Cinnamon and Apple Everything
I have been really into baking recently, especially recipes that have cinnamon and/or apples in them! I have continued to use recipes from Sally's Baking Addiction, and every recipe I have tried so far has been a success! All of these recipes are free from peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, fish and legumes.
I was following the recipe for the Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Cinnamon Swirl Frosting, until I accidentally put all the sugar and cinnamon into the batter and ended up with Cinnamon Cupcakes. For the frosting I just used water, as I don't usually put milk in icing. I also made mini versions of the Soft & Thick Snickerdoodle Cookies, but I over baked them. They were crunchy and delicious on top of the Cinnamon Cupcakes with Cinnamon Swirl Frosting. I also made some cookie sandwiches with the leftover frosting.
Later I made these Snickerdoodle cookies again, with a larger cookie scoop and under baked them, and then they were thick and soft, like a big fluffy cinnamon sugar cookie. Both times I made the Snickerdoodle Cookies I skipped the cream of tarter and only used one stick of butter. These cookies were amazing, and definitely one of my favorites, so yummy and didn't even have to chill the dough.
I love cinnamon, but I also love apples and cinnamon together, especially apple cider with cinnamon. Since I have been only drinking water for awhile now, I've found ways to bake with apple cider. To bake with apple cider, all of the recipes I have found so far have recommended to boil down the cider first. So I boiled the apple cider and cooled it before adding it to the other ingredients.
I made Apple Cinnamon Spice Whoopie Pies, which were really fun to make. I skipped the apple spice part, as the only spice I used was cinnamon. I also added apple cider and cinnamon to the frosting for the filling. I used a smaller cookie scoop then recommended, so these Whoopie Pies were smaller then in the recipe.
Then I made Apple Cider Muffins, but I used the Baked Apple Cider Donuts recipe. I followed the recipe, but just put the batter into cupcake pans to make muffins instead of donuts. These were really yummy, and made for good morning snacks.
For breakfast, I made Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal Cups, but I didn't make this in a cupcake pan, as I just made it in a regular pan and cut it like a cookie bar. It was like making homemade oatmeal, and a lot of it, but in the oven, and it tasted amazing. It stayed in the fridge for a few days, so each morning I could heat it up in the microwave. I was also able to replace the egg in the recipe with applesauce.
Cinnamon and apple are definitely some of the best fall flavors, and eventually now that we finally got some canned pumpkin, we can start making some pumpkin baked goods.