Best Ever Banana Bread Muffins

What do you do with that bunch of bananas that you just bought and have already begun to over-ripen before you’ve had a chance to eat them? Make amazingly crowd pleasing banana bread muffins of course!

These muffins combines the sweetness of a bananas and the fluffiness of bread to create a tasty and moist flavor bomb that will leave you wanting more and more. Fortunately this recipe yields 18 muffins so there’ll be plenty to share or freeze and hoard for yourself.

The secret ingredient here is the buttermilk. Buttermilk works it’s magic to transform this recipe from dense and overly sweet to a moist, fluffy, and light addition to the day. Have it for breakfast with a cup of coffee or tea, as a midday snack, or as a side with your meal. You can even have it as a special treat at the end of the day.

Best Ever Banana Bread Muffins

Moist, fluffy, and full of sweet banana flavor. What more could you ask for in a banana bread muffin? 

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Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 18 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 5 - 6 large over ripened bananas mashed
  • 4 cups flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

  2. Using a stand or hand mixer, combine the softened butter and sugar.

  3. Mix in 1 egg at a time, then add the baking soda and salt.

  4. Slowly mix in the buttermilk.

  5. Add the bananas. 

  6. Gradually mix in the flour, one cup at a time. 

  7. Fill your greased or lined muffin tins. 

  8. Bake for 30 - 40 minutes or until golden brown. 

  9. Unwrap and enjoy!

Savory, Cheesy Apple Rose Pastry Recipe

 

Savory, Cheesy Apple Rose Pastry Recipe

Ready to make those delicious apple roses you've seen on Facebook and Pinterest?  Our fun twist combines bacon or prosciutto with Gruyere to make a decadent treat. 

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine French
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes
Servings 6 people

Ingredients

  • 2 large apples I do either fuji or gala
  • 1 box puff pastry room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 block Gruyere cheese shredded
  • 1 large lemon halved
  • 1 package proscuitto or thin sliced bacon

Instructions

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees.  Now thaw your puff pastry to room temperature and slice into 6 pieces.  While the puff pastry is thawing, grease a cupcake baking sheet and mix the egg with a tablespoon of water to create an egg wash.  

  2. Wash and halve your apples.  Then core them and slice them thin.  Once sliced, add water to a microwavable safe bowl and squeeze in 1/2 to 1 lemon and the apple slices.  Now microwave for 1 minute increments until the apples can bend without breaking.  

  3. Cut the puff pastry into 6 even slices.  Place the egg wash on the top side of the puff pastry.  Next line the puff pastry with a slice of the thin cut bacon or prosciutto and the apples along the puff pastry. Make sure to leave half of the puff pastry available so you can fold it over.  Once complete, add in a light sprinkle of the grated Gruyere.  

  4. Now roll the apple roses and place them into the cupcake tins.  Bake at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes or until everything is cooked.  I take them out and sprinkle some cheese on for the last 5 minutes for an extra fun look.  

Cinnamon & White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies (OMG!)

Not only are these an amazing fall cookie, but they took me less than 30 minutes from start to finish. They taste ridiculously good and they also mean I no longer have to go to Starbucks for a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Once you taste these cinnamon, pumpkin spice and white chocolate chip cookies, you’ll never look at another fall cookie the same.

pumpkin spice cinnamon and white chocolate chip cookie recipe
Cinnamon & White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies (OMG!)
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If you're looking to make something ridiculously good, these pumpkin spice and white chocolate cookies are incredible. This is a must-have for fall!
Servings Prep Time
2 1/2 dozen 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 1/2 dozen 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
pumpkin spice cinnamon and white chocolate chip cookie recipe
Cinnamon & White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies (OMG!)
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If you're looking to make something ridiculously good, these pumpkin spice and white chocolate cookies are incredible. This is a must-have for fall!
Servings Prep Time
2 1/2 dozen 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 1/2 dozen 10 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: dozen
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Then toss two sticks or 1 cup of butter into your stand mixer and beat it until it's whipped. Next add the sugar in and let it mix until it's fluffy.
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  2. Once your dough looks like the photo above, add the egg and then the vanilla extract once the egg is mixed in.
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  3. Now add the pumpkin pie spice and then the cinnamon.
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  4. Next add your white chocolate chips.
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  5. Once everything is mixed together, roll the dough into balls and place on a baking sheet.
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  6. Now bake them for about 12 to 15 minutes or until the edges start to turn brown. Then remove from the oven, let them cool and get ready to go crazy.
    pumpkin spice cinnamon and white chocolate chip cookie recipe
Recipe Notes

If you want a couple of fun tweaks, try 1/2 teaspoon of ginger powder or 1/2 teaspoon of all spice. Both can add to the flavor profile. I actually like these a bit more simple so you can really get the cinnamon and pumpkin spice from the cookie, but both of those are great too.

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Pumpkin Spiced Meringue Cookies & More!

Between all of the fall holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas you have non stop eating, excuses to not go to the gym and tons of stress.  That’s why I love making meringue cookies to snack on.  Here are four fun versions that are all fall holiday themed and absolutely amazing.  The post shares my generic meringue cookie recipe and then how to make each of the four festive flavors.

pumpkin spice meringue cookies

Pumpkin Spiced Meringue Cookies

From Halloween to Thanksgiving and even Christmas, Meringue cookies are my diet snack of choice. Here are 4 fun versions for you!

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine French
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pint egg whites
  • 1 tbsp creme de tartar you can use more
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin spice
  • 2 tbsp dark cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp good vanilla extract I use mexican
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract

Instructions

  1. Start by adding the cream de tartar, vanilla and egg whites into your mixer and whip it until it becomes stiff peaks. Once the peaks begin forming, you'll start adding in the sugar slowly and continue to let it whip together.

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  2. Here is what stiff peaks looks like for meringue cookies.

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  3. Now you have the first flavor, vanilla. Add 1/4 of the meringue to a piping bag and set 1/4 aside in a bowl for later. Pipe the first 1/4 onto a baking sheet with parchment paper.

    Next lets make the pumpkin spice meringue cookies. For these you only have to add the pumpkin spice mix in. Once complete, add 1/2 to a piping bag to the parchment paper and get ready to make the next flavor, chocolate pumpkin spiced meringue cookies.

    ingredients for pumpkin spice meringue
  4. The next flavor is even easier to make. Add the cocoa powder and then whip for another few minutes. Once it's blended in add it to a piping bag and then pipe onto a baking sheet with parchment paper on it. Now for the last one, peppermint meringue cookies.

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  5. Peppermint meringue cookies are scary because the extract might melt the meringue down. Make sure you add it very slowly and keep the mixer on high while not letting it splash you. If it starts to thin, add a bit of sugar and possibly a bit more cream de tartar. This is one flavor that sometimes melts and means you need to start over which isn't fun.

    Once you have all four flavors piped, place them in an oven for 6 hours at 200 degrees. Once they finish, do not remove them. Let them sit in the oven after it's been turned off over night if you can. In the morning take them out and you're done. If you don't leave them in the oven, there is a good chance they'll crack. That doesn't change them much, they're just not as pretty.

    Let me know how this recipe works for you and thank you again for reading!

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Red Velvet Cookie Cake with Mango & Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

I was trying to think of what to make on Valentine’s Day for dessert when I saw a huge box of red velvet chocolate chip cookies.  That was all of the inspiration I needed.  I instantly went back to where I saw mangos on sale and was ready to cook.  That’s how this red velvet cookie cake with mango and chocolate buttercream frosting recipe was invented.  I’m nicknaming it “The Red Monster”.

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