Nicholas Trio Pedestal Set via Painted FoxI have always lived in Michigan, and while I prefer warmer temperatures most of the time, I feel very fortunate to live in a State where I can witness the seasons change every few months. There's just something special about cooler days, bulky warm sweaters and wrapping your hands around a mug of hot cocoa that screams Fall to me.
A large part of my childhood was spent making memories with my Mother who loved to bake like it was nobody's business. I remember as a little girl perching myself on top of a telephone book so I could reach the top of the table to help her make our annual Nestle Toll House Desserts.
It wasn't until I was older that she told me she knew I was sneaking the Nestle Toll House Morsels from the bag when she wasn't looking.......a kid can always try, right? Who can resist eating those little babies straight out of the bag? I still do it now......(I did it today actually)
My Mother has passed away, but I hold the memories of baking with her near to my heart and have created new ones baking with my own daughter. I'm really happy she loves it as much as I do. Today I'm sharing not only one, but three of my family's favorite sweet recipes for Fall.
When I think of Fall recipes, I think fun! And fun to me is being at a carnival and eating finger foods on a stick. First up........cookie dough lollipops. Admit it, I had you at "lollipop".
If easy recipes are the name of your game, I have you covered today. To make these super cute cookie dough lollipops, roll about 1 tsp of refrigerated sugar cookie dough into round balls with your hands. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and insert a wooden stick into the base of each ball. I found these wooden craft sticks at Michael's and thought it would be a neat touch to write "sugar cookie" on the end of each stick.
I started by placing chocolate flavored graham crackers into a sandwich baggy and turned them into graham cracker dust with a kitchen hammer! Since I'm all "Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice", I dipped my cookies in melted Nestle Toll House Pumpkin Spice morsels. I add 2 Tbsp of milk to the morsels so they melt more smoothly. Seriously you guys, have you tried these yet? They are amazeballs! The perfect blend of pumpkin without being overpowering. They are in stores now for Fall and wont be around long, so grab yourself a bag STAT.
If you don't have a double boiler to melt your morsels, you can use a larger pot filled with about 1/2" of water and place your smaller pot inside of that. Bring the water to a boil and the morsels melt fast!
Dip your cookies into the melted morsels and transfer to a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle on your topping and you're on your way to eating pumpkin goodness!
These cookie lollipops would be a great sweet treat to take to your kids school for a bake sale or to a neighborhood Fall gathering. Going on a hay ride soon? Pack these up in cute paper polka dot paper bags and tie with rustic twine.
If you're like me, you agree that Fall just wouldn't be the same without caramel apples on a stick. These mini caramel apple balls are a fun twist on the traditional style. They are bite sized, fun for little fingers and are perfect for snacking!
Peel the skin from four medium sized red apples. Using a melon baller, scoop out balls and place onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. If you have never used a melon baller, it's super easy! Just push the edge into the apple and with a circular twisting motion, scoop out ball shapes. I was able to get about six to seven balls from each apple. I picked up these fun party straws over the weekend and cut them in half. Insert one straw into each apple ball before dipping into the chocolate.
Using a double boiler, I added 2 Tbsp of milk to a bag of Nestle Mini Morsels. I have found that adding the milk to the morsels allows them to melt more smoothly. Because apples are naturally "wet", be sure to roll them around in a paper towel squeezing out the excess water before dipping into the chocolate or the chocolate will not stick. Dip each mini apple in the melted morsels and return to the parchment paper. Sticking the apple straight into the chocolate and giving it a little spin works great!
What's a caramel apple without the caramel? Unwrap your 3256 pieces of caramel from their wrappers, (or if your'e smarter than me purchase the caramels without wrappers) and melt in your double boiler over medium high heat. Once caramel is fully melted, I poured it into a bowl and mixed in about 1/2 cup of Nestle mini chocolate morsels.
Grab your little chocolate covered apple balls and start dipping away!
I set each ball inside a cute Fall mini cupcake wrapper and sprinkled a little bit of chopped nuts on each while the caramel was still hot. I moved the balls to a plate and immediately put them in the refrigerator to allow them to "set up" and harden.
*Don't forget, be sure to soak up all the excess water from your apple balls before dipping into the chocolate first step or it will not stick.
Did anyone say bonfire and S'mores? if so, I'll be right there with you wrapped in a cozy blanket passing the S'mores like it's my job. My kids go crazy for these and they are sooooo easy to make! The secret? A cast iron pan and butter to coat the bottom of it with. These marshmallows are sticky little suckers and the butter saves you from some hefty cleanup at the end of the night.
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees WITH the cast iron skillet inside. Once the oven has been preheated, remove the pan and add 1 TBSP of butter making sure you coat the bottom and all sides of the pan. Add 1 bag of Nestle Semi Sweet Morsels to the pan spreading evenly and then a layer of jumbo marshmallows cut in half. Bake at 450 degrees for five to seven minutes and remove when the tops of the marshmallows turn medium brown.
Grab your graham crackers and scoop away friends! We like to dip both honey and chocolate graham crackers and you can't go wrong with either when they are covered in chocolatey ooey goodness!
You can switch up this recipe and add a layer of peanut butter cups to the bottom of the pan, then the morsels and marshmallows if peanut butter is your jam.
I hope you guys try one or all of these easy recipes this Fall. They are my family favorites and I'm sure your family will love them just as much as mine does!