Baked Eggnog Donuts

Right after the holidays we still had a bunch of eggnog left over so I thought the best way to use it would be to whip up a quick batch of baked Eggnog Donuts for New Year's morning!  The kids were nuts for them saying "they taste like the Christmas cookies!" Starting off a new year surrounded by smiling faces makes me think a "Christmas Cookie" breakfast was pretty perfect. 

Pumpkin Pecan Quick Bread

No matter what autumn recipe I make, there always seems to be leftover canned pumpkin to be used up. This pumpkin pecan quick bread comes together so quickly, you could even have your kids make it! Bake a few loaves at a time, to give as gifts later. You never know when you'll want to bring a little something sweet for a hostess, sick relative or new neighbor. Everyone loves an edible gift!

Baked Apple Cider Donuts and a Trip to the Apple Farm

In preparation for our first trip to an apple farm, we started our morning with these Baked Apple Cider Donuts! A warm quartet of fall spices like cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove are a perfect pairing for the cider-sweetened glaze. Healthier than a traditional fried cider donut, these bake up in just minutes! 

Just when you think you've tried them all, here's a dessert bar with a twist! Not only is there tart raspberry jam swirled into the chocolate morsels, but there's a chewy texture if they're made with caramel. The secret is the sweetened condensed milk, melted together with semi-sweet chips! They smell heavenly right out of the oven, but trust me when I say they are even better when refrigerated. That's when all the chewy goodness happens!