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Fall Baking, Pies, Recipes

Portable Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies

Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies

I know everybody is all about Pumpkin Spice, but I’m here to hype up my personal favorite fall flavor- Salted Caramel. To me, salted caramel absolutely trumps pumpkin spice, regardless of circumstance. Have you ever enjoyed a Salted Caramel Macchiato? If not, go try it and you’ll never crave a PSL again.

I love Salted Caramel because the balance of sweet and salty works so perfectly. That being said, I hate salted caramel because CARAMEL. It is such a pain to work with! I have too many horror stories of caramel catastrophes in the kitchen. If working with caramel makes you as nervous as it makes me, then I have great news- this recipe is entirely no-fuss! There will be no cooking the caramel from scratch, or desperately trying to clean burnt caramel out of your saucepan. In fact, not a single kitchen utensil will come in contact with the sticky, but delicious, beast. For this recipe, you simply, and without shame, buy individually wrapped caramels from your local grocery store. You unwrap them, pop them in the middle of an uncooked pie, seal it up, and bam! That’s the end of the caramel-related tasks (besides eating it later.)

So we have sweet salted caramel, tart Granny Smith apples- What could make it better? Make it portable. Boom. You can eat pie and go for a run at the same time. You can eat pie on the way to the grocery store, on your evening walk, whenever you want! Is this dangerous? Yes, probably. In the past our pie intake has been limited by circumstance, and now there are literally no bounds. That being said, the only choice is to embrace it.

So whip up a batch of these salted caramel apple hand pies and multitask like you never have before. If the amazing taste isn’t enough for you, just look at how adorable these are as well!

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Cookies, Recipes

“Everything Nice” Cookies

What happens when you’re dying to bake some cookies but too lazy to drive to the store? You get creative! And that’s how these cookies were born. I call them “Everything Nice” cookies because they have some sugar (white and semi-sweet chocolate chips) and some spice (cinnamon). Some kind of hybrid between the classic chocolate chip and snickerdoodle, these cookies have the perfect combination of flavors that is just enough of a step away from the norm but still surprisingly delicious. They’re really fluffy and soft too!

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Cookies, Easy Baking, Gluten-Free, Recipes

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Recently, my roommate discovered that she’s developed a gluten-allergy. In my humble opinion, that is the worst most-nightmarish fate there is. No gluten?! That’s actually torture. So to help ease her pain, (although she seems to be a lot more fine with it than I would ever be,) I’ve decided to start experimenting with some gluten-free recipes. They make me nervous, obviously baking with flour is easier. I was actually sure these cookies weren’t going to turn out, there was a lot of doubt throughout the process. But then they did! They were not only ridiculously easy to make, but were so delicious that both gluten-eaters and non-gluten eaters alike raved about them. So try these out whether you love flour in your desserts or not!

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Fall Baking, Recipes, Whoopie Pies

Snickerdoodle Whoopie Pies

Before my birthday earlier this month, I had absolutely zero experience with whoopie pies. Never tried one, never tried to make one. However, after receiving a recipe book quite simply titled “Whoopie Pies,” I decided to give them a shot. They did not at all disappoint! The soft, cake-like cookie exteriors are the perfect tecture, while the cream filling balances out the dessert perfectly. I also love them because of how diverse they can be! With that said, here’s a whoopie pie version of the classic snickerdoodle cookie.

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