skillet amaretto apple crisp

I come from an apple crisp family. My grandmother has baked apple crisp with Fuji and Pippin apples from her trees for decades, and I remember my mom baking pans of apple crisp every fall. These wise women have taught me the unspoken yet implied rules of apple crisp: never skimp on the topping, serve with steaming coffee and vanilla bean ice cream, and enjoy any leftover crisp for breakfast the next day.

Skillet Amaretto Apple Crisp

Although I’m adding my own twist with Honeycrisp apples and a nice splash of Amaretto, the heart of apple crisp is always the same – an effortless dessert that brings everyone to the table, expectant and ready to dig in. When the skillet emerges from the oven with sweet and tender Amaretto-spiked apples topped with a lid of crisp golden topping, it’s easy to see why apple crisp is a welcome classic.

Skillet Amaretto Apple Crisp

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Cashew Caramel Cookies

cashew caramel cookies

I have to confess that my consumption of salted caramel sauce has reached near epic proportions recently. I simply can’t keep a spoon out of the jar, so my only option was to make cookies and finish off the batch. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it! Buttery cashews paired with salted…

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Caramel Apple Cookie Tart

caramel apple cookie tart

Every fall, I indulge in at least one caramel apple. A tart apple dipped in (too sweet) caramel and covered in pecans is an indulgence fitting for the season and the inspiration for this caramel apple cookie tart. This is one dessert that has it all – a rich and buttery cookie crust, creamy mascarpone…

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Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cookies

salted caramel pumpkin cookies

I was first introduced to pumpkin cookies by one of my dorm Bible study leaders. One week near Halloween, she surprised us with a platter of pillowy cookies drizzled with vanilla glaze. I was hooked at first bite and begged her to share the recipe (which incidentally became my debut blog post in November 2010!)….

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Pumpkin Spice Muffins

pumpkin spice muffins

The warming spices of autumn make baking a dream; little permeates the kitchen so thoroughly as the wafting aroma of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Those seasonings combine to lend these pumpkin spice muffins a distinct fall essence. With a soft and tender crumb, the muffins remind me of pumpkin coffee cake (albeit in individual…

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Maple Spice Pound Cake

maple spice pound cake

Maple spice pound cake is akin to a soft and cozy pullover sweater – it’s humble and unassuming, yet you can never go wrong with a plush spice cake topped with sublime swirls of maple frosting. If time allows, bake the cake a day ahead of serving. The flavors of warming fall spices and dark…

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Brown Butter Oatmeal Cinnamon Chip Cookies | Tutti Dolci

brown butter oatmeal cinnamon chip cookies

I first met brown butter via a pan of cherry bars. It only took a bite or two for my interest in brown butter to eclipse into a full-blow obsession, leading to crumb bars and cornbread and cookies. All this to say, if you haven’t tried brown butter yet, what are you waiting for? I…

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Maple Pecan Granola

maple pecan granola

September is a gold-tinged month – the sun bounces golden, warm light across yellowing leaves and straw-colored grass. As much as I try to resist the shifting seasons, I can’t deny the dwindling hours of daylight; the fiery sunsets that edge us toward fall. How do you cope with change? I find myself snacking on…

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Peanut Butter & Honey Graham Cookies | Tutti Dolci

peanut butter & honey graham cookies

My love for peanut butter and honey is longstanding: a toasted peanut butter and honey sandwich on multigrain bread always hits the spot, and I’ve been known to snack on graham crackers topped with creamy peanut butter and a drizzle of honey. It seemed fitting, then, to transform those flavors into peanut butter and honey…

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