Fall Funfetti Cookies with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

I’m such a sucker for fall-related food and candy items. :oops: While grocery shopping a couple weeks ago, I came across this festive Betty Crocker box…

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and didn’t even think twice about tossing it into my cart! I had a feeling it would come in quite handy for this past weekend’s Fall Festival festivities, and it sure didn’t disappoint. Since cookies are often easier to “grab and eat” than cupcakes are, I decided to use my quick & easy Cake Mix Cookies recipe:

Cake Mix Cookies:

1 box of your favorite cake mix

1/4 cup oil

1/4 water

1 egg

Mix all ingredients together. Drop by spoonfuls on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.

Since part of what really drew me in to the picture of the cake was the orange frosting, I decided that it would be a necessity on my cookies. After looking through my cookbook binder, I came across a recipe that I had completely forgotten about, yet is super delicious!

I don’t even know where the recipe came from…it’s just on a random piece of paper that looks like I printed out at some point? Either way, it doesn’t matter where it came from. All that matters is that it’s extremely yummy.

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Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened (you can also use 1/3 less fat)
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp grated orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 tsp orange food coloring

Directions:

Blend the cream cheese, butter, orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla in a large bowl, using an electric mixer set at medium speed, until smooth. Add the sugar and continue to beat until light and creamy, about 3 more minutes. Add the food coloring and gently stir until the color is uniform. Chill the frosting until read to spread.

ENJOY! :-P

I think it’s important to make sure that you add the orange food coloring, just so people may have an idea that it’s actually orange flavored. The orange flavor is subtle, not too overpowering, but a great complement to the creamy, cream cheese base.

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With festive sprinkles! :)

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This frosting actually pairs really well with anything chocolate. I had originally used this recipe with both chocolate cupcakes and brownies, and I actually think I like the frosting better with those. While it was great (and festive) on the funfetti cookies, the sweetness of the orange frosting was missing the richness of something chocolaty. And when do we ever need an excuse to eat anything chocolaty? ;)

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Is your mouth watering yet??? ;)

Question for the Afternoon:

Chocolate or Vanilla? :-P

Basic Banana Muffins

Basic Banana Muffins! (see recipe below)

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Have I ever mentioned how much I love my Betty Crocker Bridal Edition Cookbook??

IMG_5344 Oh yeah, that’s right, I have.

Since I’m out tonight celebrating at a retirement party with some of my co-workers, I thought it would be a good opportunity to share another yummy recipe with you all. Hopefully you don’t object. ;)

So last night, I had to consult my favorite book to see what I could do with some outrageously ripe bananas. Rather than try anything crazy and new, I decided to go with the basic Banana Muffin recipe.

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I didn’t make too many substitutions, since the hubby doesn’t always appreciate when I “mess around with his food” – so I kept my changes simple, yet not “too healthy” by his standards. You’ll see them below in the recipe. ;)

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While the muffins taste absolutely delicious, I think I may have overmixed them a little bit. Muffins can be very delicate to bake, and you have to be careful to really only mix your batter until it is just combined. Otherwise, you’ll end up with peaked, smooth-topped muffins. Not that it changes the flavor at all, but they just don’t have that slightly rounded, bumpy top that is always so attractive on these little bundles of joy. :)

Basic Banana Muffins

(Makes 12 muffins)

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup milk vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 oil unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 1-1/2 cups all purpose + 1/2 cup whole wheat
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup mashed, very ripe bananas (I had 3, so I used them all)

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray bottoms only of 12 medium muffin cups with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, beat milk, bananas, applesauce, and egg with wire whisk until well mixed. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt all at once just until flour is moistened. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
  3. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to wire rack to cool. ENJOY! :-P

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These muffins would be totally delicious with some chocolate chips or raisins mixed in, but since the hubby likes his muffins “Plain Jane” style, I kept things as-is.

 

 

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Ohh the things we do for our guys! ;)

Question for the Evening:

What is your favorite kind of muffin???