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Halloween Caramel Apples & a Farberware Cookware Giveaway

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I don’t think there’s anything like a caramel apple in the fall. It’s one of those treats that as a kid, you’re amazed by and I don’t think that ever really changes. I decided to step up my normal caramel apple game this year and deck them out for Halloween. A slightly tart apple covered in sweet, chewy caramel is pretty perfect, but they’re even better when you dress them up in chocolate. I mean, what isn’t better with chocolate? And let’s not forget the sprinkles!

Not only are we talking about these fun, festive and easy caramel apples today, but there’s also a sweet giveaway. I’m teaming up with my friends at Farberware to “Celebrate the Seasons” where we’ll be bringing you easy entertaining holiday inspiration! One reader will win a Farberware Dishwasher Safe Nonstick 15-Piece Cookware Set in the color of your choice!

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Beyond the Buttercream: Bits & Pieces 3

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1. Good morning, friends! Isn’t it completely ridiculous how it’s already the middle of October! I could pretend to be sad about time flying, but truth is I’m a little too excited about fall boots and pumpkin everything! Isn’t fall baking the best? My oven has been working over time the past week and I’m super excited about some new Fall desserts coming your way! If you’ve been following along on social media, you may have spotted some sweets I’ve been working on, like the chewy, chocolatey and totally necessary cookies from the other day. These may be my favorite oatmeal cookies to date and I’ll be sharing them very soon!

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Brown Butter Pumpkin Bars

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Brown butter trumps everything. Well, not sprinkles. I mean, let’s not get carried away or anything. But it definitely trumps everything else! That nutty aroma that fills your kitchen and those little browned specks floating around in baked goods. It’s kind of magical. And I believe it’s kind of mandatory in fall baking. It’s definitely mandatory in brown butter pumpkin bars, filled with cinnamon, nutmeg, pecans and a little white chocolate. Yep, these bars are all sorts of divine!

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Apple Crisp Cheesecake Bars

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Where do I even begin? Cinnamon dusted apples parked on top of brown sugar and vanilla bean cheesecake, sitting pretty on my favorite brown sugar shortbread, all covered in a blanket of crisp topping. You know this is going to be good! I feel like Apple Crisp Cheesecake Bars are one of those desserts that really aren’t going to take much convincing. Like you should probably just stop whatever you’re doing and go make them. After you finish reading this post, of course!

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Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

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Anyone up for a cupcake? How about some coffee? Even better, how about a pumpkin spice coffee cupcake? This is one of those recipes where I really wish I could just hand you one! You see, I’m a serious coffee lover and well, I think you know how I feel about cupcakes. So combining the two into one light and lovely confection filled with warm fall spices pretty much makes life complete. And that spiced cream cheese frosting? Yeah, we’re definitely going to get to that! So sit down, take a break and join me for a cupcake, okay?

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Chocolate Chip Bourbon Cookie Bars

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It’s my birthday and I’ll put as much bourbon in the buttercream as I want to. And the cookies, definitely in the cookies! I’m not even going to try to act for one second like I’m not completely smitten with these cookie bars. Chocolate chip cookie bars filled with brown sugar, toasted pecans and bourbon – did I mention that already?! It’s like your favorite chocolate chip cookie you had growing up. You know the one that’s slightly crisp around the edges, soft and chewy in the middle and makes you feel all toasty and cozy and like you’re home – times that by about a million.

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Peach Crumb Cake with Vanilla Bean Bourbon Glaze

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I returned home from vacation with the best of intentions and renewed energy. I was sad to leave Ireland, but I’m always happy to get home, and by home I mean my kitchen. I was filled with ideas for new desserts inspired by my trip. I had lists up the wazoo. Lists in my head, lists on my phone and lists on paper. And anyone who is anyone knows that lists on paper trump everything.

Old school all the way. That whole crossing things off makes you feel like a superhero. I will even write something on my list that I’ve already done just so I can cross it off.

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