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 Muffins Make these delicious peach crumb muffins for breakfast, brunch, or afternoon tea!

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“Dadmosa” Beer Cocktail for Father’s Day

Written by Sharon Garofalow of  Cupcakes and Cutlery

Skip the BBQ this Father’s Day and host a family brunch instead. And just because you’re hosting a morning event doesn’t mean you can’t include Dad’s favorite brew. Serve up some Dadmosas, the perfect beer-based brunch cocktail (that even non-beer lovers will enjoy!). Move over mimosas, there’s a new brunch beverage in town.

Brunch cocktail idea with beer for Father's Day.

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Recipe: Delicious Lavender-Roasted Almonds

Written by Sharon Garofalow of  Cupcakes and Cutlery

There’s nothing like a good snack to help get you through the day. While plain almonds are always a quick and easy—not to mention heart-healthy!—snack, sometimes you need something a little more special. These lavender-infused roasted almonds are sweet, lightly salty, and very crunchy—so delicious! They make a great afternoon treat but are also perfect to serve at your next party or gathering. Pair them with some iced tea or a glass of rosé and you’ll certainly be the hostess with the mostess!

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Conversation Hearts Valentine’s Day Party for Kids

Roses are red, violets are blue, we LOVE this Valentine party and hope you do too!

Valentine’s Day is one of Happy Wish Company‘s favorite holidays and when we saw Minted’s adorable Conversation Heart Valentine Party Décor and coordinating invitation, we just knew it was begging for a celebration.

The peach, light pink, dark pink and white color scheme is such a sweet twist on the traditional red and white, and gives this party a fresh, creamsicle-like feel.

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How I Holiday: Dark-Chocolate Cookie-Butter Cups

Today we’re sharing a holiday-themed guest post from Minted artist Kerry Doyle, a graphic designer based in San Francisco.

Recipe: Dark Chocolate Cookie Butter Cups Recipe: Dark Chocolate Cookie Butter Cups

Name: Kerry Doyle of Paper Dahlia
Where you’re based: San Francisco
How long you’ve been with Minted: Since 2008
Download: Click here to download Kerry’s free printable holiday-treat labels (pictured above)

From Kerry:  Every year I make two or three different dark-chocolate confections to give as gifts to family and friends. I love making homemade holiday presents—they’re guaranteed to be one of a kind and make people feel special, and isn’t that what holiday giving is all about? This has been my tradition for the past 15 years and now I enjoy sharing this with my daughter. One of the more recent additions to my candy repertoire is a dark-chocolate cookie-butter cup sprinkled with sea salt. There is something so amazing about the combination of chocolate, lightly sweet cookie butter, and a sprinkling of sea salt. Better still, it is super easy to make (translation: It’s really hard to mess this one up!). Since the holidays can be stressful enough, why make it more so with complicated and time-consuming projects? That’s my philosophy, at least. I hope you enjoy this recipe and maybe even your friends and family will, too!

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How I Holiday: Warm Coffee Cocktails

Today we’re sharing a holiday-themed guest post from Minted artist Shannon Chen, a graphic designer based in Sacramento, CA.

Warm Cocktails: Irish Coffee & Grand Marnier Recipes
Free Printable: Holiday Recipe Card

Name: Shannon Chen of Four Wet Feet Studio
Where you’re based: Sacramento, CA
How long you’ve been with Minted: Since 2010
Download: Click here to download Shannon’s free printable holiday-recipe card (pictured above)

From Shannon:  I love drinking warm coffee cocktails in the wintertime. My favorite is an Irish Coffee—so warm and comforting on a chilly Christmas morning, sipping it by the fireplace. I’m sharing two of my favorite coffee-cocktail recipes below: The first is for my favorite Irish Coffee, as well as another warm coffee drink spiked with Grand Marnier. They’ll warm you right up and both go well with any holiday cookies or treats you might have around! Hope you enjoy these, as well as the printable holiday-recipe card (above) that I created just for you.

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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 Pecans Sugared pecans (recipe below) | “Holly Jolly” gift tags by Toast & Laurel

Handmade Holiday Gift Idea: Sugar Pecans

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