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Perfect Pumpkin Recipes To Use Well After the Fall Season

Pumpkin is a harvest classic and shows up in many iconic fall dishes. But just because pumpkin is frequently used in autumn dishes doesn’t mean you can’t use it later in the year as well. Here are a few ways to make use of this healthy vegetable in baked goods throughout the year, even in some dishes that might not be quite as healthy, but just as delicious. Keep reading for three Pumpkin recipes to enjoy well past the fall season.

Pumpkin Rolls

Pumpkin Roll Photo from Food Network

This take on a dessert classic is perfect for a rich treat the whole family will love. Pumpkin rolls incorporate pumpkin puree into a layer of pumpkin cake, spread with a layer of ice cream, and then rolled to create a swirl in the center of the dessert. It’s great for the holidays, but there’s no reason you can’t indulge in this sweet year-round.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Photo from POPSUGAR

Chocolate chip cookies are a classic dessert that is sure to please every palette. Adding pumpkin and a bit of pumpkin pie spice takes this common cookie jar staple and adds a bit of a harvest flavor to it. Experiment with the spices if you’re not a fan of pumpkin pie to find a combination that’s perfect for your personal tastes.

Pumpkin-Parmesan Biscuits

Pumpkin-Parmesan Biscuits Photo From Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen

Not all pumpkin foods have to be sweet to be utterly delicious. Parmesan can add the perfect savory taste to accompany the pumpkin in this hearty side. The flavor pairing is complex but goes perfectly with the many hearty main dishes of winter.

Before doing any baking with pumpkin, make sure to account for the high water content of this ingredient. Pumpkins are 90 percent water, so be sure to properly prepare your pumpkin ingredients before incorporating into any baked good, or it might throw off the moisture content of your final product.

Even if pumpkin is typically used for fall classics, it can be an excellent ingredient to make use of year-round that adds excellent depth of flavor to many baked goods. What are your thoughts on these Pumpkin recipes? How will you make use of this unique vegetable in your future baking?

Brooklyn Bites Cookie Brittle

Brooklyn Bites Cookie Brittle: Healthy & Delicious Snacks You Will Enjoy

Now that Christmas Eve is over and Santa has gotten his cookies, we hope you saved some for yourself. If you haven’t, we have a great range of cookies for you and your family to indulge this holiday season. As you head out to take advantage of the after Christmas sales, make sure you pick up a bag or two of Brooklyn Bites Cookie Brittle. Available in a nice variety of six delicious flavors, Brooklyn Bites Cookie Brittle, is a healthier yet delicious specialty treat. The only cookie brittle available in the market that is gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free. They are also made without white sugar, eggs, or preservatives. What more can you ask for in a delicious snack?

Made with gluten-free oats instead of white flour, these thin, vegan-friendly cookies are a delicious way to snack. This is especially important if you’ve overindulged this Christmas. Other high-quality ingredients include coconut oil, low-glycemic coconut sugar, and almond milk. Treat yourself to decadent, guilt-free bites of deliciousness like Cinnamon Coffee Cake, Crunchy Creamy Pretzel, Chocolate Nutty Sea Salt, Coco Crispy Rice, Chocolate Lovers Delight, and White Chocolate Brownie (not pictured). Each flavor is 110 calories or less per serving.

Brooklyn Bites Cookie Brittle

The Brooklyn Bites Cookie Brittle was created by mother-and-daughter-duo, Sara Bibi and Barbara Dayan. With one bite, we know you will love this latest launch from this woman-owned, healthy artisan snack and treat company. Trust us when we say you certainly won’t miss the bad ingredients.

The Brooklyn Bites cookie brittle flavors are currently available at several retail locations. These include Wegmans, Fairway Market, Best Market, Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace, Westside Market NYC, 7-Eleven NYC, and more than 150 gourmet and specialty retailers. The cookie brittle will also soon be available at Kings Marketplace, Balducci’s, Shoprite, Giant Eagle, Market District and many more. They are also available on the company’s website for $7.99 for a 6-ounce package.

Gourmet Gift Baskets for your Sweetheart this Valentine’s Day

We all know Valentine’s Day is the celebration of love, a sweet sentiment that deserves to be celebrated……..with something equally sweet. Does the love of your life have a sweet tooth? Do they love things like chocolates, cookies, brownies, and other decadent treats? Then keep reading on for some amazing Valentine gift ideas from Gourmet Gift Baskets. Offering the best in all sweet treats, as well as popcorn, fruits, nuts, and beer and wine, Gourmet Gift Baskets is your go-to for Valentine’s Day gift baskets filled with delightful champagnes, decadent chocolates, and a variety of exquisite treats that are sure to make your sweetheart weak in the knees. Check out a few of them below:

Send A Bear Hug Care Package, $49.99

Whether your Valentine is close by or far away, receiving this Bear Hug Care Package is sure to inspire a smile. This adorable Send A Bear Hug Care package is stocked full of decadent chocolates that everyone loves, some very gourmet cookies, and a sweet and cuddly teddy bear that’s perfect for snuggling.

“Happy Valentine’s Day” Cookie Cake, $29,99

Say “I Love You” in the sweetest way possible! This 9″ Valentine’s Day Cookie Cake is a heart-shaped, soft, and chewy cookie stuffed with milk chocolate chips and hand decorated with creamy vanilla frosting. This great, big, heart-shaped chocolate chip cookie is the equivalent of 30 regular-sized cookies.

“Be Mine” Valentine’s Day Brownie Cake, $29.99

Does the love of your life prefer brownies over cookies? The “Be Mine” Valentine’s Day Brownie Cake is a great alternative. This heart-shaped, extra chocolaty, brownie cake will easily win their hearts and win you best V-Day gift giver, plus the two of you will get even closer enjoying this very yummy gift that’s big enough to share.

Red Velvet Cake – $34.99 to $49.99

A delectable and different type of sweet gift for you and your sweetheart to enjoy together, whether it’s dessert after a first date or a treat after 40 years of Valentine’s Day dinners together. This double layered cake is made with only the finest ingredients like natural cocoa powder and fresh buttermilk. The rich red color is finished off with a vanilla infused cream cheese frosting and cake crumbles.

We would be completely ecstatic to receive any of these wonderfully sweet and loving gifts for Valentine’s Day. What about you? What are your thoughts on these Gourmet Gift Baskets? Which of these Gourmet Gift Baskets Valentine’s Day gifts would you love to receive from your sweetheart?

Classic Valentine’s Day Gifts | Flowers & Candy

No matter what you may get your Valentine, there’s no denying nothing beats the classic gifts of flowers and candy. As women, we love the adulation from friends and co-workers when a gorgeous arrangement of flowers or envious sweet treats is set in front of us on Valentine’s Day. Yes we love that we’ve found someone to love and we really want others to know it too. So gentlemen, take heed, while romantic dinners, lovely gifts given when you’re alone together and engagement rings are definite A+++, a public declaration of love in the form of floral and/or candy delivery will bring you many happy days. If you’re looking for a few hints, let such brands as Teleflora, 1-800 Flowers, Cheryl’s Cookies and 1-800 Baskets help you pour out your heart and soul.

TELEFLORA Happy Hearts BouquetBlushing Lillies


Don’t be afraid to let these flowers do the talking for you. Teleflora’s exquisite Happy Hearts Bouquet features a delicate cut glass bubble bowl with red heart etchings filled with stunning red roses, alstroemeria, carnations and daisies. This bouquet continues to send your message of love all year – the stunning vase can be used as a candy bowl that can be filled with sweets long after the flowers are gone.

Looking for something a bit more extravagant and an alternative to roses? Send the Blushing Lillies arrangement. A sweet and blushing beauty of perfectly pink lilies and light pink carnations arranged in a charming French Country Pot. It makes the perfect gift to celebrate spring – the season of love! Pink asiatic lilies are arranged into a topiary bouquet surrounded by a base of light pink carnations, variegated pittosporum and white statice.

1-800-FLOWERS Abundant Love™ Premium Long Stem RosesMagnificent Rose® – Red

When it comes to the unwritten rules of Valentine’s gifts, making a statement is always better.  Plus you can’t go wrong with the traditional Valentine’s Day flower. Choose one dozen or 18 premium long-stem roses, hand-arranged in a gorgeous ruby red vase, a cute and cuddly plush bear, a decadent assortment of chocolates and a stunning heart-shaped key necklace to really captivate the heart of that special someone.

Of course if you’re looking to really go grand – bigger is always better and there is no rose bigger than the Magnificent Rose®. Standing over 3 feet tall, this single stem stunner arrives in a posh gift box that’s sure to grab attention. Pair it with a sleek glass vase specially built to hold the tall stem, along with your special gift message and she is sure to indulge in rose envy, making you the king of Valentine’s Day.

Order early from 1-800 Flowers and save 25% with code EARLYVDAY25. Orders must be for delivery between February 10th, 2014 and February 14th, 2014.

CHERYL’S Long Stemmed Cookie Flowers

For those who want to give the traditional gift of flowers in a non-traditional way, surprise your your sweetheart with this addictive Long Stemmed Cookie Flower Bouquet. Delicious and decadent, these 12 buttercream frosted cookie flowers are delivered in a gift box complete with a satin bow! A guaranteed memorable gift for anyone with a sweet tooth.

1-800 BASKETS True Love Teddy Bear Tote

Have someone in your life that’s cute and sweet, why not surprise them with this adorable Valentine’s Day reusable tote bag filled with yummy goodies. The True Love Teddy Bear Tote is stocked with the tastiest Fannie May® Chocolates, White Chocolate Fudge Pretzel Hearts and an adorable teddy bear plush, which will bring a smile to anyone’s day. You can save 20% on Select Valentine’s Gifts! Use Promo Code LUV20.

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Cookie Monsters

It’s the holiday season and if you haven’t started already, it’s time to think about gift ideas. While we will certainly share typical gift ideas for fashion, beauty and accessory lovers (may even throw in a gift guide for fellow cocktails lovers), we wanted to share these gift ideas for those who have more of a sweet tooth. I mean you can’t celebrate Christmas without some cookies right? So here we go:

Cheryl’s Cookies Warm Holiday Wishes Gift Tin Tower

Cheryl’s Cookies are known for their numerous varieties of delicious cookies. Their popular Holiday gift tower includes a new gift tin filled with individually wrapped gourmet cookies including their addictive buttercream frosted Holiday cookies, snack size cookies and brownies, butter shortbread cookies and buttercream layered chocolate cookie sandwiches. This festive set comes with a Merry Christmas gift tag and a total of 63 pieces to enjoy.

Paragon Books The Christmas Cookie Stamper Set

Have someone who loves to bake? Give them the gift of making, baking and decorating cookies to suit their tastes, and then stamp them with a personalized message using the ‘Make Any Message’ stamp. Whether they prefer simple sugar cookies or tasty gingerbread – the Christmas Cookies recipe book contains a selection of essential festive recipes to create at home. Includes ideas for home-baked gifts, decorations for the tree and even tasty snacks to leave out for santa! The recipe book contains full page photography and clear recipes (plus clear labeling of recipes suitable for use with the cookie stamp) that will help to ensure they bake something extra-special this year.

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish My Way

Okay, technically they’re not cookies but you can still get into the holiday spirit with these addictive crackers. You can customize a box of Goldfish with photos and well wishes, the recipient’s name and your favorite goldfish colors and after 3 weeks (14 days for production and 5-7 business days for delivery), this personalized gift of everyone’s favorite snack is complete.

What do you guys think of these gift ideas? Do you guys know any other cookie gift ideas that may bring joy to any cookie lover?

Pepperidge Farm Launches New Milano Cookies | Milano Slices & Milano Melts

Ask anyone what their favorite Pepperidge Farm cookies are and 80% of the time, the answer is their iconic Milano Cookies. The classic sandwich cookie has been a favorite since it first debut about 60 years ago and has gotten a bit of the taste twist with the additions of flavors like Mint, Orange and Raspberry. Today, they’re launching six new varieties of the Milano Cookie that join the delicious originals. Introducing Milano Slices and Milano Melts:

Milano Slices – these open-faced cookies offer a variety of toppings that rest on top of a layer of decadent chocolate on the thin cookie. Available in yummy extras like Crunchy Almond, Sweet Toffee and Salted Pretzel (with a Peppermint flavor launching later this year), you may find yourself reaching for these instead of the original.

Milano MeltsPepperidge Farm has taken their classic favorite and pumped it up a bit. Keeping the crispy cookie shell but packing each with mouthwatering creme fillings, the dual texture of the new Vanilla Creme, Mint Chocolate Creme or Original Dark Classic Creme cookies are absolutely delicious and I think I now have a new favorite in the Vanilla Creme Milano Melts.


To celebrate the launch, Pepperidge Farm had Pastry Chef Gale Gand, author of Chocolate & Vanilla, on hand to educate us on the different tastes and textures of the cookies and Meredith Keiling, Senior Product Development Technologist, helped guests custom make their Milano Slices


Pastry Chef Gale Gand at Pepperidge Farm – Glasgow Skinner from Glasgow Skinner on Vimeo.

With ingredients such as white and dark chocolate, walnuts, pistachios, coconut, dried banana, candied ginger, lavender, sea salt, peppermint, etc, we let our imaginations run wild.

For my creation, I chose dark chocolate, walnuts and candied ginger. It was a delicious result.

The new and classic varieties of Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies retail for $3.69 and are available in all major supermarkets, grocery stores and mass merchandisers nationwide.