Death By Dark Chocolate Donuts

Do you love the Halloween season?  I sure do.  I think it is hard when you live in Southwest Michigan (or Michigan in general) like I do not to be inspired by the falling leaves, spooky woods, potentially haunted cemeteries, one of the best Haunted Attractions nationwide and Apple Orchards with Corn Mazes galore! Just step outside and you will get all the festive ‘feels’ you can handle. So let’s add to the excitement with some ‘Death By Dark Chocolate Donuts’ why don’t we?  Dark chocolate in the batter.  Dark chocolate on top.  Dark chocolate everywhere!  These dark donuts are perfect for your Halloween breakfast table.

Death By Dark Chocolate Donuts from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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In a bowl add the base of your donut which is everything but the 2 Tbs milk, chocolate chips and butter. Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave with 2 Tbs milk for around 4o seconds.  Melt the butter.  Add to the donut base.  Stir to combine completely.

Death By Dark Chocolate from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Grease a donut pan (I only have 1 but this makes 12 donuts so depending on your donut pan situation you may have to do these in 2 batches like me).  Fill the donut wells about 1/2 way.  Then put these into the over for 12 minutes at 350 degrees.  Once baked take out of the oven and place on wax paper or tinfoil to cool.

Now time for the frosting!  I went through several frosting recipes but I decided that I would keep it simple and I  felt like it paid off.  Melt dark chocolate chips with milk for 40 seconds.  Stir to combine.  The only side note I would say is let the frosting cool then put into the refrigerator in a covered container. 

Death By Dark Chocolate from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Dip the top of the donuts into the delicious topping.  Set back on tinfoil to let the frosting completely cool.  And here you are…..

Death by Dark Chocolate from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Death by Dark Chocolate from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Death By Dark Chocolate Donuts
Dark chocolate on top. Dark chocolate everywhere! These dark donuts are perfect for your Halloween breakfast table.
Death By Dark Chocolate Donuts from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast, Holiday
Servings
donuts
Ingredients
Dark Chocolate Donut
Dark Chocolate Glaze
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Breakfast, Holiday
Servings
donuts
Ingredients
Dark Chocolate Donut
Dark Chocolate Glaze
Death By Dark Chocolate Donuts from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Dark Chocolate Donuts
  1. In a bowl add the base of your donut which is everything but the 2 Tbs milk, chocolate chips and butter. Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave with 2 Tbs milk for around 4o seconds. Melt the butter. Add to the donut base. Stir to combine completely.
  2. Grease a donut pan (I only have 1 but this makes 12 donuts so depending on your donut pan situation you may have to do these in 2 batches like me). Fill the donut wells about 1/2 way. Then put these into the over for 12 minutes at 350 degrees. Once baked take out of the oven and place on wax paper or tinfoil to cool.
Dark Chocolate Glaze
  1. Now time for the frosting! I went through several frosting recipes but I decided that I would keep it simple and I felt like it paid off. Melt dark chocolate chips with milk for 40 seconds. Stir to combine.
  2. Dip the top of the donuts into the delicious topping. Set back on tinfoil to let the frosting completely cool.
  3. Let the frosting cool then put into the refrigerator in a covered container. Enjoy!

Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas #SundaySupper

Tangy, thin Swedish Pancakes are cooked up and piled high ready for the breakfast table. Make a delicious mixture of brown sugar bananas to put in the center of the pancakes then roll them up for a sweet way to start the day.

Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas displayed on a table ready to eat.

I’ve mentioned before, my Dad is a great cook.  I remember the first time he let me make Swedish Pancakes during the holidays.  Boy, was I important!  I got to mix the batter. Grease the pan. Learned how to move the pan just right to make sure the pancake is thin and crispy. 

While the recipe may have changed over time making these reminds me of how proud I was making these pancakes for the first time.  Now I might have to pass this recipe for Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas to my Dad!

Swedish Pancakes rolled up with a pile to the side and a bowl of brown sugar bananas next to it.

How to make Swedish Pancakes:

Mix all the pancake ingredients in a bowl.  It’s important to keep the bowl next to the stove with a ladle.  With a mid-sized skillet add a small dab of oil to the pan.  You can see my setup here.  Also, make sure that you have a plate to add your pancakes too.  They cook quickly!

Oil in a pan and batter for Swedish pancakes next to it.

From there you will add a ladle full of batter then spin the pan in a rotating fashion to thin it out.  Cook for 1-2 minutes.  Flip and cook around 30 seconds for the second side.

I posted a video on my Instagram a while ago on how to move the pan.

How to make Brown Sugar Bananas:

Next is the sauce, which is so easy! Chop the bananas.  Add butter to a pan and start to melt.  Add brown sugar, then bananas.  Let cook for around another minute then add the water cinnamon and nutmeg.  Take off heat, you’re done.

How to Roll Swedish Pancakes:

What I want to point out is the ‘roll’.  But I digress. I have a helpful little photo tutorial below for the ‘roll’.  Fill the center of the pancake, hook fork into the side and ‘roll’.

Swedish Pancakes ready to roll up with brown sugar bananas in the middle of them.

You know my husband doesn’t roll his Swedish Pancaked **gasp**!?!? Finish off with more sauce on top.  Do you see this deliciousness??

And here you are…..

Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas displayed on a table ready to eat.

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

Tips:

  • Don’t like bananas? The sauce works well with many other fruits like peaches and plums.
  • No buttermilk on hand? Using soured milk works just as well. To sour milk take 1 cup of regular milk then add 1 Tbs vinegar or apple cider vinegar and let sit for 5-10 minutes.

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Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas
Roll up the goodness. Thin and crispy Swedish Pancakes loaded with sweet brown sugar bananas. A sweet start to a perfect day.
Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas displayed on a table ready to eat.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
pancakes
Ingredients
Swedish Pancakes
Brown Sugar Bananas
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
pancakes
Ingredients
Swedish Pancakes
Brown Sugar Bananas
Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas displayed on a table ready to eat.
Instructions
Swedish Pancakes
  1. Mix all the pancake ingredients in a bowl. It's important to keep the bowl next to the stove with a ladle. With a mid-sized skillet add a small dab of oil to the pan.
  2. From there you will add a ladle full of batter then spin the pan in a rotating fashion to thin it out. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Flip and cook around 30 seconds for the second side.
Brown Sugar Bananas
  1. Chop the bananas. Add butter to a pan and start to melt. Add brown sugar then bananas. Let cook for around another minute then add the water cinnamon and nutmeg. Take off heat.
  2. Fill center of the pancake then roll. Top with more sauce. 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 as 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.

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 immediately.

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!

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**Cheesecake filling adapted from Sprinkle Some Sugar

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Chunky Applesauce Cheesecake from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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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
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Crust
Chunky Applesauce
Cheesecake
Course Dessert
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!

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms #SnackWithSimply

Tonight for Mitten Movie Night we’re doing things a little different.  My husband is actually away at a conference for work so it’s just me & the boys.  We are hanging out in our PJ’s and baking up these sweet treats, Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms!

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms | Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Sweets are a must have in our house.  While I don’t consider myself a baker I do occasionally like to break out the cookie sheets and turn on the oven.  So when I received this jar of Peter Pan® Simply Ground™ to try  I wanted to see how it worked in my Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms.  I mean, doesn’t this look like a perfect combination?

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms

The boys and I watching Monsters vs. Aliens while dunking our cookies in some ice cold milk.  So gather your ingredients…..

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Add butter, egg, peanut butter and both sugars to a bowl and combine using an electric mixer.  Then baking soda, salt and then flour a 1/4 cup at a time. Once the cookie dough is all combined spoon the dough onto a greased pan.  This will make 24 cookies.

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Put into a preheated 375 degree oven.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.  While cookies are baking cut King Sized Hershey bar into 24 pieces.  Once cooked place cookies on a sheet of wax or parchment paper.  Place candy bar piece in center of cookie while still warm.

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms from Bottom Left of the Mitten

These turned out great!  While I normally use creamy peanut butter for these cookies the Peter Pan® Simply Ground™ added a little ‘crunch’ to them that can’t be beat.  And here you are….

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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

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If your craving peanut butter & chocolate try these Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms
Creamy & crunchy peanut butter meets with a Hershey bar in one perfect cookie combo.
Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cookies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cookies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
Peanut Butter Candy Bar Blossoms from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Add butter, egg, peanut butter and both sugars to a bowl and combine using an electric mixer. Then baking soda, salt then flour a 1/4 cup at a time.
  2. Spoon out cookies onto a greased pan. This will make 24 cookies.
  3. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  4. While cookies are baking cut King Sized Hershey bar into 24 pieces.
  5. Once cooked place cookies on a sheet of wax or parchment paper.
  6. Place candy bar piece in center of cookie while still warm.
  7. Let cool. Enjoy!

Piña Colada Upside Down Cake #SundaySupper

Looking for a luscious dessert that tastes as good as it smells while baking?  With this Piña Colada Upside Down Cake you will feel like you have been transported to a tropical local.  Flip flops not required to enjoy.

Pina Colada Upside Down Cake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

This cake uses regular boxed cake mix but then it is given an ‘island vibe’ by using Coconut Crème Jell-O Pudding mix and pineapple juice instead of oil.  So now on to the recipe.

Piña Colada Upside Down Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten

I greased a square & circle 8″x8″ pan to make 2 cakes.  I wanted to send over the second one to my in-laws as a ‘Thank you’ for all the help they did on our new back deck.  Feel free to make this in one pan only using baking directions according to the type of boxed cake mix you use.

In the bottom of your greased pan pour the 1/2 cup of melted butter, dividing into each pan if your making 2 cakes.  Then add your brown sugar again dividing if making 2 cakes.  Place your cherries on top of the butter & brown sugar mix.

Pina Colada Upside Down Cake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Drain your pineapple into another bowl so that you can make sure you reserve the liquid to use for the cake mix.  Now add the pineapple to the pans.  Then your shredded coconut.

Now it’s time for the cake mix.  Which is simple as adding your cake mix, Jell-O pudding, eggs, milk and reserved pineapple juice.  Mix with electric mixer until well combined, 3-5 minutes or so.  Pour batter over the top of your delicious pineapple & coconut.

Pina Colada Upside Down Cake from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Bake for 34 minutes at 350 degree or according to the directions on your cake mix for the type of dish you are using. Once cake has cooled slightly place a plate inverted on top of pan. Flip plate over. When pan is removed you should now have the pineapple & coconut mixture facing up. And here you are…..

Pina Colada Upside Down Cake from Bottom Left of the Mitten #SundaySupper

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

I’ve really enjoyed my first Sunday Supper.  Thank you Constance of Cosmopolitan Cornbread for hosting.  Check out all the other delicious ways to use Coconut on today’s Sunday Supper:

Great Starts

Dive in with Sides and Appetizers

Coco-Nutty Main Dishes

“Col-lots-a” Desserts

Sweet to Sip Beverages

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Piña Colada Upside Down Cake
The smell of this Piña Colada Upside Down Cake baking will make your feel like you've been transported to the tropics. Flip flops not required to enjoy.
Instructions
  1. In the bottom of your greased pan pour the 1/2 cup of melted butter, dividing into each pan if your making 2 cakes. Then add your brown sugar again dividing if making 2 cakes. Place your cherries on top of the butter & brown sugar mix.
  2. Drain your pineapple into another bowl so that you can make sure you reserve the liquid to use for the cake mix. Now add the pineapple to the pans. Then your shredded coconut.
  3. In a bowl add cake mix, Jell-O pudding, eggs, milk and reserved pineapple juice. Mix with electric mixer until well combined, 3-5 minutes or so. Pour batter over the top of your pineapple & coconut.
  4. Bake for 34 minutes at 350 degree or according to the directions on your cake mix for the type of dish you are using.
  5. Once cake has cooled slightly place a plate inverted on top of pan. Flip plate over. When pan is removed you should now have the pineapple & coconut mixture facing up.

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