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Chocolate Mug Cake

3:00 am PDT, October 14, 2019

Chocolate Mug Cake

This Chocolate Mug Cake is incredibly easy to make with just a few simple ingredients and made right in the microwave. Perfect for an easy chocolate dessert!

One of the most comment recipe requests I receive is for small batch desserts. Over the years I’ve shared a few of my favorites like these small-batch chocolate chip cookies and these small-batch peanut butter cookies. But today I wanted to share one that’s even easier – this simple chocolate mug cake recipe.

Unlike most of my other small-batch desserts, this mug cake doesn’t require an oven. All you have to do is mix up the batter, pour it into a mug, and pop it into the microwave for a little over a minute. That’s it!

Another great thing about this recipe is that it doesn’t require any eggs and uses simple ingredients, most of which you probably already have on hand.

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Apple Streusel French Toast Casserole

3:00 am PDT, October 3, 2019

Apple Streusel French Toast Casserole

This Apple Streusel French Toast Casserole is filled with fresh apples, topped with an easy streusel, and can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated overnight. Perfect for an easy fall breakfast!

*This post is sponsored by Kroger. The opinions and text are all mine.*

Last week I shared my family’s classic apple cake recipe with you, and this week I have another delicious apple recipe to share with you too – this apple streusel french toast casserole! 

I’ve had a french toast casserole on my list of recipes to work on for a while now, but I decided to add a little spin to it by adding some chopped apples and a streusel topping. And the end result was so delicious, I knew I had to share it with you!

One of the great things about this casserole is that you can prepare it the night before, cover it, and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight.

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Sourdough It Up With Red Star

6:39 am PDT, October 1, 2019

Sourdough It Up With Red Star

This post is sponsored by Red Star. The opinions and text are all mine.

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend an event in Chicago with Red Star for the launch of their new Platinum Instant Sourdough Yeast. It was a jam-packed two days with a fabulous group of other bloggers (and so much fun)!

We attended the North American Pizza and Culinary Academy where we learned all about making pizza from scratch, ate a ton of delicious food, and we also had the opportunity to go to La Fournette in Chicago.

The first stop on our trip was at the North American Pizza and Culinary Academy in Lisle, IL where we tried tons of different breakfast options made with Red Star’s Platinum Instant Sourdough Yeast. Their new sourdough yeast is literally sourdough made easy, no finicky starters to have to maintain or worry about. 

You could really taste the flavor of the sourdough in the baked goods and their sourdough yeast packets are an easy 1:1 substitute for their 7-gram yeast packets.

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Apple Cake

6:03 am PDT, September 27, 2019

Apple Cake

This Apple Cake is easy to make, perfectly spiced, and filled with tons of chopped apples. Perfect for an easy fall dessert!

*This post is sponsored by Kroger. The opinions and text are all mine.*

When it comes to fall, I love baking with apples as much as possible. Apples add so much sweetness to baked goods (and your home!) that you just can’t go wrong with them. So today, I wanted to share a family recipe with you that’s perfect for those fresh apples – this homemade apple cake!

Ever since I can remember, Josh’s Grandmother has baked loaves of this apple cake every year during the holidays. It’s one recipe I’ve always loved and felt like it was finally time to share it with you! Plus, you really can’t go wrong with a recipe that comes from Grandma..

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

6:02 am PDT, September 23, 2019

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies are super soft, chewy, and filled with chocolate chips. Perfect for pumpkin lovers or fall!

Do you love pumpkin cookies? While I love cakey pumpkin cookies, there’s something that I also really adore about pumpkin cookies that are soft and chewy just like a chocolate chip cookie.

These pumpkin cookies are super soft, perfectly chewy, and filled with pumpkin spice flavor. I added chocolate chips to these cookies, but you can leave them out or replace them with something else like white chocolate chips, cinnamon chips, or even chopped nuts.

An added bonus? This cookie dough doesn’t require any chilling! All you have to do is mix up the dough, scoop it into balls, and bake it. It doesn’t get much easier or more delicious than this cookie recipe!

Ingredients For Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

To make these cookies, you’ll use a lot of staple cookie ingredients along with some pumpkin puree.

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Apple Muffins

4:41 am PDT, September 17, 2019

Apple Muffins

These Apple Muffins are incredibly soft, moist, filled with chunks of fresh apples, and topped with an easy crumb topping. Perfect for breakfast or dessert!

Do you love baking with apples? I love apples because they add so much moisture and flavor to baked goods. So today, I wanted to share one of my favorite apple creations this fall – these apple crumb muffins!

These muffins are incredibly simple to throw together and a great way to use up any extra apples you may have on hand this time of year. I topped these with a crumb topping and a vanilla glaze, but you can easily leave them off for regular apple cinnamon muffins.

These muffins will also freeze well, so you can keep some in the freezer for a rainy day. Plus, who doesn’t love a recipe that doubles as breakfast or dessert?!

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The BEST Scone Recipe

3:00 am PDT, September 9, 2019

The BEST Scone Recipe

Learn how to make delicious, soft, light, and tender scones with this easy tutorial. This scone recipe is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert!

Scones are one of those recipes that some people tend to think are dry or bland. But the truth is that when made correctly, scones are actually super soft, light, and can melt in your mouth!

So today I’m bringing it back to the basics and showing you exactly how to make homemade scones. These scones come together in about 15 minutes and they only take about 20 minutes to bake in the oven.

This scone recipe is also a perfect base for creating different flavors, so I’ve included options for different flavor variations. I’ve even included a few different options for glazes so you can really make this recipe your own!

Ingredients For Scones

For this scone recipe, you’ll need just a few simple ingredients.

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Pumpkin Roll

3:00 am PDT, September 2, 2019

Pumpkin Roll

This Homemade Pumpkin Roll is easy to make, perfectly spiced, and filled with a simple cream cheese frosting. The perfect dessert for fall!

It’s officially September and if you’ve been following my blog for any amount of time, you know how much I adore this time of year! Not only does the weather start to cool off, but there are pumpkin and apple treats everywhere.

While I have a lot of fall-inspired recipes planned for you, I wanted to kick it off with one of my current favorite treats – this delicious pumpkin roll recipe! While there are a few steps involved with making a cake roll, this one is fairly easy. Plus, who doesn’t love the beautiful swirls inside of a cake roll after you slice into it?

And if you’ve never made one, don’t worry! I’ve broken everything down to teach you exactly how to make this gorgeous pumpkin roll. 

How To Make A Pumpkin Roll

To make this pumpkin roll, you’ll start by mixing up the wet ingredients:

  • Sugar: I use a mix of brown sugar and granulated sugar in this cake roll.

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Magic Cookie Bars

3:00 am PDT, August 26, 2019

Magic Cookie Bars

These Magic Cookie Bars are incredibly simple to throw together and made with just seven ingredients. Perfect for an easy dessert when you’re short on time!

Have you ever tried a magic cookie bar? When I was in college one of my coworkers used to make them for potlucks and everyone would go crazy for them!

If you’re not familiar with magic cookie bars, they go by other names like seven-layer bars or hello dolly bars. They’re essentially seven layers of ingredients that you throw together in a pan and bake until they’re lightly browned.

The end result is a super sweet and delicious bar that’s almost impossible to stop at just one. This recipe is also perfect if you need a simple dessert to throw together when you’re short on time!

How To Make Magic Cookie Bars

To make these magic cookie bars, you’ll start out with the bottom layer.

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Homemade Cherry Pie

3:00 am PDT, August 19, 2019

Homemade Cherry Pie

This Homemade Cherry Pie is made with a flaky pie crust and packed with a sweet cherry filling. The perfect dessert for cherry lovers or the holidays!

When it comes to pies, you can’t beat a homemade version. From my homemade pumpkin pie to my easy apple pie and our family’s favorite pecan pie, the flavor of store-bought pies doesn’t even compare. Since cherries are everywhere right now, I decided it was time to create a new one – this delicious cherry pie!

This recipe took a few tries to get just right, but the end results were so worth it. This cherry pie is made completely from scratch and one of the best that I’ve ever tried! The crust is incredibly flaky and the filling is firm enough to slice into but still soft and delicious like you would expect with a cherry pie.

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