Cherry Pie Muffins

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Cherry Pie Muffins

Easter will be here before you know it.  It’s one of my favorite holidays with the candy, spring weather, and blooming flowers.  Plus, there’s always Easter brunch.

It’s such a great time to sit down with the people who mean the most to you and celebrate.  And for me, it is all going to start with these Cherry Pie Muffins.  These muffins don’t just taste like cherry pie, they are actually made with it!  A Mrs. Smith’s Cherry Pie to be exact.

Deconstructing the Pie

Mom told me when she was growing up Mrs. Smith’s pies were always on the table for holidays and big family dinners.  They were her favorite and then when she began her own life and family, she continued serving them.

Shopping at Walmart

We love Mrs. Smith’s pies because they taste like we made them and are made with real butter, unlike all the other frozen pies on the market.  While Mrs. Smith’s pies are perfect for Easter or any other holidays, they are great for beating the Monday blues and celebrating the weekend or any other occasion.

Edwards Pie

When we aren’t in the mood for a fruit pie, we turn to Edwards’ pies for a creamy treat with lots of different layers, flavors, textures, and a home baked cookie crust.  Now I can’t pick.  Luckily we don’t have to!  Join Ibotta and you can earn $1.00 for each Mrs. Smith’s and Edwards pie you purchase.  You can stock up at Walmart, just like I did.

Cherry Pie Muffins

 

Cherry Pie Muffins

Now back to these muffins.  When I shared these with my neighbors, they received reviews as the best muffins ever.  So clearly you need to make these.  They are cinnamon-y and loaded with the cherry pie filling and then topped with a pie crust streusel.  That’s right.  I said it.  PIE CRUST STREUSEL!

In fact you better not wait until Easter to make these muffins and serve a Mrs. Smith’s or Edwards pie!  Head to the store today!  What flavor do you want to try first?

Cherry Pie Muffins

Cherry Pie Muffins

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients

1 Mrs. Smith’s Cherry Pie

Muffins

1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon kosher salt

½ cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

½ cup olive oil

¾ cup milk (I used almond, use what you love)

2 cups of the filling from the pie

Topping

¼ cup old fashioned rolled oats

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 heaping cup crust from the pie

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

Prepare the pie according to the instructions on the box. Cool completely, preferably overnight.

When ready to make the muffins, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.

Make the muffins. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

In a large bowl, stir together sugar, eggs, vanilla, and oil until well combined. Alternately add the milk and flour mixture, beginning and ending with the flour. Stir until combined. Stir in the cherry pie filling until distributed.

Make the streusel. In a small bowl, stir together oats, cinnamon, the pie crust, sugar, and olive oil until combined.

Using an ice cream scoop, evenly distribute the batter in the muffin tin. Top with the streusel.

Bake 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffins comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Serve warm or cool completely in pan. Muffins may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days, or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the microwave about 1 minute.

Notes

Additional time to bake and cool the pie is necessary

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5 Ways to 1-Up Your Yogurt Cup

5 Ways to 1-Up Your Yogurt Cup

Yoplait® yogurt has been a staple in my house since before I can remember. Mom says it was a food she introduced into my diet early on because she knew it was an easy to eat, tasty, good for me food. And it’s a good thing she did, because I’ve been hooked on it ever since.

Their original varieties are my favorite. My refrigerator is always stocked with tons of those red lidded containers that I pick up at Walmart. They make a great breakfast, lunch, snack, or dessert. Personally I went through a phase when I ate a different flavor of Yoplait® with pretzels every day for breakfast.

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Now my tastes have matured a bit, although that is a pretty good combo, and I’m always coming up with new and exciting ways to jazz up my yogurt, and I have five awesome ideas for you to 1-Up Your Cup.

What does that mean? Well, it’s adding toppings and mix ins to yogurt to enhance the flavor and make it more meal worthy. Adding nutritious foods makes Yoplait® an awesome way to stay fit, whether you are continuing on New Year’s resolutions or getting ready for spring break.

5 Ways to 1-Up Your Yogurt Cup

I love to have a different variety of yogurt every day and with Yoplait® that is so easy to do. I stuck with the original variety here, but they have light, Greek, and even lactose free available.

Chocolate Covered Cherry

Start with Cherry Orchard. Mix in 1 tablespoon carob or cocoa powder and top with a few fresh or frozen Bing cherries.

PBJ

5 Ways to 1-Up Your Yogurt Cup

Mix 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter into Strawberry Banana. Top with a few slices of banana and strawberries.

Superfood Delight

5 Ways to 1-Up Your Yogurt Cup

Stir 1 tablespoon chia seeds into Mountain Blueberry. Top with 1 tablespoon flaked unsweetened coconut and a few almonds.

Ice Cream Sundae

5 Ways to 1-Up Your Yogurt Cup

Mix 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste into French Vanilla. Top with a sprinkle of carob or cocoa powder. Garnish with a fresh or frozen Bing cherry … or two … and a few almonds.

Cheesecake Parfait

Top Strawberry Cheesecake with some crushed cereal of your choice and some toasted coconut. It’s a better for you version of graham cracker crust.

These are just the tip of the iceberg. I hope I have inspired you to jazz up your yogurt. How will you 1-Up Your Cup?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills. The opinions and text are all mine.

Homemade Oatmeal Creme Pies #SundaySupper

Homemade Oatmeal Creme Pies

Who’s excited for the Oscars tonight?  I certainly am.  Not only do I love movies, but I also have a great appreciation for those who work on them.  All it takes to make a movie great.  It really is something.  Plus, I know I will be at the Oscars one year soon.  Maybe 2018?  2017 seems like a lot of pressure.

I’ve actually seen all of the Best Picture nominees other than The Revenant.  And I was pleasantly surprised at the high caliber of these films.  They are truly the best films of the year, though I did really love Burnt.

It’s hard for me to pick a favorite.  The stories of The Big Short and Spotlight grabbed my attention since they are shockingly, heartbreakingly true.  Room is perhaps the most emotionally engrossing movie I have ever seen.  So much so in fact that I don’t know if I could watch it again.

Homemade Oatmeal Creme Pies

But really, I just love The Martian.  Love it.  One of my friends said she didn’t think it would be interesting and I told her it may be one of my favorite movies ever.  I can’t wait to watch it again.  It’s part exciting action movie, part captivating human story, part science fiction that makes me wonder how a writer could come up with such a complex, detailed story.

Most of the reason why I love it so much is Matt Damon.  You can’t help but cheer for him throughout every engrossing moment.  And his performance shows that while action and science fiction are great, it’s the humanity in a story that really grips us.

Really, though, no matter which movie wins, it’s cool with me.  Watching these movies has shown me what a truly excellent cinematic experience is.  What movie do you want to win?

Homemade Oatmeal Creme Pies

Of course, you’ll need something to eat while you watch the Oscars.  So I present Homemade Oatmeal Creme Pies.  They may quite fit with today’s Sunday Supper pie theme, but they are technically pies … it says so on the label.

I’ve actually never had a real Oatmeal Creme Pie, so I can’t compare these to the original, but I can tell you they are crazy good.  When I was making them, taking pictures of them, wrapping them to freeze, packing them for Dad’s lunch, I kept taking taste after taste.

The soft, chewy, slightly crispy cookies are perhaps the best oatmeal cookies I’ve ever had.  And sandwiched with vanilla bean buttercream, while these are simply irresistible.  Enjoy one while you watch the Oscars and some movies!

Homemade Oatmeal Creme Pies

Homemade Oatmeal Creme Pies #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 12 sandwiches

Ingredients

Oatmeal Cookies

2 ½ sticks unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cups packed dark brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3 cups quick cooking oats

Filling

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

2 ½ - 3 cups confectioners’ sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste

2 tablespoons milk (I used almond, use what you love)

Instructions

Make the cookies. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars, until light and fluffy. I did this by hand but a hand or stand mixer will work as well.

Beat in the egg and vanilla until mixture is once again light and fluffy. Add the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and oats and mix until combined. The dough will be thick. You could refrigerate the dough up to overnight until you are ready to bake.

Scoop the dough using a small ice cream scoop, about 1 ½ - 2 tablespoons onto the baking sheets. Bake about 15 minutes, rotating halfway through, until cookies are golden brown and set around the edges. They will still be soft in the center. Cool completely on tray.

Once the cookies are cool, make the frosting. Using a hand or stand mixer, beat the butter with the confectioners’ sugar. It is best to add the sugar slowly so it doesn’t make a mess. Beat in the vanilla bean paste and milk as necessary until a spreadable consistency is reached.

Spread one cookie with a generous amount of filling and top it with another. Repeat until all the cookies have been sandwiched. Cookies may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or frozen, wrapped individually in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag, for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator about 2 hours.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Kevin and Amanda

http://piesandplots.net/homemade-oatmeal-creme-pies-sundaysupper/

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Winter Fruit Salad #SundaySupper

Winter Fruit Salad - a tropical, gluten free delight!

If you read my blog frequently, then you probably know a few things about me, one of which is that I hate winter.  Really, I can’t stand it.  The thought alone makes me want to build a blanket fort and crawl under it, not coming out until it’s spring.

As I write this, it is rather spring like (thanks, El Nino!).  The sun is shining in a cloudless blue sky and the temperature is in the 60s.  Too bad the wind is so strong it literally may blow me over.  Still it’s better than last February.

Winter Fruit Salad

Other than pretending it’s nice out, dreaming of moving, and looking at pictures of sunnier, warmer days, fruit is a great way to get a feel for summer in the dead of winter.

My Winter Fruit Salad is the perfect way to get that summer vibe going.  Match a bowl of this, and enjoy it, maybe with your eyes closed and thoughts of flowers and beaches rolling through your mind.

Winter Fruit Salad

While I will always take fruit as it is, I jazzed this salad up with a quick dressing, toasted coconut, and candied ginger.  It only took about ten minutes to make and is best made ahead of time and allowed to chill so all the flavors marry.  Make this on Sunday and enjoy it throughout the week on oatmeal, as a snack, or even as dessert with some ice cream.

I’m already feeling summer vibes, and you will be too as soon as you make this salad!

Winter Fruit Salad

 

Winter Fruit Salad

Winter Fruit Salad #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2-4 servings

Ingredients

Juice of 1 lemon

2 tablespoons honey

2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste

2 navel or honeybell oranges, peeled and split into segments

1 large mango, peeled and diced

1 ½ cups blueberries

½ cup toasted coconut

¼ cup candied ginger, diced

Instructions

In a medium bowl, stir together lemon, honey, and vanilla. Add oranges, mango, and blueberries. Stir until well combined. Fold in the coconut and ginger.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight for best flavor. Salad may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Notes

Recipe is easily doubled or tripled

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Orange Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Pie + Blogiversary!

Orange Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Pie

Crazy as it may seem, I began this blog four years ago.  I don’t really know where the time has gone.

It’s been an interesting journey and I’ve learned a lot about blogging and far more importantly myself.

I know writing is my true love, not blogging or food.  Nothing makes me happier than creating characters and worlds sometimes far different and sometimes quite similar to our own.  Yes, cakes and pies are great, but they’re not the be all end all for me.  As I inch closer to make my writing dreams come true, my heart is full in a way I never thought it could be.

Orange Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Pie

People can be wonderful.  They leave nice comments and support me.  They make my recipes and love them.  They just stop by to say hi.  And I’ve unfortunately learned people can be not so great too.  I try to ignore the haters, but that’s a lesson I’m still learning.

Baking isn’t always a science.  Yes it’s important to follow the recipe, but it’s more important to have fun.  If your butter is a little more melted than room temperature and you accidentally added too much sugar, there’s a good chance the recipe will still turn out and may even be better than the original.  The best thing is that you had a good time and hopefully the end product turned out great.

Fancy desserts are often amazing, but simple ones can be just as good.  The same goes for the rest of life.  Quiet nights in can be better than fancy ones out.  Classic black dresses are often superior to their crazy, trendy counterparts.  Taking time to enjoy the small things in life is better than rushing through always looking to the next thing.

Orange Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Pie

Follow your heart and your gut and your soul and your instinct.  Listen to you.  Not all the other voices from people who may or may not know you or the situation.  You know you best.  I know me best.  We need to fight for ourselves.

And we definitely need to make this Orange Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Pie.  It is the lightest, fluffiest cheesecake you will ever eat.  It’s not too sweet, but not overly tangy either, something that often drives me crazy about cheesecakes.

Orange Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Pie

Despite only adding orange zest, the orange flavor shines through and really adds something to the cake.  I also used graham crackers from Zingerman’s, my favorite bakery, to make a buttery crust with the perfect combination of snap and crumble.  This is hands down the best cheesecake I’ve ever had, and I know you will love it too.

Also, I’ve recently becomes obsessed with Harry Potter and wrote all about it for She Knows.  I’d love if you’d check it out!

Orange Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Pie

Orange Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Pie

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

Crust

2 cups graham cracker crumbs

½ stick unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Filling

16 ounces cream cheese

¼ cup sour cream

1 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

2 large eggs

Zest of one orange

Instructions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Generously butter a pie pan. Set aside.

Make the crust. In a medium bowl, stir together graham cracker crumbs, butter, and sugar until well combined. Pour into the pie pan. Spread into an even layer and press in firmly using hands or the flat bottom of a measuring cup. Spread the mixture up the sides of the pan as much as possible.

Make the filling. In a large bowl, using a hand or stand mixer, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla bean paste until well combined, about two minutes. Add the eggs and orange zest and beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

Pour the filling into the crust and spread into an even layer. Bake 40-50 minutes, until the center is slightly giggly and the edges are golden brown. Cool at room temperature about 1 ½ hours, then refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 4 hours, though overnight is preferable.

Cheesecake may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Notes

Additional chilling time is necessary

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Very Vanilla Muffins

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Very Vanilla Muffins

What are mornings like in your house?  Are you running around frantically trying to get out the door?  Or do you enjoy a leisurely breakfast while reading the newspaper?

I fall somewhere in the middle.  I used to skip breakfast all the time but now it is an important part of my day.  Eating a nutritious breakfast without falling into a rut is tough though.  That’s why I turn to Carnation Breakfast Essentials ® that I pick up on my trips to Kroger.

Shopping at Kroger

Carnation Breakfast Essentials ® gets me going with nutrients and protein that my body craves so I can start my day right and have energy to write, run the blog, exercise, and more.

I have fallen in love with the French Vanilla Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Ready-to-Drink Bottles.  They are great for a quick meal on the go with the rich vanilla flavor.  They also work in smoothies and even oatmeal.

Very Vanilla Muffins

When I feel like getting creative, I turn to Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Powder to make things like these Very Vanilla Muffins.  These muffins are such a classic and feel like an indulgent breakfast without being heavy or too caloric like muffins can be.

The Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Powder combines with vanilla bean paste to lend tons of flavor to these tender muffins.  And then just to add a little more excitement to breakfast, I topped them with a glaze made from French Vanilla Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Ready-to-Drink Bottles.  The glaze really makes them special.

Very Vanilla Muffins

 

Very Vanilla Muffins

These muffins are perfect for a make ahead breakfast that you can enjoy throughout the week.  They can even be frozen for mornings that are super busy.

I hope Carnation Breakfast Essentials® and I have inspired you to get into a better breakfast.  You can join me in taking the Carnation 7-Day Breakfast Challenge to eat a nutritious breakfast every day for one week.  It’s a great way to make sure we all start our days on the right foot.

Very Vanilla Muffins

Throughout February you can complete breakfast missions for the chance to win prizes.  Ready to get started? Follow these easy steps

  1. Sign up at CarnationBreakfastChallenge.com.
  1. Complete a simple yet fun breakfast mission for a chance to win. New prizes revealed every day!
  1. Come back any day in February to complete missions and see new prizes. The prizes range from a Fitbit to a GoPro and other awesome stuff!
  1. Head to your favorite store to purchase a Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Nutritional Product and upload your receipt for five extra entries per day.

And now that we all have these Very Vanilla Muffins and Carnation Breakfast Essentials® in our lives we can get started.  What are you going to make for breakfast?

Very Vanilla Muffins

Very Vanilla Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients

Muffins

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

½ teaspoon kosher salt

½ cup granulated sugar

2 packets Vanilla Carnation Breakfast Essentials®

1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

¼ cup olive oil

2 large eggs

1 ¼ cup milk

Glaze

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

¼ cup French Vanilla Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Ready-to-Drink Bottles

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

Instructions

Make the muffins. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.

In a large bowl stir together sugar, Vanilla Carnation Breakfast Essentials®, vanilla bean paste, olive oil, and eggs until well combined.

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt.

Alternately add the milk and flour mixture, beginning with the milk and ending with the flour. Mix just until the batter comes together, a couple lumps are okay.

Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tin, filling almost to the top. Bake for about 20 minutes, until muffins are risen, golden brown, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.

While the muffins cool slightly, make the glaze. In a small bowl, wish together sugar, French Vanilla Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Ready-to-Drink Bottles, and vanilla bean paste, adding more sugar or Carnation as necessary to achieve a thick, yet spreadable glaze. Spoon over the muffins.

Serve warm or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Muffins may also be frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the microwave for about 1 minute.

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Coffee Cake Cookies #Cookielicious

Coffee Cake Cookies

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s time to officially start the holiday baking season. What are you looking forward to baking? Maybe family favorites that you’ve made for years. Or some new and exciting recipes. Better yet, maybe you are planning to whip up some of each.

There is just something about the holidays that makes me want to bake. Somehow amid all the craziness, the parties, the shopping, the traveling, there is nothing more satisfying than whipping up cake batter or cookie dough and turning on the oven.

Coffee Cake Cookies

Coffee Cake Cookies

Maybe it’s the stress relief of beating sugar and butter into fluffy goodness. Or the intoxicating smell that can never really be replicated by a candle even if we wish it could. Then again, maybe it’s just the taste of the treat when it’s all done that instantly makes us smile.

Whatever the reason you bake, whether you do it for a party, gifts, or just a midnight snack while you’re doing a bit of online shopping, be sure to heat up that oven a few times this season.

Coffee Cake Cookies

Especially if you are making these Coffee Cake Cookies. What’s the best part of coffee cake? The crumbs, right? These cookies pretty much taste like a giant coffee cake crumb. It really doesn’t get better than that.

These are easy to make and so fun because they are different. In a season of decorated sugar cookies and gingerbread men, these will stand out from the crowd and be the first to disappear. They melt in your mouth and have a light cinnamon flavor. These will be filling my oven again soon!

Coffee Cake Cookies

Coffee Cake Cookies #Cookielicious

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: About 20 cookies

Ingredients

Crumbs

1 stick unsalted butter, melted

1/3 cup packed light brown sugar

1/3 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon kosher salt

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

Cookies

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon kosher salt

3 ½ cups all-purpose flour

3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

10 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

1/3 cup shortening, room temperature

1 cup packed light brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.

Make the crumbs. In a medium bowl, stir together butter, sugars, cinnamon, salt, and flour. Put in the refrigerator while you prepare the cookies.

Make the cookies. In a medium bowl, stir together baking powder, salt, flour, and cinnamon. In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening, and sugars until light and fluffy. I did this by hand, but a hand or stand mixer will work as well. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.

Add the flour and mix until just combined. Scoop or spoon batter into about 3 tablespoon sized balls. Make an indentation in each cookie. Top with as many of the crumbs as you can get on the cookies.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until set. Serve warm or cool completely on the tray. Cookies may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days, or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature for about an hour or in the microwave for 30 seconds.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Cookies and Cups

http://piesandplots.net/coffee-cake-cookies-cookielicious/

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Plus, 20 Cookie Baking Tips and Holiday Cookie recipes from Sunday Supper

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Gingerbread Coconut Bundt Cake

Gingerbread Coconut Bundt Cake

Can you believe I’ve never baked anything with yogurt? Sure, I’ve eaten plenty of yogurt in my life, but I’ve never done anything more than open the container, grab a spoon, and dig in.

Luckily that all changed when I made this Gingerbread Coconut Bundt Cake. It is all of your holiday baking dreams come true. It’s super easy to make, you don’t even have to cream butter and sugar. The cake is big and beautiful, perfect for serving at a party or sharing with family and friends. Plus, it has that soft warm spice with cinnamon, ginger, and a hint of cloves.

Gingerbread Coconut Bundt Cake

I almost went with cranberries as the accent flavor in this cake but gingerbread cranberry cakes are a dime a dozen, yet coconut is an unexpected addition that you will love. The flavors pair well since ginger and coconut are both tropical ingredients. And considering I’m looking out at at least half a foot of snow, I’ll take the tropics in any form.

The cool thing about baking with yogurt is that it adds that incredible moisture without all the calories of sour cream or extra oil. The even better thing about this cake is that I used Almond Dream Coconut and Coconut Dream Vanilla yogurt, so not only did I add more coconut flavor to my cake, I kept it dairy free.

Gingerbread Coconut Bundt Cake

I have officially fallen in love with this yogurt. I know it is full of great ingredients since it’s non-GMO. Plus in the vanilla I could see real vanilla beans and in the coconut there were real pieces of toasted coconut. I can’t say that about many, maybe not any, other yogurts.

Gingerbread Coconut Bundt Cake

This cake also happens to be gluten free, which is so easy to do by using your favorite gluten free flour. As if this cake didn’t have enough going for it, from the texture of the coconut to the golden brown crust to the fluffy interior, it is both dairy and gluten free, so most of your guests will be able to enjoy it!

Whip up this cake for your holiday celebration and be sure to check out Almond Dream and Coconut Dream yogurts.

Gingerbread Coconut Bundt Cake

Gingerbread Coconut Bundt Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 10-12 servings

Ingredients

3 cups gluten free flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 tablespoon ground ginger

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground cloves

½ teaspoon kosher salt

½ cup granulated sugar

1 cup packed light brown sugar

½ cup canola oil

½ cup pure maple syrup (or molasses for a richer cake)

3 large eggs

1 6 ounce container Almond Dream Coconut Yogurt

1 6 ounce container Coconut Dream Vanilla Yogurt

2 cups flaked unsweetened coconut

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Oil and flour a large Bundt pan.

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt.

In a large bowl, stir together sugar, oil, syrup, eggs, and yogurt until well combined. Add the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in the coconut.

Pour into the prepared pan and smooth into an even layer. Bake for about 1 hour, rotating halfway through, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.

Cool in pan for about 15 minutes. Gently loosen the cake from the pan and invert onto a serving plate. Cake may be served warm or room temperature. Cake may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days or frozen in pieces, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to three months. Thaw in the microwave about 1 minute.

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Almond Dream and Coconut Dream Yogurts.  All opinions, as always, are mine.

Coffee Sugar Cream Pies

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Coffee Sugar Cream Pie

I love both traditional desserts and trendy ones. Give me a slice of vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream and I’m a happy camper. The same goes for a blondie loaded with cookie butter. They each have unique things that make them special.

What I love perhaps more than either is a dessert that combines tradition and trend. Like this Coffee Sugar Cream Pie. Hoosier Cream Pie is a very traditional Midwest dessert that puts a creamy vanilla custard in a traditional pie crust. I changed things up by using a graham cracker crust and International Delight Iced Coffee.

Graham Cracker Crusts

Making the Filling

Let’s start with the International Delight Iced Coffee. I’ve had a thing for Iced Coffee since I was about ten. No matter the time of year, I’d head to my favorite coffee shop and pick up and iced this or that to enjoy. It’s a habit I’ve gotten away from recently because I rarely go to coffee shops. My addiction had been reignited with one taste of this store bought treat.

It is ready and waiting in the refrigerator whenever my craving strikes, and it is better than those coffee shop drinks. That’s right. I said it. BETTER. Smooth and creamy, the flavor is intoxicating and not too coffee-y, if you know what I mean.

Shopping at Walmart

Plus, it is now available in its new location in the refrigerated tea/juice section at Walmart, so it’s easy to pick up on my weekly trip there. You should put it on your list too.

But like the rest of my favorite products, I wanted to bake with it. I am so glad I did. The creaminess of the International Delight is accentuated by more cream and some vanilla bean paste. Some sugar makes it a dessert and flour helps to set the pie. The graham cracker crust works so well too because it’s like dunking a graham cracker into coffee. Don’t pretend like you’ve never done that before.

Coffee Sugar Cream Pie

Though a whole pie would definitely work, I made mini pies because I love single serving treats and they would be so cute to have at a party.

Be sure to pick up International Delight Iced Coffee on your next trip to Walmart so that you can make these pies and other fun recipes too!

Coffee Sugar Cream Pie

Coffee Sugar Cream Pie

Coffee Sugar Cream Pies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8 pies

Ingredients

8 mini graham cracker crusts

½ cup all-purpose flour

½ cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup packed light brown sugar

1 ½ cups heavy cream

1 cup International Delight Iced Coffee Vanilla

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place graham cracker crusts on a foil lined baking sheet.

In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, and brown sugar together. Whisk in cream, Iced Coffee, and vanilla bean paste. Pour into graham cracker crusts.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the pies are puffed, golden brown, and just a little jiggly in the middle. Cool for 30 minutes at room temperature before refrigerating until chilled, about 2 hours.

Pies may be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

http://piesandplots.net/coffee-sugar-cream-pies/

Doughnut Muffins

Doughnut Muffins

This spring may be the best I can remember. Sure, it’s not super warm out and we’ve had quite a bit of rain as of late (but April showers bring May flowers, you know), but we haven’t had measurable snow since the very beginning of March.

The temperatures are seasonably warm, the birds are singing all the time, the daffodils and tulips are just starting to bloom, and having the windows open keeps it just a little too chilly in the house in the best possible way. Eating dinner when it’s still light outside is such a treat too. It changes my whole outlook on life.

Doughnut Muffins

I always thought summer was my favorite season, but I’m realizing when spring actually decides to grace us with its presence it may best summer by just a little. Don’t get me wrong, I love those warm, even hot days, with the sun beating down, the flowers in full bloom, their scent wafting through the air with the breeze.

But spring signals so much hope. The world comes alive with color and plants and animals. After the long, desolate winter, spring is such a delightful time. It makes me feel alive right along with the rest of nature.

Perhaps I just feel that way about this spring since there’s no longer any snow on the ground and my winter coat has been safely stowed away. Whether this spring is an anomaly (though it shouldn’t be) or a sign of wonderful things to come, I am making sure to enjoy it as much as possible.

Doughnut Muffins

I don’t know why, but these Doughnut Muffins remind me of spring. They don’t have any especially springy ingredients, but they make me feel bright and springy on the inside!

When these are baking, they seriously smell like the best doughnuts EVER! It’s crazy because they are clearly not doughnuts, but if you close your eyes and inhale, you’ll think you’re in the middle of a doughnut shop.

They don’t quite taste like doughnuts, but that’s okay because they are still amazing. These beautiful, domed muffins have a firm exterior with a fluffy, moist interior, and that glaze with the little vanilla bean specks. Let me just say make extra.

Doughnut Muffins

Doughnut Muffins

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients

Muffins

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 ½ teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

10 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk (I used almond, use what you love)

Glaze

1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar

2-3 tablespoons milk (I used almond, use what you love)

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. I did this by hand, but you could use a hand or stand mixer. Beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla bean paste.

Alternately add the flour and milk, beginning and ending with the flour. You should do three additions of flour and two of milk. Once the flour and milk are fully incorporated, scoop the batter into the prepared pan, filling the tins almost all the way full. Bake 15-20 minutes, until golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Cool while you prepare the glaze.

For the glaze, whisk sugar, milk, and vanilla together in a medium bowl. Add more sugar or milk as necessary until a thick, yet pourable glaze is formed.

Dip each muffin into the glaze and allow the excess to drip off before placing on a rack or serving platter. Serve warm or at room temperature. Muffins may be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 5 days or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil, and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the microwave about 1 minute.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy

http://piesandplots.net/doughnut-muffins/

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