Pumpkin Spice Granola

This is the perfect breakfast for fall!  Pumpkin Spice Granola is packed full of pumpkin spice flavor, dried cranberries, and walnuts.  This granola is a happy medium between baked and crunchy Granola Recipes.

A tray of Pumpkin Spice Granola ready to eat!

I cannot believe how much I’ve truly dug into pumpkin spice this year.  I don’t know if it’s the colder weather we’ve had since early October or just really getting into the spirit of the season but I am Team Pumpkin Spice!

You know what else I love?  Granola!  One day I was craving some so I got out my usual ingredients of olive oil, honey, and oats. I had my coffee going and was thinking about some pumpkin recipes I could make for the blog and then immediately thought of the perfect substitute for my regular cinnamon that I add to the granola – pumpkin spice!

Then, what could be more ‘fall’ than dried cranberries Nothing!  Add my usual walnuts for that good brain health and voila! Breakfast is ready.

A tray of Pumpkin Spice Granola ready to eat!

Love Pumpkin recipes?  Check these out:

This Pumpkin Spice Granola recipe is so easy to make and ready in less than 25 minutes.  I do like it a little on the warm side so I eat a big bowl of it right after making it.  Such a great wholesome way to start the day.

How to make Pumpkin Spice Granola:

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

In a bowl mix the olive oil, honey, salt, pumpkin spice, and turmeric.  Stir to combine.

To the liquid ingredients add the oats.  Stir to combine completely.

Step-by-step directions of how to make Pumpkin Spice Granola.

Add parchment paper to a 9×13 pan.

Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.  Take the pan out of the oven and stir the granola, level back out and bake an additional 10 minutes.

Take out of the oven and let cool.

Once the granola *has cooled completely* add the dried cranberries and walnuts.

Serve with milk or yogurt.

Tips & Variations for Pumpkin Spice Granola:

  • Do not add the dried cranberries and walnuts until the granola has cooled all the way.  You will end up with burnt nuts and hard as rocks cranberries if you add them any earlier. 
  • Do you like crunchy granola?  Follow the same recipe just use a 12×18 sheet pan instead and spread out thinly over the whole sheet.
  • How to store the granola:  Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

And here you are…..

A tray of Pumpkin Spice Granola ready to eat!

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Spice Granola
Add the flavors of fall to your morning breakfast routine with Pumpkin Spice Granola. Not too soft or crunchy this granola is a great way to start the day.
Pumpkin Spice Granola | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Pumpkin Spice Granola | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  2. In a bowl mix the olive oil, honey, salt, pumpkin spice, and turmeric. Stir to combine.
  3. To the liquid ingredients add the oats. Stir to combine completely.
  4. Add parchment paper to a 9x13 pan.
  5. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Take the pan out of the oven and stir the granola, level back out and bake an additional 10 minutes.
  6. Take out of the oven and let cool.
  7. Once the granola *has cooled completely* add the dried cranberries and walnuts.
  8. Serve with milk or yogurt. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Tips & Variations for Pumpkin Spice Granola:

  • Do not add the dried cranberries and walnuts until the granola has cooled all the way.  You will end up with burnt nuts and hard as rocks cranberries if you add them any earlier. 
  • How to store the granola:  Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Sugar Cookie and Apple Cobbler

Been apple picking yet this season?  Have you been looking for a super Easy Apple Dessert to make with all the apples you’ve got hanging around? This Sugar Cookie and Apple Cobbler has a warm apple filling and a crunchy cookie crust and uses less than 7 ingredients!

Sugar Cookie and Apple Cobbler in a casserole dish ready to eat!

A few months ago my step-mother stopped over with a HUGE shoebox full of recipe cards and books that she had.  After going through all the wonderful recipes I landed on one that would be perfect for fall!  It was in a Pillsbury/The Pampered Chef small cookbook called, Turning Out the Best Recipe Book.  

A shoebox full of cookbooks.

The basics of this recipe require sugar, some spices, a tube of cookie dough and apples.  That’s it.  I only had to hit the grocery store for the sugar cookie dough.  If you have a really good recipe to make your own dough you probably don’t even need to do that.

Since this apple dessert recipe bakes up nicely in a dish and can travel well it’s the perfect dish to bring to holiday parties or tailgates.

Sugar Cookie and Apple Cobbler with a slice cut out and on a plate next to it.

How to make Sugar Cookie and Apple Cobbler:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Core and chop the apples into bite-sized pieces then add the apples to a bowl.

To the apples add lemon juice, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, and flour.  Stir to combine.

Add the apples to a greased 9×13 dish.

Apple in a dish with a tube of sugar cookies and cinnamon sugar next to it.

Next, open the cookie dough and cut into about 18 slices.  Place the slices over the top of the apple filling.

In a bowl mix, the sugar and cinnamon then sprinkle over the top.

Apples and sugar cookies in a dish with cinnamon sugar being sprinkled over it.

Put into the preheated oven and bake for 40 minutes.  Serve warm.

Tips & Variations for this Sugar Cookie and Apple Cobbler:

  • Don’t like apples with skin on them? I love cooking my apples with the skin on them but I know not everyone does so feel free to take the skin off before cooking with them.
  • I used Gala apples but you can use any red apple variety.
  • If you have apple pie spice on hand go ahead and substitute the cinnamon and nutmeg in the apples with 1/2 tsp.

And here you are……

Sugar Cookie and Apple Cobbler in a dish ready to eat!

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Sugar Cookie and Apple Cobbler
Looking for the ultimate in fall desserts? Try this easy Sugar Cookie and Apple Cobbler. Apples, brown sugar and crispy sugar cookies - delicious!
Sugar Cookie and Apple Cobbler | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert, Fall Food
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Cinnamon-Sugar Topping
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert, Fall Food
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Cinnamon-Sugar Topping
Sugar Cookie and Apple Cobbler | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Core and chop the apples into bite-sized pieces then add the apples to a bowl.
  3. To the apples add lemon juice, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, and flour. Stir to combine.
  4. Add the apples to a greased 9x13 dish.
  5. Next, open the cookie dough and cut into about 18 slices. Place the slices over the top of the apple filling.
  6. In a bowl mix, the sugar and cinnamon then sprinkle over the top.
  7. Put into the preheated oven and bake for 40 minutes. Serve warm. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes
  • Don't like apples with skin on them? I love cooking my apples with the skin on them but I know not everyone does so feel free to take the skin off before cooking with them.

Pigs In A Blanket #SundaySupper

It’s football season! All that excitement works up an appetite so of course football finger foods are in order.  One of my guy’s favorites, pigs in a blanket.

Pigs in a Blanket on a tray ready to eat!

Yeah, football season is here! We are ready for it. Saturday mornings spent cheering on the kids at rocket football.  Afternoons cheering on your favorite college team.

Football season is a biggie here in the bottom left of the mitten.  Saturday mornings are usually spent at the football field.  My son is on the rocket football team and my husband is the coach.  Then the boys come home and watch football.  Now, I will admit that I really don’t watch football outside of my son’s games.  I have no allegiance to any team but I am here 100% for the snacks.  Is that bad? No, I don’t think so.  I mean look at these!!  Now on to the pigs in a blanket!

Close up of Pigs in a Blanket.

This is a recipe you want when you don’t want to buy a lot of ingredients or have a messy kitchen.  Do you have time to buy 3 ingredients, cut them up and then bake for 18 minutes?  And after such minimum effort, you have a delicious appetizer that will make every football fan raving?  Then these pigs in a blanket are for you.

How to make Easy Pigs in a Blanket:

Take the can of biscuits and open them up.  Cut each one into 4 pieces.  This will make 32 biscuit pieces.  Now take the beef sausages and cut them into 3 pieces each.  This will make 30 pieces of sausage.  Take the cheese and fold then cut into 8 pieces each to make 32 pieces.  See, the math doesn’t quite add up and you will be short 2 pieces of sausages.  I usually just cut 2 pieces in half, no one will notice when they are scarfing these down.

How to make Pigs in a Blanket step-by-step.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Now it’s time to start assembling the pigs in a blanket.  Pick up a piece of biscuit and flatten a little bit.  Add the cheese then the sausage.  Bring the ends over the sausage and pinch.  (You will see that some of my pigs didn’t get completely covered.  I’ve surmised that no matter how hard I pinch it’s almost inevitable that some will open during cooking.)  Place them on a baking sheet with either tin foil that greased or parchment paper.  Once all are assembled and the oven is heated place in the oven and cook for 18 minutes.

Once they are golden brown pile them on to a big plate and serve to your hungry fans.  And here you are…..

Pigs In a Blanket on a tray ready to eat.

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Pigs In A Blanket
These pigs in a blanket use buttermilk biscuit dough so you have a quick snack that's ready for a hungry crowd in less than 20 minutes.
Pigs In a Blanket | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Appetizer, Fall Food
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings
appetizers
Ingredients
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Appetizer, Fall Food
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings
appetizers
Ingredients
Pigs In a Blanket | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Take the can of biscuits and open them up. Cut each one into 4 pieces. This will make 32 biscuit pieces.
  2. Now take the beef sausages and cut them into 3 pieces each. This will make 30 pieces of sausage.
  3. Take the cheese and fold then cut into 8 pieces each to make 32 pieces. Make up the difference as you see fit.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  5. Assembly: Pick up a piece of biscuit and flatten a little bit. Add the cheese then the sausage. Bring the ends over the sausage and pinch. Place them on a baking sheet with either tin foil that greased or parchment paper.
  6. Once all are assembled and the oven is heated place in the oven and cook for 18 minutes. Remove from oven, serve, enjoy!

Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake

I can’t wait to share with you one of my favorite fall desserts, chunky applesauce cheesecake. Creamy cheesecake and a graham cracker crust filled with a beautiful chunky applesauce filling. 

Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake on a table ready to eat!

Ah, fall! You are finally here!  We are cooling down this week after an extended heat wave and I am so happy.  The heat, humidity, and mosquitoes have been bad here in Southwest Michigan so I am ready to start seeing the leaves fall, breathe in the cool crisp air and enjoy all that this beautiful state has to offer for the season.

I call this ‘chunky applesauce’ because this is the applesauce recipe that I make for my family.  If I have a few apples lying around I will whip this up as a side for dinner.  And since I honestly cannot resist a cheesecake this is a chunky applesauce cheesecake combines two of my favorite things. 

Ingredients for Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake on a counter.

How to make Chunky Applesauce:

If you wanted to just make the applesauce like I do, you would just use this step alone.  I’m sure your family will love it, it’s perfect with a pork roast and mashed potatoes.  Now on to the applesauce.  Set up a cutting board next to a pot and cube your apples.  Put them into the pot and add salt, vanilla, butter, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, and apple juice.  Stir to combine and bring to a boil cooking for around 10 minutes.  Take off the heat and set aside to cool if you are using for the cheesecake.  If not, serve immediatley.

An apple, knife and pot.

How to make the Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake:

For the crust crush graham crackers and mix with butter and sugar.  Pat down into the bottom of a greased springform pan.  In a mixing bowl combine the cheesecake ingredients: cream cheese, sugar, brown sugar, and cool whip.

How to make a Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake step-by-step.

Mix with electric mixer until all combined.  Once the applesauce has cooled down a bit add to the top of the graham cracker crust.  On top of that add the cheesecake mixture.

Let the cheesecake refrigerate for 4-6 hours.  And here you are….

Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake  cut and a piece on a plate ready to eat!

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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**Cheesecake filling adapted from Sprinkle Some Sugar

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Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake
Cinnamon, nutmeg, cheesecake filling and chunky apples with a graham cracker crust. This chunky applesauce cheesecake has all the flavors of fall.
Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake, Fall Food
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Crust
Chunky Applesauce
Cheesecake
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake, Fall Food
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Crust
Chunky Applesauce
Cheesecake
Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Chunky Applesauce
  1. Start with making the chunky applesauce. Set up a cutting board next to a pot and cube your apples. Put them into the pot and add salt, vanilla, butter, corn starch, cinnamon, nutmeg and apple juice. Bring to a boil and cook for around 10 minutes.
  2. Take off the heat and set aside to cool while the crust and cheesecake filling are prepared.
Crust
  1. For the crust crush graham crackers and mix with butter and sugar. Pat down into the bottom of a greased spring form pan.
Cheesecake
  1. In a mixing bowl combine the cheese cake ingredients: cream cheese, sugar, brown sugar and cool whip. Mix with electric mixer until all combined.
  2. Once the applesauce has cooled down a bit add to the top of the graham cracker crust. On top of that add the cheesecake mixture.
  3. Refrigerate 4-6 hours. Cut & serve. Enjoy!

Butterscotch Bottom Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake

This quick No-Bake Cheesecake is perfect for fall.  Pumpkin spice filling is layered over a melted butterscotch bottom and graham cracker crust. Butterscotch Bottom Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake is the easy dessert you’ve been looking for.

A Butterscotch Bottom Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake in a pie plate ready to eat!

I’ve been seeing pumpkin spice recipes all Pinterest so that means that fall is within our reach.  So I thought I better get on it~introducing my Butterscotch Bottom Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake!  Graham cracker crust is layered with butterscotch, pumpkin spice cheesecake filling then topped with candied pecans.  Is there anything better than candied pecans on pie?

I’ll be honest, I’m not much a baker.  While it’s a goal I’ve set for myself over the next year I’m not quite there so when I make a dessert it has to be a quick and most likely no bake.  Since most pumpkin recipes are baked pies, cookies and cakes I had to be creative and pull from  recipes that I’ve already made and reinvent it.  Bingo! My Chocolate Bottom Strawberry Cheesecake is a no-bake dessert that can easily be updated with pumpkin flavor.

How to make Candied Pecans or the topping:

Before we get to the video, I made some candied pecans for the top of this pie.  I made these prior to the video and they are not included so quickly let me tell you how.  Gather a 2 ounce package of chopped pecans, 1 Tbs butter and 1 Tbs brown sugar  Add butter to the pan and begin to melt, add pecans and brown sugar.  Stir quickly over high heat for 2 minutes until the butter and brown sugar begin to caramelize.  Take off heat and pour on a piece of wax paper on a pan.  Let cool while you make the pie.

Cooked candied pecans on a piece of parchment paper.

How to make Butterscotch Bottom Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake {VIDEO}:

Now on to the video.  *Part way through the video the lens sadly got splattered & I didn’t realize it!  This is my 2nd video so I am kind of glad it happened so I can be a little more cautious next time!

Just a few easy steps and then in to the refrigerator to set.

Tips & Variations for Butterscotch Bottom Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake:

  • Not a fan of butterscotch? Swap out for chocolate chips or just omit entirely.
  • Only like a ‘little’ pumpkin spice taste?  Feel free to half or even quarter the pumpkin spice mix to adjust for your taste.

And here you are…….

A slice of Butterscotch Bottom Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake on a plate ready to eat!

 From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Introducing my Butterscotch Bottom Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake! Graham cracker crust is layered with butterscotch, pumpkin spice cheesecake filling then topped with candied pecans. A quick no-bake dessert that is perfect for Fall from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Butterscotch Bottom Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake
A quick no-bake Butterscotch Bottom Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake is perfect for Fall. Graham cracker crust is layered with butterscotch, pumpkin spice cheesecake filling then topped with candied pecans.
Butterscotch Bottom Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake, Fall Food, No Bake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 6 hours
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Graham Cracker Crust
Candied Pecans
Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake
Butterscotch Bottom
Topping
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake, Fall Food, No Bake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 6 hours
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Graham Cracker Crust
Candied Pecans
Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake
Butterscotch Bottom
Topping
Butterscotch Bottom Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Candied Pecans
  1. Gather a 2 ounce package of chopped pecans, 1 Tbs butter and 1 Tbs brown sugar Add butter to the pan and begin to melt, add pecans and brown sugar. Stir quickly over high heat for 2 minutes until the butter and brown sugar begin to caramelize. Take off heat and pour on a piece of wax paper on a pan. Let cool while you make the pie.
Graham Cracker Crust
  1. Crush crackers in a ziploc bag. Add sugar. Pour in greased pie pan. Add melted butter. Mix and form as crust in pie pan.
Butterscotch Bottom
  1. Add butterscotch chips and 2 Tbs cold milk to microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 45 seconds. Stir until well combined. Pour onto the top of prepared crust.
Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake
  1. In a bowl combine jello, milk, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla. Mix with electric mixer for 3-5 minutes. Add pudding mix on top of chocolate bottom.
Topping
  1. Top with candied pecans and 1/4 cup butterscotch chips.
  2. Refrigerate for 2-6 hours.
  3. Cut into 8 pieces. Enjoy!

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