Apple Cinnamon Blondies | Sauteed apples and cinnamon chips star in this delicious Fall recipe! From Bakerita.com

Apple Cinnamon Blondies

Apple Cinnamon Blondies | Sauteed apples and cinnamon chips star in this delicious Fall recipe! From Bakerita.com I’m finally 21.

Which means, among other things, that it’s fall! (Oh, and also that now I can start posting boozy dessert recipes! And drink.)

My birthday, September 16th, always falls within the first few weeks of the school year, and is always my marker of when everything starts feeling a whole lot more like fall. Classes start to get into full swing. The air gets a crisp, chilly edge to it between the sunny days, and the leaves just start to change color around the edges. Then, of course, fall baking starts, and the smells of pumpkin bread, cinnamon, and apple-y desserts dominate the kitchen. It’s a great time, especially for baking.

Apple Cinnamon Blondies | Sauteed apples and cinnamon chips star in this delicious Fall recipe! From Bakerita.com I love apple desserts, and would say that on most days, I’ll tell people that’s my favorite kind of dessert. Apple crisps, crumbles, pies…I looove it. Especially with cinnamon! The two flavors are a match made in heaven. However, because it’s my favorite, I try to make it less, because I’ll totally devour it embarrassingly quickly.

Most of my baking, I have pretty good self-control. Anything to do with apples? Powerless. Enter: Apple Cinnamon Blondies.

I paired my favorite blondie recipe with my favorite fall flavors, and the result was fantastic. The idea started when I found these cinnamon chips. I had never used them before, but had always been intrigued…so I grabbed ‘em and decided they were gonna be made into something delicious with apples.

Apple Cinnamon Blondies | Sauteed apples and cinnamon chips star in this delicious Fall recipe! From Bakerita.com The blondies are the perfect vessel for the chunks of apple, which are sautéed in a tiny bit of butter and brown sugar. They stay just firm enough, and the blondies stay gooey and soft on the insides. The edges are chewy and caramelized, and the cinnamon chips leave swirls of cinnamon goodness veining through the blondies.

They are the epitome of fall.

(And they make your house smell awesome!)

If you’re like me and love apples, you’ll be in heaven. Enjoy!

Apple Cinnamon Blondies | Sauteed apples and cinnamon chips star in this delicious Fall recipe! From Bakerita.com

Apple Cinnamon Blondies

Yield: 16 bars

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 medium apple, diced into 1/4” chunks (peeled if desired, I didn’t)
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-by-8-inch pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper and spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a small skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Add 2 tablespoons brown sugar and cut apples. Stir to combine. Let simmer together on low heat for about 5 minutes, until apples are slightly softened. Set aside to cool while you prepare blondie batter.
  3. Melt 1/2 cup butter in the microwave. Combine remaining brown sugar and melted butter in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add the egg, vanilla, and whisk to combine. Add the flour, salt, and stir until just combined, taking care not to over-mix. Fold in the cinnamon chips and apples. Pour batter into prepared pan, smoothing it lightly with a spatula or offset knife.
  4. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the bars are set. The edges will be slightly pulling away from sides of pan. Allow bars to cool for at least 2 hours before slicing and serving into 16 squares. I like to refrigerate them before cutting to make them easier to cut. Bars can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by ZipList Recipe Plugin
http://www.bakerita.com/apple-cinnamon-blondies/

 

Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies | Recipe from Bakerita.com

Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies | Recipe from Bakerita.com

Today, we’re talkin’ about one of my favorite subjects: peanut buttaaaahhh!!!

Sorry that was obnoxious. But I’m just so excited about peanut butter (as I usually am) and all the delicious flavors and these cookies.

Because these cookies, you guys, were awesome.

Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies | Recipe from Bakerita.com

I have an odd, confusing confession: I obviously love peanut butter, but peanut butter cookies have never been my favorite. In fact, I pass them up in favor of most cookies, and usually won’t eat one when it’s offered to me. BUT, these cookies, I couldn’t stop eating whenever I was in the kitchen.

These cookies are soft, and not too sweet. They have the perfect amount of bite from the oatmeal. The texture is nicely crisp on the outside, but not too far past cookie dough on the insides (!!!!). The raisins (if you’re into them) add a nice burst of sweetness and added chewy texture. And of course, put your hands together for the star of the show: Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter!!

Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies | Recipe from Bakerita.com

Ugh, that peanut butter is simply magical. The kind folks over at Peanut Butter & Co. offered to send me a little PB care package a few months ago and of couuurse I wasn’t going to turn down the opportunity to try a whole bunch of delicious peanut butter (if you questioned that…you clearly don’t know me).

When I got the heavy box in the mail, having totally forgotten about it, I was in total peanut butter heaven. My housemates and I all sat down on the couch with apples and tasted all the different flavors, picking and choosing our favorites.

Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies | Recipe from Bakerita.com

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl is my personal favorite (and definitely a house favorite, if the current state of the jar is any indication). It has actual raisins in it! It’s amazing. The Dark Chocolate Dreams taste’s like a Reese’s. Enough said. And the White Chocolate Dreams…well, you saw how I feel about white chocolate in my last post. I want you all to try them so you can pick your favorites!!

And while I can’t give one to all of you, the guys over at PB&Co. agreed to send one of you THE BIG SIX. It features six of their most delicious flavors (including my fave, and the star of this recipe!).

Enter in the Rafflecopter widget below (sometimes it takes a little while to load). I wish you could all win – good luck! :) Thanks to everyone who entered! We have a winner – congrats Susan!

Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies | Recipe from Bakerita.com

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 sticks (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup PB&Co. Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter (or regular creamy peanut butter)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in peanut butter and vanilla extract. Beat in the egg until well blended.
  2. Combine the oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add into the peanut butter mixture and beat until just combined.
  3. Fold in raisins. Chill cookie dough, covered, at least 2 hours and up to 1 week.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Form rounded tablespoons of dough into balls and arrange about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake cookies in batches in middle of oven for 12 minutes, or until just pale golden. Cool cookies on baking sheet 5 minutes and transfer to racks to cool completely.
Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by ZipList Recipe Plugin
http://www.bakerita.com/cinnamon-raisin-peanut-butter-oatmeal-cookies/

Caramel Apple Crumble (GF) from Bakerita.com

Caramel Apple Crumble (GF)

Caramel Apple Crumble (GF) from Bakerita.com Apple crumble. Oh, man. Apple crumble is possibly my favorite dessert, and for that reason, I don’t make it too often. Most of the dessert I make, I’m able to resist for the most part. I taste, make sure it’s delicious enough to be shared, but I usually try to avoid gorging myself on baked goods because that would be way bad for my health and for my waistline.

Apple crumble, on the other hand, I’m powerless to resist. I just love it. The sweet, spiced apples topped with all that amazing, crunchy, deliciously buttery crumb topping. Everything about it reminds me of fall. Mmm, it’s just the best! [Read more...]

White Chocolate Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies | Bakerita.com

White Chocolate Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

White Chocolate Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies | Bakerita.com I thought that this cookie would turn out pretty standard and simple tasting. You know, oatmeal cookie with some cinnamon and a bit of white chocolate – nothing revolutionary here. BUT. Somehow, the way the dark brown sugar caramelized, combined with a healthy dose of cinnamon and that sweet white chocolate created something AWESOME.

These cookies taste like a chewy, oatmeal-y cinnamon roll. Not exactly like a cinnamon roll (duh, cookie texture, not bread), but the taste is definitely there. [Read more...]

Almond Banana Bread from Bakerita.com | A delicious recipe that's gluten-free, refined sugar free, and paleo.

Almond Banana Bread

Almond Banana Bread from Bakerita.com | A delicious recipe that's gluten-free, refined sugar free, and paleo. My goodness. I really want to give you guys a good recipe post right now. I want to write something long, and inspiring, or at least entertaining.

But…I want to do that less than I want to sleep.

To all other sorority girls out there, it’s polish week. Or work week, or prep week, or whatever you call the week before recruitment.

If you’ve gone through it, well, you know that it is exhausting! Fun, because I’ve been with my sisters non-stop, but we’ve also been going long hours and I need to sleep! So, unfortunately, all your getting out of me tonight is a kick-ass recipe for paleo, refined sugar free, gluten free, delicious almond banana bread. [Read more...]

Carrot Cake with Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting | Bakerita.com

Carrot Cake with Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake with Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting | Bakerita.com I’ve been baking a lot since I’ve been better. I’ve got time to make up for since I was sick for so long – I only got so much time at home! I’m already going back to school on Tuesday, so I need to have a ton of posts ready to share with you guys.

I have a ton of amazing posts and recipes lined up that I’m dying to share with you guys, but all in good time. Patience, guys. Patience.

(I’m talking more to myself than all of you…I’ve just been dreaming about some of the things I made recently!)

But currently – I have an amazing carrot cake recipe to share. [Read more...]