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The Ultimate Candy Cookie Cake

The Ultimate Candy Cookie Cake recipe is perfect for Halloween, birthdays or holidays, add your favorite candy to cookie dough & bake into a tasty cake!

The Ultimate Candy Cookie Cake recipe is perfect for Halloween, birthdays or holidays, add your favorite candy to cookie dough & bake into a tasty cake!

Halloween is coming up on Monday, and I’m so excited because I’m making a special spooktacular appearance on my favorite San Diego morning show, San Diego Living!

I’ll be teaching viewers how to prepare Buffalo Chicken Chili and Slow Cooker Cornbread to dig into while waiting for Trick or Treaters, then I’ll be showing how to make this Ultimate Candy Cookie Cake to put that leftover Halloween candy to good use!

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Pink Starburst Martini

Starburst Strawberry Martini Recipe

Haven’t you always thought it would be fun to turn your 5 favorite candies into boozy martinis? Well that’s exactly what I’m doing today!

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Pop Rocks Watermelon Martini

Pop Rocks Watermelon Martini Recipe

Hello Pop Rocks! The candy that’s not only delicious, but also fun to eat!

Now take that fun and delicious candy, and turn it into a martini, and we have some serious fun on our hands!

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Martini

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Martini

My favorite candy ever, the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, turned into a martini! Life doesn’t get much better!

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Snickers Martini

Snickers Martini Recipe

If you missed the first post today on M&M Martini’s, then allow me to welcome you to candy martini day on WhitneyBond.com, where I’m turning all of the most popular Halloween candies into martinis!

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M&M Martini

M&M Chocolate Martini Recipe

Halloween is only two days away and I couldn’t be more excited to get the party started with 5 recipes that turn your favorite Halloween candies into martinis!

Because who says that kids get to have all of the fun on Halloween?! We’ll just call this “adult trick or treating”! 😉

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Butternut Squash Apple Bruschetta

Butternut squash & apples are roasted in fall spices for a delicious twist on bruschetta, making this vegetarian recipe the perfect appetizer for fall!

Butternut Squash Apple Bruschetta Recipe

Today is the day that one of my favorite appetizers, meets some of my favorite fall flavors, and makes one of the most delicious dishes ever!

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Pumpkin Brookies

Pumpkin Brookies Recipe

It’s the final day of Pumpkin Week here on WhitneyBond.com, and I saved a super delicious dessert for last!

If you’re not familiar with brookies, allow me to introduce you to this super amazing dessert that combines cookies and brownies into one scrumptious treat!

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Pumpkin Chili Sliders

Pumpkin Chili Sliders

Welcome to day two of Pumpkin Week on the blog! Today I created a new recipe from one of my favorite existing recipes, Pumpkin Chili!

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Cranberry Pumpkin Bread

Cranberry Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Well hello there! Welcome to Pumpkin Week on WhitneyBond.com!

That’s right, I made up my own week to celebrate the almighty orange squash that we’ve all come to know and love as the official flavor of fall.

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Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls

Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls

Is it just me or do you think of popcorn balls and Halloween hand-in-hand? It’s kind of like stuffing and Thanksgiving. Why do we not eat popcorn balls and stuffing year-round? I mean, they’re both really super delicious! I think I’m going to start the year-round stuffing and popcorn ball trend, who’s coming with me? 😉

Any who, while thinking of new fall recipes, including ideas for fall holidays, like Halloween, I came up with my own little twist on the delicious popcorn ball!

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Gluten Free Sweet Potato Brownies

Sweet Potato Brownie Recipe

Imagine the softest, most chewy and decadent brownie you’ve ever had…. then make these brownies and have your mind BLOWN!!

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White Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Cookies

White Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Cookies are a sweet and delicious treat combining the flavors of fall, perfect for Halloween parties and events!

White Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

Last weekend I was invited to attend a BBQ with a friend… about two hours before the BBQ.  Being a food blogger, it is completely unacceptable to show up to a BBQ empty handed… even when you only have two hours notice!

I was trying to figure out what I had in my pantry that I could toss together that didn’t require a trip to the grocery store. Luckily I had a bag of white chocolate chips and a bag of Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses staring at me from the pantry.

It was one of those moments where you look at two items, a light bulb goes off and you immediately think “the two of you need to meet and become friends!”

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Pumpkin Ale Ice Cream Float

Pumpkin Ale Ice Cream Float

My favorite time of year is the week when Pumpkin Beer hits the shelves and college football begins! I somehow managed to take this glorious week and my favorite beer and make it even better in this delicious concoction that transforms a classic dessert favorite into an adult style fall treat with a pumpkin twist!

Pumpkin Beer Float Ingredients

Ingredients (makes 1 float)

  • 3 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup pumpkin ale
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Scoop the ice cream into a tall glass. Pour the pumpkin ale over the ice cream and top with a dash of cinnamon.

Pumpkin Ale Float

This dessert is perfect for the beginning of fall when it’s still warm enough outside to enjoy ice cream, but fall is in the air, so it also feels acceptable to begin drinking pumpkin beer! And you thought root beer floats couldn’t get better? Well, they just did!

Pumpkin Ale Ice Cream Float

Grab a spoon and dig in to this scrumptious Pumpkin Ale Ice Cream Float!

Pumpkin Beer Float

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

Pumpkin Ale Float

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 float

Pumpkin Ale Float

Ingredients

  • 3 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup pumpkin ale
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Scoop the ice cream into a tall glass.
  2. Pour the pumpkin ale over the ice cream and top with a dash of cinnamon.
http://whitneybond.com/2012/11/05/whats-to-drink-pumpkin-ale-float/

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

In this simple, yet super fun recipe fresh pineapple, mandarin oranges and mini marshmallows are skewered to resemble the fun fall treat, Candy Corn!

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

Serve them with a delicious fruit dip at a Halloween party or fall get-together!

pineapple, mandaran oranges, marshmallows, fruit dip, fruit skewers, candy corn, halloween, fall, vanilla yogurt, honey

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 pineapple (cubed)
  • 1 can (11 oz) mandarin oranges
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey

Skewer the pineapple, oranges and marshmallows.  Mix the yogurt and honey together in a small bowl for dipping.

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

A healthy alternative to all the candy and cookies that the fall holidays bring!

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: app. 2 dozen skewers

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 pineapple (cubed)
  • 1 can (11 oz) mandarin oranges
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey

Instructions

  1. Skewer the pineapple, oranges and marshmallows.
  2. Mix the yogurt and honey together in a small bowl for dipping.
http://whitneybond.com/2012/10/31/whats-for-dessert-candy-corn-fruit-skewers/

Pumpkin Mudslide

Pumpkin Mudslide

Trick or Treat with a Delicious Drink! Happy Halloween from LLB!

Pumpkin Slide

This Pumpkin Mudslide is a fun seasonal twist on a traditional mudslide!

Pumpkin Mudslide Ingredients

Ingredients (makes 2 cocktails)

  • 2 shots coffee liqueur
  • 2 shots irish cream liqueur
  • ½ cup milk
  • dash cinnamon
  • ¼ cup pumpkin
  • 4 shots pumpkin pie vodka

Add all ingredients to shaker with ice and shake well.  Strain into a glass and top with whipped cream.

Pumpkin Pie Mudslide

Add sprinkles for a little extra fun!  (And who doesn’t like a little extra fun in their life??)

Pumpkin Mudslide

Rim the glass with sprinkles for even MORE fun!

Pumpkin Mudslide

Hope everyone has a Spook-tacular day!

Pumpkin Mudslide

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 cocktails

Pumpkin Mudslide

Ingredients

  • 2 shots coffee liqueur
  • 2 shots irish cream liqueur
  • ½ cup milk
  • dash cinnamon
  • ¼ cup pumpkin
  • 4 shots pumpkin pie vodka

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to shaker with ice and shake well.
  2. Strain into a glass and top with whipped cream.
http://whitneybond.com/2012/10/31/whats-to-drink-pumpkin-mudslide/

Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin Kiss Cookies

I spent a decent amount of last week scouring San Diego in search of these mythical “Hershey’s Pumpkin Spice Kisses”!

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Low and behold, they do exist!  I eventually found them at Target and turned them into these delicious chocolate pumpkin cookies for my annual Pumpkin Carving Party on Friday night!  They were a huge hit and I highly recommend you make them immediately 🙂

Chocolate Pumpkin Kiss Cookie Ingredients

Ingredients (makes 2 dozen cookies)

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup butter (melted)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 24 Hershey’s Pumpkin Spice Kisses

Combine the flour, salt, baking soda and cocoa in a small mixing bowl.

Next, combine the butter, sugars, vanilla and egg in a large mixing bowl, then add the cocoa flour mixture.

Chocolate Cookie Batter

Mix until combined well.

Chocolate Cookie Dough

Roll into balls and place on a baking stone.

Chocolate Cookies

Bake at 325° for 12 minutes.

Baked Chocolate Cookies

Top with the Kisses while warm to let the pumpkin goodness melt into the chocolate cookies!

Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies

These are now tied for “best cookie ever” with my Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Pumpkin Chocolate Cookies

The perfect fall cookie for pumpkin lovers everywhere!

Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Substitute gluten-free baking flour for traditional flour to make this recipe gluten-free.

Chocolate Pumpkin Kiss Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Chocolate Pumpkin Kiss Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup butter (melted)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 24 Hershey's Pumpkin Spice Kisses

Instructions

  1. Combine the flour, salt, baking soda and cocoa in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Next, combine the butter, sugars, vanilla and egg in a large mixing bowl, then add the cocoa flour mixture.
  3. Mix until combined well.
  4. Roll into balls and place on a baking stone.
  5. Bake at 325° for 12 minutes.
  6. Top with the Kisses while warm to let the pumpkin goodness melt into the chocolate cookies!
http://whitneybond.com/2012/10/29/whats-for-dessert-chocolate-pumpkin-kiss-cookies/

Pumpkin Spice Latte Martini

Pumpkin Spice Latte Martini

If you’re like me, one of your favorite parts of Fall is all the pumpkin goodness that starts popping up around this time of year, including the ever-so-popular Pumpkin Spice Latte.

In this martini I combine Pumpkin Pie Vodka with Coffee Liquor for a martini that is sure to give you that boost you love from a latte with a little kick from the vodka!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Martini Ingredients

Ingredients (makes 1 martini)

  • 2 shots pumpkin pie vodka
  • 2 shots coffee liqueur
  • dash ground ginger
  • dash cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake well.

Strain into a martini glass rimmed with crushed graham crackers and serve with cinnamon stick to garnish.

Fall Pumpkin Spice Latte Cocktail

This is the perfect after-dinner drink for a cool fall night or sipping cocktail at a Halloween party!

Pumpkin Coffee Martini

Pumpkin Chili

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili is the perfect gluten free fall recipe combining tons of spices and flavor for a delicious dinner, requiring only 15 minutes of prep!

Pumpkin Chili Recipe

Oh my poor neglected blog 🙁 Mr Rodas, the math professor I like to refer to as the “Grim Reaper”, does not realize that his 40 hours a week of pre-calc homework is affecting more than just those 15 dwindled down suckers still left in the class after the first two exams created by the math devil himself! It’s affecting the thousands of my loyal blog followers that have not gotten to enjoy my witty sense of humor, delectable recipes or insight into my favorite things for an entire week! But no need to worry, I’ve made my grand entrance back into the blogosphere with an AMAZING new recipe for you all to enjoy in this, my favorite, fall season!!!

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