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  • Pitch Black Candy Apples

    Pitch Black Candy Apples

    There’s a chill in the air. A strange sound off in the distance. Was that a howl? Or maniacal laughter? Suddenly, you’re surrounded by witches and werewolves and all manner of other ghastly ghouls, and you couldn’t be happier! Halloween is almost here, and with it comes a celebration of all things creepy and macabre. And, of course, kids of all ages searching for a sweet treat. We’ve got you covered on both fronts with our recipe for pitch black candy apples.

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  • Spiced Apple Cider Donuts

    Apple Cider Donuts

    Fall is apple season here in Michigan. There’s nothing better than going to one of the many local orchards and biting into a crisp, juicy Gala or Fuji you just picked yourself. Or is there? While we love a fresh apple, one of our favorite autumnal traditions is another delicacy often offered at orchards: the cider donut. A little sweet and a little spicy, cider donuts are the essence of fall distilled into a little hoop of chewy, cakey perfection. With our spiced apple cider donut recipe, you can enjoy these seasonal sensations any time you want.

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  • Roasted Vanilla Acorn Squash

    Vanilla Acorn Squash

    Fall is finally upon us! While we may be a little sad to see the end of summer, the cooler temperatures mean we can finally turn on the oven again. We love spending the summer outside firing up the grill, but there’s nothing like the warm (literally), cozy feeling of roasting and baking your way through the colder months. The Thanksgiving turkey and pumpkin pie are still a little way off, but we’re already getting into the harvest spirit with one of our fall favorites: acorn squash. This recipe for roasted vanilla acorn squash is easy, elegant, and works well as either a side or a meal unto itself.

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  • Fresh Fruit Salad with Lemon Coconut Dressing

    Fruit Salad with Lemon Coconut Dressing

    Summer is finally upon us! Here in Michigan, that can mean a lot of things. Long days spent hiking through the woods or relaxing at the beach. Venturing out onto the lake in your boat or kayak. Gathering around a bonfire to while away the evening with friends and family. And one of the best things about summer: fresh fruit from one of the many local farmers markets.

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  • Easter Cupcake Ideas: The Chicken Or The Egg?

    Easter Cupcake Ideas

    What came first: the chicken or the egg? It’s an age-old question, which has been pondered by philosophers for millennia. There is a scientific response, of course, as well as a metaphorical one. But with Easter nearly upon us, we have come up with an answer of our own: it doesn’t matter which came first when you can use both to create some delightfully adorable Easter cupcake.

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  • Rhubarb Crisp Recipe

    rhubarb crisp

    Rhubarb is a classic garden perennial found in many spring planting beds. This plant’s large crimped leaves emerge early on in the season, with its bright red stalks following close behind. As a small child, I have wonderful vivid memories of gardening with my family. As the ground began to thaw and the days turned warmer and longer, my parents and grandparents began to till the soil in preparation for seeds and seedlings. Our rhubarb seedlings were first lovingly sown inside, waiting on a sunny ledge in our home while the cold winter weather continued on.

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  • Roasted Maple Sugar Apples

    maple sugar apple

    As Michiganders, we are accustomed to the beauty of our state. The large expanses of crystal clear lakes, the white sand beaches, and the abundance of greenery. Trees, particularly maples, sumacs, dogwoods, and oaks tower above us and provide a spectacular display of color in the chilly fall months. There is no better way to describe our state than as being #PureMichigan!

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  • Peanut Butter Candy Cookies

    Peanut Butter Candy Cookies

    Recipe: Peanut Butter Candy Cookies

    The peeps are out; bright yellow, green and shocking hot pink round out the line up. I’m referring to the fluffy marshmallow concoction covered in colored sugar that only makes their appearance during the Easter holiday. This is the time of year that sweet pastel candies of every shape and flavor hit the stores, some traditional to the Easter holiday and others created in a new shape or flavor to add to the traditional Easter morning basket.

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  • Spiced Pecan Pie

    Spiced Pecan Pie Recipe

    It’s October and the holiday season is fast approaching! The year has flown by and I for one cannot believe it almost time to start holiday baking. If you reside in the United States you will most likely agree with me that pumpkin and pecan pie is the traditional dessert offered at Thanksgiving. Occasionally an apple pie is created for those who loathe pumpkin or have an allergy to nuts, but traditionally pecan and pumpkin grace our tables.

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  • Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

    chocolate peppermint cupcakes

    Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes are the perfect addition to any dessert table or as a gift for someone special.

    Every chocolate cupcake I have ever had has had a certain level of denseness or ended up being dry and tasteless. That is not the case with this recipe. The deep chocolate flavor is brought out with the addition of coffee extract and the crumb is moist and delicious. The only thing that could possibly make this cake even better is the addition of a creamy and rich peppermint buttercream.

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  • Buckeye Cookies Recipe

    buckeyes

    If you live in Michigan, Ohio or any of the surrounding Midwest states, you are most likely familiar with Buckeyes. For those of you who live in the Southern states, or on either of the coasts, and have never had a Buckeye, you must make these delicious candies a part of your holiday traditions!

    The buckeye is the state tree of Ohio. It produces small nuts that have a dark outer shell, but the lighter colored interior of the nut is visible from the top. The candy resembling this beloved nut is made with a creamy peanut butter center and dipped in milk chocolate. The creamy center is visible from the top of the candy. The candy is reminiscent of a peanut butter cup, and is primarily made on and around the holiday season or during the Ohio State football season. Our buckeyes are traditional, but you can mix it up and dip the entire creamy center into the chocolate. Drizzle a bit of melted chocolate on top for a finished look.

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  • How To Make Gingerbread Ornaments

    gingerbread ornaments

    The tradition of cutting down an evergreen, placing it in a stand, lighting it up and garnishing it with ornaments began in the early 1600s. The evergreen symbolized life when every other tree had shed its leaves -- the evergreen remained green and lush. The very first holiday lights were candles, and they often symbolized loved ones, friends and family. Many of these first trees were decorated with fresh garlands of berries and baked cookies. Electricity introduced the first electrified strings of lights, and homemade ornaments of fruits and cookies were replaced with glass balls and molded plastic figurines. Many of these ornaments have been lovingly collected over the years, with each having a special meaning of a specific place or time in our lives.

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  • Pumpkin Pie Chocolate Tarts

    Pumpkin pie chocolate tart

    Thanksgiving is right around the corner--are you ready? We at Beanilla are so excited for the holiday season! Not only is it our busiest time of the year, but also our favorite. Cookies, pies, candies or just about any baked good or pastry you can create is our forte. The addition of our high quality vanilla beans, extracts, vanilla sugar and vanilla salt can bring your desserts to a whole new level of deliciousness!

    Speaking of delicious, who doesn’t love pumpkin pie?! Although this pie only seems to hang around for a brief time during the holiday season, it is almost always a staple on the holiday dinner table. Traditionally baked in a flaky rolled pie crust and garnished with a dollop of creamy whipped cream, the creamy custard-like texture is unique and quintessentially Thanksgiving!

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  • Pumpkin-Maple Cream Whoopie Pies

    pumpkin maple cream whoopie pie

    The leaves are beginning to fall, the air is crisp, and autumn has arrived. My thoughts drift to hot apple cider, crisp fresh picked apples and everything pumpkin I can create. Pumpkin is a unique flavor reserved exclusively for the fall season. Rarely do you see a pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread gracing the table in the heat of the summer.

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  • How to Make Homemade Caramel Apples

    vanilla caramel apple

    Leaves are turning bright red, yellow and orange. The smell of fresh cider and hot cinnamon donuts lingers in the air. Swimsuits and suntan lotion are traded for hayrides, wool blankets and cold metal bleachers at football games. It's fall in Michigan! The apples are abundant and it is the perfect time of year to make caramel apples.

    The caramel apple has an uncertain history. Some say that a Kraft caramel salesman is credited with the first commercially publicized caramel apple. In the 1950's a man by the name of Dan Walker convinced Kraft to print and publicize a caramel apple recipe on the back of their wrapped caramel packages. It was an instant success. Families were able to make simple caramel apples with just three ingredients. An apple, a wooden stick and packaged caramels from Kraft. While this is a very heartwarming story, many historians would disagree, stating that there are recipes for caramel dating back to the 1700's and even earlier.

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