more people with fewer ingredients.

Thanksgiving hack number two: get your ingredients at ALDI! I got everything I needed to make these Mini Pumpkin Pies, plus everything else for my Thanksgiving Dinner at ALDI in one quick trip. Grocery stores can be an absolute zoo around Thanksgiving time, but ALDI is strategically laid out with four to six aisles, is well organized, and has exactly what I need so I can get in, get out, and stay on budget.

close up image of mini pumpkin pies with whipped cream

ALDI carries all of the holiday baking essentials, like what I used in these pumpkin pies, as well as lots of fun specialty items for the holiday season. Customers can get everything they need for a traditional Thanksgiving meal, including the Butterball turkey, sides and pumpkin pie, all from ALDI and all for less than $30.*

*Based on the items and quantities included in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Survey for dinner for up to 10 with a 12lb Butterball turkey and additional miscellaneous items (e.g. coffee, butter, flour, sugar, eggs) not included in the survey. Available in-store and online. Tax and online fees not included.

I actually look forward to grocery shopping at ALDI because I can’t wait to see what cool seasonal items they have that week and I know whatever it is, I’ll actually be able to afford it. I’m totally getting one of their Emporium Selection Baking Brie wheels again this year! …and maybe that wine and cheese Advent Calendar. ;) 

What about you? Have you checked out the awesome selection of holiday goods available at ALDI? If so, what’s your favorite? Let me know in the comments below. If you haven’t been to ALDI yet, make sure to click here to see where your nearest ALDI store is and get over there ASAP! :)

No-Fuss Crust

Another reason these mini pumpkin pies are so great is that they don’t use a traditional pie crust. Pie crust can be tricky to work with, especially for new cooks, but these pies use a really unique dough made with butter, flour, and cream cheese. It has a soft moldable texture that is super forgiving and easy to work with. …Because the last thing you need to worry about on Thanksgiving is cracked pie dough.

A mini pumpkin pie cut open held close to the camera

Make A Double Batch of Mini Pumpkin Pies

As I mentioned above, this recipe basically uses half of the “filling” for a regular-sized pumpkin pie. So you can use your favorite pumpkin pie filling recipe, or even the pumpkin pie recipe on the label of your can of pumpkin purée and just divide it by two to fill 12 of these mini pumpkin pies. Or use the whole recipe and make 24 mini pumpkin pies!

Can I Make them Ahead?

Yes, you can make these mini pumpkin pies one day ahead of time. When preparing them in advance, allow the pies to cool completely to room temperature before covering and refrigerating. You can also freeze the pumpkin pies, but the quality is much better when fresh or refrigerated. So freezing is a great way to enjoy the leftovers for longer, but I wouldn’t freeze before serving to guests.

Pumpkin Pie Topping Options

You can leave the pumpkin pies bare (I love the color they add to a Thanksgiving spread), or you can top them with whipped cream and a little sprinkle of cinnamon. The Friendly Farms Pumpkin Spice Whipped Dairy Topping from ALDI would also be fun! If you plan to let the pumpkin pies sit out for a while, like as part of a Friendsgiving buffet, you may want to use a stabilized whipped cream to make sure the whipped cream doesn’t collapse as it sits (whip 1 Tbsp cornstarch into every cup of homemade whipped cream to stabilize). And, of course, you can get all the ingredients you need to make a stabilized whipped cream at ALDI. ;)

Mini pumpkin pies on a cooling rack with ingredients in the background
close up of mini pumpkin pies with whipped cream

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Make your Thanksgiving dollar go further by using simple pantry staples to make these adorable and affordable Mini Pumpkin Pies!
Total Cost $2.78 recipe / $0.23 each
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12 mini pies
Calories 202kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

Crust

  • 8 Tbsp Countryside Creamery Salted Butter, room temperature $0.80
  • 4 oz. Happy Farms Cream Cheese, room temperature $0.58
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp Baker's Corner All Purpose Flour $0.07
  • 1 Tbsp Baker's Corner Granulated Sugar $0.01

Filling

  • 1/2 15oz. can Baker’s Corner 100% Pure Canned Pumpkin (⅞ cup) $0.48
  • 3/4 cup Baker's Corner Evaporated Milk $0.40
  • 1 large Simply Nature Grade A Organic Cage Free Brown Eggs $0.29
  • 1/4 cup Baker's Corner Granulated Sugar $0.04
  • 2 Tbsp Baker's Corner Brown Sugar $0.08
  • 1/2 tsp Stonemill Ground Cinnamon $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp Stonemill Ground Ginger $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp Stonemill Ground Nutmeg $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp Stonemill Salt $0.02

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Make the pie crust first. Add the butter and cream cheese to a bowl and use a mixer to beat them together until light and fluffy.
  • Beat 1 Tbsp sugar into the butter and cream cheese, then begin to beat in the flour, about ¼ cup at a time, until all of it has been incorporated. The result will be a very soft dough.
  • Divide the dough into four equal pieces, then divide each piece into three so you have 12 equal-sized pieces total. Roll each piece of dough into a ball, then drop each one into the well of a muffin tin. Use your fingers to press the dough down into the center and up the sides of the wells (see step by step photos below for more help).
  • Next, make the pie filling. In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin purée, evaporated milk, egg, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt.
  • Divide the filling between the twelve pie shells (about 3 Tbsp each).
  • Bake the pies for 35 minutes, or until the edges of the pie crusts are golden and the filling is slightly cracked on top.
  • Remove the muffin tin from the oven and allow the pies to cool in the tin for about 10 minutes. After about 10 minutes they should be solid enough to safely remove. Slide a knife around the outer edge of each one until they pop out. Finish cooling the pies on a wire rack.
  • Serve the pies at room temperature, or transfer them to the refrigerator once cooled for longer storage (up to four days).

Notes

Ingredient prices and availability may vary.

Nutrition

Serving: 1mini pie | Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Sodium: 170mg | Fiber: 1g
Mini Pumpkin Pies in the muffin tin and on the cooling rack

How to Make Mini Pumpkin Pies – Step by Step Photos

pumpkin pie ingredients

Here are all of the ingredients you’ll need for these mini pumpkin pies. The ingredients are all super simple pantry staples (flour, sugar, eggs, butter, cream cheese, evaporated milk, brown sugar, salt, pumpkin purée, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg) and you can get ALL of them at ALDI. :)

Cream cheese and butter

Start by preheating the oven to 350ºF. Next, add 8 Tbsp room temperature butter and 4 oz. room temperature cream cheese to a bowl.

Fluffy butter and cream cheese

Beat the butter and cream cheese together until they’re evenly combined and fluffy.

pie dough in the bowl

Beat 1 Tbsp sugar into the butter and cream cheese, then start adding the flour, about ¼ cup at a time, beating until it is incorporated (1 cup + 2 Tbsp flour total). The end result will be a very soft dough. No dry flour should remain on the bottom of the bowl.

Dough being pressed into the muffin tin

Divide the dough into 12 equal-sized pieces. To do this, divide the dough into four equal-sized pieces. From there, divide each piece into three equal-sized pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and place them into the wells of a muffin tin. Use your fingers to press the dough down and up the sides of the muffin tin wells. Make sure to get down into the corners of the well where a lot of the dough can accumulate and get too thick.

Pumpkin pie filling ingredients

Next, it’s time to make the pumpkin pie filling. Whisk together ½ of a 15oz. can of pumpkin purée (about ⅞ of a cup), 1 large egg, ¾ cup evaporated milk, ¼ cup sugar, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, ½ tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp ground ginger, ¼ tsp ground nutmeg, and ¼ tsp salt.

Mini pumpkin pies being filled

Divide the pumpkin filling among the 12 pie shells. The easiest way to do this is to use a 2 Tbsp scoop or measuring cup and add 2 Tbsp to each one first, then go back and add a bit more to each one until the filling is used up. It ends up being about 3 Tbsp filling per pie.

Baked pumpkin pies in the muffin tin

Bake the pumpkin pies in the fully preheated 350ºF oven for 35 minutes or until the crusts are golden brown and the filling is slightly cracked on top. Allow the pies to cool in the muffin tin for about 10 minutes so they can solidify a bit before attempting removal. Once they’re slightly cooled, run a knife around the edge of each one and they will pop right out!

Mini Pumpkin Pies on a cooling rack next to pumpkins and leaves

Allow the pies to finish cooling on a cooling rack. Remember, make sure they are fully cooled to room temperature before refrigeration to prevent condensation. Refrigerated pumpkin pies will stay good in the refrigerator for four days.

Side view of whipped cream topped mini pumpkin pies on a cooling rack

I hope these mini pumpkin pies help make your holiday gathering affordable and delicious. And don’t forget, you can take advantage of the great prices and selection at ALDI, online, with curbside pickup, or through Instacart!

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Pumpkin Waffles

Our boys love waffles so we make them every week, sometimes twice a week. They never miss a “Waffle Wednesday.”  Our classic Belgian Waffles are our favorite, but during the fall months we love making Pumpkin Waffles. They are such a t…

Our boys love waffles so we make them every week, sometimes twice a week. They never miss a “Waffle Wednesday.”  Our classic Belgian Waffles are our favorite, but during the fall months we love making Pumpkin Waffles. They are such a treat! This is the BEST pumpkin waffle recipe. The waffles are made with pumpkin…

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Ginger Carrot Sweet Potato Soup

If you are looking for a creamy Ginger Carrot Sweet Potato Soup, take a look it this vibrant orange, spicy, but sweet cream soup. You can make it within 30 minutes following a couple of simple steps. We love to serve it with some charred pineapple skew…

If you are looking for a creamy Ginger Carrot Sweet Potato Soup, take a look it this vibrant orange, spicy, but sweet cream soup. You can make it within 30 minutes following a couple of simple steps. We love to serve it with some charred pineapple skewers. We love a creamy veggie soup like this...

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Gluten-Free Biscotti with Ginger & Chocolate

Surely we’re not the only ones who first experienced biscotti as kids, secretly stolen out of an old tin at grandma’s house? Oh, the memories. Well, prepare to be transported, friends, because these gluten-free biscotti have all the crunchy, sweet good…

Gluten-Free Biscotti with Ginger & Chocolate

Surely we’re not the only ones who first experienced biscotti as kids, secretly stolen out of an old tin at grandma’s house? Oh, the memories. Well, prepare to be transported, friends, because these gluten-free biscotti have all the crunchy, sweet goodness of a classic biscotti, but with a sophisticated twist!

Inspired by our Orange Almond Biscotti, these 10-ingredient cookies are sweet and spicy (Hello, chocolate and candied ginger!) and full of all the best delicate flavors of the classic Italian treat.

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Easy Apple Crisp

This Easy Apple Crisp is a simple dessert that is warm, cozy, and sweet. It’s the perfect dessert for chilly fall evenings.

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Apple crisp is probably my favorite fall dessert because it’s just so ridiculously simple and I love the way the uncomplicated design keeps fresh fall apples at the forefront of the dessert. It’s warm, comforting, sweet, and utterly divine with a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream on top. So if you’re looking for a warm and cozy dessert for these fall evenings, you’re going to love this Easy Apple Crisp.

Overhead view of a bowl of apple crisp with ice cream

What is Apple Crisp?

Apple crisp is as simple as simple gets, when it comes to dessert. It’s just apples seasoned with a warm mix of spices, topped with a sweet and crunchy oat topping, and baked until the apples are gloriously tender. It’s kind of like apple pie for people who don’t feel like fiddling with pie crust. And it’s absolutely perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream!

What Kind of Apples are Best for Apple Crisp

I prefer a sweet and juicy apple for apple crisp, like Gala or Fuji, but you can make almost any type of apple work. If you have an apple that is more tart, like a Granny Smith or Braeburn, you may want to add more sugar to the apple seasoning mixture. But the most important thing to look for when you’re choosing apples is to make sure your apples are juicy. Apples that are not fresh and juicy will make an apple crisp that is a little more on the dry side rather than deliciously saucy. Here’s a really cool chart showing apples according to their level of sweetness!

Can I Reduce the Sugar?

Sugar plays a very important role in both the filling and the topping of this apple crisp. In the filling the sugar helps draw out the juices from the apples, creating that nice saucy consistency. In the crumble topping, sugar helps crystalize the crumble and make everything crunchy. So, if you do choose to reduce the sugar, keep in mind that it will not only affect the sweetness of the dish, but also the texture.

How to Store Leftover Apple Crisp

Wait until your apple crisp cools to reduce condensation, then cover with plastic and refrigerate. Apple crisp will stay good in the refrigerator for about four days. The crumble topping will continue to absorb moisture from the apples as it refrigerates, so it won’t stay crispy, but it is still amazingly delicious all the same!

close up of apple crisp being scooped out of the baking dish
Apple crisp in a bowl topped with vanilla ice cream

Easy Apple Crisp

This Easy Apple Crisp is a simple dessert that is warm, cozy, and sweet. It's the perfect dessert for chilly fall evenings.
Total Cost $2.48 recipe / $0.41 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 282kcal
Author Beth – Budget Bytes

Ingredients

Spiced Apples

  • 2 lbs. apples $1.33
  • 3 Tbsp sugar $0.04
  • 1 tsp cinnamon $0.05
  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour $0.01
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger $0.02
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves $0.01
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract $0.14

Oat Topping

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour $0.03
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats $0.06
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar $0.32
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature $0.44
  • 1/8 tsp salt $0.01
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon $0.02

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Core and slice the apples into ¼-½ inch wide slices (peel, if desired). Place the sliced apples in a large bowl.
  • In a small bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves to season the apples. Sprinkle the mixture over the sliced apples and drizzle the vanilla extract over top. Stir the apples until they're evenly coated in spices.
  • Next, make the oat topping. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, oats, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Cut the butter into chunks and then use your hands to work it into the oat mixture until it is crumbly and appears sort of damp.
  • Sprinkle the crumbly oat mixture over the seasoned apples. Transfer to the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Serve hot with ice cream or whipped cream on top!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 123mg | Fiber: 5g
Overhead view of apple crisp in the baking dish with two scoops of ice cream

How to Make Apple Crisp – Step by Step Photos

Sliced apples on a cutting board

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Clean and slice 2 lbs. of apples (about six medium apples) into ¼-½ inch wide slices. You can peel them if you prefer, but I like the color and texture that the peels bring to the dessert. Place the sliced apples in a large bowl

apple seasoning in a small bowl

Prepare the seasoning for the apples by combining 3 Tbsp sugar, 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp ground ginger, and ⅛ tsp ground cloves. The sugar helps draw the juices out of the apples and then the flour thickens it into a nice saucy consistency.

Seasoning being sprinkled over the apples

Sprinkle the seasoning mixture over the sliced apples along with 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. Stir until the apples are evenly coated in flour, sugar, and spices.

Seasoned apples in the baking dish

Place the seasoned apples in a 2-quart baking dish.

ingredients for oat topping

Next, create the crumbly oat topping. Stir together ¼ cup all-purpose flour, ⅓ cup rolled oats, ½ cup brown sugar, ⅛ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp cinnamon in a bowl.

chunks of butter added to topping

Cut ¼ cup (4 Tbsp) butter into chunks and add it to the oat mixture. Use your hands to work the butter into the other ingredients.

finished crumbly oat topping

When the butter is fully mixed in, it should look kind of chunky and damp, like the photo above.

unbaked oat topping on the seasoned apples

Sprinkle the oat topping over the seasoned apples.

Baked apple crisp in the dish

Bake the crisp for 45 minutes, or until the topping is deep golden brown.

close up of apple crisp being scooped out of the baking dish

Enjoy hot, topped with vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream!

apple crisp in a bowl topped with ice cream

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