Loaded Pumpkin Blondies



Loaded Pumpkin Blondies stuffed with salted caramel, pecans, and lots of chocolate! from A Kitchen Addiction @akitchenaddict

Well, it’s happened. Pumpkin has made an appearance in my kitchen, and it’s not leaving anytime soon! Despite the fact that it’s in the upper 80’s, possibly getting into the 90’s, it’s September and I’m ready for fall baking. This is the longest I’ve held out on pumpkin baking for the last couple of years, so we’re diving in with no turning back. Since it’s the first pumpkin recipe of the season, it had to be a good one. And it was. These loaded pumpkin blondies didn’t disappoint!

Loaded Pumpkin Blondies Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

I actually had these pumpkin blondies on my baking list from last fall but never got around to them. I couldn’t let them get pushed aside this season, so they made their way to the top. I can already tell you that they will be making another appearance before the season is over! These loaded pumpkin blondies are super easy to make and are packed with salted caramel, pecans, and lots of chocolate!

Loaded Salted Caramel Pumpkin Bars from A Kitchen Addiction

A combination of white chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate provide rich, creamy sweetness that accents the salted caramel perfectly. The salted caramel isn’t just a drizzle, it’s a whole layer that’s stuffed between the layers of blondie that starts to soak a little into the bottom layer as the bars bake. Gooey caramel and melty chocolate. . .you really can’t go wrong when those two things are involved! The chopped pecans add a bit of nuttiness and texture to these soft bars. Ready for fall, or not, you’ll want to make these bars soon!

Loaded Pumpkin Blondies
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1¼ C all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp cloves
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ C butter, softened
  • ½ C brown sugar
  • ¼ C sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 C pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • ½ C white chocolate chips
  • ½ C semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ C chopped pecans
  • ½ C homemade salted caramel or store bought caramel sauce (not caramel syrup)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9x9 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, or with an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugars. Beat in egg and vanilla extract until creamy. Beat in pumpkin until combined. Stir in chocolate chips and chopped pecans.
  4. Spread half of batter into the bottom of prepared baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Spread caramel over the top. Top with remaining dough.
  6. Bake for an additional 30-35 minutes or until top is light golden brown.
  7. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
  8. Cut into bars and serve. Store in an airtight container.

Loaded Salted Caramel Pumpkin Bars Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

Apple Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Cheesecake



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Apple Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Cheesecake Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

Fresh, fall apples are finally here, and you know what that means! I will be buying way too many, because I just can’t resist them. That also means that I’ll be baking with them like crazy once I realize that we can’t eat them all before they go bad. But don’t worry, I have plenty of recipes in mind to share with you, including this apple peanut butter oatmeal cookie cheesecake made as part of a challenge that you need to hear about!

Apple Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Cheesecake Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

KitchenAid is hosting a KitchenAid Contest, the Apple Challenge, and has asked me to share a recipe that showcases apples in a way that they aren’t normally used. They are teaming up with Food Network Chef, Geoffrey Zakarian, to showcases apples and bring awareness to the challenge. That’s not all, they want you to get involved, too! And the best part? The grand prize winner receives a suite of KitchenAid Black Stainless Steel Appliances and a private cooking lesson with Geoffrey Zakarian! (How amazing would that be?!) Be sure to check out the details below for more information!

But back to the recipe. While all those apples are still fresh and crisp, I thought I would put some of them to good use in an easy fall cheesecake that contains the flavors of oatmeal cookies, peanut butter, and apples!

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I have found that most cheesecakes use cooked apples, but I decided to go with raw apples to keep the crunch in tact and give the cheesecake a bit of texture. Plus, I feel like you lose a bit of the fresh flavor when you cook the apples down, and I wanted this cheesecake to be loaded with that iconic fall apple flavor! A whole cup of finely chopped apples is stirred into the batter and even more chopped apples are sprinkled over the top right before serving!

Apple Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Cheesecake Recipe l www.a-kitchen-addiction.com

A chewy oatmeal cookie crust acts as the base. Instead of a typical graham cracker crust, oats and brown sugar are added to give the crust that classic oatmeal cookie flavor. The chopped peanuts on top give the cheesecake a bit of saltiness tying together the sweet, nutty, and tart flavors of this addictive cheesecake. While there is peanut butter in the cheesecake layer, the texture remains light which makes it perfect for enjoying after any meal without feeling like you’re going overboard on your dessert! Since the cheesecake layer is no-bake, it works well with the warm days we’ve been having as summer winds down, and we head into fall!

Apple Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Cheesecake
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
For the Crust
  • 1 C graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ C regular oats
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ¼ C butter, melted
  • 3 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
For the Cheesecake
  • 12 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 C confectioner's sugar
  • ½ C creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 C finely chopped apples
  • 3 C homemade whipped topping (or one 8 oz container frozen whipped topping, thawed)
  • 3 tbsp chopped peanuts, for garnish
  • additional chopped apple, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9 inch (or larger) pie plate with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Stir together graham cracker crumbs, oats, brown sugar, and salt. Stir in melted butter, peanut butter, and vanilla extract until combined. Press into prepared pie plate.
  3. Bake for 8 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
  4. While crust is cooling, prepare filling. Beat together cream cheese, confectioner's sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla extract until creamy. Stir in chopped apples. Gently fold in whipped cream.
  5. Pour filling into cooled pie crust. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until set.
  6. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and apples right before serving.

Apple Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Cheesecake l www.a-kitchen-addiction.com

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal with Peanut Butter Syrup from A Kitchen Addiction

Schools are starting back up, and schedules are picking up for a lot of you making mornings more rushed. As life gets hectic, it’s easy for us to skip the first meal of the day. And that’s sad, because breakfast food is so good! It’s no surprise to you that I like good breakfast food, so I’m here to help you with your busy mornings! One way to make your mornings easier, while still getting a nutritious breakfast, is to make this peanut butter chocolate chip banana bread baked oatmeal!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal with Peanut Butter Syrup from A Kitchen Addiction

Like all good foods, this oatmeal bake starts with peanut butter. Or is that just me that thinks you can’t go wrong with peanut butter?! Add to the peanut butter some mashed banana, oats, cinnamon, and nutmeg and you have peanut butter banana bread made nutritious for breakfast!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal with Peanut Butter Syrup from @akitchenaddict

Throw in some chocolate chips for a bit of sweetness, and you have a breakfast that you won’t be able to forget. To top off an already good combination of flavors, peanut butter maple syrup is drizzled over the top. This oatmeal bake doesn’t take long to throw together. Plus, it’s great for reheating individual servings as you all rush out the door at different times in the morning!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal
 
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Serves: 9
Ingredients
For the Oatmeal Bake
  • ½ C creamy peanut butter
  • 3-4 tbsp honey (If your bananas aren't very ripe, you may want to add more sweetener)
  • 1 C mashed ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ C your choice of milk
  • 2½ C regular oats
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ⅓ C chocolate chips
For the Syrup
  • ⅓ C maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8x8 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together peanut butter, honey, mashed bananas, eggs, and vanilla extract until well combined. Carefully whisk in milk.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together oats, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir to combine. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Pour batter into prepared baking dish. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. (If you prefer a drier oatmeal bake, you'll want to bake it a few more minutes.)
  5. Remove to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes.
  6. While oatmeal bake is cooling, prepare peanut butter maple syrup by whisking together maple syrup and peanut butter.
  7. Cut oatmeal bake into pieces and drizzle syrup over the top.

 Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal with Peanut Butter Syrup Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

Salted Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Salted Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookie Bars Recipe l www.a-kitchen-addiction.com

The weather is starting out cool in the mornings before heating up and the air has a bit of briskness to it when the wind blows. That means one thing, time to bake all things fall! Of course, I started with apples and before long a pan of salted caramel apple oatmeal cookie bars was coming out of my oven. Three of my favorite things combine into cookie bars that are all things fall!

Salted Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookie Bars l www.a-kitchen-addiction.com

A generous layer of salted caramel and chopped apples is sandwiched between layers of oatmeal cookie. Rich, buttery homemade caramel with a hint of salt. You could probably just stop at the salted caramel, it’s that good. The oatmeal cookie layers are everything a good oatmeal cookie should be. They are chewy, nutty, sweet, and loaded with cinnamon and nutmeg. The result is an irresistible combination of sweet and salty with soft and chewy! The warm spices of cinnamon and nutmeg not only add a burst of flavor to the bars, but they also make your house smell incredible and thoughts of fall start making their way into your head!

Salted Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookie Bars from A Kitchen Addiction

These bars taste great warm or chilled. Of course, we thought the best way to enjoy these bars involved ice cream. Top with a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of salted caramel! I highly recommend making a double batch of the caramel filling so you can have extra for serving with the bars. Put those fall apples to good use, and make a batch of cookie bars!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Salted Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookie Bars
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
For the Cookie Base
  • 5 tbsp butter, softened
  • ⅓ C brown sugar
  • ¼ C sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ C + 2 tbsp white whole wheat or all-purpose flour, divided
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 1¾ C regular oats, divided
For the Filling
  • ½ C finely chopped apples
  • ¾ C brown sugar
  • ⅓ C butter
  • ⅓ C half & half
  • ⅛ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray an 8x8 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a small saucepan, stir together brown sugar, butter, and half & half. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Stir occasionally to prevent scorching. Reduce heat to medium and boil for 8 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, stir in salt, and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugars. Add in milk, egg, and vanilla extract. Beat until creamy.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together ¾ cup flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add to cream butter mixture. Beat until well-combined. Stir in 1½ cup oats.
  5. Press roughly half of mixture into the bottom of prepared baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes and remove from oven to a wire rack.
  6. Sprinkle apples over crust. Stir remaining 2 tablespoons of flour into caramel. Pour ⅓ cup of caramel over the top.
  7. Stir remaining ¼ cup oats into dough and spoon dough over the top of the apple caramel layer.
  8. Return to oven and bake for another 25-30 minutes or until topping is light golden brown.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 1 hour before cutting into bars.

 Salted Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookie Bars Recipe l www.a-kitchen-addiction.com

No Bake Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter S’mores Bars

No Bake Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Smores Bars l www.a-kitchen-addiction.com

I mentioned on Monday that I’m not ready for grilling season to end. Part of that has to do with the fact that I’m not ready for s’mores season to end! Having s’mores after a meal from the grill is a must around here. It doesn’t happen all the time, but it does happen quite a bit! Probably not the best for our blood sugar, but definitely good for our tastebuds! Since I won’t be able to have s’mores whenever I want once grilling season ends, I have to find a way to enjoy them that doesn’t require a grill or fire pit. Enter these no bake dark chocolate peanut butter s’mores bars.

No Bake Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Smores Bars l www.a-kitchen-addiction.com

No fire needed, but still lots of chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker goodness. And since I find milk chocolate to be too sweet when paired with marshmallows, I used dark chocolate. But my husband doesn’t agree with me, he thinks milk chocolate is the way to go. If you’re like him, I suppose you could use milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate. . .!

No Bake Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Smores Bars Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

Have you ever added peanut butter to your s’mores? If you haven’t, you’re missing out. Just smear a little on your graham cracker (or use a Reese’s!) before putting the chocolate and marshmallow on, and you’ll never have it plain again! Because it’s so good, I added peanut butter to both the graham cracker base and to the melted chocolate in these bars. Just press the graham mixture into the pan, sprinkle with mini marshmallows, pour chocolate over the top, and top with marshmallow bits and crushed graham crackers. A super simple way to enjoy summer all year long!

5.0 from 1 reviews
No Bake Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter S'mores Bars
 
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Serves: 24
Ingredients
For the Crust
  • 12 whole sheets of graham crackers, finely crushed
  • ⅓ C confectioner's sugar
  • ½ C creamy peanut butter
  • 4 tbsp butter
For the Topping
  • 1 (12 oz) pkg dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ C creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • ⅓ C mini marshmallows
  • 1 whole sheet graham cracker, coarsely crushed
  • 2 tbsp marshmallow bits
Instructions
  1. Line an 8x8 inch baking dish with aluminum foil so that the edges hang over the sides of the baking dish.
  2. In a food processor, pulse together graham crackers and confectioner's sugar until graham crackers are fine crumbs.
  3. In a small microwave safe bowl, melt peanut butter and butter until butter is melted. Stir together and add to food processor. Pulse until mixture is completely combined.
  4. Press mixture into the bottom of prepared baking dish. Set aside.
  5. In a microwave safe bowl, add chocolate chips and melt according to package instructions. Stir in peanut butter and butter until smooth.
  6. Top graham cracker crust with mini marshmallows. Pour chocolate mixture over the top. Sprinkle with crushed graham cracker and marshmallow bits. Gently press into chocolate.
  7. Refrigerate for at least two hours before cutting into pieces and serving.

 Easy No Bake Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Smores Bars from A Kitchen Addiction

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