Peppermint Mocha Cookies

Welcome December and cookie season! How is everyone doing? Are you ready for Christmas baking? I’m so ready! Here is a new cookie recipe that you can add to your baking list that is kid friendly, perfect for a cookie swap or just to indulge yourself while watching a Christmas movie.

These cookies have a strong chocolate flavor because I’m using dark cocoa powder and espresso. For the peppermint part, I decided to use peppermint extract, chopped candy canes and make a light drizzle on top with a peppermint flavored chocolate coating.

These cookies need chilling time in the fridge so do not skip this step.

Let’s start with the recipe and if you would like to watch how I made them, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @pastry_tales

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Peppermint Mocha Linzer Cookies

Peppermint Mocha is one of my favorite drinks during the holidays. Also, Linzer cookies are one of my favorite treats to eat during Christmas time. Linzer cookies are usually made with some kind of nut and filled with fruit jam. I created a new version using a chocolate cookie dough and the filling is a delicious peppermint buttercream that will met in your mouth.

Let’s start with the recipe and if you would like to see how I made these, visit me on Instagram @pastry_tales

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Peanut Butter Cookies With Maple Glaze

It’s Christmas time (because Mariah Carey says so… lol) so I’m starting my Holiday baking with cookies that I love to have when I make my cookie boxes for Christmas. These cookies have been a hit during the years and I always have people on social media asking for the recipe, that is why I just made them so I can create a reel (video) for Instagram so you can all see how easy is to make them.

Let me tell you about this cookie… My husband (Steve)  gives me great ideas of different things to bake. One day he said: “Why don’t you make a Peanut Butter Cookie with a Maple Glaze”? I was like … mmm.. that might work… but I had a doubt about how to make this glaze… it had to be a glaze that kinda gets a bit hard so it is easy to eat and does’t make a mess, right? Oh well.. I gave it a try and the result was perfect.

If you would like to watch how I made these cookies, don’t forget to visit me on Instagram @pastry_tales

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Haunted Manor (Pumpkin Bundt Cake)

I love Bundt cake pans and last year my sister-in-law (Nancey) gifted me this spooky pan which I haven’t used until now. It has the shape of a haunted house/manor which is perfect to celebrate Halloween.

The cake flavor is pumpkin spice and has a different texture than my pumpkin bread because it has less moisture. The flavor of this cake is on point, you can taste pumpkin and spices but won’t be too much, even people who does not like pumpkin treats will love this.

You can decorate it in any way you like so use your imagination.

In case you don’t want to get this special haunted house cake pan, you can use any other cake pan you might have at home.

Let’s start with the recipe and if you would like to see how I made this cake, visit me on Instagram @pastry_tales

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Pumpkin Alfajores With Pumpkin Spice Dulce Leche Filling

Happy October friends! We’re in the spooky month of the year and my first recipe for this special season is this delicious new alfajores recipe that you will love! These cookies are made with pumpkin puree, spices, vanilla, cornstarch, etc. And because we do not want soggy pumpkin cookies, I will show you how to take care of that moisture that can be a problem for your cookie dough.

The filling is mixture of regular dulce de leche and pumpkin spice spread which gives the perfect touch for each bite.

If you would like to watch how I made these cookies, visit me on Instagram @pastry_tales

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Small Batch Bakery Style Pumpkin Muffins

I know that when we go to coffee shops or bakeries, we always look at those nice muffins with crumb topping and you might think that they are hard to bake, but no, you just have to nail the crumb layer and, in this recipe, I’m giving you the tips of how to achieve the best crumb topping that you can use for muffins, coffee cakes or pies!

These muffins have the right amount of pumpkin and spices, they are sweetened with the right mix of granulated sugar and light brown sugar. Also, this recipe is just for 6 regular size muffins because I KNOW that making a big batch is a little too much sometimes, so why wasting a lot of ingredients if we just want to eat a couple. You can also double the ingredients for a bigger batch.

Let’s start with the recipe and if you would like to watch how I made lovely treats, visit me on Instagram @pastry_tales

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Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Brownies

 

When I go grocery shopping during Fall season, I like to take my time and see if I find “anything pumpkin” that I can use for my baking. Last week I found this gem: ChocoLove Pumpkin Spice Bites. They are small chocolates (pumpkin shaped) filled with a pumpkin spice flavored caramel. They are so so good!

I decided to use them for a new brownie recipe that you can make at home during this spooky season. You can add some spooky sprinkles to make them more festive for Halloween.

If you would like to watch how I made these brownies, go to my Instagram @pastry_tales because I just posted a video!

Let’s start with the recipe.

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Chocolate Pear Wine Cake

 

How about if I tell you that you can enjoy Fall season with a cozy and delicious cake made with chocolate, pears, spices and wine? No, you don’t have to always bake with pumpkin or apples to be part of this season. You can enjoy spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in a whole different level like this recipe that will be your favorite one if you are a chocolate and wine lover like me.

If you follow me for a while, you might remember that I made a similar cake a couple of years ago but this time I wanted to use other ingredients and see the result, let me tell you, the texture of the cake is amazing, it will melt in your mouth and the amount of the spices is the right combo for each bite.

Why making this cake?

  • Perfect for Fall.
  • Wine in a cake? Yes, please.
  • Perfect for Halloween.
  • You can enjoy it with a glass of wine.
  • Chocolate and wine? Yes, please.
  • Pretty and delicious.

If you would like to watch how I made this recipe, visit me on Instagram @pastry_tales

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Cinnamon Coffee Cake

 

I’ve been thinking about this recipe for a while and finally I got the chance to work on it. It took me a couple of tests to be sure that the crumb topping is perfect so here we have it!

What is a coffee cake? It’s a single layer cake flavored with vanilla extract and cinnamon. It is topped with a nice and crunchy layer made with flour, sugar, butter and more cinnamon. It can have an icing on top (very lightly), but it’s not covered with a heavy frosting like other cakes. Coffee is not listed as an ingredient, but it goes well with a cup of coffee or tea.

Why making this cake?

  • Perfect for Fall season if you do not like pumpkin.
  • Easy to bake and perfect to serve with some fruit on the side or just with a cup of coffee.
  • Brunch time? This is ideal for brunch!
  • Your house will smell like a bakery because cinnamon makes everything better.

Let’s start with the recipe and if you would like to watch how I made this cake, visit me on Instagram @pastry_tales

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Pumpkin Chocolate Cake

Last day of August means that I should have almost all of my Halloween decoration on display. And yes, last Sunday I spent a couple of hours cleaning and opening all my Fall/Halloween boxes and decorating. I still have to hang some lights to hang and buy a couple of things but it’s looking spooky and cute.

Also, I started my Fall baking season with a new and perfect recipe to open your first canned pumpkin that you might have hidden in your pantry. This recipe is easy, quick, delicious and looks pretty.

This cake is made with regular flour, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin puree, dark cocoa powder and other simple ingredients that you might have already at home or that you can find easily at the store.

Let’s start with the recipe and if you want to watch the video of how I made this cake, visit me on Instagram @pastry_tales

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