cinnamon chip pumpkin blondies

Pumpkin already?!  Well, it’s raining and cool here today.  My kids start school in a week and a bit, and yours are probably close to it if not there already.

It doesn’t get much more fall-ish than this!

Cinnamon Chip Pumpkin Blondies | Sweet Anna's

So, to celebrate the beginning of fall (my favoritest season!) and the excitement of back-to-school (yay!), and the return of my all-time-favorite-cinnamon-baking-chips… here is an easy, delicious, fall-filled treat that will make your house smell amazing and your tummies happy.

If you’re looking for something different than your usual pumpkin bars/breads and you’re as ready for fall as I am, make these pumpkin blondies soon!

They are sweet, dense, flavorful, everything you love in a great brownie, but loaded with pumpkin and spices instead.  Delicious!

cinnamon chip pumpkin blondies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, melted & slightly cooled
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups pure pumpkin purée (one 15oz can)
  • 1 2/3 cup cinnamon chips (one 10oz bag), divided (1 1/3 cup + 1/3 cup)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350ºF and lightly grease a 9x13" glass baking dish.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, spices and salt.

In a large bowl, whisk together the melted & cooled butter and the sugars until very smooth (and not warm at all). Whisk in the egg, vanilla & pumpkin until smooth.

Gently whisk in the flour mixture and then fold in the 1 1/3 cup cinnamon chips.

Spread the batter into the greased 9x13" baking dish and sprinkle the remaining 1/3 cup cinnamon chips over the top of the batter.

Bake for 35-40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean.

Let cool completely before cutting and store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 weeks if you'd like!

http://sweetannas.com/2014/08/cinnamon-chip-pumpkin-blondies.html

recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

double dark chocolate banana bread

Because you can never have too many recipes for Banana Bread.  Especially when said banana bread is laced with luscious dark chocolate and studded with chocolate chips.

Double Dark Chocolate Banana Bread | Sweet Anna's

Now don’t worry, this is not just another chocolate cake.

This is a very dense, moist dairy-free banana bread that is loaded with dark chocolate, but still tastes like banana bread.

Kind of like the love child of banana bread and a perfect chocolate muffin.

Actually, these would make really great muffins.

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cardamom-orange dark chocolate chunk butter cookies

Well, if that isn’t a mouthful, I just don’t know what is!

Cardamom Orange Dark Chocolate Chunk Butter Cookies are exactly what their very long name implies…  chewy, rich butter cookies, laced with aromatic cardamom and orange zest and studded with finely chopped dark chocolate.

  Cardamom Orange Dark Chocolate Chunk Butter Cookies | Sweet Anna's

These sweet little things are way up at the top of my Favorite Cookies Ever list.  Maybe even in the #1 spot (although I’d better eat them about 20 more times to decide that for sure!)

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norwegian cardamom butter cookies

One of my all-time favorite cookies growing up was my grandma’s Sandbakkelse (Norwegian Almond Butter Cookies).   If there wasn’t a fresh batch on the counter, you could always count on a bag or two hiding in the freezer in the basement.

She was known (around the world!) for them.  And hot out of the oven, or still slightly-frozen and dipped in a hot cup of coffee…  there really was nothing better.

This cardamom version of her famous buttery cookies is now tied right up there as my favorite.  And I sure hope I made her proud with this one!

Norwegian Cardamom Butter Cookies | Sweet Anna's

(Grandma, I wish you were still around to sample a few over a couple hot mugs of coffee with me!  I miss you!)

If you like butter, and if you like cardamom, you will like these cookies.

They are perfect with your morning coffee, and even better alongside a scoop of good coffee ice cream before bed…

Enjoy!

norwegian cardamom butter cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 cups + 2 tablespoons flour

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375ºF.

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla extract, cardamom and salt until well blended. Mix in the flour, until you have a smooth, well-mixed dough.

Scoop the dough out onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Flatten with a fork dipped in cold water.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are just barely golden brown. Remove to a cooling rack to cool completely before storing in Tupperware in the freezer (if they don't all get eaten right away, that is!).

http://sweetannas.com/2014/05/norwegian-cardamom-butter-cookies.html

perfectly baked ‘hard-boiled’ eggs (in the oven!)

Yep, you heard me right.  And maybe this is not news to you?  But it is SO news to me!

Perfectly, perfect ‘hardboiled’ eggs baked in the oven!  

You guys, these are so easy, and not only that, so much better than regular boil-in-a-pot eggs!

Perfectly Baked 'Hard-Boiled' Eggs (In the oven!) | Sweet Anna's

I’m seriously kicking myself for not finding this tip sooner.  My kids LOVE “closed eggs” (aka hard-boiled!) and I rarely make them because of the hassle.

Guess what?  Now, the hassle is GONE!  The only hassle in making ‘hard-boiled’ eggs now is remember to heat up the oven.  That is something I can handle!

eggs-in-the-oven

We are happy campers!

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