Mouthwatering Apple Cobbler

Need something delicious in a pinch? I bet there is a can of apple pie filling in your pantry somewhere. Break it out and doctor it up to create an apple cobbler that is better than homemade.

Simple. Add 1/4 c walnuts and a 1/4 c raisins with 1/2 tsp apple pie spice and juice from half a lemon in a bowl with the apple pie filling and stir. Scoop into small mason jars and add a heaping amount of streusel topping. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until topping is golden brown.

This simple, mouthwatering Apple Cobbler will bring them to their knees.


Time Saving Baking Hacks this Holiday Season

Time Saving Baking Hacks this Holiday Season

Get ready! The baking season is swinging into high gear. If you are short on time, these time saving baking hacks this holiday season will help to keep things simple and delicious.

We know that baking from scratch is delicious but it takes time to look up the recipe, measure the ingredients and put them to work. Not only time but if you have impromptu guests and need something in a pinch keep basic mixes on hand so you are ready to go under any circumstance.

One perfect example is when my daughter told me at 7:00pm she needed 100 cookies for a holiday bake sale! Well, I can’t tell you how thankful I was to have box mixes and cookie pre-made cookie dough on hand. Yes, I had pre-made, scratch dough, in the refrigerator which I made when I had some extra moments over the weekend. Also, just like sprinkles, keep walnuts, pecans, chocolate chips and even espresso powder or finely ground espresso on hand to take box mixes to the next level.

The first simple and delicious recipe is our Peppermint Bark Cake hack. Yes, it can be made by scratch we did not sacrifice flavor with a boxed chocolate cake mix. NOT DEVILS FOOD; just chocolate.

Peppermint Bark Chocolate Cake
10 mins
27 mins
Decorating
15 mins
37 mins
 

Outstanding Peppermint Bark Chocolate Cake can be made from scratch or from box mix. Cupcakes also work well and can be frozen for impromtu visits.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dessert
  • 1 box Chocolate Cake Box Mix follow ingredients on box
  • 1 substitute Milk for Water delicious hack
  • 1/4 cup Mini Chocolate Chips delicious hack
  • 1 tsp Espresso Powder delicious hack
Instructions
  1. Follow mixing instructions and baking instuctions on box. Use the delicious hacks to kick it up and make it taste like its from scratch. 

Frosting
  1. To frost, make a buttercream recipe using. Melt 12 - 14 ounces of white chocolate chips; add slowly while mixing. Make sure chocolate is not hot. Cool a little after melting. If you dont have a large amount of peppermint crunch on hand, use Ghiradelli Peppermint Baking Chunks. Frost cake and sprinkle with peppermint crunch and adorn with a small piece of imitation pine and ribbon.

Recipe Notes

Holiday Baking Hacks Shopping List

  • Mini Chocolate Chips
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Pecans
  • Walnuts
  • Holiday Sprinkles
  • Peppermint Crunch
  • Extra Unsalted Butter
  • Confectioners Sugar
  • Premade Cookie Doughs or Box Cookie Dough
  • Box Chocolate Cake and Brownie Mix

For frosting and dusting keep confectioners sugar on hand. Get the medium or large bag not the small box. 

White Chocolate Buttercream
10 mins
 

Use this as your White Chocolate Buttercream staple. It is delicious on anything chocolate. Use the Ghiradellii Peppermint Baking Chips for added pepermint flavor.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Frosting
  • 12 ounces White Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups Confectioners Sugar
  • 2 - 3 tbsp Heavy Cream can subtitute whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. Mix on medium using a countertop or hand mixer. Buttercream is a very personal frosting depending on the project. Some like a thicker consistency some,  not so thick. Depending on your needs make sure you add the milk slowly. One tablespoon at a time. More or less if needed. This frosing is flexible. Taste the sweetnes as you move along. Some prefer more vanilla than others. 

 

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Make Delicious Instant Pot Applesauce

Making applesauce in the Instant Pot is simple and delicious. The best part about it is there is no added sugar! Store bought applesauce is loaded with sugars and chemicals. My Instant Pot Applesauce has only three ingredients: 8 Apples, 1/2 cup of Water and 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon or Applepie Spice. NO ADDED SUGAR. Use your favorite apple. I use 4 Granny Smith and 4 Gala Apples.

This graphics shows you how easily it can be made. Cook on high pressure for 3 minutes and then release steam. If you like chunky applesauce, mash with a spoon or potato masher. Put in the blender if you like it smooth.

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Mouthwatering Sweet and Salty Cookies

These no bake cookies are so much fun to make. Transform them into any theme for any occasion depending on toppings! The Barney Butter almond butter is super creamy and delicious. For added sweetness add a layer of marshmallow fluff!

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Barney Butter Sweet and Salty Cookies

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