Pumpkin Muffins with Vanilla Chai Glaze

Pumpkin Muffins with Vanilla Chai Glaze

These are the most delicious pumpkin muffins ever! Moist, perfectly sweet, and warmly spiced. Topped with cinnamon streusel and vanilla chai drizzle, these easy muffins are perfect for cool fall mornings and afternoon snacks. These homemade muffins are full of autumn spices and pumpkin flavor that nobody can resist!

As you might be able to tell from my recent recipes, I'm a wee bit obsessed with pumpkin! It's such a delicious fall flavor, and autumn only rolls around once a year! The chai drizzle on these muffins is next level, you seriously have to try it! These are like a chai pumpkin spice latte in pumpkin form, and it's amazing!


Muffin Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/3 cup canned pumpkin puree
2 eggs
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Streusel Ingredients: 

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into pieces

Chai Spice Mix: 

1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoons cardamom
1/4 teaspoon allspice

Vanilla Chai Glaze Ingredients:

1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon Chai Spice Mix (Above)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and line a muffin tin with liners.

For the streusel: mix together the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Rub the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles course crumbs. Set aside. 

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients, flour through brown sugar. In a large bowl, using a rubber spatula, combine all the wet ingredients, pumpkin through vanilla. Add the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

Fill each well about 3/4 full of batter, and top generously with the streusel, gently pressing the streusel into the top of each muffin. Bake 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. Allow the muffins to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, and allow to cool completely before drizzling with glaze.

For the glaze: combine the powdered sugar, heavy cream, vanilla and chai spice mixing together with a fork. Transfer to a plastic piping bag, and drizzle the glaze over each cooled muffin.

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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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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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Pumpkin Caramel Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Caramel Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Fall officially begins in just a few short days - can you believe it? We've had a week of rainy, colder days and that crisp Autumn chill has started to settle in around us. Fall is my very favorite season. I love the changing leaves, sweaters, and of course, everything pumpkin spice!

This is my first fall dessert of the season, and I'm SO excited to share it with you! Pumpkin cake with caramel filling, and cream cheese frosting. It's definitely hard to pick a favorite of my cake recipes, but this pumpkin cake is going to be pretty dang hard to beat! The rich, spicy pumpkin cake pairs so well with the creamy caramel, and is topped with delicious cream cheese frosting.

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As a fan of all things pumpkin spice, I thoroughly approve this cake recipe! I also love how quick and easy it is to make. Since the cake calls for melted butter, there's not even any need to wait for butter to soften. You'll also notice that for the caramel filling, I used store bought caramel sauce (this one is my favorite). If you have a favorite caramel recipe, feel free to use it instead.

Also, can we talk about how cute those fall sprinkles are? They're called Fall Harvest by Sweets and Treats, and it's safe to say I'm obsessed!

Cake Ingredients: 

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter, melted and cooled
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
3-4 cups powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and grease and line three 6" cake pans. Whisk together the dry ingredients, flour through brown sugar. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine all the wet ingredients, butter through buttermilk. Add the dry ingredients in two batches, mixing on low speed until just combined and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Distribute the batter between the three prepared cake pans. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs.

For The Frosting: beat the cream cheese and butter in your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time. Once all 3 cups are added, beat on high speed for about 5 minutes. If the frosting is too wet, add more powdered sugar. If it's too dry, add a bit of heavy cream.

Assembly: Start with cold cakes. I wrap mine well in plastic wrap once cooled, and refrigerate for at least a few hours. Frost the bottom layer with a thin layer of cream cheese frosting. Pipe a small perimeter of frosting on top, and fill the well with caramel sauce. Repeat for the second layer. Use the remainder of the frosting to cover the outside of the cake. Decorate with candy pumpkins and sprinkles!

By the way, be sure to check out my Instagram (@thiscelebratedlife) for videos on how I decorate my cakes!

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Easy Beef Brisket with Homemade Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Easy Beef Brisket with Homemade Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Whew, it's Friday! Has it been a week or what? Well, I have an amazing recipe to share with you today! The most delicious, easy beef brisket recipe plus my super easy homemade Brown Sugar Bourbon Barbecue Sauce. Trust me - you will never buy barbecue sauce from the store again after trying this!

I have to give a quick shout out to my husband. He and I tag teamed these recipes - he put together the brisket and I owned the barbecue sauce. We wanted these recipes to be really easy, and relatively hands-off. I was imagining having this in the oven before a football game, wrapping it up and taking it to a tailgate. Which, by the way, we totally plan to do this fall!

Since the brisket and the barbecue sauce both have the same flavors, they compliment each other so well when served together!

By the way, can you tell that I'm obsessed with Brown Sugar Bourbon? It is soooo good! I love a splash of it in my coffee on the weekends, and you might remember it from my Pina Colada Cake and Mint Julep Cupcakes. Grab a bottle and cook through all of these recipes with me - more to come! (hint hint, it might involve pumpkin spice!!!)

Easy Beef Brisket: 

5 lb Beef Brisket
1 Tablespoon Smoked Paprika
1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 Tablespoon Ground Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon Sea Salt
1 Cup Worcestershire
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar Bourbon 

Combine all of the above, paprika through Brown Sugar Bourbon, in a small bowl. Rub onto both sides of the brisket. Wrap the brisket and refrigerate overnight. Meanwhile, prepare the Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce below!

Preheat the oven to 260 degrees F. Place the meat on a rack in a roasting pan, fat side up. Pour excess juices/liquids into pan. Cook for 1 to 1.5 hours per pound of meat. Flip the meat over once, about halfway through cook time. The meat is done cooking when it has reached 180 degrees F, as measured by a meat thermometer. Wrap the meat in foil, turn the oven off, and then place the foiled brisket back into the now off oven for at least an hour. 

Serve hot, with the Brown Sugar Bourbon Barbecue Sauce below!

Brown Sugar Bourbon BBQ Sauce: 

1/2 Onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, diced
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1/3 cup Molasses
2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire 
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1 Tablespoon Dijion Mustard
1 teaspoons liquid smoke
1/8 teaspoon Chili Powder
3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, simmer together the onion, garlic, and Brown Sugar Bourbon for about 10 minutes or until the onion because translucent. 

Add the remaining ingredients, ketchup through brown sugar to the saucepan. Stir well to combine, and then bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.  

Allow the sauce to cool to room temperature, and then refrigerate overnight. The flavors will continue to come together as it sits, so it will taste even better the next day!

If you prefer a chunky barbecue sauce (like me!), serve as is. If you prefer a smooth sauce, run the sauce through fine mesh sieve. 

Serve with the above brisket recipe, chicken, fries - this sauce will taste amazing with pretty much anything!


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