Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting are the perfect dessert for fall! The icing is to die for!
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Today I am so excited to be hosting a virtual baby shower for my friend Meg at With Salt and Wit. She is having a sweet baby boy, and some other blogger friends and I wanted to give them some love!! Scroll down to the end of the post to see what everyone made for the shower!

Every party needs cupcakes, and since we made the shower Fall themed, I thought pumpkin cupcakes would be the perfect thing to make! And really – I also look for any excuse I can find to make cream cheese frosting. I could eat this stuff by the spoonful!
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Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with a Golden Oreo Crust

Smooth and creamy pumpkin cheesecake filling is poured over a Golden Oreo crust – these Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars are an easy way to get your pumpkin cheesecake fix!
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Well, it is time.  I tried to wait, but I just couldn’t.  It is futile to try to resist it.  And what is “it” you ask?  PUMPKIN!!!  I’m actually kind of mad at myself…I try not to bake with pumpkin until it is fall, and just because the calendar says September and school has started does not mean it is fall yet – there are still 12 more days of summer left!! And with the temperatures in NYC right now, it feels like early August!  But I just couldn’t help myself.  Pumpkin has overtaken the blogging world, and after looking at pumpkin recipe after pumpkin recipe, I just HAD to make something for myself.  After all, pumpkin is one of my absolute favorite things to bake with – I devoted a whole week to pumpkin deliciousness last year!  So, for my first recipe of the season I bring you Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with a Golden Oreo Crust – a pretty great way to kick off pumpkin season!
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Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches & a Giveaway

Peanut butter ice cream is sandwiched between gooey brownies to make these Brownie Ice Cream sandwiches – they are a decadent and delicious summer treat!

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What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? I have a hard time choosing one – you should see me in an ice cream shop. I sample as many as they will let me, and then still can’t make up my mind! But chocolate peanut butter anything is at the top of the list, and it is TheBetterHalf’s absolute favorite, so that is what I usually end up getting. And I have never had a better peanut butter chocolate ice cream flavor than the Double Peanut Butter Chip from McConnell’s. I take my ice cream very seriously so you can trust me when I say it is the absolute best. Then, when you sandwich it between brownies, and add some mini peanut butter cups to the mix, well the result is one of the best summer treats ever – Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches.

You don’t have to take my word for it though on the goodness of McConnell’s…I want to give YOU 6 pints of their awesome ice cream. Shipped from Santa Barbara right to your front door – scroll to the bottom of the post and enter to win!… 

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Mixed Berry Galette

A Mixed Berry Galette is the perfect way to showcase summer’s delicious and gorgeous berries! It is so much easier to make than pie, and tastes amazing!

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Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? We are just hanging out in NYC and I couldn’t be happier! I feel like we haven’t had a relaxing weekend in the city all summer, so I am excited to just chill! And bake. Lots of baking on the agenda! And if you are looking for something delicious and summery to bake this weekend, might I suggest this Mixed Berry Galette? It is one of my absolute favorite summer desserts.

You might remember this Rustic Strawberry Peach Tart from last year. It was one of the best things I made all summer long! My Mixed Berry Galette is basically the exact same thing, except with a different filling! I decided to change the name to make it sound fancy – but don’t let the fancy name fool you. This couldn’t be easier to make!
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Pistachio Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

The dark chocolate and pistachios in these Pistachio Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies take classic chocolate chip cookies to a new level!

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These cookies. They are really going to be the end of me. I have been trying to eat healthy since we got back from our trip. Because as much as I want to believe that gelato three times a day is normal, I know it isn’t. But then I made these cookies, and I can’t stop eating them. Do other people eat three cookies in one sitting?? Let’s go with yes, because these Pistachio Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies are just too good to only have one. They are salty and sweet, soft but still chewy, and just bursting with dark chocolate – cookie perfection…. 

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