Hello, November! As we welcome this enchanting month with open arms, it’s time to dive into the heartwarming world of autumn baking. In this edition of our November Baking Bliss series, we bring you two exquisite recipes that are bound to become your new fall favorites: Pumpkin Spice Muffins and Caramel Apple Pie Cookies. Packed with rich flavors and aromatic spices, these treats encapsulate the essence of November, offering a delectable way to savor the season.
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As the chill in the air becomes more pronounced and the leaves continue to paint the ground in hues of red and gold, our kitchens become havens of warmth and deliciousness. Baking becomes not just an activity, but a celebration of the season. The November Baking Bliss series is designed to guide you through this festive journey, ensuring that your kitchen is filled with the irresistible aromas of autumn and your taste buds are treated to the best flavors of the season. Get ready to experience the magic of November through these mouth-watering recipes and embrace the season with every bite!
Pumpkin Spice Muffins
A November Delight
Our journey into November Baking Bliss begins with a classic autumn treat—Pumpkin Spice Muffins by Britney Breaks Bread. These muffins are a November staple, delivering a burst of warm spices and rich pumpkin flavor in every bite.
- Yield: 13 Muffins
- Prep Time: 10 Minutes
- Cook Time: 16 Minutes
- Total Time: 26 Minutes
- Calories: 289 kcal per muffin
- 2 Muffin Pans
- Mixing Bowls
- 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
- 1 ¼ tsp (6g) baking soda
- 1 tsp (4g) baking powder
- ½ tsp (2.5g) salt
- 2 tsp (5g) cinnamon
- ¼ tsp (0.5g) nutmeg
- ¼ tsp (0.5g) ginger
- ½ tsp (1g) allspice
- ¼ tsp (0.5g) cardamom
- 1 cup (200g) brown sugar
- ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup (80ml) vegetable oil
- ¼ cup (60g) sour cream, room temperature
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 tsp (10ml) vanilla extract
- 15 oz (425g) pumpkin puree
- Start by preheating your oven to 425°F (220°C) and preparing two muffin pans with liners.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices, creating a fragrant foundation for your muffins.
- In a separate bowl, blend the brown sugar, granulated sugar, vegetable oil, and sour cream until smooth. Add in the eggs, vanilla extract, and pumpkin puree, continuing to whisk until the mixture is smooth and well incorporated.
- Gradually fold the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture, mixing just until combined. Be mindful not to overmix, as this ensures your muffins stay tender and fluffy.
- Evenly distribute the batter among the prepared muffin cups.
- Bake the muffins in the preheated oven for 5 minutes at 425°F (220°C), then reduce the temperature to 350°F (175°C) and continue to bake for an additional 16-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. For a simultaneous bake of both pans, extend the baking time at 350°F (175°C) to 18-22 minutes.
- Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Savoring November Baking Bliss:
Indulge in the November Baking Bliss with these Pumpkin Spice Muffins. Their moist, fluffy texture, combined with the aromatic blend of spices, creates a treat that is perfect for any November day. Enjoy them fresh out of the oven or the next day for a delightful autumn snack.
Salted Caramel Apple Pie Cookies
A Twist on the Classic
Next up in our November Baking Bliss series, we have Salted Caramel Apple Pie Cookies by Blue Bowl Recipes—a whimsical take on the traditional apple pie.
- Yield: 14 Cookies
- Prep Time: 1 Hour
- Cook Time: 13 Minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 13 Minutes
- Calories: 521kcal per cookie
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Medium Pan
- Cookie Scoop
- Baking Sheets
- Wire Rack
- 1 cup (226g) salted butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 3 cups (390g) all-purpose flour, spooned & leveled
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 and 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
For the Apple Filling:
- 4 large apples (775g), peeled and diced
- 1/4 cup (4 tbsp) salted butter, cubed
- 2 tbsp apple cider (substitute with 1 tsp lemon juice if needed)
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 and 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
For the Salted Caramel Sauce:
- 1 cup (206g) granulated sugar
- 6 tbsp salted butter, cubed
- 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp heavy cream
- A pinch of flaky sea salt
Cinnamon Sugar Mixture:
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 and 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp allspice
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
For the Crumble:
- 1/4 cup salted butter, melted
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 and 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- A pinch of salt
- Make the Cookie Dough: Cream the softened butter, then add sugars and mix until combined. Incorporate vanilla and eggs, followed by the dry ingredients. Chill the dough for 30 minutes.
- Prepare the Apple Filling: Cook diced apples with butter, apple cider, brown sugar, and spices until tender. Allow to cool.
- Create the Salted Caramel Sauce: Prepare the caramel sauce and let it thicken at room temperature.
- Shape and Chill the Dough: Scoop and chill the dough balls for at least 4 hours in the fridge or 2 hours in the freezer.
- Prepare the Crumble: Mix the ingredients, bake until golden brown, and let it cool.
- Bake the Cookies: Coat the dough balls in cinnamon sugar mixture, bake until edges are set, and create an indent in the centers.
- Assemble the Cookies: Fill the indents with apple filling, sprinkle crumble, and drizzle caramel sauce.
Celebrating November Baking Bliss:
These cookies encapsulate the spirit of November Baking Bliss, offering a delightful twist on classic flavors. Perfect for sharing, these treats are a hit at any fall gathering, embodying the warm and comforting vibes of November.
As the vibrant hues of autumn leaves paint the landscape and the air turns delightfully crisp, what better way to welcome the seasonal shift than by immersing yourself in the enchanting world of November Baking Bliss? Our captivating series, November Nibbles, is a heartfelt ode to the iconic flavors that define this time of year, with our Pumpkin Spice Muffins and Salted Caramel Apple Pie Cookies serving as the perfect introduction to this culinary adventure.
These delectable treats are more than just recipes; they are a passport to November Baking Bliss, offering you a sanctuary of warmth and comfort. Imagine sipping on a steaming mug of tea or coffee, the rich aromas of pumpkin spice and caramel apple wafting through the air, as you relish in the coziness of your kitchen. Baking becomes a meditative practice, a chance to unwind and express your creativity, all while basking in the glow of November Baking Bliss.
Our Pumpkin Spice Muffins and Salted Caramel Apple Pie Cookies are not just treats; they are companions in your journey through November, encapsulating the soul-soothing magic of baking. They are the epitome of comfort food, each bite a reminder to savor the simple joys in life and cherish the moments spent with loved ones.
November Baking Bliss is not just about creating stunning desserts; it’s about creating memories, sharing laughter, and finding joy in the process. So, let the allure of November Baking Bliss guide you into the heart of autumn. Preheat your ovens, gather your ingredients with excitement, and join us in crafting some truly unforgettable treats. Welcome to November Baking Bliss – where every recipe is a journey, and every bite is a moment to cherish.
Don’t Miss Part 2 of November Baking Bliss!
We’ve only just begun our journey into the flavorful world of November baking, and there’s so much more to come! Be sure to catch the next installment of our November Baking Bliss series, where we will be showcasing mouthwatering Maple Pecan Cookies and Cinnamon Roll Cookies, each bursting with the beloved tastes of autumn.
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