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  • Apple Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

    How to make Apple Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

    Yield: about 30 cookies

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Cook: 15 minutes

    Ingredients

    For the cookies:

    1 1/2 cups (150 grams) old-fashioned rolled oats
    1 2/3 cups (212 grams) all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon fine salt
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    4 tablespoons (57 grams) unsalted butter, melted
    3/4 cup (150 grams) packed light-brown sugar
    1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
    1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
    1/2 cup (118 ml) applesauce
    1 cup (100 grams) peeled and chopped Granny Smith apple
    3/4 cup (90 grams) chopped California walnuts

    For the glaze:

    3/4 cup (94 grams) powdered sugar
    1 to 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
    1 tablespoon apple juice or water

    Directions

    Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line large baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats.

    Make the cookies:

    In a medium bowl combine the oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.

    In a large bowl stir together the melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Add the egg, egg yolk, and applesauce and stir until well combined. Gradually stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Stir in the chopped apple and walnuts.

    Drop 1 1/2 tablespoon sized balls of dough onto prepared baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart.

    Bake cookies until golden and just set, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack set over parchment paper to cool completely.

    Make the glaze:

    Whisk the powdered sugar, syrup, and juice until a thick yet pourable glaze forms. Add more sugar to make thicker, and more juice to make thinner if needed. Drizzle over cookies. Let stand at room temperature until the glaze is set before serving.

    Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

  • Apple Pie Pull Apart Loaf

    How to make Apple Pie Pull Apart Loaf

    Yield: 12 servings

    Prep Time: 30 minutes

    Cook: 45 minutes

    Ingredients

    For the dough:

    4 tablespoons (57 grams) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the pan
    1/3 cup lukewarm milk
    1/4 cup lukewarm water
    1 large egg plus 2 egg yolks
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
    1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) instant yeast
    3 cups (380 grams) all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon fine salt

    For the filling:

    2 medium green apples, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices
    1 teaspoon lemon juice
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
    2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
    2 tablespoons granulated sugar
    2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

    For the glaze

    1/2 cup (63 grams) powdered sugar
    2 tablespoons maple syrup

    Directions

    Make the dough:

    In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the melted butter, milk, water, egg, egg yolks and vanilla. Add in the sugar and yeast and stir until the mixture is combined. Add in the flour and salt and stir until a shaggy mass forms.

    Turn the mixer to medium-low speed and knead until the dough is smooth and sticky. Avoid adding any extra flour, the dough is supposed to be slightly sticky.

    Transfer the dough to a large greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

    Generously grease an OXO Glass 1.6 Qt Loaf Baking Dish with butter.

    Make the filling:

    In a large bowl, toss together all filling ingredients. Set aside.

    Gently punch down the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface. Sprinkle it with flour and knead a few times until no longer sticky. Cover and let rest for 5 minutes.

    Roll the dough out into about a 12-by-20-inch rectangle. Spread the apple mixture evenly over the dough.

    Cut the dough into six long 3 1/2-inch strips. Stack the strips and cut the stacks into five or six square pieces.

    Turn the pieces upright and squeeze them into the prepared loaf pan. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and let rise until puffy, about 30 to 60 minutes.

    MAKE AHEAD: You can refrigerate the loaf immediately after assembling for up to 1 day. Let it come to room temperature while you preheat the oven.

    Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F.

    Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and tent with foil. Continue baking for another 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand until cool enough to touch. Turn it out of the pan onto the rack to cool.

    Make the glaze:

    In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar and syrup with a fork until a thick but pourable glaze forms. Drizzle over the loaf.

    Serve warm or at room temperature. The bread is best served the day it’s baked.

  • Pumpkin Old Fashioned Doughnuts

    How to make Pumpkin Old Fashioned Doughnuts

    Yield: 12 doughnuts

    Prep Time: 30 minutes

    Cook: 15 minutes

    Ingredients

    For the pumpkin spice doughnuts:

    3 cups (339 grams) cake flour, plus more for rolling
    2 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon fine salt
    3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (use less if you don’t love nutmeg)
    2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
    1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    2 large egg yolks
    2/3 cup (165 ml) sour cream or plain yogurt
    1/2 cup (120 ml) pumpkin puree
    Canola oil, for frying

    For the pumpkin glaze:

    4 1/2 cups (450 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
    2 teaspoons light corn syrup or golden syrup
    1/4 teaspoon fine salt
    1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
    1/4 cup (60 ml) pumpkin puree
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    1/4 cup (60 ml) hot water

    Directions

    Make the doughnuts:

    In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice.

    In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the sugar and butter on low speed until sandy, about 1 minute. Add the egg yolks, increase the speed to medium, and beat until light and thick, about 1 minute.

    On low speed, gradually add the flour mixture to the bowl in three additions, alternating with the sour cream and pumpkin, mixing until combined. The dough should be sticky like biscuit dough.

    Transfer the dough to a clean bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 45 minutes, or up to 24 hours.

    Make the glaze:

    In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the powdered sugar, corn syrup, salt, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin puree, and vanilla until combined. On medium speed, add gradually add the water, scraping down the bowl, until incorporated. Set aside.

    Fry the doughnuts:

    When ready to fry, pour 2 inches of oil into a large heavy pot. Attach a candy thermometer and heat oil to 325°F.

    On a generously floured work surface, roll out the cold dough to 1/2-inch thick 8-inch wide round. Cut as many doughnuts and holes as possible, dipping the cutter into flour to prevent sticking. Fold and gently re-roll the scraps to make extra holes.

    Shake any excess flour off the doughnut dough before adding them to the hot oil about three at a time. Wait for the doughnuts to float, then fry for 20 to 30 seconds. Gently flip over and continue frying for about another minute, or until golden. Transfer to a paper towel lined cooling rack to drain. Fry the holes for about 20 to 30 seconds per side.

    While the doughnuts are still hot, give the glaze a whisk before dipping the cracked side of each doughnut into the glaze. Let dry on the cooling racks until set, about 15 minutes, before serving. Glazed doughnuts should be served the same day.

  • Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake

    How to make Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake

    Yield: 12 servings

    Prep Time: 30 minutes

    Cook: 1 hour

    For a fun twist, feel free to use Speculoos or Gingersnap cookies in place of the graham crackers! You’ll need 1 3/4 cups (230 grams) of crumbs.

    Ingredients

    For the crust:

    15 whole graham crackers (230 grams)
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    6 tablespoons (85 grams) unsalted butter, melted

    For the filling:

    24 ounces (680 grams) cream cheese, at room temperature
    1 1/2 cups (300 grams) granulated sugar
    15 ounces (425 grams) pureed pumpkin
    1/4 cup (77 grams) salted caramel sauce, homemade or store-bought
    1/4 cup (57 grams) sour cream
    3 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
    1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    For the topping:

    Whipped cream
    Salted caramel sauce, homemade or store-bought

    Directions

    Preheat the oven to 325°F. Spray a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray.

    Make the crust:

    In the bowl of a food processor, combine the graham crackers and cinnamon. Pulse until finely ground. You should have 1 3/4 cups (230 grams) graham cracker crumbs. Add the butter and pulse until moistened. Press into the bottom and halfway up the sides of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool. Maintain oven at 325°F.

    Make the cheesecake:

    In the bowl of a food processor or electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, sugar, pumpkin puree, caramel, and sour cream until smooth. Add the eggs and yolk, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, flour, and vanilla and puree until just combined. Pour over crust and spread evenly. Bake for 1 hour, or until set and dry at the edges but slightly jiggly in the center. Turn off the oven and allow to cool inside for 15 minutes before removing to a cooling rack to cool to room temperature (this helps prevent cracks). Refrigerate for at least 6 hours, or overnight. The cheesecake can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Top with whipped cream and caramel sauce before serving.

  • Maple Cinnamon Sugar Baked Donuts

    How to make Maple Cinnamon Sugar Baked Donuts

    Yield: 6 donuts

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Cook: 10 minutes

    Ingredients

    For the donuts:

    1 cup (127 grams) all-purpose flour
    3/4 teaspoon baking powder
    3/4 teaspoon baking soda
    1/8 teaspoon fine salt
    1 large egg
    7 ounces (200 grams) plain yogurt
    2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
    1 tablespoon canola oil
    3 tablespoons real maple syrup

    For the cinnamon sugar:

    3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
    1 tablespoon melted butter

    Directions

    Preheat the oven to 400°F. Coat a 6-cavity donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.

    In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In medium bowl stir together the egg, yogurt, vinegar, oil, and maple syrup.

    Make a hole in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into the hole. Gently fold everything together until combined. The batter will be thick.

    Scoop batter into a piping bag or ziploc bag, snip a bottom corner with scissors, and squeeze out the batter evenly into a donut pan.

    Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for a few moments and then flip over onto a cooling rack while still warm.

    In a small shallow bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon.

    Use a pastry brush the melted butter over the donuts then dip each donut in the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat. Serve soon after coating with cinnamon sugar mixture for best texture.

  • Pumpkin Bread Rolls with Cinnamon Butter

    How to make Pumpkin Bread Rolls with Cinnamon Butter

    Yield: 15 bread rolls

    Prep Time: 20 minutes

    Cook: 2 hours 40 minutes

    Ingredients

    For the bread:

    1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) instant yeast
    1 cup whole milk, scalded and cooled to lukewarm
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces or 43 grams) unsalted butter, melted
    1/2 cup (4 ounces or 113 grams) pumpkin puree
    2 large eggs, divided
    1 teaspoon salt
    3 3/4 cups (16.88 ounces or 479 grams) all-purpose flour

    Sliced pecan pieces, for the “stems”

    For the butter:

    1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    1/4 cup powdered sugar
    1/4 cup honey
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    Directions

    For the bread rolls:

    In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, stir the yeast, milk, sugar, butter, pumpkin, one egg, and salt until well combined. Gradually add the flour and knead on medium-low speed until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Turn off the mixer and let the dough rest for 3 to 5 minutes. Continue to knead the dough on medium-low speed for another 5 minutes, or until the dough is soft and smooth. If it seems too sticky, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time.

    Transfer the dough to a large greased bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

    Punch the dough down and turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface. Divide the dough into 15 equal pieces and shape into balls. Use the palm of your hand to flatten each ball slightly. With a pairing knife, cut 8 slices around each ball, being careful not to slice all the way into the center, to make the pumpkin shape. Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

    Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F. Using the wooden end of a small utensil or your finger to poke an indentation in the center of each roll to create a space for the “stem.” In a small bowl beat the remaining egg with 2 teaspoons of water and brush all over the rolls. Bake the rolls for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Place a sliced pecan piece into the indentation of each roll.

    For the cinnamon butter:

    In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the butter for 30 seconds, or until pale in color. Add the powdered sugar, honey, and cinnamon and beat until well combined, light, and fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes. Serve immediately or store, covered, in the fridge for up to 1 week. Bring to room temperature before serving.

    Serve the rolls warm with the cinnamon butter.

    Adapted from my Ultimate Dinner Roll recipe

  • Pumpkin Cookie Butter Truffles

    How to make Pumpkin Cookie Butter Truffles

    Yield: about 22 truffles

    Prep Time: 30 minutes

    Ingredients

    For the truffles:

    3 ounces (85 grams) cream cheese, at room temperature
    2 tablespoons powdered sugar
    1/3 cup (75 grams) pumpkin puree
    1 3/4 cup (175 grams) Speculoos cookie crumbs (from about 23 cookies)
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
    1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

    For coating:

    16 ounces (454 grams) chocolate (any kind), finely chopped
    1 tablespoon coconut oil or shortening
    Crushed Speculoos cookies or sprinkles, for garnish

    Directions

    In the bowl of a food processor, combine all filling ingredients. Pulse until well blended.

    Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop the mixture into balls about 1-inch in diameter. I like to use this cookie scoop.

    Place the cookie balls in the freezer until well chilled, at least 1 hour or up to 1 day.

    When cookie balls are chilled, combine the chopped chocolate and oil in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring between bursts, until just melted and smooth. Do not overheat.

    Drop each cookie ball into melted chocolate, coating evenly. Remove with a fork, gently tapping off excess chocolate. Place back on cookie sheet and decorate as desired. Repeat with the remaining cookie balls.

  • Salted Caramel Apple Sheet Cake

    How to make Salted Caramel Apple Sheet Cake

    Yield: 36 servings

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Cook: 20 minutes

    Ingredients

    For the cake:

    2 cups (254 grams) all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
    1 cup (200 grams) lightly packed light brown sugar
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    2 sticks (227 grams) unsalted butter
    1/2 cup (120 ml) buttermilk
    2 large eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    2 cups (200 grams) peeled and chopped Granny Smith apples (about 2 medium apples)

    For the glaze:

    1 stick (113 grams) unsalted butter
    1/4 cup (60 ml) milk
    3 cups (375 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/4 cup salted caramel sauce (homemade or store-bought)

    Directions

    Make the cake:

    Preheat the oven to 400°F. Butter or oil a 10-by-15-inch jellyroll pan or a 16-3/4 by 12-inch sheet pan.

    In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

    In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the butter with 1 cup water and heat until the butter melts. Bring to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling, remove from heat and add in the flour mixture. Add in the buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla. Gently stir in the apples.

    Pour the batter into the prepared pan, spreading evenly. Bake for 20 minutes if using a jelly roll pan, and about 17 minutes if using a half sheet pan, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 10 to 15 minutes.

    Make the glaze:

    Meanwhile, combine the butter and milk in a large heat-proof bowl. Microwave until the butter is melted. Gradually stir in the powdered sugar until combined. Stir in the vanilla and caramel until combined. Pour evenly over the warm cake. Let set for about 15 minute before slicing and serving.

    Adapted from Chef in Training

  • Pumpkin Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

    How to make Pumpkin Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

    Yield: 12 cupcakes

    Prep Time: 40 minutes

    Cook: 20 minutes

    Ingredients

    For the pumpkin cupcakes:

    1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 cup pumpkin puree
    1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1/4 cup granulated sugar
    2 large eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    For the nutella frosting:

    3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
    1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Nutella
    3 cups powdered sugar
    2 tablespoons heavy cream
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    pinch of salt

    Directions

    To make the pumpkin cupcakes:

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 12-count muffin pan with cupcake liners and set aside.

    In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

    In a separate mixing bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, oil, brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract until fully combined. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined, making sure not to over mix the batter.

    Evenly distribute the batter between all 12 cupcake liners, only filling them about 2/3 of the way full, and gently smooth out the batter on top. Bake at 350°F for 16-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.

    Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

    To make the nutella frosting:

    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl using a hand-held mixer, beat the butter on medium speed for 1-2 minutes until smooth. Add in the Nutella and continue mixing for an additional minute until well combined. Add in the powdered sugar, heavy cream, vanilla, and salt and continue mixing on medium speed until fully combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

    Pipe the frosting on the cooled cupcakes as desired.

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