Trader Joe’s Cookies & Cream Cookie Butter, reviewed

Cookie butter is an indulgent treat, a peanut butter-like spread that is made of crushed cookies, rather than nuts. Biscoff Spread is the original cookie butter and has a sweet, slightly spicy, brown sugar flavor, however there are plenty of other cookie butters available out there. Trader Joe’s already has a plain cookie butter – their version of the original Biscoff – and has come out with flavored cookie butters before, but their new Cookies & Cream Cookie Butter just might be their best flavor yet ....more

Bourbon Brown Butter Apple Cake

There are many ways to enjoy apples in the fall. From baked apples to apple pie, I am a fan of every single one of them. This Bourbon Brown Butter Apple Cake is one more that you can add to your list of ways to showcase apples this season – and it is absolutely delicious....more

Bites from other Blogs

There are lots of scary desserts that you can serve up on Halloween, but none are scarier than the Jello Teeth that The Jello Mold Mistress recently made, since the look exactly like your grandmother’s dentures – only jiggly! The teeth are molded in a silicone ice cube tray that is designed to give you a “smile”, but turns very creepy once coloring is added. The teeth themselves are made with strawberry jello and sweetened condensed milk ....more

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Rolls, reviewed

Pumpkin can be found just about everywhere in October, and that includes the refrigerated case at Trader Joe’s, where I recently spotted a new seasonal product: Pumpkin Rolls with Pumpkin Spice Icing. The rolls came in the same sort of cardboard tube that you find refrigerated biscuts and crescent rolls packaged in, but with the promise of pumpkin spice – which made them sound like a good option for quick and easy fall brunches. I stored the package in my refrigerator for about a week or so before breaking it out because I wanted to make sure I had a few people around to share them with! ...more

Halloween Treats for Zombie Fans

Vampires, witches and ghosts are all popular Halloween monsters, and they have been for many years. Zombies have been a popular Halloween option since at least the days of Night of the Living Dead, but with the popularity of The Walking Dead, zombies are more popular than ever. Whether you’re looking for a scary dessert for a Halloween party or simply want to serve up some themed treats for your next Walking Dead viewing party, these zombie-themed baked goods will have you covered ....more

Black and Orange Halloween Whoopie Pies

Halloween celebrations come in all shapes and sizes, from massive haunted houses that attract visitors from all over to small parties that involve friends, family and costumes. Some elements of Halloween are always the same, no matter what size party you are throwing, and that includes the fact that black and orange are unquestionably the signature colors of the holiday. Adding a splash of black and orange to your cakes and other creations is an easy way to turn an ordinary dessert into a spooktacular one that is worthy of any Halloween gala....more

Will It Waffle?: 53 Irresistible and Unexpected Recipes to Make in a Waffle Iron

I love my waffle iron because I really enjoy being able to make crisp, fluffy waffles on weekend mornings for brunch and serving them up with toppings like fresh berries, whipped cream and maple syrup. Like many people, I don’t use my waffle maker every weekend and, as much as I like it, it does little more than take up space in my pantry most of the time. But it turns out that our waffle irons may be more versatile than we thought, and that waffles aren’t the only thing that you can make using a waffle iron ....more

Black and Orange Cake Tutorial on Craftsy

Black and orange are the official colors of Halloween, and being generous with them when you’re decorating cakes and cupcakes is a good way to turn an ordinary cake into one that is perfect for a spooky celebration! Lately, I’ve been making quite a few ombre cakes, but black and orange contrast a little too much to use that exact technique for frosting a cake. To give a cake a Halloween look, try using a dramatic striped patter instead ....more

Baked Apple Fritters

Apple fritters are one of my favorite fall treats. A good apple fritter consists of a lot of apples that are barely held together with a tasty, eggy batter and deep fried until they are golden and crisp. The finished fritter could be glazed, dipped in maple syrup or sprinkled with powdered sugar ....more

Wilton Bone Cookie Pan, reviewed

There are a lot of elaborate Halloween cookie pans on the market these days. There are pans with elaborate monster, witch and pumpkin designs that promise you can simply press your dough in and let the pan do the work in the oven. These pans look and sound great, but the finished cookies sometimes have so much going on that they look muddled ....more