As fall begins, there are many scents that fill the air. From the smell of pumpkin spice to warm vanilla many of these smells are from baking in the kitchen. If you ever get bored, baking is a great way for you to get creative. Making things from scratch can be frustrating or hard at times, but you can always try some of these quick and easy recipes.
- Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake
Ingredients: 2 (8oz) packages cream cheese, softened, ½ cup white sugar, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 eggs, 1 (9in) prepared graham cracker crust, ½ cup pumpkin puree, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 pinch ground cloves, 1 pinch ground nutmeg, ½ cup frozen whipped topping (thawed)
Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Blend in eggs one at a time. Remove 1 cup of batter and spread into bottom of crust; set aside. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to the remaining batter and stir gently until well blended. Carefully spread over the batter in the crust. Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until center is almost set. Allow to cool, then refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight. Cover with whipped topping before serving.
- Caramel Apples
Ingredients: 6 apples, 1 package individually wrapped caramels (unwrapped), 2 tablespoons milk
Directions: Remove the stem from each apple and press a craft stick into the top. Butter a baking sheet. Place caramels and milk in a microwave safe bowl and microwave 2 minutes, stirring once. Allow to cool briefly. Roll each apple quickly in caramel sauce until well coated. Place on prepared sheet to set.
- Pretzel Salad
Ingredients: 2 cups crushed pretzels, ¾ cup margarine (melted), 2 teaspoons white sugar, 1 (8oz) package cream cheese, ¾ cup white sugar, 4 ½ oz frozen whipped topping (thawed), 1 (6oz) package strawberry flavored Jell-O, 2 cups boiling water, 2 packages frozen strawberries
Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). In a medium bowl, mix crushed pretzels, margarine and sugar. Press crushed pretzel mixture into the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish, and bake in the preheated oven 8 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Blend together the cream cheese and sugar. Fold in whipped topping and spread evenly over cooled pretzel mixture. In a medium bowl, dissolve the strawberry flavored gelatin in boiling water. Mix in strawberries and set aside to cool for 15 minutes. Pour gelatin mixture over cream cheese mixture and refrigerate until set, about 4 hours.
These recipes would be great to use when thinking of what to make for the holidays or just to make for fun. I would recommend making the double layer pumpkin cheesecake, but that’s just because I love all types of cheesecake.