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    Thankful (cookie) Hearts

    These two-sided cookie hearts double as place cards AND dessert.  They're also a delicious way to get everyone talking about what they're thankful for this year.
    thankful (cookie) hearts ::: interactive cookies for thanksgiving dessert, easy and quick to make! from @bakeat350
    On one side, you write each guest's name.  Then, give them a food coloring pen and let them write what they're thankful for on the other side.

    thankful (cookie) hearts ::: interactive cookies for thanksgiving dessert, easy and quick to make! from @bakeat350

    Their answers just may surprise you.

    I'm blogging about how to make them over on Parade.com.

    thankful (cookie) hearts ::: interactive cookies for thanksgiving dessert, easy and quick to make! from @bakeat350
    {Here you can see what kiddo and I wrote on our thankful cookies.}


    thankful (cookie) hearts ::: interactive cookies for thanksgiving dessert, easy and quick to make! from @bakeat350
    Come see what Mr. E is thankful for this year. ;)


    ***
    PS...I am not the first person to make interactive "thankful" cookies.  Check out these beauties from Amanda of i am baker.  I am thankful for her inspiration!*** 

    Thankful (cookie) Hearts

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    These two-sided cookie hearts double as place cards AND dessert.  They're also a delicious way to get everyone talking about what they're thankful for this year.
    thankful (cookie) hearts ::: interactive cookies for thanksgiving dessert, easy and quick to make! from @bakeat350
    On one side, you write each guest's name.  Then, give them a food coloring pen and let them write what they're thankful for on the other side.

    thankful (cookie) hearts ::: interactive cookies for thanksgiving dessert, easy and quick to make! from @bakeat350

    Their answers just may surprise you.

    I'm blogging about how to make them over on Parade.com.

    thankful (cookie) hearts ::: interactive cookies for thanksgiving dessert, easy and quick to make! from @bakeat350
    {Here you can see what kiddo and I wrote on our thankful cookies.}


    thankful (cookie) hearts ::: interactive cookies for thanksgiving dessert, easy and quick to make! from @bakeat350
    Come see what Mr. E is thankful for this year. ;)


    ***
    PS...I am not the first person to make interactive "thankful" cookies.  Check out these beauties from Amanda of i am baker.  I am thankful for her inspiration!*** 

    I Only Have Pies for You.

    Here we are.  The beginning of Thanksgiving week...or pie week, as I like to think of it.  

    Today, I bring you some of my favorite fall pies, perfect for your Thanksgiving feast.  Just click the links for the full recipes.

    sweet potato pie plus links to several pies perfect for Thanksgiving!
    1. Sweet Potato Pie.  It was years before I ever tried making sweet potato pie.  I would pass over pumpkin for sweet potato EVERY time now.  If you don't love pumpkin pie, try sweet potato!

    cranberry apple pie plus links to several pies perfect for Thanksgiving!
    2. Cranberry Apple Pie.  This has been my go-to pie recipe for years now.  It's beautiful and delicious without fail.  A family favorite.

    pecan chewies plus links to several pies perfect for Thanksgiving!
    3. Pecan Chewies. Mini pecan pies...without all of the pecan pie goo.  You know what I mean?  These are irresistible.

    pie crust primer plus links to several pies perfect for Thanksgiving!
    4. Pie Crust Primer.  Nervous about making a pie crust?  Don't be.  It's easy as....pie.

    perfect graham cracker crust plus links to several pies perfect for Thanksgiving!
    5. Perfecto Graham Cracker Crust. Probably the easiest crust you'll ever make.


    The following recipes I have not made myself, but I trust these bakers...and these pies look fantastic!
    • Almond Joy Pie from She Wears Many Hats
    • S'mores Pie from Two Peas and their Pod
    • French Silk Pie from The Pioneer Woman
    • Bourbon Apple Pie with Oatmeal Cookie Crumble from How Sweet it is
    • Toffee Pecan Pie from Add a Pinch
    • Upside-Down Apple Pecan Pie from Tidymom
    • Pumpkin Praline Pie from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

    If you're looking to make something other than pie, check out this round-up of clever alternatives to pies for Thanksgiving!

    Happy Pie Week!
    What's your favorite Thanksgiving pie?  Tell me (or leave a link to the recipe) in the comments!

    I Only Have Pies for You.

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    Here we are.  The beginning of Thanksgiving week...or pie week, as I like to think of it.  

    Today, I bring you some of my favorite fall pies, perfect for your Thanksgiving feast.  Just click the links for the full recipes.

    sweet potato pie plus links to several pies perfect for Thanksgiving!
    1. Sweet Potato Pie.  It was years before I ever tried making sweet potato pie.  I would pass over pumpkin for sweet potato EVERY time now.  If you don't love pumpkin pie, try sweet potato!

    cranberry apple pie plus links to several pies perfect for Thanksgiving!
    2. Cranberry Apple Pie.  This has been my go-to pie recipe for years now.  It's beautiful and delicious without fail.  A family favorite.

    pecan chewies plus links to several pies perfect for Thanksgiving!
    3. Pecan Chewies. Mini pecan pies...without all of the pecan pie goo.  You know what I mean?  These are irresistible.

    pie crust primer plus links to several pies perfect for Thanksgiving!
    4. Pie Crust Primer.  Nervous about making a pie crust?  Don't be.  It's easy as....pie.

    perfect graham cracker crust plus links to several pies perfect for Thanksgiving!
    5. Perfecto Graham Cracker Crust. Probably the easiest crust you'll ever make.


    The following recipes I have not made myself, but I trust these bakers...and these pies look fantastic!
    • Almond Joy Pie from She Wears Many Hats
    • S'mores Pie from Two Peas and their Pod
    • French Silk Pie from The Pioneer Woman
    • Bourbon Apple Pie with Oatmeal Cookie Crumble from How Sweet it is
    • Toffee Pecan Pie from Add a Pinch
    • Upside-Down Apple Pecan Pie from Tidymom
    • Pumpkin Praline Pie from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

    If you're looking to make something other than pie, check out this round-up of clever alternatives to pies for Thanksgiving!

    Happy Pie Week!
    What's your favorite Thanksgiving pie?  Tell me (or leave a link to the recipe) in the comments!

    Chocolate Chip Caramel Crumble Bars



    I really try hard to plan what I am baking, but I have to admit that I am often swayed at the last minute by something that I see online. I saw this recipe last Friday, and I knew that it would be the recipe for this week. I love a good bar cookie. This is a cream cheese bar cookie, which I haven’t made in a while, and it contains chocolate chips and caramel bits. Caramel bits are one of my favorite ingredients and I always try to keep them in the cupboard, as they can be a little hard to find at the store.

    Unless I get home right on time from work, it can be a tight timeline for me to get bar cookies baked, cooled, cut, and photographed. These bar cookies chill even a little longer because they contain cream cheese and it sets up better when chilled. I decided to make these the night before, so that they would have plenty of time to chill. Good thing I did, because I didn’t get to leave work on time!

    Although these are a layered bar cookie, they come together with two main steps: the crust and then everything else. The oat base with the cream cheese filling is the perfect canvas for any flavor that you wanted. I can envision these bars with any combination of chips or nuts or even some dried fruit. Cut these when they are cold, but with the caramel bits, make sure they come to room temperature before serving. Ice cold caramel is hard on your teeth! These are very tasty and contain some great flavors, you don’t want to miss out.

    Chocolate Chip Caramel Crumble Bars
    2 cups flour
    1 ¼ cups oats
    ¾ cups packed brown sugar
    1 cup butter, room temperature
    12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
    ½ cup sugar
    2 eggs
    1 teaspoon lemon juice
    2 teaspoons vanilla
    1 cup chocolate chips
    1 cup Caramel Bits

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9” x 13” pan with foil and spray the foil with cooking spray.

    In a large mixer bowl, combine the flour, oats, and brown sugar. Add the butter to the bowl and mix on medium until the mixture is crumbly. Reserve 1-1/2 cups of crumbs for the topping and set aside. Press the remaining mixture evenly in the bottom of the prepared pan.

    Bake for 15 minutes. Make the topping while the crust is baking.

    In the same mixer bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until light. Add the eggs, lemon juice, and vanilla and stir until the mixture is smooth.

    Once you remove the baked crust from the oven, pour the cream cheese mixture over the hot crust. Sprinkle evenly with the chocolate chips and then the caramel bits. Crumble the reserved crumb mixture over the top of the bars.   

    Bake for 30-35, until the bars are light brown around the edges. Allow to cool for one hour on a wire rack and then refrigerate several hours before cutting into bars. Store in the refrigerator.

    Recipe from A Family Feast

    Chocolate Chip Caramel Crumble Bars

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    I really try hard to plan what I am baking, but I have to admit that I am often swayed at the last minute by something that I see online. I saw this recipe last Friday, and I knew that it would be the recipe for this week. I love a good bar cookie. This is a cream cheese bar cookie, which I haven’t made in a while, and it contains chocolate chips and caramel bits. Caramel bits are one of my favorite ingredients and I always try to keep them in the cupboard, as they can be a little hard to find at the store.

    Unless I get home right on time from work, it can be a tight timeline for me to get bar cookies baked, cooled, cut, and photographed. These bar cookies chill even a little longer because they contain cream cheese and it sets up better when chilled. I decided to make these the night before, so that they would have plenty of time to chill. Good thing I did, because I didn’t get to leave work on time!

    Although these are a layered bar cookie, they come together with two main steps: the crust and then everything else. The oat base with the cream cheese filling is the perfect canvas for any flavor that you wanted. I can envision these bars with any combination of chips or nuts or even some dried fruit. Cut these when they are cold, but with the caramel bits, make sure they come to room temperature before serving. Ice cold caramel is hard on your teeth! These are very tasty and contain some great flavors, you don’t want to miss out.

    Chocolate Chip Caramel Crumble Bars
    2 cups flour
    1 ¼ cups oats
    ¾ cups packed brown sugar
    1 cup butter, room temperature
    12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
    ½ cup sugar
    2 eggs
    1 teaspoon lemon juice
    2 teaspoons vanilla
    1 cup chocolate chips
    1 cup Caramel Bits

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9” x 13” pan with foil and spray the foil with cooking spray.

    In a large mixer bowl, combine the flour, oats, and brown sugar. Add the butter to the bowl and mix on medium until the mixture is crumbly. Reserve 1-1/2 cups of crumbs for the topping and set aside. Press the remaining mixture evenly in the bottom of the prepared pan.

    Bake for 15 minutes. Make the topping while the crust is baking.

    In the same mixer bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until light. Add the eggs, lemon juice, and vanilla and stir until the mixture is smooth.

    Once you remove the baked crust from the oven, pour the cream cheese mixture over the hot crust. Sprinkle evenly with the chocolate chips and then the caramel bits. Crumble the reserved crumb mixture over the top of the bars.   

    Bake for 30-35, until the bars are light brown around the edges. Allow to cool for one hour on a wire rack and then refrigerate several hours before cutting into bars. Store in the refrigerator.

    Recipe from A Family Feast

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