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Cranberry Bliss Cookies

‘Tis the season for cool mornings, warm coffee, and one of my other winter favorites — Cranberry Bliss season at Starbucks!

If any of you have ever tried their heavenly cranberry bliss bars laced with white chocolate and cranberries, you know the reason why these treats fly off the pastry shelves each day. So for my fall baking season this year, I decided to experiment and try translating this favorite into a cookie. Hence the name, “Cranberry Bliss Cookies”!

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No Bake Caramel Apple Cheesecakes

Holiday baking season seems to have officially arrived. But for the days (or holidays) when you may not have time to bake the day away, I’m a big fan of no-bake cheesecakes. Especially these no-bake caramel apple cheesecakes!

These little guys are all of the goodness of caramel apples “no-baked” into fluffy, creamy individual cheesecakes that everyone will love! The crust is a buttery pecan mixture (or you can go nut-free with graham crackers). Then the filling is a smooth creamy cheesy mixture made with applesauce. And of course, I like to add a little extra whipped cream and caramel on top. So good! And much easier to eat than a caramel apple. ;)

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Spiced Butternut Squash Cupcakes w/ Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

What to do with leftover butternut squash?

Why, make cupcakes of course!

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Truffles

So, I know there are about a zillion (ok, Google tells me 2,800,000) recipes out there for pumpkin truffles.

But I really, really felt like making some pumpkin cream cheese truffles this week.

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Creamy Caramel Apple Dippers

‘Tis the season for babies, apparently! I have so many friends right now who are expecting little ones, and spent the evening last night with a close friend who just delivered two days ago. So fun!

Today I’m excited to also be celebrating one of my blogging friends who is expecting — Jen from My Kitchen Addiction! Jen’s site was actually one of the first food blogs that I began reading years ago, and it has been amazing to follow along as she has built her beautiful blog (also including her awesome Kitchen Bootcamp series) and shared her life with us along the way. Jen is also one of those bloggers who is a tremendous encourager, and her kind words have meant a lot over the years.

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Mini Cheesecakes

Earlier this week, I hosted a little birthday gathering for a beautiful friend who recently moved to England but is back home (yay for us!) for a few weeks. And when I asked her what might “happen” to be one of her favorite desserts, she responded that she always loves cheesecakes, but then also really loves peanut butter and chocolate. So I decided to bring together the best of both worlds and make these Reese’s mini cheesecakes!

It was also a chance to use a new little kitchen purchase that I finally caved in to buy – this mini cheesecake pan. Sure, you can make little cheesecakes in mini baking cups, but I had long admired the sleek vertical lines of this pan, so may have squealed in delight just a tad when I finally purchased one of my own.

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Cinnamon Bun Pie Pockets

Move over cinnamon rolls! There’s a fabulous, new breakfast treat in my kitchen!!!

Meet…….these adorable cinnamon bun pie pockets. :) The name pretty much describes them. All of the cinnamon-sugar-and-cream-cheese goodness of cinnamon rolls, tucked in between some delicious (pre-made!) pie crusts, and then drizzled with a little extra glaze…DE-LISH!

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Bailey’s Chocolate Cheesecake

In honor of St. Patty’s Day next week, I’m stoked to introduce…..my favorite cheesecake!!!

Oh yes. This Bailey’s chocolate goodness has long been the go-to cheesecake recipe in my kitchen, partly because it’s (truly) so simple and foolproof to make, and partly because it’s…um…AMAZING! By now, I think nearly all of my friends and family have tried this recipe at one point, and it always receives stellar reviews.

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