Recipe: Sawdust Pie with Bananas and Whipped Cream

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, my mind is on PIE! I’ve never been a huge pumpkin-pie fan, so it’s always a good excuse to explore other delicious pie flavors for turkey dinner. One of my favorite pies to make at this time of year is Sawdust Pie—I was first introduced to it a few years ago while browsing Baked Explorations by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. I made the pie a couple of times that year, including for Thanksgiving at my parents’ house, and I’ve been itching to make it again ever since.


Sawdust Pie is filled with chocolate chips, pecans, shredded coconut, and graham cracker crumbs. Topped with banana slices and fresh whipped cream, it makes a delicious addition to the Thanksgiving dessert table!

I like to think of Sawdust Pie as Magic Cookie Bars in pie form. Magic Cookie Bars are those delicious, ridiculously easy bar cookies made with chocolate chips, shredded coconut, and pecans on a graham cracker crust, all held together with sweetened condensed milk. They’re a childhood bake sale favorite, and Sawdust Pie captures all of those magical flavors, stuffs them in a pastry crust, and tops them with fresh bananas and piles of whipped cream. Take a walk on the wild side this Thanksgiving  and add Sawdust Pie to your dessert lineup!

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Recipe: Peanut-Butter Pretzel Popcorn Balls

When I think about classic, homemade Halloween treats, popcorn balls are the first thing that come to mind. I wanted to make some this year but instead of regular versions, I decided to make really over-the-top popcorn balls loaded with all kinds of delicious treats! Peanut-butter cups and pretzels have the perfect salty-sweet flavor combination that I love, and they happen to go great with popcorn. These popcorn balls are chocolatey, peanut buttery, salty, and chewy—perfect for little kids but so yummy that adults won’t be able to resist!

These yummy peanut butter pretzel popcorn balls will be irresistible to kids and adults alike!

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Recipe: Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Muffins

One of my favorite things to do in the fall is bake. While I love baking year-round, the flavors this time of the year are the best—pumpkin, cinnamon, chocolate, spices. These classic pumpkin chocolate-chip muffins combine all of my favorite fall flavors into one tasty treat. And not only do they taste yummy, but they also make the whole house smell amazing while they bake.

Recipe: Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Muffins

These pumpkin muffins are perfect for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or alongside soup or chili for dinner. They make great treats to take to friends and neighbors and are delicious with a big mug of coffee or hot apple cider.

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Recipe: Banoffee Pie

When my husband and I were first married, I found an intriguing recipe in the back of a cooking magazine for something called “banoffee” pie. It started with a regular pastry crust filled with toffee (caramelized sweetened condensed milk, essentially dulce de leche), topped with banana slices and whipped cream. Good, right? I made it and we liked it well enough, but I didn’t make it again in the ensuing dozen years. For some reason, though, banoffee pie has been on my mind so much lately and I started wondering how I could make the recipe unforgettable—a dessert that I’d want to make again and again.

Banoffee Pie

When I started doing a little digging, I learned that there are a couple of different ways you can go about banoffee pie. You can use a pastry crust like I did, or you can use a crust made of crushed cookies or graham crackers. Hmmmmmm. I also found lots of different recipes for the toffee layer. The one I ended up trying combined sweetened condensed milk with butter and brown sugar. Not only did it take less time to prepare than the other method, but also butter and brown sugar, c’mon! It took me a couple of delicious tries to get the recipe just right, but the end result is definitely a dessert worth remembering!

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Recipe: Peach Crumb Muffins

Summer may be nearly over, but my heart is still craving fresh, juicy peaches! They’re one of my favorite fruits to eat fresh and to bake with. We got a huge box of beautiful peaches earlier this week (probably the last good peaches we’ll see this year) and have had a grand time making all the delicious, peachy baked goods we can think of: pies, cobblers, galettes, kolaches, and these yummy peach crumb muffins.

The last time I made my favorite blueberry muffin recipe, it occurred to me that it would taste even better with peaches. I had a hunch that the sweet, cakey muffin batter and cinnamon-sugar crumb topping would be perfect partners for that delicious peach flavor, and I was right! With just a hint of brown sugar and spice, these peach crumb muffins would be amazing served at breakfast, brunch, or tea time.

Recipe: Peach Crumb MuffinsMake these delicious peach crumb muffins for breakfast, brunch, or afternoon tea!

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Design to Dish: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

This time of year, I just can’t get enough holiday baking! Holiday cookies are my absolute favorite treat during the Christmas season. We have a long list of family classics that we make year after year: peanut blossoms, molasses crinkles, Russian tea cakes, sugar cookies, snickerdoodles, and these chocolate crinkle cookies! They’re rich and fudgy, and the contrast between the dark chocolate cookie and snowy powdered sugar coating is really beautiful. They are, of course, fun to make and eat, but they’re also a great giveaway treat for friends, family, and neighbors. I love how they look paired with this cute “Gingerbread Home for the Holidays” card from Baumbirdy for Minted. If I were on-the-ball like I should be, I’d order these to send to all of my blogger friends, along with a box of homemade treats. There’s always hope for next year and, in the meantime, I’ll be eating more of these yummy chocolate crinkles!

chocolate crinkle cookies“Gingerbread Home for the Holidays” card from Baumbirdy | Chocolate
Crinkle Cookies (recipe below)

chocolate crinkle cookies

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Design to Dish: Sugared Pecans

With the holidays in full swing, you’re undoubtedly in need of lots of gifts. Besides the ones to go under the Christmas tree, there are gifts for neighbors, teachers, co-workers, party hosts and hostesses, and not to mention unexpected visitors who drop by! These sugared pecans are the perfect solution to all of those situations—they’re easy to make in bulk (each batch yields about four cups and takes about five minutes) and they last a loooooong time if stored in a sealed container. And, most importantly, they’re delicious—great on salads, cheese plates, ice cream, holiday desserts, and, let’s face it, straight off the pan. Package this sweet homemade gift in cellophane with a sprig of greenery and a cute holiday tag from Minted, like these “Holly Jolly” gift tags by Toast & Laurel.

Handmade Holiday Gift Idea: Sugared PecansSugared pecans (recipe below) | “Holly Jolly” gift tags by Toast & Laurel

Handmade Holiday Gift Idea: Sugar Pecans

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Design to Dish: Mini S’mores Pies

Like most of America, we have family coming in from all over the country this week to celebrate Thanksgiving. My mom texted everyone to figure out the menu, so we have a magnificent feast to look forward to: smoked turkey, stuffing, fresh-baked rolls, corn, carrots, green beans, cheesy broccoli and cauliflower, pomegranate salad, candied yams plus mashed potatoes plus mashed sweet potatoes, and more types of pie than I can count on one hand. With the deliciousness bar set so high, I’ve been trying to figure out what I can contribute. What I’m making? These mini s’mores pies—not only are they perfect sweet treat to conclude Thanksgiving dinner, they just might steal the whole Turkey Day show!

Mini S'mores Pies from @luluthebaker for @minted“Autumn Leaves” Thanksgiving cards by Four Wet Feet Studio | Mini S’mores Pies (recipe below)

Mini S'mores Pies for your Thanksgiving table, by @luluthebaker for @minted

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Design to Dish: Spiced-Apple Pumpkin Bread

A few weeks ago, someone I follow on Instagram posted pictures of a harvest party they hosted, and it sounded like the dreamiest thing! My husband and I always say we need to start throwing an annual Fall party, but we just haven’t gotten around to kicking off the tradition. When we do, however, it will undoubtedly include all of the quintessential autumnal things a harvest party should have: hay bales, pumpkins, apple cider, crisp weather, cute invitations, and lots and lots of sweet and spicy baked goods. This yummy quick-bake bread combines my two favorite fall flavors—apple and pumpkin—plus an irresistible cinnamon sugar topping. Whether you’re hosting a delightful harvest party or just in the mood to bake, this spiced-apple pumpkin bread is a treat!

spiced cinnamon apple pumpkin bread recipeVintage Pumpkin Seeds Holiday Party Invitations by Karidy Walker | Spiced-Apple
Pumpkin Bread (recipe below)

spiced cinnamon apple pumpkin bread recipe

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Design to Dish: Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Snack Cake

Fall is my favorite time of year! I love the weather (sunny mixed with overcast, just the right amount of chill in the air), I love the activities (pumpkin patches, hayrides, apple picking), and most of all, I love the baked goods (apples, pumpkin, and spices galore)! One of my favorite fall flavor combinations is pumpkin spice and chocolate. I like it in all of it’s forms: muffins, breads, cookies, doughnuts, and this easy to make, easy to serve snack cake. It’s the perfect treat to serve at a low-key pumpkin carving party featuring these darling invitations by Hooray Creative.

pumpkin carving party invitations and pumpkin chocolate chip snacking cake“Pumpkin Carving Party” invitation by Hooray Creative | Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip
Snack Cake, recipe below

pumpkin spice cake with milk chocolate chips

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