This recipe for homemade apple butter is simple and delicious, and makes for a perfect fall treat to enjoy after a long afternoon of apple picking!
With the changing of the season comes a whole new variety of delicious fruits and vegetables that are beginning to ripen, and one of my very favorite fall fruits to munch on and cook with is definitely cranberries. I always watch my local grocery store sales like a hawk around this time of year, because once they stock the shelves with those beautiful red berries, I swoop in and buy a heap of them to freeze and cook with all year long!
Growing up in the South, I’ve learned one quintessential piece of advice that has served me incredibly well over the years for just about any and every situation that has come my way:
Whether you’ve got a potluck event to attend, you’re in need of a sympathy dish to take to a family, or you’ve just got a hankerin’ for something sweet, you’ll never go wrong with making a pound cake.
Today was THE day, you guys! I’ve been waiting for months for the weather to cooperate and for it to finally feel like fall all day long, and today was definitely the first day this season that I enjoyed a beautiful sunshiny day with comfortable temperatures and a crisp breeze blowing through my hair. I drove around with my windows rolled down and basked in all of the glorious fall-ness going on around me, and it was absolutely divine!
We’re just 2 days away from October 1st, but I’ve been seeing Halloween candy and decor start creeping it’s way onto the shelves at the stores for well over a month now! Halloween is such a fun season, because you really get to put your thinking cap on and get creative when it comes to your costumes, decor and the candies and treats you make!
We’ve been enjoying some gloriously comfortable temperatures in my area this past week, and it’s been such a welcomed change from our otherwise uncomfortably humid and sultry temps we typically experience during this time of year. With the promise of fall swaying in the breeze, it’s no secret that my mind has been operating on all-things-autumn since the moment the daily high dropped down into the 80’s. It doesn’t take much for me to get excited, y’all. Break out the boots and sweaters, because I’m ready to fall in love with fall all over again!
Yesterday morning when I stepped out onto my front porch, I was greeted by the most wonderful crisp and cool fall air and a perfect breeze to let me know that autumn is well on it’s way! It was such a nice surprise to feel the air turn a bit cool, because it’s typically still very hot and humid here in south Alabama during this time of year.
While my local weatherman told me this morning that those cool temps will soon be replaced with heat once again by the end of the week, I’m rejoicing in the season change by breaking out my favorite ingredient ever to help me ring in the fall season: Pumpkin Spice!
It’s no secret that ya girl loves some sweets, and yesterday my sweet tooth was steering my mind in the direction of combining two of my greatest food loves (chocolate and pumpkin) into a decadent candy confection: White Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Truffles.
I make truffles every single year around Christmas time. They make a wonderful homemade gift to give to friends and family! But something deep down in my soul was telling me that I just couldn’t wait until Christmas time to make truffles again, so creating this perfectly fall version of a chocolate covered truffle was definitely on my agenda.
I immediately started plundering through the baking section in my pantry to see what ingredients I needed to stock up on before whipping up a batch of these sweet pumpkin-y treats.
I already had a few cans of pumpkin on deck, but I knew I’d certainly need more to get me through the fall season. I also needed to pick up some graham crackers, white chocolate chips and Crisco® Refined Organic Coconut Oil (a key ingredient that I use in all of my truffle recipes to help achieve a perfectly creamy filling and a smooth chocolat-y shell on the outside!
Little miss T and I loaded up into the car and headed to our favorite hangout spot (Hello, Target!) to pick up a few of the essentials we needed, including the Crisco® Refined Organic Coconut Oil found in the baking needs aisle. I’ve been using coconut oil in numerous ways for years, and it’s absolutely a staple item in my home that I simply cannot do without.
I love Crisco® Refined Organic Coconut Oil because it serves as an amazing organic substitute for butter, margarine or other oils. I prefer to use the refined variety in cooking because it has no flavor or aroma, so it’s perfect to add into recipes without altering the flavor or smell. You can also find Crisco® Unrefined Organic Coconut Oil at target, which I also love to use in recipes where I want it’s distinct coconut flavor to shine.
Once I got home from Target, I put T down for a nap and got busy in the kitchen whipping up a batch of pumpkin truffles so I could have them ready to devour before she woke up. She 100% takes after me when it comes to loving sweets, and I knew she’d be all about these delicious bites!
In a large mixing bowl, I combined cream cheese, powdered sugar, graham cracker crumbs, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, pumpkin puree, melted white chocolate chips and the Crisco® Refined Coconut Oil into a large mixing bowl (see full recipe instructions below) and began rolling out the truffle balls.
I melted about 3/4 cup of white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and added about 2 tsp of Crisco® Refined Coconut Oil into the chocolate to help it thin a bit so it would be perfectly smooth and not clumpy when coating the truffles.
I dipped each truffle into the chocolate and coated them using a spoon. I sat them onto a wire rack to dry, adding a smidge of graham cracker and cinnamon garnish to each one before the chocolate completely dried.
Since I had a little bit of melted chocolate left over, I drizzled a little bit over each one for good measure. Here’s a free printable version of my recipe if you’d like to give it a try!
These White Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Truffles are decadent and rich, and offered the perfect amount of pumpkin and pumpkin spice to make me really get into a fall-ish state of mind! When my daughter woke up, she wasted no time in digging right in to my stash of truffles. She loved them so much, she requested a second and third one! I store them in my refrigerator to keep them nice and firm, and they’re the perfect pick-me-up treat to nibble on throughout the day!
Have you transitioned into fall mode yet? What are some other fall-inspired treats that you love to make and share during this time of year? Leave a comment below and share the love!
Two weeks ago I shared a super simple idea for turning prepackaged doughnut holes into fun little acorn shaped bites to celebrate the (soon-to-be) arrival of fall! It got a ton of love from you guys on Instagram, so I thought I’d continue to dance with the idea of making fun little acorn treats to spread a little more fall cheer! Ladies and gents, say hello to these scrumptious little easy fall acorn cookies!
Do you ever have those moments where you experience something throughout the course of your day and it immediately sends you flying down memory lane to an event that occurred in your life many years ago? I can’t help but smile from ear to ear during those sweet moments when something triggers a fun memory that takes me back to my childhood – especially when that memory involves food and family! I recently had an encounter with some pretty delicious candies that did just that, and inspired me to create these decadent Triple Caramel Candy Doughnuts to keep the smiles and memories going strong!