Halloween Candied Gorp

Monstrously Good! Self control was nonexistent, so I had to wrap it up to give away!

Halloween Candied Gorp

Halloween Candied Gorp 2   Halloween Candied Gorp 3

1/2 cup honey roasted peanuts
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup broken pretzel (pretzel sticks broken in thirds)
1 cup Reeses Pieces
10 Halloween Oreos, coarsely chopped
1 pkg (16oz) CandiQuik Vanilla Candy Coating (or the like)

In a bowl, mix together peanuts, raisins, almonds, pretzel pieces, and Reeses Pieces. Pour out onto silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet, arrange neatly. Place Oreo pieces evenly in with other ingredients, gently pressing and creating an even, level, organized pile ;o) . Place a quart size ziplock bag in a tall glass, folding over around the edge. Melt CandiQuik as directed on the package until totally liguid. Pour into prepared plastic bag, remove from glass. Hold securely and snip off one corner of bag and drizzle melted vanilla candy evenly over gorp mixture to cover. Using rubber spatula, lifting up and down, gently push the candy coating down into the gorp so when set up it all holds together (don’t stir, it will ruin the nice look of the candy). Let sit to set up. When set, break into pieces.

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Halloween Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

A festive Halloween treat!

Halloween Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

Halloween Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars 2

Oatmeal Cookie Base & Topping:
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups old fashioned oats
2½ cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2  tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350°. In large bowl with electric mixer, cream butter and brown sugar.  Mix in eggs and vanilla.  Combine oats, flour, baking soda, and salt; mix into creamed mixture. Press two-thirds of the dough into a sprayed 9″x13″baking pan.

Creamy Orange Peanut Butter Center:
2 Tbl butter
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup Reese’s Peanut Butter chips
1 cup Ghirardelli White Melting Wafers
1 tsp vanilla
7 drops each red & yellow food color
Halloween sprinkles

In a saucepan, combine butter, sweetened condensed milk, peanut butter chips, and white wafers.  Cook and stir over low heat just until chips and wafers are melted. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and food color. Spread over crust. Using your hands, sprinkle remaining oatmeal dough evenly over creamy mixture, sprinkle with Halloween sprinkles, and pat down gently.  Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown (you may want to lay a piece of foil over for the last 10-15 minutes so it doesn’t get too brown). Cool. Cut into squares.

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Glazed Apple Crumb Cake

A delicious moist little snack cake. Glazed Apple Crumb Cake from layersofhappiness.com.

Glazed Apple Crumb Cake

Crumb Topping:
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter, cold

Cake:
1½ cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup oil
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 egg white
1 tsp vanilla
1 large apple, peeled, cored, and diced
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Warm Vanilla Glaze:
1½ Tbl butter, melted
1½ Tbl brown sugar
1½ Tbl sugar
1½ Tbl milk
1/4 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350°. Make topping by mixing flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly, set aside.

For the cake batter, in large bowl stir together flour baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a medium bowl whisk together oil, brown sugar, sugar, egg, egg white, and vanilla. Stir liquid mixture into dry ingredients just until combined. Fold in apple and walnuts. Spread cake batter in well sprayed 9″x9″ baking pan. Sprinkle crumb topping evenly over cake batter, press down. Bake 30-35 minutes, until done in center.

For the glaze, in small bowl, whisk together melted butter, brown sugar, sugar, milk, and vanilla. Add powdered sugar and whisk until just combined. Drizzle over cake. Enjoy cake warm or room temperature.

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Peanut Butter Brownie Pie

Go ahead, make a chocolate & peanut butter lover smile! Inspired by and a variation of Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Pie on averiecooks.com.

Peanut Butter Brownie Pie

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1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa
3/4 cup *Reese’s Mini Pieces, divided
22-24 **Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Minis

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9″ pie plate.

In large microwave safe bowl, cook butter for 1½-2 minutes on 50% power just until melted. Stir in brown sugar and let sit for a couple minutes to cool a bit. Stir in peanut butter, egg, and vanilla. Stir in flour and cocoa. Mix in 1/2 cup of the Reese’s Mini Pieces. Spread batter in prepared pan. Evenly distribute and gently press the remaining Mini Pieces and Peanut Butter Cups Minis into the batter. Bake 28-30 minutes. Cool. Serve with vanilla ice cream!

*Find Reese’s Mini Pieces in the baking isle with chocolate chips.
**Find Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Minis in the candy isle.

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Cinnamon Sugar Sheet Cake

Cinnamon Sugar Sheet Cake…say that five times fast! It’s my daughter Rachel’s birthday and she is far away from me in another state. The only way I know to feel better about that situation (without getting on a plane), is to bake a cake.

Cinnamon Sugar Sheet Cake

Cake:
1 cup butter
1 cup water
2 cups sugar
2¼ cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 375°, spray 12’x17″ sheet pan. In large microwave proof bowl, heat butter and water for about 2½-3 minutes on 50% power in the microwave; whisk until butter is melted. Add sugar, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg; whisk until smooth. Add eggs, vanilla, and sour cream. Whisk until well combined and smooth batter. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 20-25 minutes, test center with pick. Make frosting right before cake is baked.

Frosting:
1/2 cup butter
6 Tbl milk
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
cinnamon sugar
crystal sugar

In saucepan, heat butter and milk to melt butter and just after mixture starts to boil remove from heat. Whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla. Spread evenly over warm cake. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar and crystal sugar evenly over frosting. Garnish with chopped pecans, walnuts, sprinkles, white chocolate curls, if desired.

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Pumpkin Milk Chocolate Blondies

One of my favorite treats in the whole wide world! I am a dark chocolate fan, I will choose dark chocolate everyday over milk chocolate. But, there is something about the creamy, smooth subtlety of milk chocolate with pumpkin that works so well. Don’t get me wrong, I would totally jump in and eat my share if this recipe were made with semi-sweet or dark chocolate. I am always willing and ready to do my part! Happy October!

Pumpkin Milk Chocolate Blondies

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1/2 cup butter, room temp
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce, room temp
1 Tbl oil
1¼ cups sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1 (11.5oz) bag milk chocolate chips, divided

Preheat oven to 350°. Line 9″x13″ baking pan with foil, leaving overhang on each end. Spray with non-stick spray.

In large bowl with electric mixer, cream butter, applesauce, oil, and sugar. Add egg, vanilla, and pumpkin; mix well. Add Flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves; mix just until combined. Stir in milk chocolate chips, reserving 1/2 cup. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Sprinkle reserved milk chocolate chips evenly over top of batter, gently press down a bit. Bake 30 minutes. Cool completely. Lift blondies out of pan using foil to grab onto as handles. Place on cutting board, peel foil away from blondies and cut into 24 squares. Using applesauce instead of all butter reduces the calories per blondie from 225 to 190, so have another!

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Spiced Pecan Cookies

I am all for loading a cookie with pecans, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice. Perfect cookie on a fall day, plus your kitchen will smell wonderful. Bake some and have a nibble!

Spiced Pecan Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 Tbl vanilla
2 Tbl cream or half-and-half
2 cups flour
1 Tbl pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp corn starch
1 tsp baking soda
pinch salt
2 cups pecan halves

Cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar with electric mixer. Add egg, vanilla, and cream; mix well. Add flour, pumpkin pie spice, corn starch, baking soda, and salt. Mix just until combined. Mix in pecans, the mixer will break them up a bit but leave large chunks (you can chop them if you want smaller pieces).

Original recipe at averiecooks.com says to scoop into balls and refrigerate at this point, click on link if you want to go that route. I am a rebel, not really, just wanted a cookie faster, and baked them immediately. Scoop onto silpat lined or sprayed baking sheet. I baked them at 375° for 8-9 minutes, don’t let them brown if you want a soft cookie. I smashed mine with the spatula as they came from the oven. Let cool.

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Vanilla Malt Cake

This is a big twist on a recipe I posted last year for Dark Chocolate Snack Cake. I made substitutions and this moist, tasty Vanilla Malt Cake was born. It was a friend’s birthday and I wanted to take her some cake…and that’s the story! Yummy ending.

Vanilla Malt Cake

Vanilla Malt Cake 2

Cake:
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup Carnation Malted Milk powder
1½ cups mini marshmallows
1 cup water
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup buttermilk
1½ tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350°. In large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and Malted Milk powder. Stir in marshmallows; set aside. In small saucepan, bring water, oil, and butter to boil. Pour over flour mixture and mix well to melt marshmallows. Stir together eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla; beat into batter. Pour into sprayed 9″x13″ baking pan. Bake for 38-40 minutes or until done in center. Cool.

Frosting:
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 Tbl Carnation Malted Milk powder
3 cups powdered sugar
1½ tsp vanilla
3 Tbl milk

Whip butter with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add Malted Milk powder, powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk; whip until creamy. Spread evenly over completely cooled cake. Sprinkle with chopped nuts, sprinkles or other garnish.

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Chewy Granola Bars

These granola bars are so easy to make, a perfectly delicious treat! Recipe from moneysavingmom.com.

Chewy Granola Bars

2½ cups Rice Krispie Cereal
1¾ cups oats
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup each of other mix-ins (raisins, coconut, craisins, nuts, sunflower seed, etc.)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Combine Rice Krispies, oats, wheat germ, and mix-ins in large bowl. In saucepan, mix honey, brown sugar, and salt. Over medium-low heat, stir until the mixture comes to a complete boil for 30-60 seconds. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla, mixing until smooth. Pour over dry mixture and stir until well coated. Let cool for 5-10 minutes then gently stir in mini chocolate chips. Press into sprayed 9″x13″ pan. Let cool and set up then cut into bars.

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Honey Wheat Bread

One loaf of honey sweetened wheat bread hot out of the oven to bring that heavenly aroma to your kitchen!

Honey Wheat Bread

1½ cups hot water (about 110°)
1 pkt (2¼ tsp) dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
2 Tbl oil
3 Tbl honey
1 cup white flour
1½ tsp salt
2¾-3 cups whole wheat flour

In bowl of stand mixer, pour hot water, sprinkle yeast over water, and then sprinkle the 1 tsp sugar over yeast. Let sit for 5 minutes or until bubbly. Add oil, honey, white flour, and salt. Mix well. Add wheat flour, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing to incorporate. Add enough to make dough that just comes together but is still a bit sticky. Mix until well kneaded. Turn dough out into greased or sprayed bowl, turn dough over to coat. Cover and let rise in warm place 45-60 minutes. Shape into loaf and put in sprayed loaf pan. Let rise in warm place about 30-45 minutes. Bake in preheated 375° oven for 30-35 minutes.

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