Spooky Halloween Chocolate Bark

 

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Happy Halloween to all of you ghouls out there.I have a treat that will sweeten  yo’ heart.Its something you can’t resist.Are you ready alrighty then it’s Chocolate Halloween Bark.It has all kinds of stuff in like cookies and candies  .This is easy, kid fun and friendly.I hope you have a sweet tooth I know I do. Halloween is just a stones throw and I am right and ready  in the spirit of it.This treat is just the start of my Halloweeny snack delights and will be having some  have fun cooking up scary dishes .

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Ingredients:

1 bag of white chocolate chips(melted)

1/4 cup milk chocolate chips(melted)

2 tsp vegetable oil

1/3 cup reeses pieces

4 mini butterfinger bars( cut in half

1/3 cup M&Ms

1/3 cup candy corn

5  mini  Reeses”s peanut butter cups( cut in half)

10 mini Oreo cookies(cut in half)

 

Directions:

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1. Line a pan with parchment paper or foil.

2.Put chocolate and oil in a  heat proof bowl and place over a  pot  of  simmering  water. Please don’t let water touch the bowl or the chocolate will seize up. 

3.Stir chocolate with a spoon or spatula until chocolate has  melted .

4.When chocolate has melted pour onto the sheet pan .

5. With a spatula spread chocolate to the thickness you like.

6. Now melt the milk chocolate chips and once melted drizzle over white chocolate .

7. Sprinkle the  cookies and candies all over the chocolate . 

8. Transfer pan to refrigerator and chill for 1 hour or overnight.

9.Now break into pieces and eat the bark right away or place into Halloween gift bags .

 

HAPPY FALL & HAPPY HALLOWEEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mini Bundt Pan Pumpkin Bread

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Now that its Fall and very close to Thanksgiving I am very much inspired by this time of year .My imagination always go through the roof.So in this post it may not be so creative but it shows I love pumpkin .I always love to bake I am very passionate about it.

I have been waiting forever to use my mini bundt pan.I finally came around  to it and I made this lovely and great tasting pumpkin bread in mini bundt pans .They are moist and a bit sticky so I hope they’ll stick to your ribs.I made these  with my homemade pureed pumpkin and I also  used my homemade pumpkin pie spice .What a difference homemade makes its so much better.It didn’t use any butter I used oil instead to make them moist. They are great for breakfast along side some coffee or tea .So I hope you enjoy!!!

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Ingredients:

2 cups flour

1 cup light brown sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup pumpkin puree

2 eggs at room temp.

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup oil

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2.Grease and flour the mini bundt pans.

3.In medium or large bowl,add dry ingredients and whisk together ,set aside.

4.In another medium or large bowl ,put the wet ingredients together and mix with a whisk or hand mixer .Make sure not to over mix.

5.Add the dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and mix with a spatula or whisk until thoroughly mixed.Make sure not to over mix.

6.Fill the mini bundt pans with the batter (only 1/3 full).

7.Place pan into oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

8.Take mini breads out of the oven and let it cook for 10 minutes in pan.

9.Now invert them onto a baking rack and let cool for another 25-30 minutes.

10.While they are cooling you can make the glaze.

Pumpkin Spice Glaze Ingredients and Directions:

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1-1/2 tbsps milk

1/4 tsp pumpkin spice

Directions:

11.In a small bowl mix all of the ingredients thoroughly and set aside.

When mini bread is cool use a butter knife or a spatula  to spread the glaze on top and let drip  dry. Decorate them with any sprinkles and jimmies you may have.

12.Transfer to serving dish and enjoy!!

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Smokey Cajun Pumpkin Seeds

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I love what comes with fall the greatest thing about  it, is the food from Halloween to Thanksgiving.The pumpkins,apples , pies, cakes and  the fall spices its like heaven.My favorite out all of the fall staples is the pumpkin every fall I head down to the supermarkets and buy my pumpkins so I  make homemade puree’ , pumpkin seeds and desserts- yum .Speaking of pumpkin seeds I have a recipe for em’.They are Smokey Cajun Pumpkin Seeds and they are very crunchy and tasty.These are great for a snack at your Halloween party.This is fun to make with kids .

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Ingredients:

1 cup cleaned and dried pumpkin seeds

1-1/2 tsp olive oil

1/2 tsp Cajun spice

1/4 tsp smoked paprika

1/4 tsp salt

 

Directions:

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1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a pan with parchment paper.

2.In a medium bowl add seeds,spices,salt and oil.Stir with a spoon until seeds are thoroughly coated.

3.Pour onto a sheet pan and spread in a single layer.

4.Place into oven and bake for 7-10 minutes or until seeds are are golden brown.

5. When done take out of oven and let cool for 20 minutes.

6.Transfer to serving dish or place into snack bags .

 

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Happy Fall and Happy Halloween!!

 

Chocolate Chip Peppermint Cookies

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As we’re getting close to Christmas I have some recipes I want to share and I want to  start with some cookies they are delicious.They are not too sweet and they are chewy with a bit of  crisp.To compliment the season I added some peppermint that I broke into pieces and some white chocolate chips .

 

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick of butter

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs

1 cup white chocolate chips

1 chopped or broken candy candy

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees  and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

1. In a medium bowl place the butter and sugars.

2. With a hand mixer mix on medium speed until light and creamy.

3.Now add the vanilla extract and mix.

4.Add the eggs one at a time.

5.Add in the flour and mix a little at a time until fully incorporated .Make sure not to over mix.

6.Stir chocolate chips,crushed canes and mix.

7.Take some plastic wrap and cover the bowl.

8.Place bowl into refridgerator and chill for 1 hr.

9.With a spoon or small ice cream scoop drop dough an 1 inch apart.

10. Place cookies into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. I baked these for 10 minutes.

11.Tranfer them to a cooling rack and let them cool for 10-20 minutes.

12. Enjoy them with some eggnog or milk .

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

Simplylicious Baked Buffalo Wings!!!

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I have made one of  favorite appetizers they are Buffalo Chicken Wings.I remember the first time I had Buffalo wings I think I was 15 yrs old it was at restaurant near my Dad’s house .The Chicken wings were so good. I had to  order them every time I went to there to eat.I also have another memory for the wings it was 1996 a friend of mine showed how to make these and from there I was hooked.These Buffalo wings are baked not like ones I made years ago which  were deep fried .I made these a little healthier but with the same way that we made them.These are simple and quick to make.These are  good with fries and a salad too.I hope you enjoy them.

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Ingredients:

1 lb chicken wings

1/2 cup hot sauce

1 tbsp butter-melted

1 tsp lemon juice

2 pinches of dried parsley

 

Directions:

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1.Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2.Put the chicken on a foil lined sheet pan.

3. Place the chicken in heated oven and bake f0r 45-50 minutes.

4.In  a small or medium sauce put the hot sauce,butter,lemon juice and parsley.Now stir.

5.Take chicken wings out of oven and place them in a bowl.

6. Now pour the buffalo sauce over chicken and stir with a spoon until fully covered.

7. Transfer wings to a serving dish and accompany the wings with blue cheese dip or any dip you have.

Eat Up and Enjoy!!

 

 

Caramel Apple Cookie Pops

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Apples,Apples and More Apples can never get enough of apples.This fall I am really inspired and I will be trying new recipes like in the picture above .Those are my Caramel Apple Cookie Pops wow these are different in my eyes . I wanted to do caramel apples with real apples I just wasn’t into it so I went another way I am glad I did.These were easy and fun to make you and your kids.They would love  this because its kid friendly with parent supervision for the caramel .This is my homage to Halloween day . The best part is decorating the cookies with the caramel and putting candies,coconut or anything you want on them. These taste really delicious and not that sweet .You won’t be able to leave them alone after having one.So you if you have an apple imagination you can make just about anything apple.This beats bobbing for apples and besides that this is more fun.

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Ingredients:

1 stick of butter

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/4 cane or white sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 egg

1/2 tsp red gel paste food coloring

1-3/4 cup flour

1/8 tsp salt

1/2 tsp apple pie spice

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup caramel bits or 12 caramel squares

Wooden popsicle sticks

1 -2 tbsps of water

Optional Toppings:

Reese’s Pieces

Autumn color sprinkles

Coconut flakes

Chopped Pecans

 

Directions:

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1.Preheat oven at 350 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

2.In a bowl cream butter ,sugars and apple pie spice until light and fluffy.Add Vanilla and mix.

3.Now add  the egg and mix.Add the flour,baking soda ,salt ,food coloring and beat thoroughly until the dough is red.

4.Put the dough on a board or the counter and place the dough between 2 sheets of wax paper.Roll out dough to a 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickeness.

5. With apple shaped cookie cutter press it into dough and place it onto the sheet pan .

6.Place the popsicle sticks under stem of the apples and place into oven for 5-8 minutes.

7. Take out of oven and let the cool on a rack for 5 minutes.

8.In a small or medium sauce pan at medium low heat add the caramel bits and water .Stir with a spatula or whisk until creamy and smooth.

9.With a small knife or spatula spread caramel on the cookies and add your toppings ie:(fall colored  sprinkles,reese’s pieces,chopped pecan,coconut the skies are the limit .Be simple or be very creative I am giving you the basics.Just Have Fun.

10. Just plate these cookie pops or stand them up in a cup or styrofoam and serve them at your Halloween party.

 

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Simply Apple Pie Spice

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Here is a quick and easy apple spice recipe .I can wait to start baking my pies apple ,pumpkin and sweet potato pies to name a few.This apple pie spice is very aromatic the pie you add it to will love you and you will love it back.It’s the Falliest spice you’ll ever know and taste.I should know and you will too.

 

Ingredients:

2 tbsps  ground cinnamon

2 tsps    ground cloves

1 tsp ground nutmeg

1 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground  cardamom

1/2 tsp ground  allspice

Directions:

1. Place all of the ingredients in a ziplock bag and close the seal. Shake until all of the ingredients  are combined.  store in a cool dry place for 3-6 months

Easy Rustic Sweet Bean Pie

The History and my experience with bean pie

This dessert is known to be apart of the African American and Muslim culture in my research its also found in the southern states.It’s an dessert with a deep culture .This is all I know about this type of pie.This history is not huge over the internet but I know different cultures have own bean desserts.

Bean pie, Bean Pie Oh what a memory .I remember as a kid eating bean pie to be truthful wasn’t my favorite but I loved sweet  baked  goodies like cakes,cookies, pies and etc.Now that I am older I have teetered tottered with the idea for a while so now I finally made it happen.This my first homemade bean pie and I tell you it is really good .It really doesn’t taste like it has beans in it and its has a nice sweetness with spices that comes through beautifully.I like it I hope you’d like it.

 

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1 15oz can of Navy beans-Drained and Rinsed

3/4 cup light brown sugar

2 eggs – room temp

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup of milk, half/half or evaporated milk

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp allspice

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1 unbaked pie shell

 

 

Directions:

1.Set the oven to 350 degrees

2.Puree the beans  in a blender,food processor or with an immersion blender.Now add in the sugar,eggs ,vanilla ,spices milk and with a hand mixer on low speed mix together until fully incorporated.

3.Now pour mixture into pie shell.

4.Place into the oven for 45 mins or until a tooth pick comes clean.

5.When done put pie onto a wire rack to cool for about 30 mins-1 hr.

6 Now you can plate and serve with some whipped cream.

 

Maple Pumpkin Spiced Pecans

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Here is a little autumn treat just for you.Nice and sweet with lil’ surprise of pumpkin spice you’ll just love.This is a simple recipe .It takes no longer than 45 minutes to make.You can make this throughout the fall season and even make little gift bags for your Halloween Party or as a  Thanksgiving snack.

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Ingredients:

1 cup pecans

2 tbsps unsalted butter

3 tbsps maple syrup

2 tbsps light brown sugar

1/2 tsp pumpkin spice

Pinch of  salt

 

Directions:

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1.Preheat oven to 325.

2.In a medium pan melt the butter.

3. Add in pumpkin spice,sugar and vanilla.

4. Mix the ingredients with a whisk for 3-5 minutes.

5.Now add the pecans and stir with a spatula until pecans are thoroughly covered.

6. Pour pecan mixture onto a parchment lined sheet pan.

7.Place into the oven and bake for 4-8 minutes.

8. Take out of oven and let cool for 15-25 minutes.

9. Transfer to a serving bowl or place into gift bags.

Happy Fall & Enjoy!!!

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Italian Anise Ricotta Cookies w/ Lemon Glaze and Non Pareils

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Italian Ricotta Cookies sweet and pillowy  these are my new favorite dessert.I have been making these cookies for sometime now and like to say they are awesome.The ricotta makes them sorta moist and light.The first time I made these I was wowed they tasted so so good.They are easy and quick to make you can make these in no time all.Let me tell you can’t just have one trust and believe me.They are great with a nice mug of tea or tall glass of milk either way you can’t go wrong.They are good as a midday snack or a dessert after a meal.Before I forget let me say something about the lemon glaze ,this glaze catapults this cookie into another dimension okay its only my opinion but I am trying to say these are good  alrighty then .These cookies you make with your kids I am sure they will a have fun.

 

Ingredients:

1 stick of unsalted butter- room temperature

1/2 cup whole milk ricotta cheese

1/2 cup of sugar

1 large egg -room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

1-1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 tsp  baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/8 tsp star anise

 

Lemon Glaze:

2/3 cup powdered sugar

2 tbsps lemon juice

 

Directions: The Cookies and Lemon Glaze:

1 .Preheat the oven to 350

2. In a large bowl cream the butter and ricotta until combined.Now add in the sugar and vanilla  and mix.

3. Add in the dry ingredients  and mix.( add the dry ingredients a little at a time).

4.Now with a teaspoon or small ice cream scoop  drop the dough onto a parchment lined sheet pan.

5.Bake for 15 minutes or until light brown.When cookies are done transfer them to a cooling rack 10-15 minutes.

6. For the lemon glaze : In a small bowl mix the powdered sugar and lemon juice together until thoroughly mix.Now take a spoon and cover the cookie with the glaze,then add some non-pareils.

Now Enjoy your day with a great cookie I promise you’ll never just have one.