Nutty Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Nutty Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Perhaps you’re a lovely lady, or fine fella that enjoy the occasional sweet treat.  Perhaps the thought of a fluffy cake-like bar filled with pumpkin, nutty goodnesss, topped with decadent cream cheese frosting… makes you a little weak in the knees.

Or, perhaps you want nothing to do with a sugary snack, but enjoy the idea of sharing baked goods that make the intended think you slaved away all day, as the flour and sweat flew.

Well, here’s the answer friends.

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Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies with Nutella Cream Cheese Frosting

It remains to be seen if whoopie pies will take the crown from cupcakes as queen of the portable sugary snacking device, but these guys might give them a run for their money.

The cakes are dense and moist, and the filing, ohhh the filling!  Food trends are slightly different than clothing trends, in that most of them last longer than that Day-Glo outfit you couldn’t live without in the 80s, and most have legit reasons for finding their way into our cultural gastronomical stream of consciousness.  Bacon, food trucks, farm fresh, Sriracha, these things have staying power, because they are fantastic!  Nutella sits easily, and firmly on this list.

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Vanilla Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

As a home baker, I am always on the quest for the perfect vanilla cupcake recipe.  Seriously, why is it so hard to find a recipe that yields results like a silly little cupcake from the grocery store.

I found this particular recipe on the delightful site, I Heart Cuppycakes, and since it was from one of my fav local boys, Duff Goldman, I had to give it a whirl.

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Cream Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

I wonder if there have been studies on the effects of nostalgia making things taste better? Every now and then I pick up Swedish Fish from the gas station, and reminisce about penny candy jars and little league baseball games.  Those things are like wax, but damn they taste good in my mind.

I would argue for nostalgia making these Hostess Cupcake impersonators taste so darned good, but they just ARE that good!

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Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Icing

Many moons ago I came across this recipe from the lovely Kristina of The Chocolate Peanut Butter Gallery and wanted to try my hand at it.

Thank God I finally crossed it off my “to-bake” list, cuz these little cupcakes are wicked!

The combination of banana and chocolate chips in the batter is perfectly balanced, with a heavenly whipped peanut butter/cream cheese frosting.

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Cranberry Bliss Bars

Remember the days when Starbucks was a hotbed of activity- filled with the sounds of killer music and smelling of reasonably priced legal addictive stimulants?  Yeah, I know it’s hard to think back about ten years, but those were the good old days!

Let’s call these delicious cranberry bliss bars an ode to my well-spent late teens and early twenties in NYC, or at least an ode to all the lattes I drank!

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Double Vanilla Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ina Garten is the queen of simple recipes that yield perfect results.  If you are new to this whole cooking game, or simply looking for recipes that will become staples in your arsenal, Ina’s books and recipes should be your first stop!

When I stumbled upon this recipe a few years ago it immediately became my go-to vanilla cake recipe.  Sour cream might throw you off, but rest assured, it’s what makes these babies so darn moist.

I’ve finally gotten around to having vanilla beans in my kitchen and tweaked this recipe slightly by adding those tiny bits of awesome.

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Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Growing up it was understood, for my birthday I wanted one thing, RED VELVET CAKE!!! It’s the best.  Since I’m way past the age of getting sugary goodies for my birthday, I’ve been on the search for the perfect substitute.

Now, say what you will about Martha Stewart, but the woman is in a whole other universe of awesome (you know your hatred stems from jealously anyway!).  A few years ago she had the amazing team from Baked in Brooklyn on her show, and my recipe search was over.

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