Glazed Eggnog Cookies

Glazed Eggnog Cookies | recipe on www.crumbsandchaos.net

‘Tis the season for all things eggnog!  While I adore baking with it, I’m not one to grab a glass of it to drink cold.  This particular eggnog cookie is one that our family looks forward to all year.  Last month’s Double Chocolate Eggnog Bread has quickly become a family favorite too.

Glazed Eggnog Cookies | recipe on www.crumbsandchaos.net

As the year is winding down and we’re up to our knees in the holiday hustle and bustle, it’s fun to look towards the traditions that come in the last couple weeks of December.  This year we’re looking forward not traveling over the holidays and enjoying Christmas Day in our new house.  {hallelujah!}  We’ll be hosting dinner on Christmas Eve with part of my husband’s family.  One thing that remains the same regardless of where we are on Christmas is the need for nog ;)  My husband loves to drink it and I love using it to make breakfast and dessert.

International Delight is ready for the holidays too, with their seasonal selection of flavored creamers and nog.  You can choose a new variety every time you go grocery shopping!  Happy holidays!
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Maple Fudge

Maple Fudge | recipe on www.crumbsandchaos.net

How many of you have already started making your yearly batch of Christmas goodies?  May I suggest that you add this Maple Fudge to your list of things to make this year?  It’s downright amazing!!

Maple Fudge | recipe on www.crumbsandchaos.net

I consider fudge an absolute must have Christmas treat.  My mother-in-law requests that I make peanut butter fudge each year and I usually whip up a batch of classic chocolate too. But this fudge is my new favorite.  You can taste all of the things it has going on – butter, brown sugar and maple.  And it is insanely delicious.  There isn’t a whole lot of hands on time required to make this, from start to finish it’s about 20 minutes.  So it really is a simple thing to have on hand for treat trays and to give away this holiday. … 

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Easy Chocolate Chip Turtle Cookies

Easy Chocolate Chip Turtle Cookies | recipe on www.crumbsandchaos.net

You guys, ’tis the season for holiday baking. And while I love baking up the classics, it’s also fun to see new ingredients for baking popping up in stores everywhere, especially this time of year. My kids always go for the chocolate chip cookies at my house, but I thought it would be fun to give them a spin this time around.

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Peppermint Bark Brownies

Peppermint Bark Brownies | Crumbs and Chaos
Just say yes to chocolate and peppermint, Peppermint Bark Brownies are brought to you as part of an ongoing partnership with Kraft.

December holidays bring memories of baking Christmas cookies and spending time with family and loved ones.  Each year I plan to make a treat that we maybe haven’t included in our Christmas recipes before, I enjoy making a wide variety of goodies to package up and share with family and friends.  This year’s new treat – Peppermint Bark Brownies.  So fudgy and minty, these brownies would make a fabulous addition to any Christmas treat tray…. 

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Soft Maple Sugar Cookies

Soft Maple Sugar Cookies | Crumbs and Chaos

It’s time to dust off your favorite cookie recipes and get baking for the holidays.  Soft Maple Sugar Cookies are just what your holiday cookie tray needs!  Join us for a virtual Christmas cookie exchange, recipe links to 16 of your favorite bloggers are included in this post!

What’s your favorite cookie to make this time of year?  There’s a special place in my heart for Glazed Eggnog Cookies and Gingerbread Trees with Lemon Glaze are a must make at my house.  I can never get over a classic sugar cookie, which both my husband’s mom and step-mom make with great ease.  I would eat them first every time.  His step-mom always decorates a few with red hot candies and I love them that way.  I added them to these cookies because maple + cinnamon = match made in heaven.

Soft Maple Sugar Cookies | Crumbs and Chaos

I don’t always feel like rolling out and cutting dough, so a cookie that’s simply rolled into a ball and baked is just my style.  Topped with a simple maple frosting and you’re ready to decorate to your hearts content.  Sprinkling them with gold or regular decorating sugar makes an elegant addition to any cookie tray, but giving the kids a chance to add their favorite sprinkles is an opportunity they can never pass up ;)

What are delicious cookies without milk?  This December there are food banks in our own communities that could use milk to give to families in need.  We can join the Great American Milk Drive and their quest to make that happen.  When you go to the milk drive site, you can see how many gallons of milk have been donated in your local area and see just how you can help give milk to families in need.

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Soft Maple Sugar Cookies
 
Serves: 4 dozen
Ingredients
  • ½ cup BUTTER, softened
  • ½ cup SHORTENING, softened
  • 1½ cups GRANULATED SUGAR
  • ¼ cup PACKED BROWN SUGAR
  • ¼ cup PURE MAPLE SYRUP
  • 1 teaspoon BAKING SODA
  • 1 teaspoon CREAM OF TARTAR
  • ⅛ teaspoon SALT
  • 3 EGG YOLKS
  • 1 teaspoon VANILLA
  • 1¾ cups FLOUR
Icing:
  • ¼ cup WHIPPING CREAM or MILK
  • ¼ cup BUTTER, melted
  • 3 Tablespoons PURE MAPLE SYRUP
  • 3 cups POWDERED SUGAR
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Beat together butter and shortening in a large bowl. Add sugars, maple syrup, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Add egg yolks and vanilla and beat until well combined. Lastly, beat in flour.
  3. Use a 1 Tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop dough into 1 inch balls and place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, remove from oven when edges are light golden brown. Frost when completely cool.
Icing: Whisk together whipping cream, melted butter and pure maple syrup. Gradually add powdered sugar and whisk until smooth. Frost cooled cookies and decorate as desired.

Recipe Source: BHG 100 Best Cookies


Christmas Cookie Exchange 2014 - recipes from your favorite bloggers

Because it’s the more the merrier where cookies are concerned…

Caramel Filled Chewy Ginger Cookies from 365 Days of Slow Cooking

Italian Anisette Cookies from A Family Feast

Cranberry Orange Nut Cookies from Apron Strings

Orange Cranberry White Chocolate Stuffed Cookies from Barbara Bakes

Soft Pumpkin Cookies + Pumpkin Spice Kisses from Bless this Mess

Soft Maple Sugar Cookies from Crumbs and Chaos

Graham Cracker Log from Hoosier Homemade

Rugelach Bars from Let’s Dish

Pepper Jelly Cornmeal Thumbprints from Letty’s Kitchen

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies from Love from the Oven

Linzer Cookies from Mandy’s Recipe Box

Surprise-inside Christmas Stocking from Munchkin Munchies

Chocolate M&M Cookies from Oh, Sweet Basil

White Chocolate Pecan Snowball Cookies from Rose Bakes

Chocolate Toffee Cranberry Cookies from Taste and Tell

White Chocolate Cherry Almond Bars from Your Homebased Mom

Spiced Eggnog Cookies from Will Cook for Smiles

Christmas Cookie Exchange 2014 - recipes from your favorite bloggers

*Disclosure: It has been my honor to make you aware of the Great American Milk Drive, but I have not been compensated in any way for highlighting their organization.  Happy holidays!

Triple Layer Pumpkin Chocolate Pie

Triple Layer Pumpkin Chocolate Pie | Crumbs and Chaos

Yep, you read that right.  Triple Layer Pumpkin Chocolate Pie.  ‘Tis the season for pie.  And this pie, my friends, will bring a smile to your face.  Its creamy pumpkin layer sandwiched between a slightly sweet sour cream layer (tastes better than it sounds) and a super chocolate-y, almost fudge-like layer of goodness set in a graham cracker crust is what dreams are made of.   Pure pumpkin pie bliss, y’all.

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?  Mine is all.the.food.  My mom would always make traditional pumpkin pie and pecan pie to take to dinner at my grandparent’s house.  There’s a special place in my heart for traditional pumpkin pie, but I think it’s always fun to mix things up a bit.  Chocolate + pumpkin = true love :)… 

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Caramel Apple Cups

Caramel Apple Cups | crumbsandchaos.net | #caramel #apple #pie #fall #desserts

If you search Caramel Apple on our site you will find a plethora of awesome recipes, such as my favorite Caramel Apple Donuts, Caramel Apple Cinna-minis, Caramel Apple Dip, and much more!  Why you ask?  Well because in my opinion {caramel + apples = one of the BEST flavor combos EVER}!  It always has been my favorite and it probably always will be.  These Caramel Apple Cups fit into that category and did not disappoint.  They are a wonderful “mini” pie of sorts.  With a delicious graham cracker crust, sweet apple pie filling, and topped with a smooth caramel drizzle.  YUM!

Caramel Apple Cups | crumbsandchaos.net | #caramel #apple #pie #fall #desserts

Over at Princess Pinky Girl she baked them in mini cupcake pans.  I didn’t have them available so I went with regular sized.  I tweaked this recipe slightly to work and they were perfect.  Making sure to bake your crusts a little before filling them, they are the perfect cup to hold the apple goodness!  Another wonderful recipe for one of our favorite times of the year!  FALL!


Caramel Apple Cups
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups GRAHAM CRACKER CRUMBS
  • 10 Tablespoons BUTTER, melted
  • ⅓ cup POWDERED SUGAR
  • 3½ cups peeled, cored and chopped APPLES (I used a food processor but you can just chop them)
  • ⅓ cup SUGAR
  • ¼ cup BROWN SUGAR
  • 2¼ tablespoons FLOUR
  • ½ teaspoon CINNAMON
  • ¼ teaspoon NUTMEG
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease pan with non-stick spray. Combine melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, and powdered sugar in a bowl. Evenly distribute mixture to the 12 greased muffin cups. Press along the bottom and sides to make a “cup”. Bake for 5 minutes and let cool completely.
  2. In a baking dish, mix apples, sugar, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Bake for 15 minutes, until apples are slightly softened. Scoop the apple mix and place on top of the graham cracker crust cups (while still in the muffin pan). Bake for 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool completely and remove from pan. Drizzle with caramel topping. ENJOY!

Recipe adapted from Princess Pinky Girl


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White Chocolate Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats

White Chocolate Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats | recipe on www.crumbsandchaos.net

Festive and delicious, today’s recipe is brought to you as part of an ongoing partnership with Kraft.

Ahhhh, fall is in the air!  My absolute favorite season – I love everything about it…the weather, the leaves, the wardrobe, the food and the holidays.  We love heading out each fall to the local pumpkin patch to enjoy the festivities there – the hay rack rides, kid’s play area and apple cider slushies.  Every year we also host a pumpkin carving party complete with food and activities for the kids.  My kids look forward to this party each year…. 

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Pumpkin Pie Brownies

I love pie!  Definitely in my top 5 favorites is PUMPKIN PIE.  It is a staple at every Thanksgiving… or so I thought.  For the first 23 years of my life, I did not know a Thanksgiving meal without Pumpkin Pie.  Then along came my in-laws.  I showed up to their house for Thanksgiving and discovered that they were serving Cherry, Coconut Cream, and French Silk Pies.  Uhhhh WHAT???  There was no pumpkin pie and I was shocked.  They all acted like it was no big deal and reassured me that they rarely, if ever, served Pumpkin Pie at Thanksgiving.  Fast forward one year and I decided that I would contribute to their Thanksgiving spread by making a Pumpkin Pie.  It was my first time actually making it and it turned out perfect!  I was so proud of it and was once again shocked when the evening was winding down and I discovered that I was the only one that ate any of it!   Needless to say I decided not to try to change their traditions again, but instead, if I know I’ll be spending Thanksgiving with them I just find anyone I can that is is willing to save me a piece of pumpkin pie from their family’s meal.

All of that to say, I love pumpkin pie.  And I also love brownies.  So when I saw them together, baked in my current obsession {the cast iron skillet}, I knew I had to try them.  What I love most about them is that they aren’t just pumpkin spice flavored.  It is actually the taste and texture of pumpkin pie, on top of a chocolatey brownie.  Then topped with whipped cream, seriously, how could you go wrong!  These are a must try for any pumpkin pie lover!

Does your family serve Pumpkin Pie?  If not, what pie is traditionally at your table??

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Pumpkin Pie Brownies
 
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces CREAM CHEESE
  • ¼ cup SUGAR
  • 1 EGG
  • 1 teaspoon VANILLA
  • ¾ cup PUMPKIN PUREE
  • 1 teaspoon PUMPKIN PIE SPICE
  • 1 box BROWNIE MIX, batter prepared according to box
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Then in a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add egg and continue to beat. Add pumpkin puree, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice. Beat until very smooth. Set aside.
  2. Prepare brownies according to box. Pour batter into a cast iron skillet. Top with the pumpkin pie layer. Using a knife, swirl the top layer. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool slightly. Serve topped with whipped cream! ENJOY!

Recipe adapted from: The Cookie Rookie


 

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