Easy Pumpkin Bar Recipe


You know the fancy pumpkin roll that looks like only a baker could make it? Did you know you can make them in a pan?! Well, you can.

This is a super easy and standard Pumpkin Bar Recipe what anyone can make. My kids made this last night with me and I really didn’t do anything but supervise. Because I am good at that, oh, and did the dishes of course. For some reason everyone skedaddles when the dishes are up.

The colors are wonky on my picture because I used Instagram, but that is the only photo I got as they were all gone before I could get a good picture.

Just some advice…. Make something with Pumpkin this week. It will make you happy. I promise. Something about the fall and pumpkin makes you smile. :)

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Nutter Butter Halloween Ghost – Instructions and Recipe ( $1.15 each bag decorated!)


Nutter Butter Halloween ghosts are a long tradition in our home. I remember my Mom making these when I was a teenager.

They are really easy, inexpensive and the kids can help do everything!

You will need Nutter Butters ( $3.47) Almond Bark ($2.98) and either Mini Morsels ($2.28) for the eyes or Mini Reeses Pieces ($1.98).

Chop up the Almond bark and melt in a double boiler or in the microwave. I don’t have a double boiler and so I do mine in a sauce pan.

You have to do this on the LOWEST heat possible and it will take a good 10 minutes to start melting good, but any higher heat and you will ruin the chocolate.

In the mean time, try and keep the kids out of the cookies!

Once the chocolate is smooth and all melted you are going to start dipping the cookies. I remove it from the heat because I let the kids do this. Every now and then you have to stick the pan back on to keep it melted.

Dip each cookie about 2/3 the way in. Shake them a little to get the excess off and sometimes I dip them a second time.

If you have any candy left…

This is where I grab kids and they can help either dip cookies or stick the eyes on.

We did one ghost with mini chocolate chip cookies and one with mini Reeses Pieces. Then we voted. The mini Reese pieces won because they were a little bigger.

After dipping, place them on wax paper, parchment paper or a surface where they won’t stick. You can make the chocolate harden faster by sticking them in the freezer or fridge, but I just let mine harden for about an hour on the counter.

Then you can place them in little gift baggies or boxes and give them away!

I used clear plastic gift bags ($1.99) from Walmart, ribbon from Dollar Tree ($1) and pumpkin and cat cut outs ($1.50 for 12)  from Targets Dollar Spot.

Total cost for 3 cookies in a bag with decoration: $1.15

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Every time my Mother in Law comes to visit, she makes Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins. I prefer them with raisins but the kids usually freak out and ask why we wasted muffins by adding raisins!

The same goes with the nuts. Add ‘em or not, you will still have some awesome muffins!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffinsrecipe

We always make a few different sizes. Regular muffins and always some mini muffins so you don’t feel as bad eating 12 of them as compared to 6 of the bigger muffins :)

Pumpkin muffins with cream cheese

Now, you can ALWAYS frost with some cream cheese frosting, or even just drizzle some over the top. But what separates the professionals from the amateurs, is breaking a HOT muffin open and spreading some cream cheese on it and eating it right away!

I would know these things. I am a total muffin professional.

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Mini Pumpkin Pies

Mini Pumpkin Pies Recipe

I am completely obsessed with Mini Pumpkin Pies. I think it is really just mini stuff in general, but the pumpkin pies are so darling this time of year I am in love!

You might remember this summer the Mini Cherry Pies and the Mini Quiche the girls and I made, well same idea, just different filling!

Pumpkin Pies in Muffin Tin

The Mini Cherry Pies post has a long tutorial on how to cut out the pie dough and bake them, I will spare you the details again. Just cut out the pre-made pie crust with a large cup and press them in a muffin tin.

Make your pumpkin pie filling following the recipe on the Libby’s can. Fill each cup about 3/4 the way full.

Mini Pumpkin Pie 2

I did 3 different kinds of toppings, well 2 at least and left one like a traditional pumpkin pie.

Topping#1 – Like the cherry pies I made a lattice out of dough. These take longer but I think they are the cutest!

Topping #2 – I added a streusel topping from soft butter, oatmeal, brown sugar and flour plus a little bit of cinnamon.

Topping #3 – :) No topping just traditional pumpkin pie.

Bake them for about 20 minutes or until the center is firm and let cool. Remove from the muffin tins and serve. Obviously cool whip and ice cream go perfectly.

I think the thing about the mini versions is that you love that they seem personalized even if they really aren’t. How many times have you wanted to eat an entire pie?? Well you can now!

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Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe {Skinny Version & Kids Version}

Pumpkin Smoothie Skinny Recipe

I wanted to share again the Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe that the kids and I have made in the past. I made mine a skinnier version then theirs as they had ice cream and regular milk, it was more like a shake! Actually, who am I fooling, it was totally a shake!

But mine I tried to do a little more low calorie and it was still delicious!

Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe

In mine, I used light cream cheese, Agave Nectar, Vanilla Almond Milk, cinnamon, ice, and of course pumpkin.

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Blended it all together until it was frothy and the ice was all blended up!

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Easy Pumpkin Roll Recipe

Easy Pumpkin Roll Recipe

I made dessert last night and it was such an Easy Pumpkin Roll Recipe, I wanted to share it with you! I have made this maybe 10 times since I have been married and each time it has turned out perfectly.

I have heard friends mention that they are scared to make them and I wanted to show you how easy it was, and how pretty they are when they are done. Not to mention that they taste AMAZING!

Pumpkin Rolls

First, make the cake according to directions. Bake for the correct time and make sure to not let it get too done. Mine was a little on the brown side. But didn’t seem to affect the taste at all.

* One tip is that you HAVE to use a jelly roll pan.I just don’t think you will get the same results from a 9×13 or something with high sides. It is a thin cake, and the jelly roll pan is perfect. This is the one I have and I love it! I also use it for cookies and a ton of other things!

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Once the pumpkin roll comes out of the oven, let it cool just a little and then you will take a thin tea towel and cover it with powdered sugar.

Tale a knife and run it around the cake and make sure it isn’t sticking. Then you will take the entire pan and flip it over onto the towel. I gently shake it and peek under to make sure it is loosening up and falling out in one piece onto the tea towel.

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Now you are actually going to start slowly and roll up the cake. Weird, I know. But it works.

pumpkin roll tea towel

Once you have rolled it all the way up, you are going to let it cool just like this for about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Pumpkin roll filling

Once it is completely cool and has sat for a while, during this time make the filling. You will carefully unroll the cake.

Frost the cake, staying about 1/2 inch from the edges. Some will squeeze out when you roll it back up so you can leave a little space.

After you have frosted the layer. Roll it up again very carefully and tightly. Then you are done! Cut off the ends to make it look pretty, and keep in the fridge. You made a beautiful dessert!

Easy Pumpkin Roll Recipe

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Smoothie Recipes – Berry Nutella Smoothies

Smoothie Recipes are great for breakfast, dessert, or even to replace a meal.  Berry Nutella Smoothies are so delicious!  While Nutella isn’t necessarily a health food, the berries and bananas are really good for you so you won’t feel guilty about enjoying this yummy beverage!  You could substitute peanut butter or any other nut butter if you’d like.

Berry Nutella Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups frozen mixed berries
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup dairy free milk (we like rice milk)
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • additional Nutella for topping

Instructions:

Place frozen berries, frozen bananas, milk, and 1 cup of Nutella into your blender.

Blend on medium/high until mixture becomes smooth.

Divide smoothie mixture into mason jars.

Top smoothies with a small amount of Nutella.  I used a piping bag with an extra large star tip to make it pretty.

Serve!

Smoothie Recipes - Berry Nutella Smoothies
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Recipe type: Breakfast
 
Berry Nutella Smoothies are great for breakfast or dessert
Ingredients
  • 2 cups frozen mixed berries
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup dairy free milk (we like rice milk)
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • additional Nutella for topping
Instructions
  1. Place frozen berries, frozen bananas, milk, and 1 cup of Nutella into your blender.
  2. Blend on medium/high until mixture becomes smooth.
  3. Divide smoothie mixture into mason jars.
  4. Top smoothies with a small amount of Nutella. I used a piping bag with an extra large star tip to make it pretty.
  5. Serve!

This smoothie is sweet and filling.  It would even be a great after school snack, especially on some of these Indian Summer afternoons we’re having.

Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe that uses Nutella or a nut butter?

 

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Eggless Cookie Dough – Chocolate Chip

Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookie dough before it’s baked?  It’s really no small miracle that one of us at my house hasn’t gotten sick from sneaking a little bit (okay, a lot) of dough when making cookies so this Eggless Cookie Dough recipe is something I’m really pretty excited about.

It’s really easy to make and the fact that there is no egg in this cookie dough means you can eat as much as you want and not get sick.  Well…maybe not as much as you want but you can certainly eat it in moderation and not worry!  It doesn’t have to be baked to be safe and it’s just as good as the real thing!

Eggless Cookie Dough

Eggless Cookie Dough – Chocolate Chip

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2/3 cup Flour
  • 1/4 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 4 tbsp softened Butter
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla

edible cookie dough ingredientsDIRECTIONS:

Heat flour in microwave for 2 minutes (internal temp 160).

Mix together brown sugar, butter, vanilla and salt until well mixed.

Add in milk and gradually add flour until desired dough consistensy is reached.

Stir in chocolate chips.

You can serve this right away soft, serve it chilled from the refrigerator, or frozen.  It’s delicious!

Eggless Cookie Dough - Chocolate Chip
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
 
Eggless Cookie Dough - Chocolate Chip
Ingredients
  • • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • • ⅔ cup Flour
  • • ¼ cup Chocolate Chips
  • • 4 tbsp softened Butter
  • • 2 tbsp Milk
  • • ¼ tsp Salt
  • • ¼ tsp Vanilla
Instructions
  1. Heat flour in microwave for 2 minutes (internal temp 160).
  2. Mix together brown sugar, butter, vanilla and salt until well mixed.
  3. Add in milk and gradually add flour until desired dough consistensy is reached.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Serve warm, chilled from the refrigerator, or frozen!

Are you guilty of eating the cookie dough before it’s baked?  What’s your favorite way to eat cookie dough?

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Lucky Charms Munch Treat Recipe

LuckyCharms cereal Munch treats recipe

My obsession with easy treats for the kids to make for friends and neighbors is continuing!

Again, go through the pantry and see what you have that would make a good mix. We had peanuts that we are adding this time, pretzels, M&M’s and Lucky Charms cereal.

Add them all together with the popped popcorn. Melt the almond bark in the microwave.

Take some wax paper and line a pan or lay it on the counter, you just need somewhere to spread the mix out on while it cools.

For this recipe you need:

  • 3/4 block white chocolate
  • 2 cups M&M
  • 2 cups Lucky Charms Cereal
  • 2 cups pretzels
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 8 cups popped corn
I always use air popped, but I am sure you could use plain microwave as well. Pop popcorn and melt white chocolate in the microwave. When melted pour over popcorn and use a big spatula to mix all together quickly. Add M&M’s and other topping while the white chocolate has not started setting up. Fold all together.

The kids wrapped some bags up for the neighbors. They ate the rest! I know we will have to be making some more this week!

 

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Copy Cat Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuit Recipe

If you like Red Lobsters Cheddar Bay Biscuits, you will love these copy cat Cheddar Garlic Biscuits! I have played around with the recipe on this for a while. They are a HUGE hit in our house no matter the combination!

Give them a try while you have company this week and be the hero! Make sure to make a double batch!

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