Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Best Buttermilk Pancakes Ever

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Now that I have shared my "Best French Toast Ever" recipe with you, naturally, I just had to post my best pancake recipe ever! These soft, fluffy, pancakes are my #1 go-to pancake recipe for a perfect Sunday breakfast. You can add chocolate chips, blueberries, or your favorite mix-in, and top them with fruit, whipped cream or classic maple syrup. Whether you make mini silver dollar pancakes or larger plate sized pancakes, these fool-proof pancakes are so simple to make and come out thick, yet light and delicious, every time.

 
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Our Cupcake Wars "battle of the champs" Re-run

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As many of you know, after a nationwide search for the country's top bakers, I was chosen to compete on the series premiere of the Food Network show "Cupcake Wars", in June 2010... AND I WON! I was then asked back to compete on the season 2 "battle of the champions," for a best of the best special episode! In case you missed it, Food Network will be airing re-runs of the champions special episode the following dates. Tune in and let me know what you thought of the episode!

Watch Lindsay Ann of Dollhouse Bake Shoppe competing in the Food Network's "Cupcake Wars: Rose Parade" (Battle of the champions episode) 

Tune in to the Food Network for re-runs: 
Nov 29, 2011 @ 8:00 PM ET/PT 
Nov 30, 2011 @ 3:00 AM ET/PT
If you missed our win in season 1, click here to check out my episode recap full of photos, recipes and the behind the scene scoop, before tuning in to Food Network for our battle of the champs competition (date/times above)!
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (with gluten-free & dairy-free options)

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November is National Peanut Butter Lover's Month, so before it is over I wanted to share delicious peanut butter cookie recipe with you. This was a really nice break after all the pumpkin, cinnamon and apple recipes jam packed into November.


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Friday, November 25, 2011

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake With Maple Spiced Whipped Cream {with a DIY disposable 5"-round parchment pan tutorial!}

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This is my absolute favorite Autumn dessert! I wait all year to make it specially for Thanksgiving. Last year I baked it in a cupcake pan for individual sized cheesecakes, but I love a classic, tall, creamy, slice, that you can sink your fork into, making sure to get a little of everything in each bite. 

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Spiced Maple Butter

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Take an ordinary starter, and put a fun, festive twist on it by serving your bread and biscuits this Thanksgiving with spiced maple butter instead of regular! It is so simple to whip together and gives a lovely Autumn inspired touch to a traditional dinner item.


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Autumn Leaf Cheese Platter

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Want a fun and creative way to serve your Thanksgiving appetizers? These simple cheese cut outs make a really festive platter and take only minutes to make! You can also use this method for making apple and salami cut outs! Use different cookie cutters to match any theme or occasion.


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Homemade Classic Pumpkin Pie

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I love to use pumpkin in baking, like my Pumpkin Pancakes, Spiced Pumpkin Seed Brittle, Pumpkin Cupcakes, Pumpkin Caramels, Pumpkin Fudge, and most of all my pumpkin cheesecake! Now, my Pumpkin Pie Bites, I really liked, probably because the ratio of crust to filling is much more my taste. But I have found a way to incorporate more crust into each slice, on top of light maple spiced whipped cream, and still have a flavorful, rich, creamy pie with warm, fragrant autumn spices in a buttery flaky crust underneath it all.

 
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Pumpkin Pie Fudge

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I really stocked up on canned pumpkin this year, so I've been making pumpkin everything lately! This is a great confection for gift giving, or an alternative to pumpkin pie. I used store bought mini pie shells with graham cracker crust, to make them extra cute, but you can also make it in a simple baking dish and cut into squares.


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Monday, November 21, 2011

Pumpkin Pancakes

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These are the most wonderful breakfast for the season. The flavorful pumpkin mixed with warm cinnamon and spices, make a perfect Autumn morning complete. Make the most fluffy, thick, pancake house pancakes, from scratch, by following a few simple tricks. Keep reading to see the fun surprise I created with the batter!


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10 Minute Spiced Pumpkin Caramels

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After making my 10 Minute Spiced Pumpkin Seed Brittle I had pumpkin seeds left over that I wanted to make something equally simple and delicious. My 10 minute microwave caramels eliminate the need to stand over the stove, stirring and checking your candy thermometer. My simple caramels are soft and delicious, with a pumpkin pie flavor. Cut them into squares and wrap them in parchment or waxed paper for a great gift. They are also perfect for making my Pumpkin Caramel Pops!


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Thanksgiving Activity Place Mat Printable

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Check out this adorable Thanksgiving Activity Place Mat Printable for children! It is a perfect last minute addition, to keep the kids table occupied this Thanksgiving dinner. Just click, print, and pass out some crayons.

The placemats are 12"x16". Click here for a link to the free PDF in which you can download, print and use as you like. :)

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Autumn Leaf Pie Pockets

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After making my mini homemade lolli-pop tarts, I decided to make an Autumn themed version. I filled my pie leaves with butterscotch morsels but you can use any type of filling you like, such as jelly, cinnamon sugar, even try a savoy combination.


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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pumpkin Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

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These moist pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon and Autumn spices are topped with a smooth, maple cinnamon cream cheese frosting. The cool, creamy icing on top of the warm spiced cake makes these cupcakes so amazing! I topped them with some little pumpkins made out of spice drops for an extra festive touch.


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Marshmallow Turkey Pops

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Have turkey for dessert this Thanksgiving! These adorable little turkey pops are made of chocolate, marshmallow and fruity candy. After making my Turkey Cupcake Toppers and my cute little Turkey Bites I wanted to make a turkey pop unlike any of the candy corn feathered friends all over the internet. Check out the simple tutorial and "gobble" them up ;) Great for Autumn get togethers or Thanksgiving dinner!


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Mini Single Serving Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake with Cocoa Cream Cheese Frosting (with egg free, dairy free & vegan option)

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My mini pumpkin patch cake captures all the classic flavors of Fall, with its warm spices, pumpkin flavor, and cream cheese frosting. I wanted to put a little twist on it, and added some chocolate chips to the cake, and cocoa powder to the frosting to create a pumpkin chocolate chip cake with cocoa cream cheese frosting. You can even multiply the recipe and make single serving individual cakes for all of your guests or family to enjoy! A great Thanksgiving dessert alternative for those not too fond of pumpkin pie.


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Caramel Chew Pumpkin Pops

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I first introduced my original, caramel pop idea, when I made my Caramel Chew Red Apple Pops and Inside Out Caramel "Apples", also perfect for Fall! My apple themed pops are coated in chocolate flavored with apple flavoring oil for a fun flavor combination. To take these pumpkin pops to the next level, try making them with my 10 Minute Spiced Pumpkin Caramels, for a pumpkin flavored caramel center!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Easy Thanksgiving Cupcake Toppers

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After posting my Buttermilk Spice Cupcakes With Maple Cream Cheese Frosting earlier today, I thought I would share some super simple Thanksgiving decor to top them! These cupcake toppers were made from only 2 ingredients; caramels and tootsie rolls! I made them out of some extra candy I had from my Pumpkin Pop and Pilgrim Pop tutorials. They are so incredibly easy, and take any Thanksgiving dessert to the next level in cuteness. You can use them to top cupcakes, like I did, or even use them to top your pumpkin pie, or Thanksgiving desserts, for a sweet festive touch.

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Buttermilk Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

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This is a great recipe for Fall time that doesn't involve pumpkin or apples, but still has all of the warm spices of the season. The combination of my cinnamon spice blend with the creamy maple cream cheese frosting is absolutely divine. I love these cupcakes this time of year. They also make a great addition to any Thanksgiving dessert table, next to all of the pumpkin pies and apple crisps!


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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thanksgiving Pilgrim Cookie Pops

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Besides my Marshmallow Turkey Pops these might just be my favorite Thanksgiving themed pops this year, so I am really excited to share this tutorial with you! An adorable Pilgrim couple, made out of vanilla wafers, marshmallow, and chocolate, how can you not smile when you look at these?! They are reeeeeally cute, and once you have them smiling in your face, it is almost too hard to chomp into them. I was inspired to make these after all the rave reviews I got from my Girl Scout Cookie Pops. But I took them one step further and added a marshmallow this time, since I had some left over from my Pilgrim Hat Pop tutorial posted yesterday. I can't wait to make more versions of them for the upcoming holidays! Mr. & Mrs. Santa Clause... Leprechauns... Princess' & Pirates?! You can transform them into anything, really! Check out the step-by-step tutorial below, just in time for Thanksgiving. Hope you like them!


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Monday, November 14, 2011

DIY Toothpick Engraved Chocolate Bar Thanksgiving Name Plates

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, all week I will be sharing tons of creative, simple and festive treat tutorials with you... But my candy bar name plates are a post I just couldn't wait to share, because I will be "bringing" these to the Food Network's Virtual Thanksgiving Dinner! Last week, Food Network invited food bloggers from around the country to participate in their virtual Communal Table for Thanksgiving dinner, and I was lucky enough to have a seat at their table. The virtual Thanksgiving will basically be a list of recipes for appetizers, sides, salads, breads, mains, desserts and cocktails, by well-known and respected food experts and bloggers... and my candy bar name plates will be there! Many of you saw my WIN on Food Network's Cupcake Wars series premiere, so to be featured on Food Network again is really exciting. I first introduced my original idea of DIY personalized candy bar engravings when I shared my Edible Chalkboard Cookies tutorial. I couldn't believe no one else has ever done this before... or at least blogged about it! It is so incredibly simple and you can use the idea for just about any holiday or party (which I plan to do throughout the year, so stay tuned!) These are a really fun project for kids to create their own customized drawing or inscription.


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Marshmallow Cookie Pilgrim Hat Pops

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The perfect combination of cookie and marshmallow, enrobed in a chocolate coating. I got the inspiration for these Pilgrim hats, after making green leprechaun hats for St. Patricks Day... And I just can't wait to make these again into top hats for New Years Eve! They are a really easy, no-bake treat that can be put together just in time for a Thanksgiving themed school party, Thanksgiving dinner, or gift giving!


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Pumpkin Pie Bites

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Make adorable, bite sized pies, perfect for Holiday parties or a Thanksgiving dessert spread. These mini pies are a real crowd pleaser and the perfect ratio of crust to filling. Make these with store bought, refrigerated pie crust and canned pumpkin pie filling, or use my delicious from-scratch recipes below for a buttery flaky crust, and perfect, creamy pumpkin pie filling. Either way, these are delicious, simple, and a fun way to serve a traditional Thanksgiving dessert. So, go ahead and indulge this holiday season, with itty-bitty pies. Be sure to check out my other miniature pie recipes for the perfect dessert table, and be able to enjoy a bite of every single dessert without the guilt or leftover slice sitting on your plate.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Turkey Bites

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These little turkey treats are almost too cute to eat. They are loaded with candy and sprinkles for a sweet Thanksgiving treat everyone will love.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Acorn Bites

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Chocolate dipped edible acorns, perfect for Fall! These are a really fun activity to do with the family, just in time for Thanksgiving.


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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Best Homemade Yellow Vanilla Cupcakes Ever (Versatile fluffy vanilla cupcakes from scratch with a variety of frosting variations!)

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It took me a long time to formulate a recipe that yielded my version of THE PERFECT VANILLA CUPCAKE. Everyone has their own criteria for what a perfect vanilla cupcake should be and for me these are perfection! 


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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Homemade Apple Pie Spice

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After posting a poll on our Facebook page asking what your favorite Fall flavors are, apple was such a close second to pumpkin, that I decided to share my homemade apple pie spice with you. This spice blend is pretty similar to my pumpkin pie spice blend with a few minor tweaks to really bring out the warm cinnimon and nutmeg. It is the perfect for Autumn baking, Thanksgiving pies and cobblers, and Holiday desserts. Stay tuned for some fun recipe I will be using this spice blend in this month, like apple pie spiced caramels, apple crisp, peanut butter caramel filled apples, and many more!

 
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Thanksgiving Cone-ucopia

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These cute little cornucopias made out of a sugar cone are really fun to make. They are the perfect, fun family project, where kids can even help shape and fill them! You can use them for gift giving, or even as a festive name plate around your Thanksgiving dinner table!

 


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Monday, November 7, 2011

Indian Corn Cookies

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These cookies are really fun for kids to get involved in decorating. I got the idea from Family Fun and it couldn't be easier. You can use store bought cookie dough or make your favorite sugar cookie recipe from scratch. Then have fun spreading on your favorite frosting, and top with Reese's pieces candy. They are finished off with some fruit leather and ready to eat. These little Indian corn cookies are perfect for Thanksgiving of a Fall themed gathering.

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Autumn Pops

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Here are some fun and simple ideas for Fall treats in just minutes. All you need is your favorite treat, melted chocolate and festive sprinkles! If you want a baked version, keep reading to find the how-to for Autumn Cake Pops.



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Friday, November 4, 2011

10 Minute Spiced Pumpkin Seed Brittle

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This super simple pumpkin seed brittle is made in the microwave in under 10 minutes, instead of cooking over the stove top with a candy thermometer. It is quick, cheap, easy, and virtually fool proof. The warm cinnamon and spices make it absolutely delicious, and oh so addicting; the perfect Fall treat. I have to say, I actually prefer this version over classic peanut brittle! Give it a try and let me know which you prefer.


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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

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Fall is here, so stock up on pumpkin puree, whip up a quick batch of pumpkin pie spice, and pre-heat your ovens! This recipe is a total must have, made from all the common household spices most of you probably already have in your cupboards. 

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