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Butterscotch Blondie with Pumpkin Recipe

This Thanksgiving dessert was my sister-in-law Mimi's idea (that's what baby Aria calls her). And even though she's a very athletic teenager this year (Mimi's part of the junior varsity basketball team at her school, which requires two hours of training every day), her guilty pleasure is any kind of sweet treats. She's making a list of the desserts we should be serving next Thursday and she absolutely wants this one to be included. This week, we tested the blondie recipe with a spiced pumpkin puree topping. The only way to incorporate pumpkin was to create a little swirl. 

Baking with kids is so much fun. It's a great way to introduce them to new flavors and educate them about what they eat. And kids love to make and eat the results of their hard work.


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Pumpkin Marshmallow Butterscotch Oatmeal Bars Recipe

These sinfully scrumptious pumpkin marshmallow butterscotch oatmeal bars may be beautiful to look at and a bit messy to eat, but they were a huge hit at our house. First, I prepared a chewy oatmeal-brown sugar crust for both the base and the topping. For the filling, I selected Thanksgiving-related items such as pumpkin purée, oozy marshmallows, decadent butterscotch chips and chocolate chips.

This sweet treat is definitely going to be part of our Thanksgiving menu. When I asked for the family's feedback, all I heard was "more". You might also want to prepare a batch for the morning following Thanksgiving; these winning bars would be a perfect brunch contribution as well. 


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Cranberry Jam Buttercream Cake Recipe Recipe

I can't believe it's already the weekend! And you know what this means: it's that time of the week when I bake sweets. I got the recipe for today’s dessert from the amazing Gesine Bullock-Prado's book, “Bake It Like You Mean It”. I prepared two génoise cakes, and once they came out of the oven, I drizzled them with a bit of rum, then let them cool to room temperature. The next steps were to prepare the frosting of the cake and chocolate decoration. 

To be in tune with the upcoming Thanksgiving season, I made a cranberry jam buttercream frosting, which is ultra easy. I know I'm not a professional baker just by looking at the photo but there were at least three good things I could comment about: the cake definitely looked homemade, I used a pretty serving platter to counteract the aesthetic of the cake, and most important, it tasted divine. Note to self: stick to cupcakes! 


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Pumpkin Waffles: Thanksgiving-themed Breakfast Recipe Recipe

Waffles are always a hit at breakfast. And dressing them up with pumpkin is a wonderful way to celebrate Thanksgiving. I prepared my usual waffle batter, but this time, I added pumpkin purée, molasses and freshly grated cinnamon and nutmeg. I prepared several batches for tomorrow morning; it will be a great way for the family to start off the day.

In my opinion, a good dusting of powdered sugar and a nice hot cup of chai are all you need to enjoy these waffles. But I've reserved a little surprise for the family: I'll serve the waffles with candied pecans, whipped butter and hot syrup. 


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Jack O'Lantern Halloween Cookies Recipe

As usual, I prepared an enormous batch of sugar cookie dough in anticipation of Halloween. Making cookies in different shapes and sizes is a perfect way to celebrate the holiday. The recipe is ultra-simple, and all you need is quick and easy sugar cookie dough flavored with a bit of vanilla and a good, pointy paring knife.

These are simple pumpkin-shaped cookies. As soon as the girls got back from school, they designed their own decorations. Baby Aria and I preferred the ones without any additional icing or sprinkles but we still created facial features inside the cookies. 


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