Amanda’s Apple Crisp

Whether you have already been apple picking or it’s on your “apple bucket” list, you will want to save some apples for this crisp recipe.  All the ingredients play together to make fall come alive. My boys believe it must be topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This Apple Crisp is the perfect fall dessert.  

Keep Sing and Dancing in the Kitchen, Amanda

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Warm Apple Crisp

Yields: 12 servings

6 Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped (other varieties can be used)

2 Tbsp. granulated sugar

1 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon, divided

1 1/2 tsp lemon juice

1 cup light brown sugar

3/4 cup old fashioned oats

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, diced into small cubes

1 tsp of vanilla

pinch of kosher salt

Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.  Butter an 8×8 baking dish. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, add chopped apples, granulated sugar, 3/4 tsp of cinnamon and lemon juice.  Stir to combine. Transfer to prepared baking dish.

In a separate mixing bowl, add crisp ingredients (brown sugar, oats, flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, vanilla, salt, and diced cold butter).  Use a pastry cutter to mix the butter into the oat mixture, using a slight downward twisting motion, until mixture is in small crumbs.  If you don’t have a pastry cutter, you can use two forks or even your hands to cut butter into the mixture.

Spread topping over apples in baking dish, and gently pat to even it out.  Bake uncovered for 40-50 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly.

Serve warm.  We like to add a scoop of vanilla ice to our Apple Crisp.  Enjoy!  

Thanksgiving Pie– No More Choices

Every year we plan out our Thanksgiving menus.  Turkey, Sides, Appetizers, Beverages, and Desserts!  Oh the desserts!  We are traditional and make Pumpkin and Pecan Pies.  I have thrown in a Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie (YUM!).

When I hit the dessert table, I usually take a little bit of everything.  (It’s the right thing to do!)  But what if two of your favorites were combined.  Like Pumpkin Pie married Pecan Pie!!

Well, it happened the other night in my kitchen.  A few years ago, Southern Living introduced this little union.  And we all lived happily ever after! You need to plan to make this pie the night before serving.  It is better when it has time to completely cool and flavors will pop.  I have made a few adjustments to the recipe and it is perfection.

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Preheat oven to 350°. Sprinkle work surface with powdered sugar. Roll out piecrust, and place on prepared surface. Sprinkle piecrust with chopped pecans. Place wax paper over piecrust and pecans, and lightly roll pecans into crust. Fit piecrust, pecan side up, in a lightly greased 9-inch pie plate; fold edges under, and crimp.

Mix together pumpkin  and next 6 ingredients in a large bowl until smooth and well mixed; pour into prepared piecrust.

Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.  Remove and shield edges with aluminum foil or crust protector.  This will keep your crust from burning.  Then bake an additional 25 minutes.

While pie is baking, you will create your pecan streusel topping.  This will create the pecan pie element to your pie.

For Pecan Streusel:
1 1/2 cups pecan pieces
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 t pumpkin pie spice
Mix all the pecan toppings together until well blended.After pie has baked 45 minutes,  gently top pie with Pecan Streusel Topping. Reduce oven temperature to 325°,  and bake 10 minutes. This will allow streusel to golden a bit. Then cover pie with aluminum foil.   Cool completely on a wire rack at least 3 hours.  Once cooled, place in refrigerator over night.  This will allow all the flavors to go crazy.
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Just Stop It- Pumpkin Oat-filled Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fall is here! There is something about the change of seasons that makes me want to bake. It’s like a little celebration for Fall. “Welcome! We are so glad you are here.” Last year I made a Toffee Pumpkin Cookie and a different Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie that we all enjoyed. I wanted to try something a little different this time. These little Fall babies are full of autumn spice and happiness. We are on our 2nd batch in week two of Fall. Enjoy the changing leaves, pumpkin everything, and cooler weather. Life is worth singing and dancing about! Looking Forward!- Amanda

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Just Stop It- Pumpkin Oat-filled Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups quick oats
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 t salt
1/4 t ground ginger
1 3/4 t ground cinnamon
1/4 t ground nutmeg
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/3 cups packed light-brown sugar
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, beaten
1 t vanilla
1 1/4 cups canned pumpkin puree
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup pecans, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, oats, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, whip together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until creamy. Add in egg then blend in vanilla, and pumpkin puree. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until combined. Add in chocolate chips and pecans. Let cookie dough set for 10 minutes.
Scoop dough out 2 Tbsp at a time and drop onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing cookies 2-inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes. You do not want to over bake. Allow to cool on baking sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container. Makes about 5 dozen.

Toffee Pumpkin Cookies

Fall time is among us.  Pumpkin scent is in the air.  It’s the perfect time to experiment in the kitchen.  These soft, chewy pumpkin cookie have little bits of toffee goodies.  If your family loves pumpkin, you will have the perfect fall treat to share.  -Amanda 

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Toffee Pumpkin Cookies

2 ¼ cup flour

1 t baking powder

1 t baking soda

2 t cinnamon

1 t nutmeg

½ t salt

½ cup butter

1 cup sugar

½ cup brown sugar

1 cup canned pumpkin puree

1 egg, beaten

1 t vanilla

1 8oz package toffee bits

1 cup white chocolate melted 

In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.  Set aside.

In a mixer, cream butter and sugars until creamy. Add the egg, pumpkin and vanilla. Slowly add in the flour mixture, mixing until combine. Add toffee bits. Drop tablespoon sized cookies onto lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet for 1 minute before removing to a wire rack. When cookies have cooled completely, drizzle on white chocolate. Let chocolate set before storing.  Store cookies in an airtight container. 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

It’s that time of year where pumpkins are on the brain.  While whipping up your traditional fall favorites, you need to make time for these cookies.  It’s a perfect way to use that leftover pumpkin puree.  Soft and chewy with a hint of pumpkin, these goodies are like eating a piece of fall.  Feel free to add some pecans or walnuts.  The cookie monsters in my house approved this addition to our fall dessert assortment.  Taste the fall!- Amanda

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup all purpose flour
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 t pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 t vanilla extract
2 cups quick cooking oatmeal
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice.
With mixer, cream together the butter and the sugars until fluffy. Beat in the egg, followed by the pumpkin puree and the vanilla extract. Stir in the flour mixture and the oatmeal until just combined and no streaks of flour remain. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of the dough onto the baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 11-13 min. Cookies will be lightly browned at the edges when done. Don’t over-bake or they can dry out.
Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes about 2 dozen