Monday, September 29, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Butterfingers

I was in Wal-Mart the other day and they had a huge baking display in the middle of the main aisle.  It was filled with all sorts of seasonal items, most of which had a pumpkin spice component.  Now, I must admit that I have a HUGE soft spot for pumpkin spice so I threw caution to the wind and picked up virtually one of everything.  Ssssshhhh, don't tell my husband, okay?

Well, the problem is that I picked up these goodies but didn't have a specific plan.  Nope, I just grabbed them and thought, "Oh, I'll think of something".  The first items I used were Jell-O pumpkin spice instant pudding & Coffee Mate Pumpkin Spice Creamer to make some Instant Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino Mix that I must admit is pretty darn tasty.  Then, I made some Soft Ginger Cookies with Hershey Kisses that used Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses.  Well, today, I'm sharing my candy experiment, Pumpkin Spice Butterfingers, which actually turned out fabulously, if I do say so myself.

make your own butterfingers candy


You are going to be so amazed at how easy these are to make.  I took my Three Ingredient Butterfingers recipe and adapted it for the season with these two goodies.




Are you doing a double take? Yup, I found Pumpkin Spice Candy corn at Wal-Mart.  See, I told you that there were a  TON of pumpkin spiced treats these days!  Also, rather than using peanut butter, I thought Trader Joe's Cookie Butter would enhance the pumpkin spice flavors in this candy corn.  When I measured out these two ingredients, I was giddy with joy.....aren't they gorgeous?


Well, after I made the butterfinger "filling", I dipped the bars into chocolate.  Don't these look good?

  

Are you drooling yet?  Don't they look absolutely amazing?  My youngest LOVED them.




Oh, and take a peek at the center. The texture and crunch of a Butterfinger with the seasonal yumminess of pumpkin pie spice.  They are so easy and quick to make.  Have I enticed you yet?  Are you ready for the recipe?



Pumpkin Spice Butterfingers Candy Bars


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pumpkin spice candy corn
  • 1 cup Trader Joe's cookie butter or Biscoff Spread
  • 12 oz package milk chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil

Directions:

Line an 8" x 8" pan with foil and spray with oil.  Set aside.

Place the candy corn in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave on high 1 minute.  Stir.  Microwave an additional minute and stir.  Your candy corn should be melting and should become smooth when stirred.  If there are still lumps, microwave an additional 30 seconds and stir again. Continue until the candy is smooth when stirred but take care not to over cook  (burn).

Add the cookie butter to the melted candy corn and stir to thoroughly combine.  The cookie butter will cause the candy corn to cool and set up so you must work quickly.  When mixed, pour into your prepared pan and firmly press so that it is a uniform thickness.  Allow it to cool/set up.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or wax paper and set aside.

In a double boiler, melt the milk chocolate chips and add the coconut oil.  The coconut oil will help make your chocolate nice and smooth. 

Cut your butter finger filling into bars and then dip them into your melted chocolate/coconut oil blend.  Place them on parchment paper or wax paper lined cookie sheet.  When finished, place your cookie sheets in the refrigerator to help the chocolate set.

Store in the refrigerator.  If you are gifting these, wrap each individual piece in waxed paper (like a piece of hard candy).

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Soft Ginger Cookies With Pumpkin Spice Kisses

Last Saturday, I was at my local Wal-Mart and passed by their seasonal baking display.  Oh, there were so many goodies, especially if you like pumpkin spice goodies!  Yesterday, I shared my recipe for Instant Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino and it's oh, so yummy.  Two of the ingredients are pumpkin spice Jell-O instant pudding and Coffee-Mate Pumpkin Spice Creamer.  Well, another goodie that caught my yet were...drumroll, please.....

pumpkin spice kisses


Yes, pumpkin spice Hershey kisses! If you can tell the "kiss" in the lower right corner of the package, these are not "brown" chocolate.  Nope, there's a kind of a white truffle-y center with a white chocolate pumpkin spice shell.  They are yummy but sweet.  So, I thought they would be a great addition to my Soft Ginger Cookie Recipe.  


soft ginger cookies with pumpkin spice kisses


This recipe doesn't create crispy, snappy cookies but a softer cookie with the bold, rich flavor of molasses and spices.  So, the addition of the Hershey's kiss adds a wonderful tough of sweetness. Oh, and doesn't the kiss really make this humble cookie look truly special?  If you like ginger/molasses cookies you'll LOVE these, trust me!


soft molasses cookies


Are you ready to make a batch?  Beware, you'll have friends and family begging for more!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups whole wheat pastry flour or all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 5 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup softened butter or coconut oil or a blend (I used 1/2 cup butter 1/4 cup coconut oil)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup dark molasses
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses, optional

Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F.  If your egg is not at room temperature, place in a bowl of warm water.
  • Place all dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg & salt) in a bowl and sift together.  Set aside.
  • In a second bowl, add your butter/coconut oil and mix until soft .  Add the sugar and blend until light and fluffy.  Add the molasses, warmed egg, vanilla & lemon zest and mix thoroughly.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix.  Your dough will not be very sticky.
  • Form the dough into balls, roll in sugar, and place on a cookie sheet, leaving about 1" between each cookie.  Bake for 8-10 minutes .
  • Remove from the oven and while still on the cookie sheet, place one Hershey Kiss in the center (the heat from the cookie will melt the kiss).  All the cookies to cool on the baking sheet 10 minutes and then carefully move them to a cooling rack.

This recipe will make approximately 3.5 dozen cookies.


DIY Floor Cloth - A Contributing Post @ The NY Melrose Family

I'm super excited to be contributing my tutorial for making a floor cloth over at The NY Melrose Family!  What are you waiting for?  Stop by and check it out by clicking HERE!


Oh, and while you're visiting, check out Jenny's Whimsy Wednesday's features (I LOVE the chicken pot pie turnovers) and join her party!

Here's to a great DIY weekend!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

5 Clever & Quick Crafts PLUS The Project Stash Link Party

Can you believe that it's the last Project Stash Link Party for September?  The time is really flying by.  However, I must admit that I am truly enjoying the autumn weather.  Is it gorgeous near you as well?

A few things that I'm sure you'll LOVE here on the blogs this week include:  Glow in the Dark Monster Flower Pot (a super quick craft)Instant Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino, and a super amazing Kitchen Aid Mixer Giveaway.  If you haven't entered, you have until October 3 to do so!  Trust me, you don' want to miss out on this!



Now for some inspiration from last week's features.  We know everyone is busy and you may think you have no time to craft.  Well, with these 5 Clever & Quick Crafts, you can squeeze some amazing crafting time into your day....crafting is therapy!



Spider Web Game ~ Crafting in the Rain
 Twig Colored Pencils ~ Delineate Your Dwelling
Simple Stained Plaque ~ Simply Designing with Ashley
 Stenciled Cocktail Tray ~ The Pin Junkie




I love all of these, don't you?  And they are all so easy to put together!  I think I'll make them all. Which one(s) will you make?  If you were featured, grab a button and strut your stuff!

4 You With Love




Now, onto this week's party.  Let's start with me introducing you to The Project Stash co-hostesses!




Melanie from It Happens in a Blink
ChiWei from One Dog Woof
Marilyn from 4 You With Love


When you link up to The Project Stash, your projects are shown on all four blogs!  Also, when you are featured, your project will also be shown on all four blogs.  We also pin features to our Project Stash Features Pinterest Board.  If you'd like, take a moment to add our button to your blog somewhere - the more the merrier!  


4 You With Love


   
Now, let's get this week's party started.  Before you link up, please review our guidelines!  I can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!


Guidelines:
  • No shops, please. Giveaways and projects are welcome.
  • Feel free to link more than one.
  • Visit a couple other links and share some comment happiness.
  • By linking up, you are giving us permission to feature you on round-ups and social media.

Inlinz ~

Instant Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino

I must admit that I do love when summer turns into fall!  The humidity lowers, the leaves on the trees turn beautiful reds, oranges, yellows & browns, and the temperatures become crisp without being horribly cold.  Also, there are the pumpkin patches and corn mazes...oh so much fun.

A day spent in the crisp fall weather is complimented by the perfect cup of hot cocoa or cappuccino, don't you agree?  Today, I'm sharing a recipe for a yummy cappuccino that you can make with some seasonal ingredients.



instant cappuccino mix


Right now, at the grocery store, you can find theses two pumpkin spice goodies:  Jello-0 brand pumpkin spice instant pudding and Coffee-Mate pumpkin spice coffee creamer.  If you like that amazing blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and clove you'll love these products.



Okay, now let's turn these two items, along with a few more ingredients, into a wonderful instant cappuccino mix you can enjoy now and later!


Ingredients:
  • 1 cup instant coffee
  • 2 cups powdered dry milk
  • 1 1/2 cup pumpkin spice coffee creamer
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 (small) packages of pumpkin spice instant pudding mix




Directions:

  • Place all ingredients in a food processor and mix until completely blended.  (I find that mixing in a food processor helps to break down all the ingredients to they dissolve quickly.  It also keeps the different ingredients from settling.)
  • Store in an air tight container:  zip lock bag, canning jar, etc.

To Enjoy:
  • Place 3-4 Tbsp into a mug.  Had hot water, stir to dissolve, and enjoy!

See how well this cappuccino has been mixed together? MMMM, this stuff is good!




 I am storing my in a re-purposed applesauce jar.  Also, the chalkboard label is from a set I found in the dollar section of Target!




If you like cappuccino, chai, and cocoa, check out my other recipes.