These sweet, moist pumpkin butterscotch cookies cookies are an autumn treat. Get Alison Needham's great recipe here.
Bread pudding is such a wonderful comfort food, and when pumpkin is added to the mix, it's pure decadence. This recipe is rich and delicious, but simple enough to put together that the kids can help, too.
Usually, it's the frosting that makes a cake, and this one is no exception. The moist and spicy cake is absolutely delicious on its own, but it's the cinnamon-laced brown sugar frosting that brings it right over the top. Little fingers can't help but sample the caramel goodness, so you may want to double the frosting recipe…just to be sure you have plenty to spare.
These great muffins are quite possibly my kids' favorite breakfast treat, and we make them often, especially during the colder months. Topped with sugar and spice, their tender crumb is not unlike a moist and wonderful cupcake, but the secret addition walnuts in the topping and whole wheat flour in the muffin adds some extra nutritional value too.
The promise of freshly baked goodness will surely draw those sleepy heads out of bed and into the kitchen, especially once they catch a whiff. Because you make the dough the night before and allow it to rise slowly in the fridge overnight, in the morning, all you have to do is pop them in the oven. Though many are intimidated by making yeast dough, you'll find that this one is soft and yielding and so easy to handle. I enjoy the work of kneading dough by hand, but if you don't have the time or inclination, the "dough" setting on your bread machine will work just fine, as will a dough hook attachment on a stand mixer.
Mini-muffins make a good midday snack — loaded with fiber, they help kids feel full, which just may keep them away from the junk food. Sweet potatoes lend rich flavor to these baked treats.
Fruit and grain bars are great for snacks, but they can be quite pricey. At 15 cents per bar, this homemade version is a substantial savings over the store-bought kind.
Everybody loves apple pie, but it's not so easy to pack for a lunch. These little handheld pies are the perfect dessert for a portable meal.
Whether you eat them for breakfast or dinner, these are the only blueberry muffins you should make from now on.
If you've mashed your sweet potatoes with, say, bacon and chipotles, skip this recipe (and invite me over). But sweet potatoes made with butter, maple syrup, or even marshmallows will work beautifully in this, as will any type of sweet cranberry sauce.