Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Knots + GIVEAWAY!

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Are you one of those people who has to eat as soon as you get up in the morning? I’m not usually, but sometimes I find myself scrambling around the kitchen trying to find something to satisfy my grumbling stomach. Recently, I discovered a way to make both my stomach and taste buds happy without having to do much work. Morning hunger problem solved in the form of these pumpkin spice cinnamon knots. These soft, tender pastries are filled with real pumpkin and spices and are topped with a maple drizzle to combine my favorite fall flavors.

And while they may look a little complicated, they really aren’t. Just mix all of the dry ingredients together (Yes, even the yeast! You can do that with my favorite no-fail Red Star Platinum yeast!). Add in the wet ingredients and knead until dough forms. Then you just have to wait for the rising, shaping, short second rise, and short bake time before sinking your teeth into these pillowy cinnamon knots! And, since they stay fresh for a few days, you can enjoy them throughout the week. Let’s just say that getting out of bed in the morning is a little easier when you have these waiting for you!

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Sure I get hungry, but I never have to worry about where my next meal will come from. I am thankful for that but also realize that there are many people who don’t have that luxury. In fact, 1 out of 8 people on earth go to bed hungry, and 842 million people do not have enough to eat. That is why I am partnering with Red Star Yeast to help promote their Baking the World a Better Place campaign. Red Star is joining with Stop Hunger Now to raise awareness of their mission and to encourage others to help end hunger by baking with Red Star Yeast and sharing with those in their community. A portion of the proceeds from Red Star Yeast products will go toward providing meals and aid to children and families through Stop Hunger Now.

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If you’ve never heard of Stop Hunger Now, here is a bit of information about this international hunger relief organization. They are different from other organizations in that they focus on engaging volunteers in a hands-on activity to produce meals that are used to support development programs. At the same time, they are educating those same volunteers about the need and giving them an opportunity to take action. In 2013, approximately 125,000 volunteers worldwide packaged 42 million meals for people in 30 countries.

Stop Hunger Now is partnering with non-profits around the globe to help keep this movement going strong and to keep being able to not only provide basic needs, but also provide the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty through education, skill development, and health care. Take some time to read more about this incredible organization!

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You may be wondering what pumpkin spice cinnamon knots have to do with ending world hunger. Well, it’s simple. Something as easy as making a batch of cinnamon knots and sharing them with a family in need is a way that you can provide food and encouragement while working to stop hunger. This recipe makes enough to have plenty for both your family and others. Because who wouldn’t want a plate full of warm, tender cinnamon knots to appear at their door?!

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Get started now by heading over to Red Star’s site and grabbing a Buy One Get One Free coupon!

(There is a friendly competition going on among the bloggers involved in the Baking the World a Better Place campaign. The blogger with the most repins from Red Star’s board wins. If you like my recipe, please head over and give my pin a repin! THANK YOU!)

Also, to help with your baking needs, Red Star is **giving away a baking basket that includes: a bread basket and warming stone; a signed copy of The New Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day; Red Star Yeast mixing bowl; towel; dough whisk; apron; and yeast!  
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Serves: 24
Ingredients
For the Brownies (or your favorite 9×13 inch mix)
  • ⅔ C butter
  • 1¾ C sugar
  • ¾ C unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 C all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 can dulce de leche
For the Topping
  • 8 oz dark baking chocolate
  • coarse sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. If you want thick brownies, lightly spray a 9×9 or 9×11 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. For thinner brownies, use a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in sugar and cook until sugar starts to dissolve. Stir constantly to prevent scorching. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Stir in cocoa powder until well blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Pour half of batter into prepared baking dish. Spoon half of the dulce de leche over the top and swirl through batter with a knife. Pour remaining half of the batter over the top. Spoon remaining dulce de leche over the top. Swirl through batter with a knife.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. Remove to wire rack to cool.
  5. Once cooled, melt chocolate according to package instructions. Spread over the top of brownies. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  6. Once chocolate has hardened slightly, cut into pieces and allow to harden completely before serving.

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Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie Steamer

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When it comes to pumpkin drinks, I’m hooked. Lattes, mochas, chais. . .I like them all with pumpkin! I am kind of picky about a couple of things with my pumpkin drinks though. I really like the pumpkin drinks to actually have pumpkin in them, not just pumpkin spices (though I’ll drink them with just pumpkin spices!). My other request? Whenever possible, I like to have my pumpkin drinks made with almond milk. Silk makes it easy for me to make my drinks extra creamy and delicious with their Vanilla Almondmilk.

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I’ve been a fan of Silk’s Vanilla Almondmilk for quite awhile. Since I can’t drink much milk without getting sick, I turned to Silk because I had to. Come to find out, it wasn’t a bad thing! And now, I prefer the flavor over that of cow’s milk. It tastes great plain, on cereal, or in warm drinks like this dairy free pumpkin pie steamer. My husband, however, still wasn’t convinced that he should give it a try. Since my husband doesn’t like coffee, I knew that it would be impossible to get him to try Silk Almondmilk if there was coffee involved. So, the next time I was in the mood for a pumpkin latte, I decided to skip the coffee and make a pumpkin pie steamer instead.

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I knew my husband liked a pumpkin chai, so I knew he would try this steamer. The perfect way for him to try Silk Vanilla Almondmilk! The result? He liked it! I mean, how could you resist a warm, creamy, pumpkin-y drink?! The vanilla almondmilk adds a sweet, creamy addition to our new favorite fall drink. Pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, and honey with a hint of brown sugar combine to create the flavor of pumpkin pie in a warm, comforting drink.

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For an extra-indulgent drink, pipe on your favorite non-dairy whipped topping. Sprinkle with graham crackers and more cinnamon. Enjoy!

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Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie Steamer
 
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Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • 4 C Silk Vanilla Almondmilk
  • 1½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp cloves
  • ¼ – ⅓ C pure maple syrup or honey
  • ¼ C brown sugar, or you can use all maple syrup/honey
  • ¼ C pumpkin puree
  • 1 crushed graham cracker, for garnish
  • non-dairy whipped topping, optional
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, stir together almondmilk, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, cloves, maple syrup, and brown sugar until combined. Bring mixture to a simmer over medium heat.
  2. Remove from heat, pour mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a heat-safe container. Stir in pumpkin until combined.
  3. Pour into 2-4 (depending on size) mugs. Top with dairy-free whipped topping, optional. Sprinkle with crushed graham cracker.

 Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie Steamer Recipe l www.a-kitchen-addiction.com

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

Double Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

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Do granola bars disappear way too quickly at your house? They sure do around here! They are just so convenient for breakfast, snack, quick lunch, etc. Since we go through so many, I try to make homemade granola bars on a regular basis. Though I like to mix flavors up, I usually end up making the same flavor. I thought I had a favorite, dark chocolate cherry almond, but they have been surpassed. These double dark chocolate peanut butter granola bars are just so good!

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You really can’t go wrong combining dark chocolate and peanut butter. I’ve packed in as much dark chocolate as possible with these granola bars. Dark chocolate baking cocoa and dark chocolate chips give these granola bars a rich chocolate flavor that can satisfy even the strongest chocolate craving! They taste too good to be thought of as healthy. But, they actually aren’t bad!

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Peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil help bind the ingredients together and provide protein, sweetness, and good fats. And, of course, I’ve added my usual oat bran and flaxseed to boost the nutritional value without affecting flavor and texture. The result is a chewy, chocolaty no-bake granola bar that will soon become your favorite, too!

5.0 from 3 reviews

Double Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2¼ C quick oats
  • ¼ C wheat or oat bran
  • ¼ C ground flaxseed
  • ¼ C unsweetened dark chocolate baking cocoa
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ C honey
  • ⅓ C no-stir natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ – ½ C dark chocolate chips, depending on how sweet you want the bars
Instructions
  1. Line an 8×8 inch baking dish with parchment paper. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together quick oats, wheat/oat bran, flaxseed, baking cocoa, and salt.
  3. In a small saucepan, heat together honey, peanut butter, coconut oil, and vanilla extract until peanut butter and coconut oil are melted. Bring to a boil and boil for one minute. Stir constantly to prevent scorching. Remove from heat.
  4. Pour over oat mixture and stir until coated. Stir in dark chocolate chips. Some of them may melt, and that’s okay!
  5. Press mixture into prepared baking dish. Optional: Sprinkle a tablespoon of dark chocolate chips over the top.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting into bars. Store in an airtight container.

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Cheesy Stuffed Jalapeno Popper Sliders

Cheesy Stuffed Jalapeno Popper Sliders Recipe l www.a-kitchen-addiction.com

Football season is in full swing. We have football Sunday, Monday, Thursday, and Saturday! That means lots of opportunities to tailgate and eat game food. So, even if you’re not a fan of football, you can still take advantage of all of the good game day food! I don’t know about you, but when I think of game day food, sliders are one of the first foods that come to mind. So when I had to come up with a tailgating recipe, these cheesy stuffed jalapeño popper sliders instantly came to mind!

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What better tailgating food than a cheeseburger slider stuffed with jalapeño popper dip?! But that’s not all, there’s bacon. And lots of it. Bacon in the dip, bacon in the beef, and bacon on top. If you love bacon, this burger is for you!

Start by making a small batch of jalapeño popper dip and set it aside. The time it takes to make and assemble the burgers will give the flavors a chance to blend in the dip. Then, take your ground beef and stir in bacon, jalapeño, and onion. We want these sliders to be loaded with flavor! Take your ground beef mixture and make 12 thin patties. Top half of the patties with a bit of dip. Use the remaining patties to top the dip and form the burgers. You will want to make sure to seal the edges of each burger and flatten them a bit before cooking. Otherwise you will end up with dip running out the sides and really thick burgers!

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Volk Enterprises helps make game day cooking easier with their Cook’d Right™ Sensors. No more guessing when your meat is done. No more dried out meat because you were afraid your meat wasn’t done. Now you can use these inexpensive disposable sensors and be accurate every time! I used a 165° Cook’d Right™ Sensor for these burgers to make sure they were done. All you have to do is insert the tip of the sensor into the center of your meat and wait 10 seconds. Pull out the sensor and see if the tip has turned red. If it has, that means the meat is done. If it hasn’t, your meat still needs some more time to cook. It’s that easy.

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Cheesy Stuffed Jalapeno Sliders complete with bacon and jalapeno mixed into the burger! Perfect for tailgating! l www.a-kitchen-addiction.com

So, take a few sensors with you when you head out to tailgate. You won’t have to worry about taking and losing an expensive one, and you still can have peace of mind that your meat will be both fully cooked and tender! Be sure to ask for them by name at your local butchers and grocery stores. Then go home and make these spicy, cheesy, bacon-y, burgers!

Cheesy Jalapeno Popper Sliders -- Stuffed with jalapeno popper dip with bacon and jalapeno mixed in the burger, too! l www.a-kitchen-addiction.com

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5.0 from 1 reviews

Cheesy Stuffed Jalapeno Popper Sliders
 
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Serves: 6 sliders
Ingredients
For the Filling
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 tbsp jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (If you want a less spicy burger, leave it out)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
For the Burgers
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 tbsp jalapeno, finely choppped
  • 1 tbsp yellow onion, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 6 slices Colby Jack Cheese (the size of your slider buns)
  • 6 slider pretzel buns
  • additional bacon, for topping
  • lettuce, for topping
  • tomatoes, for topping
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, stir together cream cheese, bacon, jalapeno, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder until combined. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together ground beef, bacon, jalapeno, onion, salt, and pepper.
  3. Divide ground beef mixture into 6 pieces. Divide each piece in half. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of cream cheese mixture onto 6 of the halves. Top with remaining halves. Press edges of beef to seal and form a burger. Repeat with remaining beef.
  4. Heat a grill pan (or grill) up over medium heat. Grill burgers over medium heat for 6 minutes per side or until a 165° Cook’d Right™ Sensor inserted in the center reads that the burger has reached an internal temperature of 165° Fahrenheit. The tip of the sensor will turn red when this happens. When the sensor reads that the burgers are done, top each burger with a slice of cheese and cover for two minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  5. If you want to toast the pretzel buns, lightly butter the cut sides of the buns and toast them on a skillet until sides start to turn golden brown while the burgers finish cooking.
  6. Place burgers on toasted pretzel buns and top with bacon, lettuce, and tomato. Serve.

 

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Volk Enterprises. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

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