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Sweet, Spicy & Salty Bourbon Peanuts

Sweet, Spicy & Salty Bourbon Peanuts


These amazing sweet, spicy and salty glazed peanuts are perfect for baseball games, football watching parties (Super Bowl, anyone?), or enjoying with a movie! Incredibly quick and easy, these delicious nuts are sure to be a hit at your next party. The woodsy and peppery rosemary compliments both the warm Brown Sugar Bourbon and spicy cayenne perfectly - these nuts are a flavor explosion with every bite!


When I'm entertaining, I love recipes that can be made ahead of time so there's one less thing for me to think about! These peanuts can be made ahead of time, and stored in an airtight container for up to a week. They're great warm or at room temperature - to reheat just warm in the oven at 350 for about 5-10 minutes!

Serve these nuts alongside a glass of Brown Sugar Bourbon, and scroll to the bottom of the this post for more delicious bourbon recipes!





Ingredients: 

1 tablespoon butter, melted
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons Brown Sugar Bourbon
1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, depending on desired spiciness
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
2 cups unsalted peanuts

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients except the peanuts in a large mixing bowl, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Add the peanuts and stir to evenly coat. Spread the peanuts evenly and in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, or until fragrant. Allow to cool for a few minutes, and then gently break the nuts apart with your fingers. Serve warm or at room temperature. Store in an airtight container, and eat within a week!




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Gingerbread Cake with Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting

Gingerbread Cake with Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting


Do you love gingerbread? Me too! Spicy, moist and festive - this Gingerbread cake is all the delicious gingerbread flavors in cake form! The perfect dessert for Christmas dinners and New Years festivities. This cake is sure to become everyone's new favorite dessert, even for the busy cook since it takes just a few minutes to come together and is beautiful to present!

Also, I personally love semi-naked cakes! They're so quick and easy to frost, and especially when the cake is such a pretty color like this one, I love seeing the cake layers peeking through the cream cheese frosting!


The star player of this cake is the Brown Sugar Bourbon drizzled over each layer of cake, and in the cream cheese frosting! So warm and delicious, and a perfect way to elevate the cake for special occasions. The bourbon perfectly compliments the brown sugar and molasses flavors in this cake, and it's basically a dessert and nightcap in one!

If you enjoy bourbon, scroll to the bottom of this post for my other favorite bourbon recipes!





Cake Ingredients: 

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
 2 eggs
1 1/4 cups brewed coffee
1 cup molasses
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves

Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon Brown Sugar Bourbon (plus more for drizzling)

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 350, and grease and line the bottoms of three 6" cake pans or two 8" cake pans. Set aside.

Whisk together the dry ingredients, flour through cloves, and set aside.

In the bowl of your stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the softened butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla, molasses and coffee, mixing until combined. Your batter will look piecy at this stage, and that's ok! It will all come together in the next step.

Add the dry ingredients in two batches, mixing on low speed until just combined and making sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl often.

 Evenly divide the cake batter between the prepared pans. Bake for 32-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. Allow to cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting: beat together the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, mixing on low. Add the Brown Sugar Bourbon and mix until light and fluffy.

To assemble, drizzle 2-3 teaspoons of Brown Sugar Bourbon on the top of each dry cake layer, and then frost. Allow the bourbon to settle into the cake for a few hours before serving, and enjoy!



Love Bourbon as much as I do? Check out my other Bourbon recipes!




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Cranberry Jalapeno Poppers

Cranberry Jalapeno Poppers


Holiday desserts are great (Cranberry Orange Cake anyone?), but what I reallllly love about the holidays are the delicious appetizers. All the dips over here, please! So I'm really excited to share this super yummy appetizer with you! These Cranberry Jalapeno Poppers are a little sweet, a little spicy, and very cheesy!


With just a handful of ingredients, these jalapeno poppers couldn't be easier! I love the flavor of the cranberries and jalapenos together, and I really love the flavor of the cranberries and cumin together. Add in the chives, cilantro and the yum factor goes sky high!






Makes 16 Rolls

Ingredients: 

2 cans crescent rolls (I like Annie's)
8 oz block of full-fat cream cheese
6 Tablespoons dried cranberries
2 Tablespoons chives, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika


Directions: 

Preheat the oven per the crescent roll directions. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray. Combine all the ingredients except the rolls in a medium sized mixing bowl, and stir together with a spatula until well combined. Spoon a tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture into the wide end of each crescent roll, and roll toward the point. Bake about 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve hot!












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Orange Cranberry Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Orange Cranberry Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting


The first Christmas cake of the season! This is such a fun and festive holiday dessert, baked with fresh orange and cranberries! The cinnamon cream cheese frosting is the icing on the cake (ha!). The cinnamon flavor is subtle, and compliments the cake flavors so well. This cake is perfect for all of your holiday parties, so let's get baking!


The fresh cranberries baked into this cake are so pretty when it's sliced into, and are little bursts of bright flavor when you bite into them! Orange and cranberry is one of my favorite flavor combinations; last year I shared my Cranberry Orange Muffins, which are still going strong as a top recipe!



For a super easy decoration, I cut a few orange slices and covered some leftover fresh cranberries in sugar. It doesn't get more simple than that, and I love how pretty it looks!







Cake Ingredients:

 3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
6 Tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
Zest of 1 1/2 oranges
1 1/2 cups roughly chopped fresh cranberries

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients: 

8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 350 degress F, and grease and line three 6" cake pans. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients, flour through salt. Set aside.

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla and sour cream. Scrape down the sides as needed. Add the orange zest and juice, and mix until all ingredients are just incorporated. Stir in the chopped cranberries with a spatula.

Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans, and bake for 33-36 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. Allow the cakes to cool for 10 minutes in the pans, and then use a knife to gently loosen the edges before inverting onto a cooling rack.

For the frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, mixing until it's fully incorporated. Add the cinnamon and vanilla, and beat for a few minutes on medium-high speed.

Frost when the cakes are completely cooled. (I even prefer to frost cakes that have been refrigerated at least an hour.) Top with cranberries and orange slices, and serve!



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Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Bourbon Glaze

Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Bourbon Glaze


We're well into October and well into pumpkin spice season (aka the best season ever). I hope you're not tired of it yet, because I'm just getting started people! Today I'm sharing a super easy, super delicious fall dessert recipe with you - Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Bourbon Glaze!

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These baked donuts are so quick and easy to whip up, and I love that they're a healthier version of the traditional donuts. And let me just tell you - that Brown Sugar Bourbon glaze is amazing! The perfect compliment to warm pumpkin spices, and a super fun fall dessert. When I'm serving these to kiddos, I make theirs with a vanilla glaze (just 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract instead of bourbon), and top theirs with fun sprinkles so they're easy to tell apart haha!




These donuts are such a fun Halloween treat, and wouldn't they be an awesome Thanksgiving dessert or brunch idea too?







Donut Ingredients: 

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 (15 oz) can of pumpkin (not pumpkin filling)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 eggs

Glaze Ingredients: 

1 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons Brown Sugar Bourbon

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and grease two donut pans with nonstick spray (I use a coconut oil spray).

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients, flour through salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, mix together all the wet ingredients, pumpkin through eggs until well combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

Transfer the batter to a large ziplock bag, and cut about an inch-wide hole in one corner. Pipe the batter into each well of the donut pan, filling each well to about 2/3 full. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. Allow to cool before dipping in glaze.

For the glaze: whisk together the powdered sugar and Brown Sugar Bourbon until smooth. Dip each donut into the glaze, and allow to harden before serving.

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Thank you to Heritage Distilling for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 
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Simple & Elegant Thanksgiving Tablescape

Simple & Elegant Thanksgiving Tablescape


Thanksgiving is one of my favorite meals of the year! I love the food (especially the stuffing!), and the chance to be with family. Growing up, holiday meals were always enjoyed over a beautifully set table, and I always looked forward to it! It doesn't have to be anything elaborate, but taking the time to make the table a little more special made the whole dinner more memorable.

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For this table, this year, I opted for a simple, yet elegant table with striking elements such as the gorgeous pewter chargers, complimented by beautiful white plates from Juliska and large eucalyptus arrangement.

Whenever I set a table, I pick one or two pieces to design the whole table around. For this table, it was these gorgeous pewter chargers!  I chose a simple grey table runner, striped grey and white napkins, and rustic wood candle holders so that the chargers would really shine. Then I added some pops of red with roses in bud vases and candlesticks, and some fresh green eucalyptus in this beautiful textured ceramic vase!
 


I always think it's fun to surprise guests with one or two really special treats. Sometimes it's a delicious cocktail, calligraphy, or favors. For this table I set up mini charcuterie boards at each place setting, for each guest to enjoy as we gathered. So cute and so easy, and a really fun conversation starter!
 

I can't get over these beautiful Berry & Thread dinner plates from Juliska. They are so well made - you can see in the photos how solid they are! The details are beyond gorgeous - I love the subtle texture they add with the raised thread and berries design around the edge.

Investing in a set of quality white plates is so helpful for entertaining all year round - you can use them for any color scheme, holiday, or your everyday family dinner. And the simple design means these plates can be used for any table you have in mind, from rustic to glam!





The Berry & Thread collection has so many gorgeous pieces from serving dishes to glassware, and I was so excited to use the Berry & Thread cake stand to serve pumpkin and red velvet cupcakes! (The pumpkin cupcakes were adapted from my Pumpkin Caramel Layer Cake recipe.)

 


Thank you to Juliska for gifting their items used in this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

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