Cinnamon & Chocolate Chip Blondies

Cinnamon & Chocolate Chip Blondies | The Blonde Buckeye

Chocolate and cinnamon?! I mean, come one. Another favorite combo of mine. These blondies sort of remind me of a breakfast coffee cake, but with the addition of chocolate. Not only did I use cinnamon in the batter itself, but I added cinnamon chips. If you haven’t had cinnamon blondies and you’re a cinnamon lover – it’s definitely a must!

Continue Reading

Cinnamon Rolls with Vanilla Bean-Cream Cheese Icing

Cinnamon Rolls | The Blonde Buckeye

Do you know what you’re having for breakfast on Christmas morning? Now you do (whether you celebrate Christmas or not…). I have never actually made Cinnamon Rolls from scratch. I know, it’s kind of crazy. I guess there are several reasons that I haven’t… Like the fact that there’s only 2 of us, there’s not a huge need for a giant batch of cinnamon rolls. As much as I’d like to eat them everyday, it’s just not a good idea. Second, this may come as a shock, but my husband isn’t that into sweets. He likes a good chocolate chip cookie or some ice cream every now and then, but items like ‘pastries’ are definitely not at the top of his list. For some reason though I just wanted some, so I made a half batch. It was the perfect amount; it made about 10 smallish rolls (or you could make 4-5 large ones too). If you’re making them for more people, just double the recipe and use a larger pan.Continue Reading

Toasted Pumpkin Pie Nuts

Toasted Pumpkin Pie Nuts | The Blonde Buckeye

I was in the need for a new snack. Something to fight that 3pm slump. Not that anything really fixes that, but still. I thought of a recipe for spiced nuts that I made awhile ago, and thought I could do a little ‘November/ fall’ spin on it… aka, Toasted Pumpkin Pie Nuts. To keep these healthy, I used egg whites again, instead of butter or oil. Also, the ground flax seed gives them the best little crunch! They’re addicting, but at least you can feel good about munching on these.Continue Reading

Salted Caramel Apple Cinnamon Macarons

Salted Caramel Apple Macarons | The Blonde Buckeye

It’s hard for me to contain my excitement with these guys. I was so excited about these, while I was making them, that I thought I would mess them up. Baking macarons all giddy can be rough. But after all, there was success in the end my friends. Like I said, to me, fall = apple cinnamon. Then you add in some salted caramel?! I mean…Continue Reading

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting | The Blonde Buckeye

Everyone loves some Pumpkin Cupcakes in the fall. It’s just a fact. But these are Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting… So they’re turned up a notch! The second I decided to make them, I also decided that they would be used with cake flour. That was for sure happening. Why you ask? Because cake flour makes super, super fluffy cupcakes. Sometimes pumpkin cupcakes are a little dense & heavy, which can also be really good. But this time, I wanted to acheive the lightest & fluffiest pumpkin cupcakes ever!Continue Reading

Pumpkin Walnut Muffins

Pumpkin Walnut Muffins | The Blonde Buckeye

Yay! My first pumpkin baked-something of the season! I even added whole wheat flour, you know, to make it ‘healthy’. Plus they have oats on top. Well-balanced breakfast or snack right here.Continue Reading

Apple Cinnamon Hand Pies

Apple Cinnamon Hand Pies | The Blonde Buckeye

Living in California, but being a girl from the midwest, fall is about the only time of year that makes me miss having 4 true seasons. The super humid summers & gray, dreary winters? Not so much… But around this time, I dream about the shades of orange trees all around & the slightly brisk breeze that indicates the coming of the colder weather. I think of the days that I actually needed to wear my jackets, & warm knit beanies were worn for warmth, instead of fashion. It also makes me think of apple cinnamon – anything.Continue Reading

Cinnamon Roll Macarons

Cinnamon Roll Macarons | The Blonde Buckeye

Another mac recipe… and these might be my favorite so far. They are like little baby cinnamon rolls, but in macaron form. The shells have a little cinnamon added to the batter & then dusted on the tops. Then the filling is a cream cheese-cinnamon frosting. And I’ll be honest, I overfill mine. That’s just the kind of girl I am. They have just the right amount of cinnamon & sweetness. If you like cinnamon & sugar, trust me you do not want to miss these. (In case you’re new to these parts, you can see more extensive macaron tips & directions from my Chocolate-Peanut Butter Macarons).Continue Reading

Baked Apple-Cinnamon French Toast

Mini Baked Apple-Cinnamon French Toast | The Blonde Buckeye

Baked French Toast is something that definitely has to be made in advance. The more time it has to soak up the egg mixture, the better it is. These are perfect to make the night before, or at least a few hours ahead of time. Which can be good or bad, depending on how prepared or impatient you are. Plus, when you make little individual ramekins, everybody gets that nice crusty top, paired with the soft, pillowy center (and small things are cute). Side note, I also enjoyed one of these the day after I baked them. I just popped it in the microwave & it was just as delicious as the day before. I can also tell you that it helped out my Monday morning tremendously.Continue Reading