Monday, November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving Prep {Part One} -The Perfect Pie & Other Quick Desserts-

Hello everyone! Hope you are having a fabulous Monday! Thanksgiving is just days away, can you believe it? Today I thought I'd share some ideas to help you make the perfect pie. Blow your friends and family away by trying some of these creative pies! Also, at the end of this pie post, I added some recipes for those who aren't pie lovers {especially good for the kiddos who take a bite of a slice of pie and realize they don't like it}. Let me know your thoughts!

{Other Recipes}

Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies

  • 1 box devil's food cake mix (chocolate will work too or your favorite cake mix)
  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin (not pie filling)
  • 1 bag pumpkin spice Hershey's Kisses
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°.
  2. In a large bowl combine cake mix and pumpkin. Stir or use a mixer until dough is smooth.
  3. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat. Scoop cookie dough onto the pan and then bake for 8-10 minutes.
  4. Remove pan and allow to cool for one minute on pan. Gently press kisses in the center of the cookies and then place cookies on a cooling rack.
  5. Enjoy!

Caramel Apple Brownies

*This recipe make brownies in a 9x9 or 8x8 pan. However, like the picture, you can use muffin pans as well. {Fill the muffin pans with the batter 3/4 full}*

  1. 1/2 cup butter
  2. 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  3. 1 cup sugar
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 tsp vanilla
  6. 2/3 cup flour
  7. 1/4 tsp baking soda
  8. 3/4 cup Caramel Apple Milky Way Bites, cut in half
  9. Optional Caramel Topping
  10. 1/2 cup sugar
  11. 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  12. 4 tbsp butter
  13. 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  14. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 8x8 or 9x9 inch pan with parchment paper and lightly grease. In a medium saucepan melt butter and unsweetened chocolate. Remove from heat; cool.
  2. Stir sugar into cooled chocolate. Add eggs, one at a time. Stir in vanilla and mix until well combined.
  3. In a small bowl stir four and baking soda together, add to chocolate mixture. Add chopped Milky Way bites into batter.
  4. Spread batter into prepared pan, bake for 25-30 minutes.
  5. Allow brownies to cool, then add caramel topping if desired.
  6. For the caramel topping:
  7. In a small saucepan heat sugars, butter, and evaporated milk until boiling. Stir constantly for 2-3 minutes until sauce thickens. Stir in vanilla. Pour over cooled brownies and allow caramel to set for 10-15 minutes before cutting.
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