Monday, January 16, 2012

Project 365: Day 139 Caramel Apple Cookies

What do you know... another Pinterest score! I found this recipe for Caramel Apple Cookies a while back and have been dying to try it out. I made them last night and I have decided these are the best cookies in the world. 

I took them to work today and they were eaten up! Luckily, I saved a plateful of cookies for me and the girls at home. 

I got the recipe from here: and just tweaked it a little. I can't wait to check out their blog a little bit more!

What you'll need:
1 cup unsalted butter, nearly melted

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 (7.4 ounce) box Alpine Spiced Apple Cider Instant Original Drink Mix *Not sugar free*

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 bag Kraft Premium Unwrapped Caramel bits

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a stand mixer, cream together butter, sugar, salt, and all 10 packets of apple cider mix until smooth and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract, then mix in the baking soda and baking powder. Add the flour and mix until just combined. Add the caramel bits. (I didn't use an exact measurment. It was most of the bag, I just added until there were caramel bits throughout.)

3. With a cookie scoop, scoop the dough scrapping off the excess as you go up the bowl and  place the cookies two inches apart on the sheets.

4. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. After baking, carefully slide the parchment with the cookies onto the counter. Let cool until they are no longer soft but still slightly warm. Twist gently to remove, and cool the rest of the way upside down on the parchment or on a cooling rack.

The original blogger said if you have an issue removing cookies from the paper place the cookie sheet in the freezer for a few minutes and then you can twist them off. (worked like a charm!)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Crockpot Bufflao Chicken

This is another recipe that I found on Pinterest and have been DYING TO try. I don't know how I managed to NOT take a picture but luckily the original blogger has a bunch of pictures.

What you'll need:
2-3 pieces of frozen Chicken Breast
1 bottle of Frank's Wings Buffalo Sauce
1 pkg. of Ranch dip

Put chicken breast in the crockpot. Pour entire bottle of buffalo sauce on top and then pour in the package of Ranch Dip.

Cook on low for 6-7 hours.

Remove chicken from crockpot, shred and return to crockpot. Add two tablespoons of butter. Cook for another hour on low so that the chicken can soak up the juices.

We used this for buffalo chicken sandwiches with mozzarella cheese and ranch dressing. (I think Blue Cheese would have been awesome also.) YUM!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Frosting

I have been finding so many amazing recipes one Pinterest here lately. Mostly, I am finding a ton of sweets. The problem is, we don't eat a lot of sweets in this house. More often then not, sweets are thrown away before we can eat them all. Luckily, I have hungry coworkers.

I made these Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes for a birthday last Sunday. They were AMAZING.

I got the original reciepe here for Pumpkin Spice Latte cupcakes, but since I couldn't come up with espresso powder, so we did without.  I also used pumpkin spice instead of nutmeg and cloves. No one complained.

What you'll need:

2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. pumpkin spice
1 tsp. salt
1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin puree
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup canola or vegetable oil

4 large eggs
For the topping:
2¼ cups heavy cream, chilled
¼ cup confectioners' sugar
Ground cinnamon
Caramel sauce

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, espresso powder, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, pumpkin spice and salt. Stir together and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, blend together the pumpkin, granulated sugar, brown sugar and oil. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. With the mixture on low speed, add the flour mixture in two additions, mixing just until incorporated.

Fill the cupcake liners about three-quarters full. Bake until the cupcakes are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 18-20 minutes. Transfer the pans to a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes, then remove the cupcakes from the pans. Let cool completely.
To make the frosting, place the heavy cream in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whip on medium-low speed at first, gradually increasing to high speed. Blend in the confectioners’ sugar gradually. Whip until stiff peaks form, being careful not to over-beat. Use a pastry bag fitted with a decorative tip to frost the cooled cupcakes. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon and drizzle with caramel sauce. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate.

Go try them now!