Crazy for Crust Baking... With a Slice of Life 2016-08-30T13:30:05Z http://www.crazyforcrust.com/feed/atom/ Dorothy Kern http://www.crazyforcrust.com <![CDATA[Peanut Butter Cocoa Pebbles No Bake Dessert]]> http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=15440 2016-08-30T13:30:05Z 2016-08-30T10:00:47Z I know summer is winding to an end, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want a good no-bake dessert. This Peanut Butter Cocoa Pebbles No-Bake Dessert not only satisfies my craving, but it makes me feel like a kid again too! PIN IT NOW to save for later! I did something really fun and unexpected […]

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I know summer is winding to an end, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want a good no-bake dessert. This Peanut Butter Cocoa Pebbles No-Bake Dessert not only satisfies my craving, but it makes me feel like a kid again too!

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Cocoa Pebble No Bake Dessert - an EASY peanut butter cheesecake on top a cocoa pebble crust. This no bake dessert is the BEST recipe!

I did something really fun and unexpected last week: had a mom sleepover. Mel was out of town and I let Jordan invite a friend to sleepover, but instead of just letting them do their thing while I binge-watched Nurse Jackie, I invited the mom to sleep over too. We’re friends and are always too busy to really spend quality time gabbing and catching up, so I figured I’d tap into my inner child and host an adult sleepover. It was probably one of the more fun evenings I’ve had in a really long time. We got to catch up, one on one, and act like kids again staying up late.

Of course, the next morning we were paying for our late night. Just like the kids we were tired and just a bit cranky…except we had to adult. Sometimes acting like a kid again comes with a price, ha!

Easy Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cocoa Pebble No Bake Dessert

Speaking of acting like a kid again, have you ever been at the grocery store and seen the brightly colored boxes of cereal and just NEEDED to buy them? I get like that sometimes; the craving for the cereals I love just MAKE me buy them. Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles are two of the ones that call to me often.

I love Fruity Pebbles dry – no milk. I’ll eat it as dessert with a spoon, savoring the fruity sweet crunch. Cocoa Pebbles MUST have milk because at the end you get a bowl of chocolate milk you can slurp like when you were 11 and annoying your mom at the breakfast table.

But, if I’m being honest, one of my favorite things to do with those cereals is turn them into something else. After all, one of my more popular recipes is my Fruity Pebbles Pudding Cookies. Have you tried them? Those are actually one of my favorite pudding cookie flavors. I followed them up with Fruity Pebbles Muffins, making Pebbles portable.

I realized recently I have no recipes with Cocoa Pebbles. That’s just..wrong. I decided I needed to change that…so I made a No Bake Peanut Butter Cocoa Pebble Dessert. That was a GOOD DECISION, y’all.

Continue reading and get the recipe: Peanut Butter Cocoa Pebbles No Bake Dessert

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Dorothy Kern http://www.crazyforcrust.com <![CDATA[Fudgy Pumpkin Brookies]]> http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=15434 2016-08-29T17:47:47Z 2016-08-28T10:00:52Z When you want a pumpkin cookie and a brownie together, you want a FUDGY Pumpkin BROOKIE!! PIN IT NOW to save for later! Okay, so, um, I’m totally embarrassed. It’s now 7:08am on Sunday morning. This post posted at 3am…WITH NO CONTENT except photos and the recipe. I put it all in earlier this week, […]

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When you want a pumpkin cookie and a brownie together, you want a FUDGY Pumpkin BROOKIE!!

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Pumpkin Brookies - EASY Pumpkin Cookie Bars with Brownies on top! We loved this super fudgy fall recipe!

Okay, so, um, I’m totally embarrassed. It’s now 7:08am on Sunday morning. This post posted at 3am…WITH NO CONTENT except photos and the recipe. I put it all in earlier this week, scheduled it, and planned to come back and write it.

AND THEN I FORGOT TO WRITE THE POST.

So now it’s been out in the world for 4 hours and is in all the feeds everywhere WITH NO WORDS. !!!!!!

Easy Fudgy Pumpkin Brookies Recipe

So, I’m going to make this short and sweet since I haven’t even had my coffee yet. 🙂

Last week I wanted to make something pumpkin and something chocolate. I love brookies – I make them all the time. Coconut, Mint, Oatmeal – and now I’ve made them pumpkin!

The recipe starts with my favorite pumpkin cookie recipe that I pressed into the bottom of a 9×13″ pan. It took me several tries last year to perfect this recipe and I love it – expect to see it lots more times this year!

Then I used my standby brownie recipe on top, and topped it with chocolate chips.  Bake and you have the PERFECT brookie for fall.

Continue reading and get the recipe: Fudgy Pumpkin Brookies

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Dorothy Kern http://www.crazyforcrust.com <![CDATA[Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cornflake Clusters]]> http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=15416 2016-08-22T21:52:53Z 2016-08-25T10:00:28Z When you don’t have a lot of time but want a sweet treat, you need No Bake Cornflake Clusters! With only 3 ingredients these Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cornflake Clusters are easy, fast, and addicting. And just like that, we’re back into the swing of things: school, homework, dance, repeat. Jordan’s on a production jazz team […]

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When you don’t have a lot of time but want a sweet treat, you need No Bake Cornflake Clusters! With only 3 ingredients these Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cornflake Clusters are easy, fast, and addicting.

Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cornflake Clusters - this easy candy recipe has only 3 ingredients! Perfect for a quick no-bake snack or holiday cookie tray.

And just like that, we’re back into the swing of things: school, homework, dance, repeat. Jordan’s on a production jazz team this year, which is my way of letting her do team without having to commit to all the competitions and hours upon hours of classes. As it is, on production, she takes 3.5 hours of class a week and will do two showcase performances and two competitions.

I want to clarify that I am not, nor will I ever be, a dance mom. Nothing agains those moms that love all things dance – that’s just not me. I’m not a soccer mom, softball mom, or a theatre mom either (when Jordan did those things). I’m a drop-off and pick-up good-luck mom. I’ve got my own stuff to deal with and, really, I want to watch Jordan dance because she loves it, but that doesn’t mean I love it. Having to help backstage and care about costumes and make-up? Not my thing.

Last weekend we had a dance team meeting, where 90% of the room was all-in drinking the kool-aid and the rest of us just listened, laughed at people, and rolled our eyes. We found out that showcase week is during winter break, so any vacations need to be cancelled. (When I asked about it I was given a blank stare and told to figure it out.) Then we had a 5 minute debate on wether we should use lip stain or red lipstick for competitions.

Seriously, #firstworldrichpeopleproblems.

Anyway, my point is that this year is busier than ever before. I need meals and snacks that are fast, especially once it comes to school parties and dance parties and holiday parties. No one has time anymore, so easy recipes with less than 5 ingredients are a MUST.

Cornflake Clusters from Five Ingredient Recipes

I just love this new cookbook, 5 Ingredient Recipes by Philia Kelnhofer, of Sweet Phi. The tagline, a cookbook for busy people, speaks to me because we are all so dang busy! There are breakfasts, dinners, and desserts for every occasion (I cannot wait to try the bacon and brussels sprouts salad) and ALL of them have 5 ingredients or less. There are even menus, shopping lists, and a list of pantry essentials. I’m pretty much leaving this cookbook in my kitchen and using it all year long.

There are several desserts in the book, including an easy pie crust and several pie recipes, but these Cornflake Clusters caught my eye. One, because they only had 2 ingredients and two, because they’re SO adaptable to other flavors and recipes. Philia used just butterscotch in her recipe, but I added peanut butter because I love the combination of butterscotch and peanut butter.

If you’re counting, that STILL only makes these 3 ingredients. And they took me about 10 minutes – total – to make.

Continue reading and get the recipe: Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cornflake Clusters

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Dorothy Kern http://www.crazyforcrust.com <![CDATA[Tres Leches French Toast Casserole]]> http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=15411 2016-08-23T13:35:34Z 2016-08-23T10:00:40Z Well, now I’ve gone and done it: I’ve taken brunch up about a million notches. Tres Leches French Toast Casserole should be the ONLY french toast you ever eat again! PIN IT NOW to save for later! Can you believe that, until about six months ago, I’d never had tres leches cake? I know, right? […]

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Well, now I’ve gone and done it: I’ve taken brunch up about a million notches. Tres Leches French Toast Casserole should be the ONLY french toast you ever eat again!

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Tres Leches French Toast Casserole - this easy breakfast or brunch recipe coats Challah bread with a tres leeches mixture before and after baking!

Can you believe that, until about six months ago, I’d never had tres leches cake? I know, right? A dessert blogger never having eaten this classic cake? It was unbelievable. If I’m being 100% honest, before I tasted it I didn’t even know what the “three milks” were that made up the cake (tres leches translates to 3 milks) and I’d never even had the urge to try it, let alone make it.

Again, I hang my head in dessert blogger shame. Will you forgive me?

So anyway, last April I went with a few fellow food blogger BFFs (Averie and Holly) to Santa Monica. We ate at a trendy Mexican restaurant the first night and ordered tres leches for dessert. I liked the cake, but we all agreed that there was not even close to enough sauce on top. I loved the flavors however and added the cake to my mental list of things to make in the future.

But, you know me. I can never just make tres leches cake. I had to turn it into something even better: breakfast. Instead of cake, I made tres leches FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE.

Oh, yes I did.

Tres Leches French Toast Casserole Recipe

Now, tres leches is traditionally made of sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and heavy cream. I decided to change it up a little and use sweetened condensed milk, regular milk, and International Delight French Vanilla Coffee Creamer. Why? Because I could, obviously, and because I could live on coffee creamer. It’s already in my fridge, so why not??

…THEN I added vanilla bean paste to the mix…and it made the sweetest most vanilla elixir of the tres leches gods you’ll ever taste.

I went with making a french toast casserole because I like baking it better than I like frying it. It’s easier and takes less active time. I mixed up the milks and then divided the mixture so I could use some to soak the bread in and some to pour over the top of the casserole after baking, like you do with a traditional tres leches cake.

While we’re at it, let’s talk about bread. I used challah bread because it’s oh-so-good. You can use any bread you like, but just make sure it’s a little stale. Using freshly baked bread will make this soggy.

You dip the bread slices and then bake the casserole…and then you drench it in more tres leches sauce.

In other words, you create heaven.

Continue reading and get the recipe: Tres Leches French Toast Casserole

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Dorothy Kern http://www.crazyforcrust.com <![CDATA[Apple Pie Cupcakes]]> http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=15405 2016-08-16T22:07:20Z 2016-08-21T10:00:41Z Who is ready for all things apple? I am counting down the days until we can go apple picking…and until then I’m making Apple Pie Cupcakes to hold me over! I think jury duty is kind of a crock. I mean, I get it, really I do. If I ever get arrested, I hope to […]

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Who is ready for all things apple? I am counting down the days until we can go apple picking…and until then I’m making Apple Pie Cupcakes to hold me over!

Apple Pie Cupcakes - My favorite vanilla cupcake recipe filled with homemade apple pie filling, topped off with frosting and a pie crust chip!

I think jury duty is kind of a crock. I mean, I get it, really I do. If I ever get arrested, I hope to have a panel of twelve of my peers to decide I’m innocent, but as a registered voter it’s really kind of annoying, especially since I got called over the summer.

My first notice had me reporting to duty smack dab in the middle of summer. Setting aside the fact that I own my own business and am the only employee, so if I don’t work I don’t get paid, Jordan is now 11 and I can’t use “stay at home mom” as an exemption. Really, that’s total you-know-what because I work full time from home so that I can also be a full time mom. I pushed the date off until this week, because at least then school would be in session.

As the date neared, I started to really stress out. Mel had to plan a trip, so I’d have no child care. I have my race in two weeks (OMG) so what happens if it’s a long trial and the judge is a jerk? I also have two more trips in September for work.

For some reason, there is no “I’m getting anxiety thinking about how to work and be in LA and be a full time mom and be at court” exemption. Luckily the nice jury duty clerk let me put it off again, until October.

You know what that means, right? Murphy’s law says that I’ll spend the rest of fall on some sort of murder trial or something. (Dude, that better not happen. Can you imagine?)

I guess I better get all my fall baking done NOW, just in case.

Apple Pie Cupcakes - easy homemade apple pie filling inside a soft vanilla cupcake topped off with a pie crust chip!

Besides pumpkin, apple recipes are my favorite come this time of year. Apple pie is my favorite dessert, after all, so I love turning it into other recipes. I’ve done french toast, pancakes, magic bars, and now cupcakes!

For this recipe I used my favorite vanilla cupcakes and frosting and I filled them with easy homemade apple pie filling and topped them with a pie crust dipper (because you can’t have pie without the crust!)

Apple Pie Cupcakes Recipe

The beauty of these cupcakes is you can start with my recipe or a boxed cupcake, or even get some plain cupcakes from the bakery section at the grocery store. You can substitute a canned icing (although my homemade recipe is SUPER easy and way better tasting). You can even make the pie crust chips from a refrigerated pie crust (or use my homemade all butter pie crust recipe).

Basically, these cupcakes can be as easy as making your own homemade pie filling (or, man, you could even cheat there!) or go all out and make it all from scratch. I won’t tell, no matter what you do. 🙂

Continue reading and get the recipe: Apple Pie Cupcakes

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Dorothy Kern http://www.crazyforcrust.com <![CDATA[21 Shortbread Cookie Recipes to drool over]]> http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=15385 2016-08-23T13:34:40Z 2016-08-19T10:00:34Z If you love shortbread cookies you’re in the right place!! I’ve collected 21 of the BEST shortbread cookie recipes for you to drool over! PIN IT NOW to save for later! How many of you LOVE shortbread cookies? I know I do! I’ve been eating Walkers Shortbread for a long time – they really are […]

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If you love shortbread cookies you’re in the right place!! I’ve collected 21 of the BEST shortbread cookie recipes for you to drool over!

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These are the BEST Shortbread Cookie recipes! Use that box of Walkers Shortbread to create SO many delicious recipes!

How many of you LOVE shortbread cookies? I know I do! I’ve been eating Walkers Shortbread for a long time – they really are the best brand of shortbread cookie. They’re buttery soft and crunchy and just melt in your mouth.

Walkers shortbread cookies

Did you know that you can turn your favorite shortbread cookies into tons of different desserts? These shortbread cookie recipes do just that: from cupcakes to pie to no bake desserts and more, you don’t just have to eat your shortbread cookies by themselves anymore!

Coconut Cheesecake No Bake Dessert

Coconut Cheesecake No Bake Dessert (8 of 8)w

Continue reading and get the recipe: 21 Shortbread Cookie Recipes to drool over

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Dorothy Kern http://www.crazyforcrust.com <![CDATA[Double Decker Cookie Gooey Bars]]> http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=15366 2016-08-10T21:07:50Z 2016-08-18T10:00:25Z STOP what you are doing and print this recipe. I’ve made the ULTIMATE gooey bar: a Double Decker Cookie Gooey Bar made with TWO kinds of cookies! Well, it’s that time of year again, the time when us moms are once again divided into two groups: the ones who are depressed that their kids are […]

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STOP what you are doing and print this recipe. I’ve made the ULTIMATE gooey bar: a Double Decker Cookie Gooey Bar made with TWO kinds of cookies!

Double Decker Gooey Cookie Bars - this easy bar cookie recipe uses two cookie mixes and combines them into one ultimate gooey bar!

Well, it’s that time of year again, the time when us moms are once again divided into two groups: the ones who are depressed that their kids are going back to school and sad they’re going to be away from them all day and the moms like me (the ones who are JUMPING FOR JOY that school started yesterday).

Which camp are you in?

Now, to be honest and fair, this summer was amazing. It was actually the best summer we’ve ever had. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m finally medicated (read: happy) or if it’s because I kept Jordan so darn busy that she didn’t have time to get very bored. She only did two camps, but we did several little trips and I hosted more playdates and sleepovers than I could count. We shopped too much and ate way too much, but all in all it was a really fun 8 weeks…

…And now it’s time for her to go back to where she belongs: school. I will not cry at drop off. I will not mourn my days without her. I will not count down the minutes until pick-up time. I will cheer as I drive away, I will workout as long as I want without feeling guilty, I will work all day without feeling guilty, and I will eat a lunch of my choosing all alone while I watch The View without being interrupted or having food stolen off my plate.

It will be heaven. And along with that heaven? Is a hefty dose of these DOUBLE DECKER gooey bars made of two kinds of cookie doughs!

Easy Double Decker Gooey Cookie Bars Recipe

As you all know, I love Krusteaz mixes. You may think about them for pancake mix or muffin mix, but did you know they make some of the BEST cookie mixes? I’ve tried every single flavor and they all taste as good as homemade – if not better.

I decided to have fun with two kinds cookie mix when I made these bars: Triple Chocolate Chunk and Double Peanut Butter. I mixed up both batches according to the package directions, and then I sandwiched them with a bag of chocolate chunks and a can of sweetened condensed milk.

These are rich, chocolatey, fudgy, gooey, and PURE Heaven. If you don’t believe me, you’ll have to try them for yourself!

Continue reading and get the recipe: Double Decker Cookie Gooey Bars

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Dorothy Kern http://www.crazyforcrust.com <![CDATA[Fudgy Brownie Cookies]]> http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=15360 2016-08-10T23:19:31Z 2016-08-16T10:00:03Z Yes, Fudgy Brownie Cookies are a thing. And guess what? They’re completely from scratch! I realized recently that I haven’t been doing much experimenting in the kitchen. I’ve been using recipes I’ve previously developed (like chocolate chip cookies) and turning them into fabulous new recipes (like gooey bars) but I haven’t been starting from scratch, […]

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Yes, Fudgy Brownie Cookies are a thing. And guess what? They’re completely from scratch!

Fudgy Brownie Cookies - this easy fudgy cookie recipe is completely from scratch! It's like eating a hand held brownie - if you love chocolate THESE are the cookies for YOU!

I realized recently that I haven’t been doing much experimenting in the kitchen. I’ve been using recipes I’ve previously developed (like chocolate chip cookies) and turning them into fabulous new recipes (like gooey bars) but I haven’t been starting from scratch, researching ideas, and coming up with NEW recipes to play with.

When I started this blog (almost 6 years ago!) I didn’t know how to bake without a recipe. Over time I baked and baked and researched and changed little things here or there and was able to come up with some of my staples: cupcakes and peanut butter cookies, pie crust and cheesecake. Once you have a basic recipe (like sugar cookies) you can turn it into a hundred different recipes (like Tiramisu Cups and bark). Often I get lazy and just depend on those old standby recipes to get me through, and this summer has been no exception.

A few weeks ago I started thinking about recipes to make and I realized I was itching to do some testing. I wanted to start from scratch and come up with something NEW, even if that meant baking 3 batches of cookies before I got it right. Enter my intense all-consuming daily craving for brownies and you’ll realize why I made these cookies.

To die for EASY Fudgy Brownie Cookies Recipe

I’ve made brownie cookies before (also from scratch) but those started with my homemade brownie mix. I’ve also made them flourless (AKA Gluten-Free), but if I’m being honest I’ll admit that I forgot about both of those recipes when this one popped into my head. Oh well, it’s been 6 years, I’m bound to do that now and again…plus you can never have enough brownie cookie recipes.

How is this one different? Well, for one thing it starts with my absolute favorite brownie recipe ever. I came up with that recipe several years ago now and have been using it faithfully ever since. It’s FULL of melted butter and melted chocolate and cocoa and all things wonderful about brownies. I decided I wanted to see if I could turn those amazing brownies into COOKIES. Guess what? You can!

I had to make a few edits to the brownie recipe (more leavening, more flour, less eggs) and it took me two tries, but it worked! The result is super fudgy and FULL of melty gooey chocolate.

This cookie is my dream cookie and I can’t wait to turn it into 100 different new recipes.

Continue reading and get the recipe: Fudgy Brownie Cookies

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Dorothy Kern http://www.crazyforcrust.com <![CDATA[Pumpkin Pull-Apart Loaf]]> http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=15352 2016-08-22T00:26:45Z 2016-08-14T10:00:13Z I know, can you believe it? I’m going there, and it’s only August. I’m sorry, but I couldn’t wait to share this Pumpkin Pull-Apart Loaf with you! PIN IT NOW to save for later! Every year this happens: August 1 hits and I start thinking about back-to-school which leads me to thinking about things happening […]

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I know, can you believe it? I’m going there, and it’s only August. I’m sorry, but I couldn’t wait to share this Pumpkin Pull-Apart Loaf with you!

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Easy Pumpkin Pull Apart Bread - this is the perfect pumpkin recipe! Refrigerated biscuits filled with pumpkin pie mixture - it's like pumpkin pie for breakfast!

Every year this happens: August 1 hits and I start thinking about back-to-school which leads me to thinking about things happening in the fall…which leads me to thinking about pumpkin recipes. You see, pumpkin recipes for a food blogger are like the kids going back to school: the promise of something new and exciting. Pumpkin recipes are the beginning of something wonderful; the start of the fourth quarter, also known as the holiday season.

Since it’s 11 bajillionty degrees here and I’m tired of my kid being home and I’m tired of being hot and I’m tired of SUMMER, can you blame me that I want to bring on fall a little bit early? I want to not sweat when I get into my car, I want to open my windows instead of running the A/C, I want my kid to go back to school and I want to drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte!

So, in the hopes that if you build it, he will come I’m posting a pumpkin recipe in August to bring on fall. And because I made this weeks ago and I just want to share it NOW! If you revolt, well then, oh well. Pin it for later and come back when you’re wearing a scarf and boots.

Easy Pumpkin Pull Apart Bread Recipe

If you’re still here, thank you. I’m glad. You won’t be sad, because this pull-apart loaf is to die for. It’s like eating pumpkin pie for breakfast, no joke.

A few years ago I made Pumpkin Danish (also posted in August, BTW) and everyone went nuts for it. I can see why, it’s a great recipe. When I was looking back at some old pumpkin posts, I remembered that one and decided to do another breakfast recipe using that pumpkin pie filling. Enter: Pumpkin Pull-Apart Loaf.

Easy Pumpkin Pull Apart Bread - an easy fall recipe!

This is an easy recipe, great for breakfast or dessert (or snack or lunch or ….). You start with a can of biscuits (I used Grands). The “pull-apart” is created when you slice each biscuit in half and stack them (with filling in the middle), then bake them in a loaf pan. You can pull apart the layers, hence the name.

I’ve also made pull-apart loaves with bacon, with cinnamon rolls, and from scratch. I love them – they’re so much fun (and, in the case of this one, so easy!)

The pumpkin mixture is just some canned pumpkin puree mixed with an egg for binding, sugar for sweetness, and spices. I used pumpkin pie spice because it’s just easier than pulling out all the other spices (I’m so lazy).

I also dipped each slice of biscuit in cinnamon sugar before sandwiching them with the pumpkin mixture. It gives the layers a nice crunch, and then the entire thing is drenched with cinnamon glaze.

Continue reading and get the recipe: Pumpkin Pull-Apart Loaf

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Dorothy Kern http://www.crazyforcrust.com <![CDATA[Frosted Cupcookies]]> http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=15338 2016-08-12T13:55:49Z 2016-08-11T10:00:56Z Frosted Cupcookies: cupcakes that are made of cookies, get it? These cookies are stuffed with Oreos and frosted with a decadent vanilla frosting! PIN IT NOW to save for later! This post gets me a little emotional because I’m so excited about this recipe. Why? Well, let’s start at the beginning. About 4-5 years ago this […]

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Frosted Cupcookies: cupcakes that are made of cookies, get it? These cookies are stuffed with Oreos and frosted with a decadent vanilla frosting!

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Frosted Cupcookies - these cupcakes are made of cookies, stuffed with Oreos, and frosted with vanilla frosting! The base recipe is only 2 ingredients so these are incredibly easy and SO GOOD!

This post gets me a little emotional because I’m so excited about this recipe. Why? Well, let’s start at the beginning.

About 4-5 years ago this girl commented on my blog and we started going back and forth commenting. One day she asked me where I lived because, I kid you not, my kitchen looked familiar to her. I told her that I was in Rocklin (which is outside Sacramento) and, small world, she was from the same city.

Fast forward a few months and a bunch of us bloggers that realized we were all close together decided to get coffee. This girl and I sat down next to each other and started talking about where we lived and she our conversation was basically a back and forth of “I live near this landmark” and “SO DO I!” It turns out that not only were we from the same city but we lived only a few blocks from each other. I walked my dog past her house every weekend!

Since that time four years ago, this girl and I have become friends, both personally and professionally. We help each other, lean on each other, go out for drinks together, and occasionally borrow a cup of sugar from each other. That girl is Hayley, from The Domestic Rebel. And I’m so happy and proud to do this post for her today because this recipe is from her NEW COOKBOOK!

Out of the Box Desserts by Hayley Parker

You all are going to want to RUN over to Amazon and buy this book. Out Of The Box Desserts by Hayley Parker is available now and is full of 100 recipes that are simply spectacular and semi-homemade. You all know how much I love some help in the kitchen, whether it’s using cake mix or Pillsbury refrigerated products or Krusteaz baking mixes! I’ll be the first one to tell you that I hardly ever make a box mix or dough product as their intended; I always stuff them with something or bake them as bars or throw them in the slow cooker.

There is a myriad of recipes to choose from in her book and all have a little bit of grocery store help to get you started. This book would be great for someone who is new to baking (especially kids!) or for someone who just likes to have some shortcuts in the kitchen. Don’t we all need to save time now and again? Especially with the school year starting – there’s never time for extra baking these days.

These cupcookies have only 2 main ingredients, which is a major win-win in my book!

Frosted Cupcookies Recipe - an easy 2 ingredient cupcake cookie with vanilla frosting!!

All you need to make the base of the cookies are some refrigerated cookie dough (or you could use a box mix or your own homemade recipe) and Oreos. That’s it! And guess what? You can use ANY kind of cookie dough you find at the store (I know for a fact that peanut butter would be fabulous) and you can use any kind of Oreo you want.

(Side note: did you know that new flavors of Oreo pop off the shelf almost daily? Target has Cookie Dough and Blueberry Pie flavors right now!)

Basically you just press some cookie dough on the top and bottom of an Oreo and bake each cupcake in a muffin pan. Then, when they’re cool, frosting them with vanilla frosting.

This is the perfect easy treat for any party or just because you NEED COOKIES RIGHT NOW.

Continue reading and get the recipe: Frosted Cupcookies

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