Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Bars

Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Bars - by glorioustreats.com

It seemed only fitting to kick off the first day of fall with an easy pumpkin recipe!  These Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Bars are super simple to mix up and are a perfect snack cake, or breakfast treat.  These bars have a mild pumpkin flavor, a nice balance of spices, and lots of yummy white chocolate chips (my favorite part!).  These bars have more of a cake texture than cookie, so if you want to call it Pumpkin Snack Cake, go for it!

Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Bars - by glorioustreats.com

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Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Bars

These simple fall bars come together quickly and will disappear just as fast!

Yield: 24 (2 inch bars)

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves

1 cup Challenge unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla exract
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 package (12 oz.) white chocolate chips

Directions:

Prepare a 9"x13" pan by lining it with parchment paper, or greasing it with bit of butter.
Preheat oven to 350*F.

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and spices and set aside.

In another large bowl whisk together the melted butter and sugars. Add the egg, then vanilla and pumpkin and blend together well with the whisk (no need for an electric mixer).

Pour the bowl of dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients, add the white chocolate chips and blend together with a spatula or wooden spoon just until fully incorporated.

Scoop the batter into the prepared pan and spread it evenly in the pan.

Bake 25-30 minutes, or until it appears set and a toothpick inserted in the center of the pan comes out clean.

Cool fully, then cut into bars as desired.

Final Recipe by Glorious Treats, adjusted from Martha Stewart .

Use 1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice in place of the individual spices, if desired.

Feel free to use semi-sweet chocolate chips in place of the white chocolate, if desired.

Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Snack Cake - by glorioustreats.com

Ready to kick off your fall baking?

After you whip up these Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Bars, you can try a few more of my fall favorites…

Pumpkin Spice Doughnut Hole Muffins

Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

Caramel Apple Coffee Cake

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake 

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Perfect Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe - glorioustreats.com

I spent a bit of time wondering what to title this blog post… maybe “The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies”, or “Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies”… because after experimenting with LOTS of chocolate chip cookie recipes (tough job I have, right?), this recipe is my absolute favorite.

In the end, I settled on the title ”Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies”, because that’s what they are.  And although these are in fact “perfect” to me… I know there is a wide range of thoughts on what makes a perfect chocolate chip cookie.

For me, a perfect chocolate chip cookie has a lightly browned edge, soft and chewy center, and rich flavor… they should not be puffy or cakey, but also not be totally flat, or crisp.  Wow, lots of words to describe a pretty simple cookie!

So, if you like chewy, flavorful, easy to make Chocolate Chip Cookies, then this recipe needs to come to life in your kitchen very soon!

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

A perfect balance of textures and flavor, these chewy chocolate chip cookies are a favorite in our house!

Yield: 18-22 cookies

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
12 Tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) Challenge unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg PLUS 1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

(optional- 3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans)

Directions:

In one large bowl add flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
Melt the butter, then add to another large bowl, or the bowl of an electric mixer.
Blend melted butter with both sugars, and beat (or stir vigorously by hand) until the butter and sugars are well combined and the mixture is smooth and shiny.
Add the egg, then the egg yolk, and continue to beat until fully incorporated.
Add vanilla and blend well.
Pour flour mixture slowly into the mixer, then the chocolate chips (and nuts if desired), and blend just until all the flour is incorporated.

Preheat oven to 350*F and move the bowl of cookie dough to the fridge for 10 minutes (while the oven heats up).
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Scoop the batter (using a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop) onto the parchment paper lined baking sheets.
Bake cookies, one baking sheet at a time for 10-12 minutes (I usually bake mine for 10 minutes).
Remove the cookies from the oven when the edges of the cookies are just BEGINING to get golden brown, and the centers of the cookies appear slightly under-baked.

Allow the cookies to cool about 5 minutes on the baking sheets, and they will continue to cook, and firm up. Once partially cooled, carefully transfer cookies to a cooling rack.
Keep the remainder of the dough in the fridge while you are baking the others. Keeping the dough cool will help the cookies keep their shape while baking.

Final recipe by Glorious Treats, adjusted from Cooks Illustrated.

I really like to bake these cookies on parchment paper, as noted. Feel free to use Silpat lined baking sheets, or lightly greased baking sheets, but your results may not be identical to mine.

Be careful not to over bake the cookies, or they will not have the soft, chewy texture I've described. Be sure to remove the cookies from the oven while they still appear to be slightly under-baked.

Perfect Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies - glorioustreats.com

These Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies now have a permanent place on my list of favorite recipes!   I love that they can be mixed up and enjoyed all in less than an hour, perfect for an after dinner treat.  My girls love helping me mix these up… and eat them up!

Happy baking!

Morning Glory Muffins

Morning Glory Muffins Recipe - glorioustreats.com

Perfect for breakfast “on the go”, these yummy Morning Glory Muffins are packed full of delicious and healthful ingredients.

I recently enjoyed a muffin at a local bakery that was labeled a “Morning Glory Muffin”.  It looked like it had lots of delicious things in it (raisins, coconut, carrots), and of course I had to try it since my name (Glory) was in it.

The bakery muffin was really delicious, and so decided to try my hand at making a whole batch.  A quick search on Google yielded several recipes that sounded similar, and then I found a recipe by Earthbound Farms which claimed to be the ”Original Morning Glory Muffin Recipe“.  As I read the list ingredients it indeed looked to be a perfect match to the bakery muffins.  I also found it to be a fun coincidence that the original recipe was created in 1978, the year I was born.

I baked up a batch and they were a perfect match to the bakery muffin…. and perfectly delicious!

Once they were cooled and I had enjoyed one or two (it’s called research people, research!)  I pulled out a few new props I had recently picked up at Kohl’s, a pretty blue plate and gorgeous sunflower place mat.  I had headed to Kohl’s earlier in the week for a perfectly reasonable purchase of dish towels… and somehow came home with several new photo props, opps!  =)

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Morning Glory Muffins

These healthful and delicious muffins are perfect for a quick breakfast or snack.

Yield: 22-24 standard sized muffins

Ingredients:

1 1/4 sugar
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shredded, sweetened coconut
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts

3 eggs
3/4 cup vegetable (or olive) oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large apple, peeled and grated
1 cup (8oz) crushed pineapple, drained
2 cups grated carrots

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350*F and line two muffin pans with paper liners.

In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.
Add the coconut, raisins and nuts, and stir to combine, then set aside.

In a separate (large) bowl, whisk the eggs well, then add oil and vanilla.
Add grated apple, pineapple and carrots and stir until well combined.

Add the bowl of dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and blend until fully incorporated.

Scoop the batter into one of the prepared muffin tins (using an ice cream scoop works great). Fill liners almost full.

Bake 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Bake second pan of muffins.

Recipe source- Adjusted just slightly from Earthbound Farms

Notes - The muffins will remain fresh (when covered) up to 3 days. The muffins can also be frozen up to 2 months.

These delicious muffins are certainly more nutritious than a standard bakery muffin, and I’m sure would work well with a few additional healthy adjustments.  Feel free to replace some of the all purpose flour with whole wheat flour, and/or reduce the sugar a bit.

Morning Glory Muffins Recipe - glorioustreats.com

Prop notes – Blue plate and Sunflower placemat from Kohl’s.

Disclaimer – I was compensated by Kohl’s by way of a gift card to purchase props for this post.  All text, images and opinions are my own.

Cowgirl Boot Cookies

Cowgirl Party Cookies - glorioustreats.com

I recently made some fun Cowgirl Boot Cookies to coordinate with a Cowgirl Birthday Party my girls were invited to.  I’ve wanted to play around with a girly western theme for a while, so I was very excited when a friend who is well known (in our little circle) for her beautiful parties accepted my offer to make cookies for the party.

The Cowgirl Party was going to have a bit of a vintage feel, with colors of pink, red, and brown.  I made lots of girly boot cookies, but also included some fun bandanas (inspired by Sweet Sugar Belle), pretty lace cookies (inspired by Rosey Sugar) and some simple hearts.

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How to make Cowgirl Boot Cookies ~

Prepare a batch of cookies, using my Sugar Cookie Recipe or Chocolate Rolled Cookie Recipe.

For the boots, I used a cutter like this Cowboy Boot Cookie Cutter, and cut off the spur (before baking).

Prepare a batch of Royal Icing.

Decorate as pictured below…

1.  Outline the boot with brown icing, and fill in the boot heel as well as the pull strap (as shown).  Allow icing to set, about 30 minutes.

2.  Fill in boot with icing color(s) of your choice (in this case, pink).  If you are filling in with two different colors, fill with one color first (such as pink), then wait until the pink has set up (about 30 minutes) before adding the second flood color (in this case, lighter brown).

3.  When the base icing is set (about 1 hour), add details as shown below, with brown icing.

4.  When the icing has fully set (8 hours or overnight), use a brown food color marker to add additional details, as shown.  I used  Fine Tip FooDoodler Markers  (available from Amazon or Sur La Table)

How to make cowgirl boot cookies - by glorioustreats.com

As anticipated, my friend Kristine (the birthday girl’s mommy) did a beautiful job with the party, and I was happy to see my cookies fit in so well….

Cowgirl Party Dessert Table - glorioustreats.com

 -Dessert table concept and set up by Kristine Curtis-

In addition to a beautiful sweets table and several cute crafts, Kristine has a photo area set up with hay bales and fun props.  Here are my two cowgirls (decked out in western wear loaned to me by my friend Bethany).

Cowgirl Party Photo Idea - by Glorious Treats

 -Image above by Kristine Curtis-

Cowgirl Party Cookies - by glorioustreats.com

Happy decorating partner!

Prop and Baking Supply Giveaway (Closed)

Prop and baking supply giveaway - from Glorious Treats

I could create quite a long list of things in this life that I love and am passionate about… baking, crafting, photography, party planning, those would all be on the list.  But the items on the very top of my list would be God, my husband and our two daughters.

I have never really shared this here, but the number one reason I started this blog was with the plan and hope of being able to make enough money to send my daughters to private Christian school.  Last year, I met that goal.   I feel so amazingly blessed to have a job I love, one that allows me to use my creative gifts, and can provide for my girls to attend an amazing school.  Our school is small and it has been a perfect fit for our family.  The level of passion, love and commitment from each teacher and staff member is really amazing!

Last night our school board held an emergency all school (parent) meeting.  The topic of discussion was a very significant monthly budget shortfall, due to lower than expected enrollment.  Our teachers have graciously accepted a pay cut, to a wage that is already embarrassingly low.  But that is not enough.  There is still quite a shortage.  Each school family is being asked to thoughtfully consider what they can do to help balance the budget.

In addition to my husband and I committing to make personal and financial sacrifices to do our part, the need is bigger than we can personally meet.

As you may have noticed from my blog photos, I have quite an extensive collection of beautiful props and unique baking supplies.  When I come across something beautiful (baking, packaging, or party related) I often stock up, not knowing when I might “need” the items.  I am often asked by readers where I purchased this or that, and although I am always willing to share where I find my goodies, they are often no longer available.

Additionally, I am often asked if I take orders for my cookies, and the answer is no.  There is usually no way for anyone outside my personal circle of friends to enjoy my decorated cookies.

With all this in mind, I thought of a way we can work together to help our school, and one reader will get a pretty awesome thank you prize!

 

Here is what I’m offering… 

One person will win a generous box of beautiful baking, party, and photography props and supplies, hand selected from my personal collection.

In addition, I will create 1 dozen decorated cookies and ship them along with the other goodies.

 

Additional notes…

The box of props and baking supplies will be a mix of items from my personal collection, either brand new, or used in a photo, but still in perfect condition.  I will contact the winner and discus your specific interests, such as if you are a cookie decorator, blogger, crafter, etc, and keep those interest in mind as I pack the box.

For the decorated cookies, the specific cookie designs will be my choice, but I would certainly be willing to make some custom adjustments if you want the cookies for a special occasion.

The total retail value of the prize will be well over $100, although the custom nature of the prize means it would be impossible to collect these items on your own.

 

How to help…

You may simply use the button below to donate money in any amount ($5, $10, $50, etc).




 

Using the donate button above will send money to my personal pay-pal account.  As soon as the giveaway ends I will write a check directly to our school with 100% of any money donated.

Our school is a non-profit organization, and as such you can donate directly to the school to receive a tax write off.  If you would like to receive the tax write off for your donation, then you may donate directly to the school via pay-pal,  and send the money to principal@summitcs.net

If you have any questions about our school (Summit Christian School, located in Fair Oaks, California), please e-mail me directly at glorioustreats@gmail.com and I would love to chat with you about this school I deeply love.

 

How to enter the giveaway…  (Giveaway Closed)

Simply leave a comment below with what you might like to win from my supply closet.
Also, please feel free to mention if you were able to donate.

 

Giveaway details – Giveaway ends Wednesday, Sept. 4th, 2013 at 9pm Pacific.  The winner will be chosen using random.org. Due to shipping costs, the giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Please note, the images in this post are intended to give you an idea of the various props and supplies I have on hand.  The actual prize box will differ from the items pictured.  One entry per person.  Donating money is greatly appreciated, but will not increase your chances of winning.

 

Thank you in advance!  I am really looking forward to packing up this special package, and making some beautiful cookies for the winner of this giveaway, and I’m excited to be able to help and encourage our hardworking school staff.

If you find my site to be of any help and inspiration to you, it would mean a ton to me if you are able to help at any level!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

 

************************************* Giveaway Closed **********************************

Winning comment #170 Rosemary

Thank you so very much for each of you who were able to donate!  Each and every donation was greatly appreciated!!

I will leave the donate button on this post as is, for anyone who would still like to participate.  The needs at our school will be on-going.