Soft and chewy apple spice oatmeal cookies sandwiched with brown sugar and cinnamon buttercream frosting and drizzled with salted caramel. Think of the perfect caramel apple pie you can eat with your hands!
It’s cookie swap time people! I’ve only been to one cookie swap party which was back home in the states. I really wish I had participated in more because now that I’m living overseas in Dubai I haven’t heard of anybody doing that sort of thing. I think they’re too beautiful and fit to be swapping dangerous and decadent cookies between one another. I’ve done a cookie swap through the mail before, so I thought that would work until I remembered it costs about 75.00 to ship a box to the U.A.E. Whoever gets stuck with me would probably sneeze all over my cookies.
I haven’t hit the peppermint craziness yet. I’ve still got apples and pumpkins on the brain. That’s why these Caramel Apple Cookie Sandwiches are perfect for a cookie swap party. There’s always someone in the group that’s a little too stubborn to let go of Fall. So while the tables are full of chocolate peppermint meringue cookies and red and green sugar cookies, these cookie sandwiches will be sure to stick out. Plus, salted caramel. I would be grabbing anything with salted caramel drizzle. I used my Apple Pie Cupcakes as inspiration for these cookie sandwiches.
Soft and fluffy spiced apple cupcakes topped with brown sugar buttercream and tart apple pie filling. It’s America’s favorite pie turned into perfect holiday cupcakes.
Today the weather in Dubai has finally hit the perfect temperature! It has been so beautiful lately and taking a walk doesn’t render you useless for the rest of the day. I usually feel like I need a 3 hour nap after a stroll due to the heat. Not anymore! Oh, and the breeze doesn’t feel like a hot blow dryer. We don’t get those gorgeous red and orange Fall leaves, but we get perfect beach weather. I think that’s a good trade.
A yummy and moist Apple and Sweet Potato Clafoutis with all the flavors of your favorite holiday pies. Full of beautiful spiced apples and sweet potato, its the perfect addition to your morning coffee.
I’m freaking out right now guys. Its only a couple days until October and I have not been able to get my hands on any canned pumpkin. In the land of Dubai where the rose water is flowing and all the spices known to mankind reside, pumpkin puree is very difficult to come by. Don’t they realize that white girls NEED pumpkin?! They have freaking durian fruit. The fruit that smells like hot week old garbage. But no pumpkin yet. So I’ve been using sweet potato in place of pumpkin until I can find some.
A gooey Upside Down Caramel Apple Spice Cake to start the Fall season right. It’s your favorite retro cake with a spicy Autumn apple makeover!
You guys, I’m a little sad. I think it has finally hit me that Dubai will never “feel” like Christmas. If you don’t know, I live and breathe Christmas. Many of my friends and especially my husband know my secret. I break out Ella Fitzgerald’s Swinging Christmas and Dino’s Christmas as soon as July hits. I told you I’m crazy! Well guys, I can say Dubai has finally broken me. It’s September and the sugar plumbs haven’t even crossed my mind. It’s hard to feel cozy about the holidays when the temperatures are steadily hanging in the low 100s. And the sand. It’s everywhere. It’s like living in Tatooine! I think Norman (my kid’s Elf on the Shelf) is probably thinking “Where on Earth have you taken me?!” We are about to have a serious pow wow soon. I need his advice on this one. He is an elf after all.
Amazing thick and chewy peanut butter bars with an apple cinnamon streusal and salted caramel drizzle. If you adore apples smothered in peanut butter, these Apple Peanut Butter Bars with Salted Caramel will be your new best friend.
How can I make a healthy snack of apples and peanut butter into a completely decadent and insanely delicious not so healthy dessert? That may or may not have been my thinking while developing these bars. It’s okay though. I eat these in my gym clothes so that I can run straight to the gym and work off the calories after pigging out. It’s my system and I stand by it. By the way, these Apple Peanut Butter Bars with Salted Caramel are totally worth running those extra miles on the treadmill.
Apple spice cake with Biscoff Cookie Butter mixed right into the batter then swirled with cinnamon and nutmeg spiced cheesecake. Cinnamon whipped cream with chopped walnuts and Biscoff Cookies finish this Biscoff Apple Spice Cake Cheesecake.
I’ve known about Biscoff Cookie Butter for a long time. I think I knew about it the moment I could finally chew solids. Even then I liked to stay informed on all things sweet and diabetic coma worthy. Those things are important! I just never baked with it until I started this blog.
Crispy and nutty Apple Cinnamon Baklava with luscious golden layers of crispy phyllo dough, walnuts, and apples. A honey syrup made with spiced apple cider deliciously drench each layer.
While drudging my way through college in my freshman year, I managed to work two jobs. One was a particularly arrogant clothing store which will remain nameless. I will give you a little hint. It rhymes with Flabbercrombie & Itch. Worst job ever. My other job was a hostess for Acropolis Grill, a little mom and pop Greek restaurant where “Opa!” was shouted every 7.5 minutes. Or just whenever someone had ordered the “Flaming Cheese”, also known as Saganaki. Which was every 7.5 minutes. Very popular dish at the little Acropolis Grill.
Baking baklava has always intimidated me. For the longest time I had this misconception that Baklava was a frighteningly difficult dessert to bake. With all its layers and layers of dough and hearing that “There’s nothing worse than a dry Baklava.”, I figured it wasn’t worth the fuss. Well, thank you Pioneer Woman! She has a fantastic tutorial for Baklava. Let me just say, thank the Gods for frozen phyllo dough. I cannot imagine the time it would take to make some from scratch. My inspiration for Apple Cinnamon Baklava came from Amy Bites. She has a great tutorial as well.
Salted caramel and spiced apple cider mingle together in a golden and chewy brown sugar and walnut blondie. Tart apple slices drenched in salted caramel make the perfect topping for this September treat.
I’ts official. I’m a soccer mom. I knew this day was coming, but man I didn’t expect it to come so soon. Oliver has practice every Thursday night and a game every Saturday. My little CRV is doomed for piles of dirt and grass. Oh, how I loathe thee. It always looks like I was transporting livestock back there. Yeesh. If I haven’t cleaned after practices and games (especially after the rain) I sometimes just avoid turning and looking at the back seat. Thank God for rear view cameras. I haven’t fully transitioned into super mini van mom yet, but I’m super jealous of the new models with built in mini vacuums. That right there is genius.
So since Autumn has started I must confess that I have totally neglected apples. I dove right off the cliff into pumpkins. Glorious pumpkins. Like with these Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cupcakes. I’ts apple season and I completely overlooked it. So before we head into October I wanted to bake something with delicious, beautiful, sweet apples. A nutty and spiced blondie bar topped with tart baked apples was the perfect choice. Oh, and don’t forget the salted apple cider caramel drizzle. I call this baby, Salted Caramel Apple Cider Blondies.