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Easy Angry Orchard Cider Cupcakes

Angry Orchard Cider Cupcakes

Name two great things: dessert and alcohol. Any opportunity I have to pair the two, I absolutely take advantage of. I actually first discovered cider while studying abroad my sophomore year of college. As a 19-year-old frolicking London, a city that’s drinking age is 18, I naturally had to “grab a pint” whenever possible.

However, I quickly discovered that a “pint” was quite filling for a small human like me. I also wasn’t used to beer, but hey I could legally drink so I had to try it! Until I discovered a beautiful creation called the half-pint. You mean all this time I could be ordering a drink that wasn’t as big as my face? Shortly after falling in love with the half-pint, I had my first cider. You mean I could’ve been drinking cider this whole time?! My eyes were opened, and for the rest of the trip, I enjoyed my half-pints of cider from pub to pub.

Now I’m 22, and actually, prefer beer over cider. Cider is quite sweet for my new taste as an American of drinking age. That being said, it is undeniably the drink of fall. It’s crisp like the fall air with a nostalgic hint of apples like pie on Thanksgiving. It felt natural to me to pair this beverage with a dessert.  This cupcake is incredibly easy to make and is bound to impress your friends!

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Bread, Inspiration, Recipes

Perfect Banana Bread

Well, almost all banana bread is perfect. But especially this recipe! I love bananas. I eat them up so quickly after grocery shopping that I rarely end up with overly-ripe ones sitting on the counter. However, by some miracle, this past week I managed to avoid them for a few days until I had some brown, mushy bananas. This normally would be unappetizing, but instead it made me seriously excited to prepare one of my favorite desserts! So if you have some bananas that are just too ripe to eat, whip up this recipe and get ready for your whole house to smell delicious!

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Homemade Samoas

To finalize the homemade Girl Scout recipes, it only seems fair to include Samoas. To me, Thin Mints, Tag Alongs, and Samoas are absolutely the top three Girl Scout cookies. I was hesitant to replicate these due to how seemingly complex they are, but they are just so dang delicious I knew I had to overcome that fear. As it turns out- they aren’t that difficult to make! Just stick with me and follow this step-by-step process. You’ll get through it and have delicious cookies as a reward!

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Homemade Tag-Alongs (Peanut Butter Patties)

Introducing my second favorite girl scout cookie: Tag-Alongs! Or Peanut Butter Patties! Whatever you decide to call them, they taste amazing either way. Peanut butter and chocolate.. what could go wrong here?
I am always intimidated by any recipe that involves hand dipping many small treats in chocolate, but I think I might just be getting better at it. Because this recipe went right along and did not take me very long at all. That’s right, watch out Girl Scouts! I’m catching up!

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Homemade Thin Mints

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again. I love mint chocolate! And I’ll go ahead and say this too: everybody loves Girl Scout cookies. So naturally, as a human who loves mint chocolate, I believe Thin Mints are the best cookies in existence. Now I know there are fancy ways to order Girl Scout cookies online now, but before that we had to wait until we happened upon a little table set up outside the grocery store. The solution? Make some yourself! Yes it takes longer, but it feels so much more rewarding to know you made them. Maybe that’s just me. Maybe I’m compensating for the fact that I was never a girl scout… Oh well, these cookies are delicious!

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