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Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins

Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins

If you’re in need of a little comfort right now, grab a whisk and whip up a batch of Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins. Now you can enjoy light and fluffy, bakery-style muffins at home. These delicious muffins are lightly flavored with lemon, chock-full of sweet […]

Toffee Cookies

Toffee Cookies

One bite of our Toffee Cookies will leave you thinking OMG!! Where have you been all my life? Seriously I’ve been reflecting how truly delicious these little nuggets are and I’m feeling a little guilty for not sharing them sooner. Toffee Cookies are the absolute […]

Rustic Apple Tart

Rustic Apple Tart

Happy Fall Y’all! I wanted to share this quick and easy Rustic Apple Tart with you before you get bombarded with all things pumpkin (not that there’s anything wrong with that). But this one’s gonna be for team apple. The delicious little Fall dessert starts with a homemade buttery crust, is piled high with loads of fresh apples, and then finished to perfection with a sweet and gooey caramel drizzle. I know what you’re thinking…homemade crust…but you said this was gonna be easy!?! Don’t worry, I’ll walk ya through it step by step and you know what else? I bet you already have most of these ingredients on hand in your kitchen. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get baking!!

Here’s all you’ll need: all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, butter, vanilla extract, apples, cinnamon, an egg and caramel ice cream topping.

Rustic Apple Tart ingredients list

Let’s just get that tart crust out of the way because really that’s the most work you’ll have to put into this totally worth it apple tart. Combine 2/3 cup flour, 1 Tablespoon of sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon of salt in a large bowl. Cube the butter and add it to the bowl. Using a pastry blender, a butter knife or a fork, cut the butter until it’s crumbly. Flour, sugar, and salt mixed together in a bowl. Butter is then cut into the mixture until it's crumbly. Next we’ll gradually add in the water and vanilla. Mix in 6-1/2 teaspoons of cold water as well as 1/8 of a teaspoon of vanilla, a little at a time. Full disclosure, I start the mixing process with a fork but always end with my favorite kitchen tool…..my bare hands. Knead into a ball until a soft dough forms. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

A ball of dough in a large mixing bowl.

Lightly flour your work area. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a 14 inch circle or a shape closely resembling a circle. This apple tart has “rustic” in it’s name so there’s no need for perfection. I’m so proud that you conquered that pie crust like the boss that you are!! But….if you’re short on time, or just plain can’t get the hang of it, I won’t be mad if you need to swap in for store bought. All roads lead to one delish dessert.

Tart dough rolled into a 14 inch circle on a lightly floured surface.

Now it’s time to prep those yummy apples! We used Granny Smith’s for this recipe but you can swap out for your favorite flavorful apple. I’m dying to go apple picking this year btw. Have you been yet? Peel and core the apples then cut them into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch slices. Top with 3 Tablespoons of sugar and 1 Tablespoon of flour and toss to coat. Pie fillings done. See, told ya this would be easy!

Apple slices tossed with sugar and flour in a large glass bowl.

Transfer the crust to a sheet of…you guessed it…PARCHMENT PAPER!!!! If you follow my blog then you know I preach about this stuff. It really does make baking SO much easier and yields tremendous results. Top with the apple filling and load this baby onto a baking sheet.  Be sure to leave about an inch or two around the edges because that’s gonna be our crust.

Apple filling piled onto the tart crust.

Fold the crust over the edges of the apple tart. There really is no method to this madness, you just have to go for it. Pick a place to start and begin folding. Again don’t worry if it’s not picture perfect. I promise the taste will make up for it! Combine 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and sprinkle over the apple filling. Mmm…This is gonna be SO good!! Then whisk together the egg and 1 Tablespoon of water to form an egg wash and brush it over the tart crust.

Cinnamon sugar covers the apple tart filling. An egg wash is being applied to the crust with a silicone brush.

Bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbly. Remove to a wire rack to cool and then finish this baby off with a drizzle of your favorite caramel! Serve warm, or cold, or with a big ole scoop of vanilla ice cream and enjoy!!! I know I will. Looking for more apple recipe to get ya through Fall? Try our Apple Hand Pies or our Over the Top Apple Pie Cheesecake next.

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Rustic Apple Tart

October 1, 2019
: 4 servings
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 6-1/2 teaspoons cold water
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • FILLING:
  • 3 sliced peeled tart apples (Granny Smith is a good pick)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping, warmed
Directions
  • Step 1 Combine 2/3 cup flour, 1 Tablespoon of sugar, and 1/8 teaspoon of salt in a large bowl. Cube the butter and add it to the bowl. Using a pastry blender, a butter knife or a fork, cut the butter until it’s crumbly.
  • Step 2 Add in 6-1/2 teaspoons of cold water as well as 1/8 of a teaspoon of vanilla, a little at a time, mixing with a fork as you go. Knead into a ball until a soft dough forms. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Step 3 Lightly flour your work area. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a 14 inch circle. Set aside.
  • Step 4 Peel and core the apples then cut them into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch slices. Top with 3 Tablespoons of sugar and 1 Tablespoon of flour and toss to coat.
  • Step 5 Transfer the crust to a sheet of parchment paper. Top with apple filling reserving about a 2 inch gap around the edge. Fold the crust over the edges of the apple tart.
  • Step 6 Combine 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and sprinkle over the apple filling. Whisk together the egg and 1 Tablespoon of water to form an egg wash and brush it over the tart crust.
  • Step 7 Bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbly. Remove to a wire rack and drizzle with caramel sauce. Enjoy!

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Pina Colada Cake

Pina Colada Cake

If you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain…..then you’ll LOVE this cake!!! Pina Colada Cake is moist, delicious, and loaded with the same tropical goodness as the popular summer drink. Now you can sip your favorite drink and eat it too. This […]

Peppermint Meltaways

Peppermint Meltaways

Have you started making Christmas cookies yet? Are you one of those people that makes a different batch every week and stores them perfectly in tupperware containers or are you the last minute type that whips everything together in one big cookie-palooza? I’m a little […]

Cappuccino Swirl Cookies

Cappuccino Swirl Cookies

Christmas is a time for family and love, a time for magic and wonder, a time for…..BAKING!!! We’ve been baking up a storm here at Happylifeblogspot this December and I don’t see it stopping anytime soon. I wanted to share with you one of my all time favorite, very unique, cookie recipes this year. Cappuccino Swirl Cookies look super duper impressive but are WAY easier to make than you think. This coffee flavored cookie has a hint of Irish cream which pairs wonderfully with the gorgeous little chocolate swirled topper. I like to make these at Christmas time but really this cookie is great any time of the year. Obviously you’ll need a hot cup of coffee for dunking. I mean it goes without saying, right?!?

Here’s all you’ll need: butter flavored shortening, white sugar, baking powder, salt, egg, Baileys coffee creamer (you can substitute Baileys or just plain ole milk), vanilla extract, flour, instant coffee, and Hershey’s hugs.

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Add the shortening to a large bowl and beat with a hand mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. The butter flavored Crisco comes in the yellow package (blue is the original). And yes, of course you can use just plain ole regular Crisco if you don’t have the butter flavor on hand. Mix in one cup of sugar, the baking powder and salt until light and fluffy.

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Next beat in the egg, coffee flavored liqueur (think Baileys) and vanilla and mix until well combined. So about that coffee flavored liqueur, you can totally swap out for milk if you don’t have any Baileys on hand. I got a little creative and combined the two and used a Baileys flavored coffee creamer. And I’m SOOOO glad that I have leftovers for my coffee too!!! That stuff is delish!!

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Beat in the flour a cup at a time with a hand mixer. Knead in the final 1/4 cup by hand. Cover the the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour or until firm. Ok so another reason Cappuccino Swirl Cookies are fabulous at Christmas time is because you need to chill the dough. So if you’re making a cookie smorgasbord like me, you can make all your cookie doughs one day, chill in the fridge, and then do all your baking the next day. It’s nice to break it up!

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Once the dough is firm, remove from the fridge and shape into 1-inch balls. Don’t forget to line those cookie sheets with parchment paper. If you’re not team parchment paper then it’s time to hop on the band wagon. You really need this in your life!! This one simple trick (using parchment paper instead of cooking spray) will really take your cookie baking to the next level. Speaking from experience!!

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Next combine 1/2 cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of instant coffee granules in a small bowl. This will create that amazing, sparkly, coffee flavored coating. My mouth is watering already!

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Lightly roll each and every ball into our sugar mixture. Evenly space the cookie balls on a baking sheet. You’ll want them to be about 2 inches apart. This cookie will flatten as it bakes.

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See what I mean? Bake cookies in a 350 degree preheated oven for 9-11 minutes or until the cookie tops start to crack and the sides are almost set. If they’re getting brown then you’ve gone too far so keep a close and watchful eye on these lil guys. While the cookies are baking you’re going to wanna start unwrapping those chocolate candies. We need them ready to roll when the cookies are still hot out of the oven.

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Remove the cookies from the oven and immediately press a Hershey’s hug into the center of each cookie. Now I know I’m usually telling you to get those cookies off the baking sheet ASAP but today we’re keeping them on there. The heat from the baking sheet is actually a good thing because we want those Hershey’s hugs to melt. Of course the cookies look gorgeous already and if you’re not brave enough to give this swirl a whirl, then go ahead and move the cookies to a cooling rack (so the Hershey’s hugs don’t melt).

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Now for the big finish…..the swirl!!! Let those hot cookies sit for about 5 minutes or so until the Hershey’s hugs are nice and melty. It takes a few tries to get down the technique but I’m confident that you can do it. Using the tip of a knife (of the back of a spoon, whatever floats your boat) slowly run your utensil through the melted hug to swirl. I like to go counter clockwise and I find that a light touch works best. I also find it helpful to start from the outside and work your way in towards the middle. Practice makes perfect! Cool completely on wire baking racks. Cool completely on wire baking racks.

Ta-dah!!! Are those not the most fabulous cookies you’ve ever laid eyes on??? I mean these guys are bakery perfect! That swirl though!!! Cappuccino Swirl Cookies are sure to be the star of your cookie tray this year. Don’t forget to try our Soft Cut Out Cookies too!

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Cappuccino Swirl Cookies

December 5, 2018
: 4 dozen cookies
: Medium

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter-flavor shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon coffee-flavor liqueur (or coffee flavored creamer or milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons instant coffee crystals
  • 48 Hershey's hugs (chocolate kisses with stripes)
Directions
  • Step 1 Add shortening to a large bowl and beat with a hand mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Mix in one cup of sugar, the baking powder and salt until light and fluffy.
  • Step 2 Beat in the egg, coffee flavored liqueur (you can substitute milk or coffee flavored creamer) and vanilla and mix until well combined.
  • Step 3 Beat in the flour a cup at a time with a hand mixer. Knead in the final 1/4 cup by hand. Cover the the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour or until firm.
  • Step 4 Once the dough is firm, remove from the fridge and shape into 1-inch balls. Combine 1/2 cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of instant coffee granules in a small bowl. Lightly roll each ball into the sugar mixture.
  • Step 5 Place balls 2 inches apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake cookies in a 350 degree preheated oven for 9-11 minutes or until the cookie tops start to crack and the sides are almost set.
  • Step 6 Remove the cookies from the oven and immediately press a Hershey’s hug into the center of each cookie. Let cookies sit for about 5 minutes to allow the Hershey’s hug to melt. Using the tip of a knife (of the back of a spoon) slowly run your utensil through the melted hug to swirl. Cool completely on wire baking racks.

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Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies were my absolute favorite as a kid. So when I grew up and started baking I knew that I needed a fabulous, no fail, peanut butter cookie recipe in my arsenal ASAP!! Well guys, this is that recipe!! These cookies are rich, […]

Apple Hand Pies

Apple Hand Pies

I really, really, REALLY wanted to go apple picking this year! But it seemed like every weekend we were either traveling, or sick, or it was raining. BOO! Oh Fall I had such high expectations for you this year!! So I set my sights on […]

Peach Cobbler Bars

Peach Cobbler Bars

I love cooking and baking with whatever local produce is in season for a few reasons. It supports our local farmers, it’s usually a whole lot cheaper (who doesn’t love saving money), but most importantly, fresh food just tastes better. It really does. And since peaches are in season here in Western NY these amazingly delicious Peach Cobbler Bars needed to be made ASAP!! This peach cobbler spinoff is great for a potluck or crowd. It’s got layer after layer of goodness too. Loads of fresh, juicy peaches sandwiched between not one but TWO layers of buttery crumb mixture are sure to delight your tastebuds. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you really want to indulge!

Here’s all you’ll need: flour, white sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, shortening, an egg, vanilla extract, almond extract, cornstarch, and of course peaches!

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First we’ll start by making our crumb mixture. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 cup of sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Did you know? Peaches are so popular here in Western NY that they even have their own festival. The Lewiston Peach Festival is an end of summer tradition for us! They even crown a Peach Queen!!

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Next cut in the shortening with a pastry blender until crumbly. If you don’t have a pastry blender you can totally use your fingers. I’m not here to judge (translation: that was my method of choice for years).

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Add the egg and vanilla extract to a separate bowl and lightly beat with a fork. Then add the egg mixture to the crumb mixture. Mix with a fork until well blended. This crumb topping doesn’t look like much now, but trust me, they are the unsung hero of Peach Cobbler Bars.

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Kudos to that crumb topping for working not only as the topping but also our base layer. Measure out 2-1/2 cups of the crumb mixture and set it aside for our top layer. Now take whatever’s left and press it into the bottom of a 13X9″ baking dish. The bottom of a measuring cup will help you to spread it firmly and evenly in the baking dish.

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Now it’s time for the superstar of this dessert….THE PEACHES!!! Look at them! Aren’t they just gorgeous? Peel, pit, and chop the pieces. If your peaches are firm go right ahead and use a vegetable peeler to get the job done. If you’ve got some ripe peaches on your hands however, I suggest this method. Score the peaches with an “X” at the pointy tip of the fruit just enough to break the skin. Cook the peaches in boiling water for 30 seconds, remove with a slotted spoon, and transfer to an ice bath. Ice for 1 minute and you should be able to slowly peel the skins right off.

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Add the almond extract to the bowl and stir into the peaches. In a separate bowl, mix together cornstarch and 1/2 a cup of sugar. Add the cornstarch mixture to the peaches and toss to coat. Spread the peach filling evenly over the crust. Now Peach Cobbler Bars would be great just like this but we’re going to take it a step further!

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Grab that crumb topping that we set aside earlier and sprinkle it over top of the peach filling. Yep! All of it. Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until golden. Cool completely and cut into bars.

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Are you drooling yet??? Cause I think I’m drooling!! Peach Cobbler Bars are giving me all those Fall feels!!! Dessert lovers raise your hands. You’ve gotta make our Over The Top Apple Pie Cheesecake next!

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Peach Cobbler Bars

September 21, 2018
: 2 dozen
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • a pinch ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 9 medium peaches, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 cup of sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Cut in the shortening with a pastry blender until crumbly.
  • Step 2 Add the egg and vanilla extract to a separate bowl and lightly beat with a fork. Add the egg mixture to the crumb mixture and mix with a fork until well blended.
  • Step 3 Measure out 2-1/2 cups of the crumb mixture and reserve for the top layer. Press the remaining crumb mixture into the bottom of a 13X9″ baking dish.
  • Step 4 Peel, pit, and chop the pieces and place in a small bowl. Add the almond extract and stir.
  • Step 5 In a separate bowl, mix together cornstarch and 1/2 a cup of sugar. Add the cornstarch mixture to the peaches and toss to coat. Spread the peach filling evenly over the crust. Sprinkle the reserved crumb mixture over top.
  • Step 6 Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until golden. Cool completely and cut into bars. Enjoy!

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Frosted Zucchini Cupcakes

Frosted Zucchini Cupcakes

Zucchini bread is great and all but aren’t Zucchini Cupcakes even cuter?!? I mean it just doesn’t get any better than these adorable hand held little bundles of joy. In fact, I’m already planning on growing zucchini in my garden next year just for this recipe! […]