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  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

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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!

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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
  • 10 Tablespoons BUTTER, melted
  • 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
  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

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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
  • 4 ounces CREAM CHEESE
  • ¼ cup SUGAR
  • 1 EGG
  • 1 teaspoon VANILLA
  • 1 teaspoon PUMPKIN PIE SPICE
  • 1 box BROWNIE MIX, batter prepared according to box
  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




More pumpkin chocolate goodness…

Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Whoopie Pies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

Pumpkin Spice Kiss Cookies

It’s a classic… the peanut butter cookie with the Hershey’s chocolate kiss on top.  Around here we call them, Peanut Butter Blossoms, and they are one of my all time favorites.  So when I saw that a good friend of mine posted this pumpkin version on her Facebook, I instantly began drooling.  A pumpkin cookie with a pumpkin spice kiss on top…. YUM!  My favorite part, besides the pumpkin, is the fact that they are rolled in cinnamon/sugar before baking.  It almost gives it a snickerdoodle type texture, which I also happen to love, but that’s for another day!  These pumpkin cookies are a great fall cookie to add to your regular rotation!

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Pumpkin Spice Kiss Cookies
  • ½ cup BUTTER, room temperature
  • 1 cup SUGAR, divided
  • ½ cup BROWN SUGAR
  • ½ teaspoon VANILLA
  • 1½ cups FLOUR
  • 2 tablespoons + ½ teaspoon CINNAMON, divided
  • ⅛ teaspoon GROUND CLOVES
  • ⅛ teaspoon GROUND GINGER
  • ½ teaspoon BAKING SODA
  • ¼ teaspoon BAKING POWDER
  • ¼ teaspoon SALT
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 large cookie sheets with silpat or parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl beat the butter, ½ cup granulated sugar and brown sugar together on medium speed 2 minutes. Add the pumpkin and vanilla beat on low 1 minute. In a small bowl whisk together the flour, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, cloves, ginger, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add to the sugar mixture and beat on low just until combined. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Whisk the remaining ½ cup sugar with 2 tablespoons cinnamon in a shallow bowl. Scoop up level tablespoons of the dough and roll into a ball then roll in cinnamon sugar mixture. Place on cookie sheets 2 inches apart and bake 12 minutes. Remove from oven and press a kiss into the center of each one. Cool completely on wire racks. ENJOY!

Recipe Source: Cinnamon, Spice and Everything Nice



 Cookies for everyone…

Caramel Blossoms

Chocolate PB Explosion Cookies

Peppermint Pattie Cookies

Snickerdoodle Apple Dessert Pizza

Snickerdoodle Apple Dessert Pizza | Crumbs and Chaos
We’re celebrating apple season with Snickerdoodle Apple Dessert Pizza, made using Walmart Produce as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars.

One of my favorite smells in all the world, besides freshly roasted coffee beans, is the smell of a bag full of fresh apples.  Absolutely heavenly!  When apple season rolls around, you’d better believe I will get my hands on just as many as I can.  They are so versatile and delicious – from cookies and cinnamon rolls to applesauce and danish pastry bars, apples are a family fave!

Today I’ve paired them with one of their favorite partners – cinnamon!  Warm and inviting, Snickerdoodle Apple Dessert Pizza totally screams fall.  Snickerdoodle cookie crust spread with tangy cream cheese cinnamon topped with fresh chopped apple chunks and sprinkled with a little more cinnamon and sugar.  Super amazing!… 

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Top 5 Pumpkin Spice Treats to Enjoy This Fall

Top 5 Treats using International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice Creamer | brought to you by Crumbs and Chaos

You guys, fall is {actually} here!  Did you hear me?  I said, FALL IS HERE!!  I have been so stoked by the weather here in Southwest Michigan the past week or two, it has been absolutely gorgeous.  I love having to turn on the fireplace first thing in the morning for a bit to warm up the living room and then go out in the afternoon later wearing a short sleeve t-shirt.  I seriously can’t get enough.


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Caramel Toffee Grape Bites

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Caramel Toffee Grape Bites, a fun party snack, were created using Walmart Produce as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars.

Raise your hand if you’re excited to see all things fall appear at the stores?!  I’m especially excited as grapes, apples and pumpkins are starting to make their way into Walmart Stores across the country.  Oh, the eating and decorating possibilities.  When I was thinking about grapes, I remembered a family reunion a few years back where grapes dipped in caramel and peanuts made an appearance.  Well, I decided to dip these babies in toffee bits…which turned out to be a great choice!… 

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Glazed Apple-Oat Cookies

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Glazed Apple-Oat Cookies are a super way to enjoy fall’s fresh apples!
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According to the calendar, fall is still a week away…but according to the cool, gentle breeze outside, fall has arrived.  I was absolutely ecstatic to put on jeans, socks and slippers the other day while cooking up some good ol’ comfort food.    And after my monthly stack of magazines arrived last week (I’m always excited for fresh reading material!), I was flipping through Food Network Magazine and spied their list of an entire month of apple recipes.  Then my Friday afternoon turned into a loaf of applesauce granola bread and a batch of these little beauties.

If you’re a fan of soft, cake-like cookies, these are for you.  Full of spice and grated apple, these cookies are just begging to be made on a cool, fall afternoon.  Don’t skip the glaze, it’s the icing on the, errr, cookie ;)

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Glazed Apple-Oat Cookies
  • 2¼ cups FLOUR
  • 1 teaspoon GROUND CINNAMON
  • ¾ teaspoon BAKING POWDER
  • ½ teaspoon BAKING SODA
  • ½ teaspoon SALT
  • ¼ teaspoon GROUND ALLSPICE
  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) BUTTER, melted and cooled slightly
  • ½ cup BROWN SUGAR
  • ½ cup WHITE SUGAR
  • 2 EGGS
  • 1 GALA or FUJI APPLE, coarsely grated
  • 2 teaspoons VANILLA
  • 2 Tablespoons MILK
  • ½ teaspoon GROUND CINNAMON
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, line baking sheets with Silpat mats or parchment paper.
  2. Combine flour, oats, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt and allspice in a bowl.
  3. Stir together butter, sugars and eggs in a large bowl. Add grated apple and vanilla, stir well. Add flour mixture and stir until just combined.
  4. Use a cookie scoop (mine was 1½ Tablespoons) to scoop dough onto baking sheets. The cookies can be fairly close together because they don't spread out too much.
  5. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until set around the edges. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before removing to cooling rack.
  6. Stir together powdered sugar, milk and ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Spoon onto cooled cookies.


Recipe Source: Food Network Magazine October 2014

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Fresh apple faves…

Apple Pie Salsa

Danish Pastry Apple Bars

Caramel Apple Cinna-minis