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Showing posts with label fall. Show all posts
Bourbon Apple Crisp

Bourbon Apple Crisp

Apple crisp is one of my favorite fall recipes! It's a tradition in our house to bake some easy fall sweets, turn on a fun Halloween/autumn movie (Hocus Pocus anyone?), and smell the delicious autumn recipe baking while we watch it. Way better than a fall scented candle because your house smells amazing, and you get to eat it!

This apple crisp has a super delicious secret ingredient - Brown Sugar Bourbon soaked raisins! The bourbon flavor is subtle, and adds a deep warm flavor to compliment the tart apples. Soooo good! Just remember that the raisins need to soak up the bourbon overnight, so there's just a tiny bit of planning ahead in this recipe.

This is a perfect Thanksgiving dessert idea. It's easy to make ahead of time, and the bourbon soaked raisins add a really special and elevated taste! And the bourbon is completely baked out, so it's alcohol-free for everyone to enjoy. If you're looking for some inspiration for your table decoration, check out my Simple & Elegant Thanksgiving Tablescape post!

Filling Ingredients: 

2 1/2 lbs Granny Smith apples (about 5), peeled, cored and thinly sliced
2 teaspoons lemon juice
 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup raisins
1/3 cup Brown Sugar Bourbon 103

Topping Ingredients: 

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cup rolled oats
3/4 cups brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons cold butter


In a small bowl, combine the raisins and Brown Sugar Bourbon. Cover with plastic wrap, and allow to soak overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 

Toss together all the filling ingredients in a large mixing bowl, apples through bourbon soaked raisins (plus any bourbon in the bowl that didn't soak in - waste not!). Spoon the filling into a greased 9x13 baking dish and set aside.

For the topping, stir together the dry ingredients, flour through salt. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients using a pastry cutter, two forks, or your fingers (my favorite method). Sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the filling. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the crumble is golden brown and mixture is bubbling.

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Kirsten Bell
Quick & Easy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars

Quick & Easy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars

The leaves are starting to change colors where we live, and it's seriously feeling like fall! That makes my heart SO happy - I actually squealed with delight today seeing them and scared Charlotte by accident haha!

If you haven't noticed, autumn is by far my very favorite season. It's so cozy, and such a perfect time for fun fall baking recipes, snuggling up and watching movies...I could wax romantic about it all day long!

If you're looking for a super quick and easy fall baking recipe for this weekend, these pumpkin bars are it! Soft and cakey with just enough spice, these are guaranteed to be gone faster than you may like to admit. I'm such a sucker for pumpkin and chocolate recipes, aren't you?

These delicious pumpkin bars take 10 minutes max to whip up, and 30 minutes to bake. So in under an hour you could be enjoying scrumptious, gooey, melted chocolatey pumpkin bar goodness. No excuses, just make them! (And if you're looking for a super delicious cake, check out my Pumpkin Caramel Layer Cake recipe!)

Makes 24 Bars


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, melted
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F,. Grease a 9x13 pan with butter, and line it with parchment paper with a small overhang for super easy removal of the bars.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients, flour through salt. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the butter through pumpkin. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and combine with a spatula. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Spoon the dough into the prepared baking dish, using the spatula to make sure it's evenly spread. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool at least 10 minutes before serving.

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Kirsten Bell