Super Simple Baked Apples

 

 

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Super Simple Baked Apples

 

How amazing would your house smell after making these super simple baked apples??

The best kind of baking is the kind that fits easily into every day life!  While everyone’s day is different and each household has its own rhythm, this super simple and easy baked apple recipe is something that fits really seamlessly into our routine as a reasonably healthy dessert that can cook while we’re having dinner and cleaning up the dishes afterwards.  Here it is!

 Check out more Dessert Recipes here!

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Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies Recipe

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies Recipe

Jamie here! My very favorite cookie in all the world is a no-bake cookie.  It’s probably because my very favorite candy in all the world is peanut butter fudge.  And when nothing else can fill that empty void in my heart like peanut butter fudge – it’s time to whip up a batch of no bake cookies.  Traditional no-bake cookies have cocoa in them as well, but if you don’t like all the chocolate getting in the way of your peanut butter love affair – these are the ticket :)

Now keep in mind, these are probably NOT the cookies you make for your child’s classroom party – all that peanut butter is going to give some poor allergic child serious troubles.  These are a super-secret-gobble-them-up-at-home indulgence just for you and your inner circle ;)

Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups White Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Sticks Butter or Margarine
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 Cups Peanut Butter (Smooth or Chunky)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 1/2 Cups Quick Oats

Directions:

  1. Cook the sugar, butter and milk in a saucepan on medium heat until you’ve brought it to a rolling boil, stirring constantly.
  2. Once it reaches a rolling boil – cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly (NO MORE!)
  3. Remove from heat and mix in the peanut butter and vanilla until fully incorporated.
  4. Stir in quick oats a little at a time.
  5. Continue to stir gently until the mixture has cooled a bit and is thicker.
  6. Drop onto wax paper to cool completely and harden.

COOKIE TROUBLESHOOTING: No matter how many times I’ve made these and know exactly what I’m doing – no bake cookies sometimes turn out too soft.  When that happens – hide them from the kids until they dry out and firm up a little.  Then place on a cooling rack so the bottoms can do the same.

Do NOT do what my mom did when I was a kid and stick them in the freezer until they’re hard enough to hold in your hand. (And possibly dislodge a filling)

Or what the heck – if you’re in a hurry you can do that too.  They taste pretty great no matter what little glitches happen :)

 

Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies Recipe

Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups White Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Sticks Butter or Margarine
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 Cups Peanut Butter (Smooth or Chunky)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 1/2 Cups Quick Oats

Instructions

  1. Cook the sugar, butter and milk in a saucepan on medium heat until you've brought it to a rolling boil, stirring constantly.
  2. Once it reaches a rolling boil - cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly (NO MORE!)
  3. Remove from heat and mix in the peanut butter and vanilla until fully incorporated.
  4. Stir in quick oats a little at a time.
  5. Continue to stir gently until the mixture has cooled a bit and is thicker.
  6. Drop onto wax paper to cool completely and harden.
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 Still craving more Peanut Butter Recipes??

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If you’re avoiding processed foods, you also may want to check out Kasey’s super-popular Homemade Natural Peanut Butter Recipe!

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And encourage the kids to eat their fruit with this scrumptious recipe for an Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter After School Surprise Dip

Leftover Halloween Candy Recipes

 

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I don’t know about you, but our neighborhood was sadly lacking in trick or treaters this year.  I have about 4 bags of leftover candy  (yikes!) and I’m too weak-willed to have it around for long.  Here are some leftover Halloween candy recipes to use up that stash in a creative way!

 

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Oreo Turkey Cookies

Save your candy corn, whoppers and peanut butter cups – you’ll want to use it on these cute Turkeys for Thanksgiving!

Candy Cookie Cake

Have a birthday coming up?  Bake up a cookie cake and instead of chocolate chips, chop up lots of chocolate candy, throw in m&m’s and whoppers, and make it a super treat!  Here’s how to make a cookie cake. (Refrigerated cookie dough makes it crazy simple!)

 

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Rice Krispie Pumpkins for Thanksgiving 

Save up those tootsie rolls!  Pumpkins are NOT just for Halloween – make these easy Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins for the kids on Thanksgiving, because not everyone likes (or due to certain allergies can eat!) pie :)

Ice Cream Sundae Toppings

Announce a special ice cream sundae night with all kinds of candy toppings (make it a celebration of good grades, or just no reason at all)

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Cake Mix Cookie Bars

Bake up these easy cake mix cookie bars and sprinkle liberally with candy.   Great for a class treat!

Pinata Party

Another way to get rid of the candy is to make a pinata and fill it with your Halloween surplus.  Then throw a little party!  Find out how to make a pinata for cinco de mayo here!

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Fall Candy Popcorn

Plan ahead for a family movie night and get some Fall Candy Popcorn ready to roll out.

Thanksgiving Candy Bark

Just like the Easter Candy Bark we made here – you can easily buy colored candy melts in Fall colors and add candy to make Fall Candy Bark.

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Frugal Christmas Gift: Cookie Mix in a Jar

Put aside the chocolate or m&m’s for later and when it gets closer to Christmas you can make up this Frugal Christmas Gift of Cookie Mix in a Jar as teacher or coworker gifts!

Save for Gingerbread Houses

Lots of the candy will keep until December – so save it to decorate your Gingerbread cottage!

Freeze for Later

Don’t have any pressing reasons to bake?  Just freeze your candy and it’ll save until a rainy day when  you’re in a baking mood.

NOTE: During the freezing process, the paraffin wax in the chocolate sometimes separates from the chocolate a little, which is what causes it to look white when you open it.  As long as you’re cooking with it it won’t matter, but if you’re gifting the candy it’s not going to look pretty.

 

 

Do you have any creative uses for your leftover Halloween candy?  We’d love to hear them!

12 FALL Treat Ideas!

Have a Halloween party to bake for this week?  

We’ve posted some of our favorite Fall treat ideas and recipes over the last few weeks – here they are all in one place!
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  1. Pumpkin Cake Balls
  2. Scarecrow Crunch
  3. How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds in Oven
  4. Candy Corn Cookies
  5. Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins
  6. Cream Cheese Pumpkin Dip 
  7. Boo Brownie Cupcakes Recipe
  8. Oreo Turkey Cookies
  9. Easy Kentucky Derby Pie Recipe (this is my family’s official Holiday pie)
  10. Witches Hats Halloween Cookies
  11. Turkey Jar Pretzels
  12. Carrot Cake Blondies Recipe

Check out lots more Dessert Recipes here!

Homemade Fall Candy & Popcorn Recipe

Kasey here, earlier this week my friend, Barbie, posted a pic of this amazing candy and popcorn that she and her husband made together. It was chock full of candy yumminess and I had to get the recipe!  It’s a family recipe that she has been making for years. In fact, she said her great aunt Glo taught her how to make it when she was just little in her kitchen at the beauty shop while her Grandma had her hair done. I love recipes like this, it’s such a great way to create memories that last a lifetime with your children. This is a perfect recipe to make with the kids, you can actually add any kind of candy you want (think left over Halloween candy). I have included Barbie’s instructions below.
  • First, I prep the candy I am going to put on top of the popcorn. I picked the blue M&M’s out of a couple bags of M&M’s and let the kids eat them while I crushed oreo cookies with a rolling pin in a gallon bag. I added candy corn as well.
  • Then, I popped popcorn. I use an air pop popcorn popper. If you don’t have an air popper you can pop popcorn in a paper bag in your microwave. It’s so easy and works great (how to here). Just be sure you pick out the kernels that didn’t pop either way. (I have heard of using regular microwave popcorn, but I’ve never tried it. I don’t know if the oils would cause an issue with the almond bark.
  • I think a pound of almond bark will cover about 15 quarts of popped popcorn. While it’s melting I cover a counter or my table with wax paper.
  • Once it’s melted I spoon it onto the popcorn and stir from the bottom up, adding more as I go. Once the popcorn is covered spread it out on the wax paper. Working quickly sprinkle the candy over the top and let the it sit until the it’s no longer tacky. It doesn’t take long, approx 20 minutes.
  • This is where my pictures stops, but this is really important. Melt some candy melts in a bag in the microwave, 15 seconds at a time on 50% power. Once it’s melted drizzle the candy melts over the top. It’s the glue that holds it all together. Let that sit up, break it up and turn it over and sprinkle with more candy and drizzle with candy melts again.
I love this pic of her precious babies waiting patiently for a bite. Do you have any family traditions that involve recipes that have been passed down to you? Making memories with our families is such a treasure. I personally hope my kids always remember us working in the kitchen together, creating our family’s favorite recipes.