Chocolate Witch’s Cauldron Cupcakes

chocolate witch's cauldron cupcakes with brownie cauldrons and salted caramel - www.yummycrumble.comWickedly delicious chocolate cupcakes frosted with vibrant green and orange vanilla buttercream frosting and topped with a miniature brownie cauldron bubbling over with salted buttery caramel.  These Chocolate Witch’s Cauldron Cupcakes are the perfect ghoulish treat for little goblins and witches this Halloween!

chocolate witch's cauldron cupcakes with brownie cauldrons and salted caramel - www.yummycrumble.comI’m gonna go ahead and say it.  Everybody says it.  You hear it said by everyone everywhere.

“Christmas decorations in the stores already?!”

The only thing is…I’m totally okay with it and super excited about it.  Hey, I start listening to Christmas tunes when August comes around.  I’m the last person you should be complaining to about the commercialization of Christmas.  Sorry Linus from Charlie Brown, but I’m the gal with my Christmas tree up and decorated before you can finish saying Happy Thanksgiving!  That being said, this is my last spooky cupcake post!  Bring on the cinnamon, cloves, apples, and all things jolly!

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies

Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies with Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting - www.yummycrumble.comDark chocolate mocha brownies topped with creamy pumpkin buttercream frosting and sweet whipped cream.  The Pumpkin Spiced Latte just met it’s match…Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies!  

Say what you want about Starbucks and their “stale” coffee.  Yes, I’m talking to coffee snobs everywhere!  You have to admit they know the way to every white girl’s heart during Fall.  I’m more of a classic Mocha girl myself, but I love the first sight of their magical chalkboard sign exclaiming, “The Pumpkin Spice Latte is here!”  It lets me know that Fall has officially arrived.  I’ve taken one of my favorite Starbucks drinks and made them into brownies!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies with Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting - www.yummycrumble.comI’ve only made a few pumpkin desserts so far but I’ve got so many more planned for this season.  It’s safe to say, I’m in love with pumpkin.  First came my Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cupcakes and then these crazy delicious guys.  These Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies were incredibly easy.  How?  I used my favorite boxed brownie mix.

Eeeek! Yes, you can make brownie mix taste like it’s from scratch.  I promise.

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Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies

Caramel Pumpkin cheesecake brownies www.yummycrumble.comDark chocolate brownies swirled with spiced pumpkin cheesecake and thick buttery caramel.  The only thing better than a Pumpkin Spiced Latte are these Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies!

Brownies are hands down one of my most favorite desserts ever, so I adore mashing them with different flavors.  I always make these Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies in the Fall, because well, they’re pretty amazing.  There are lots of pumpkin cheesecake brownie recipes floating around on the internet and I’ve found this one to be my favorite.  I adapted it a teensy bit from Bake at 350, and the results were truly scrumptious.

Caramel Pumpkin cheesecake brownies www.yummycrumble.comI just poured the dark chocolate brownie batter on the bottom of the pan, then layered the pumpkin cheesecake batter on top.  Lastly, I plopped big gooey spoonfuls of brownie batter and thick caramel on top and swirled with a thin knife.  Pretty simple, if you don’t run into the problem of licking too much brownie batter off the spoon and your left with minimal “plops”.  So lick sparingly!

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Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies
 
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Ingredients
Pumpkin Cheesecake Layer
  • 2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ cup vanilla greek yogurt
  • 2 beaten eggs
Brownie Layer
  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter melted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Tbs vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbs cooled espresso or your favorite coffee
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Grease a 9 x 13 pan and set aside.
Pumpkin Cheesecake layer:
  1. With an electric mixer, beat the softened cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Beat in the pumpkin, sugar, spices, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth.
  3. Mix in eggs and yogurt on low.
Brownie Layer
  1. Microwave butter or in a saucepan on low heat, melt the unsalted butter. Pour into large bowl when cooled.
  2. Add sugar and whisk until smooth and shiny
  3. Next whisk in cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, vanilla extract, and coffee.
  4. Whisk in eggs until fully incorporated.
  5. Mix in flour until smooth.
Assembly
  1. Pour ¾ of brownie batter into greased pan.
  2. Pour Pumpkin Cheesecake batter on top and smooth out with a spatula.
  3. Using a spoon or cookie scoop, dump dollops of brownie batter onto pumpkin cheesecake batter.
  4. Pour melted caramels in lines around brownie drops.
  5. Using a thin knife swirl the batters and caramel into a pretty pattern.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes or until cheesecake sets.
  7. Let completely cool in refrigerator before cutting.
Notes
Adapted from Bake at 350.

Caramel Pumpkin cheesecake brownies www.yummycrumble.comJust had a thought.  I mentioned these were the only thing better than a Spiced Pumpkin Latte…What if you munched on these WHILE drinking a Spiced Pumpkin Latte.  Oh my Lord.

More Pumpkin and Fall Goodies:

Pecan Pie Pumpkin Cupcakes filled with Pecan Pie Filling and topped with Cream Cheese Frosting - www.yummycrumble.comPecan Pie Pumpkin Cupcakes

Chocolate Pecan Pie Pumpkin Blondie BarsChocolate Pecan Pie Pumpkin Blondie Bars

Salted Caramel Apple Cider Blondies - Yummycrumble.comSalted Caramel Apple Cider Blondies

Biscoff Blondie Brownies

Biscoff-Blondie-BrowniesOh Biscoff Cookie Butter.  What have you done to me?  I’ts only mid January and you’ve caused me to sway from my weight loss resolution.  Sigh…  You’re like eating Christmas.

 If you haven’t tasted this stuff, it rocks.   The moment I tasted it for the first time, I knew it was the beginning of a long friendship.  These Biscoff Blondie Brownies are my first experiment recipe with Biscoff butter.  The first layer is a really dark chocolate brownie, and the second layer is a chewy chocolate chip and walnut blondie (with Biscoff mixed right into the batter of course) and the top is drizzled with melted dark chocolate and Biscoff.  Pretty sinful, huh?   This recipe can be tweaked a little for the health conscious, but let’s be honest.  You committed to the dark side when you decided to make these evil little goodies.

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Biscoff Blondie Brownies

Ingredients

  • Brownie Layer
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup flour
  • Blondie Layer
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Biscoff Spread
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and grease an 8x8 baking pan with cooking spray or butter.
  2. For the brownie batter cream the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Mix in cocoa powder and salt. Mix in eggs and vanilla until incorporated. Mix in flour until fully incorporated. The batter will be very thick. Spread on bottom of pan.
  3. For the blondie batter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat melt the coconut butter, biscoff and brown sugar until smooth. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. In a small mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Pour biscoff mixture in another bowl and mix in egg and vanilla extract until just blended. Add dry ingredients. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts. Batter will be very thick. Spread on top of brownie batter.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  5. Once baked and cooled drizzle melted chocolate then melted biscoff on top.
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Brownie layer from Creme de la Crumb and Blondies adapted from The Traveling Spoon.

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Straight out of the oven these are out of this world.  They are so dense and rich you better grab some milk.  They last quite a while since they’re so intense, unless you decide to share.  Then they will most likely disappear.

So do yourself a favor and make these now.

 I promise they will knock your socks off and all your co-workers socks off.  And your dog’s socks.

More Biscoffy goodness:

biscoff magic cookie bars with a biscoff cookie crust, biscoff condensed milk, chocolate chipc, walnuts and coconut - www.yummycrumble.comBiscoff Magic Cookie Bars

Bisoff Apple Spice Cake Cheesecake with cinnamon whipped cream and chopped walnuts and Biscoff cookies - www.yummycrumble.comBiscoff Apple Spice Cake Cheesecake

Star Wars Sarlacc Caramel Bundt Cake dusted with Biscoff Cookie Crumbs and drizzled with Salted Caramel Sauce - www.yummycrumble.comStar Wars Sarlacc Bundt Cake

Peppermint Brownie Cookie Sandwiches

peppermint brownie cookie sandwiches

Christmas is almost here!  My family lives in Orlando, Florida and the temperature in December barely dips below 75 degrees.  We hardly get to wear our scarves or bundle up in warm coats. Once in a while Florida will hit a mild cold front and so we indulge in hot cocoa. It’s the only way for it to “feel” like Christmas. Since beautifully cold winter weather is a rarity in my case, a hot beverage usually is not very comforting.  Today’s forecast was a high of 84!  Really?! Sigh…

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So instead of sweating while I insist on drinking my favorite hot cocoa, I made it into a cookie sandwich.  A brownie cookie sandwich to be exact.  These peppermint brownie cookie sandwiches are amazing and if you’re planning on indulging in one or a few, a tall glass of milk is a must.  The dark chocolate brownie cookies are perfectly rich and chewy.  Imagine the fudgy part of the brownie with a light crisp layer on top.  They are stuffed with a light marshmallow fluff frosting then rolled in crushed peppermint candies.  Who needs winter?  This recipe makes 12 peppermint brownie cookie sandwiches.

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Brownie Cookie Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • Brownie Cookies
  • 1 cup chopped dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Marshmallow Frosting
  • 1 7oz jar of marshmallow fluff
  • 2 sticks of softened butter
  • 3/4 cup - 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a medium saucepan melt the chopped chocolate and unsalted butter over low heat until fully melted and combined.
  3. Whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract in a separate bowl.
  4. Add the melted chocolate, flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder mixing until well blended.
  5. Refrigerate dough for about 20 minutes (so its firm enough to scoop or form into balls).
  6. Spoon the dough onto a lined baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes or until the tops start to make that brownie crackle.
  7. While the cookies cool beat together the jar of marshmallow fluff and softened butter until fluffy.
  8. Begin to add the powdered sugar 1/4 cup at a time tasting as you go to see if its sweetened to your liking.
  9. Mix in vanilla at the end.
  10. Assemble sandwiches by piping frosting on the back of one cookie then sandwiching them together.
  11. Lastly roll assembled sandwiches in the crushed peppermint.
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Recipe adapted from Donna Hay

These turned out fantastic!  One of my favorite flavor combinations is dark chocolate and peppermint and if your’e like me these are not gonna last.  They are crazy good!

Some more holiday treats:

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Brownies - www.yummycrumble.comPeppermint Hot Cocoa Brownies

peppermint jawa brownies - www.yummycrumble.comPeppermint Jawa Brownies

Magic Cookie Bar Cupcakes - www.yummycrumble.comMagic Cookie Bar Cupcakes

Caramel white hot chocolate cookies with toasted marshmallow and gooey salted caramel - www.yummycrumble.comCaramel White Hot Chocolate Cookies

Sweet potato pie baklava with toasted marshmallow topping and sweet cinnamon honey syrup - www.yummycrumble.comSweet Potato Pie Baklava

Pumpkin Spice Latte Brownies with Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting - www.yummycrumble.comPumpkin Spice Latte Brownies

Baklava honey cupcakes with mascarpone whipped frosting and topped with a slice of baklava, pistachios, and honey drizzle - www.yummycrumble.comBaklava Cupcakes

biscoff magic cookie bars with a biscoff cookie crust, biscoff condensed milk, chocolate chipc, walnuts and coconut - www.yummycrumble.comBiscoff Magic Cookie Bars